Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada

Mark Radoja

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player's results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Here's a look at the rankings as of Nov. 23, 2016.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
134
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 101
Ari Engel3,286.40
239
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 102
Sam Greenwood3,179.85
347
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 103
Timothy Adams3,041.00
471
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 104
Mike McDonald2,793.98
584
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 105
Daniel Negreanu2,681.08
688
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 106
Daniel Dvores2,662.30
791
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 107
Mike Leah2,614.26
894
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 108
Mike Watson2,588.47
9112
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 109
Sam Chartier2,458.20
10226
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 110
Mark Radoja2,018.21

The Team Canada roster remains nearly unchanged this week aside from a movement on the bottom of the list. Mark Radoja has replaced Jonathan Duhamel in the No. 10 spot after Radoja finished runner-up on home turf in the WPT Montreal $10,400 High Roller, giving him a boost in points and landing him a spot among the 10 best poker players in the country. Ari Engel still leads for the fourth week in a row.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Fedor Holz3,644.80-
2 David Peters3,343.09-
3 Chance Kornuth3,336.54-
4 Paul Volpe3,192.20-
5 Justin Bonomo3,127.87-
6 Adrian Mateos3,109.86-
7 Samuel Panzica3,046.64-
8
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 111
Ari Engel3,033.95-
9 Nick Petrangelo3,008.21-
10 Bryn Kenney3,002.78-

No news is good news as far as Fedor Holz is concerned, as a relatively quiet week of tournament poker means he gets to enjoy a 24th-straight week atop the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leaderboard.

The entire top 10 stayed the same since the last update, with only Ari Engel adding a few POY points after cashing a couple of times in the recently completed partypoker.net WPT Montreal series including taking fourth in the $10,400 High Roller event won by Pascal Lefrancois.

Looking down the POY leaderboard, Charlie Carrel jumped from No. 65 to No. 40 this week after cashing four times at the 2016 Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam, pushing his career tournament earnings close to $3 million.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz5,006.22-
2Nick Petrangelo4,371.91-
3David Peters4,303.22+1
4Jason Mercier4,286.55-1
5Bryn Kenney4,049.96-
6Connor Drinan3,984.58-
7Tom Marchese3,969.04+3
8Erik Seidel3,959.20-
9Justin Bonomo3,940.36-1
10Dan Smith3,900.04+2

Holz remains at No. 1 in the overall rankings again (also for a 24th week in a row), with Nick Petrangelo still his nearest challenger in the No. 2 spot.

The rest of the overall top 10 stayed the same some moving up and down a spot or three, the exception being Dan Smith rejoining the list (going from No. 12 to No. 10) and Steve O'Dwyer slipping out (going from No. 10 to No. 11).

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
261Andy Frankenberger1,944.85
290Maurice Hawkins1,875.86
296Mike Gorodinsky1,857.93
298Tobias Reinkemeier1,855.65
299Jyri Merivirta1,847.57
300Corey Hochman1,846.17

The lack of movement at the top of the GPI rankings makes it a bit more interesting to look near the bottom of the top 300 where six newcomers joined the list this week.

Andy Frankenberger is the highest-ranked of these six, having elevated from No. 323 to No. 261 after taking 24th in the $3,850 partypoker.net WPT Montreal Main Event won by Mike Sexton.

Incidentally, the win helped Sexton crack the GPI's top 1,000, moving him all of the way from No. 2,103 to No. 991. Sexton's career-high GPI ranking is No. 212, achieved in July 2011.

Also on this list of newcomers is Maurice Hawkins who moved up from No. 396 to No. 290 after winning the World Series of Poker Circuit West Palm Beach Main Event at the Palm Beach Kennel Club this week.

The victory netted Hawkins a $95,921 cash, enough to make him only the second player ever to accumulate more than $1 million in WSOP-C earnings. Chris Ferguson was the first to reach that milestone, albeit after playing a number of WSOP-C events with much bigger buy-ins and prize pools than has been the case for Hawkins.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
290 Maurice Hawkins1,875.86+106
75 Ali Fazeli2,736.87+87
226
Global Poker Index: Mark Radoja Takes No. 10 Spot in Canada 112
Mark Radoja2,018.21+71
261 Andy Frankenberger1,944.85+62
166 Jeff Rossiter2,213.62+57

Both Hawkins and Frankenberger earned spots on this week's "Biggest Gains" list along with Ali Fazeli, Mark Radoja, and Jeff Rossiter.

Fazeli moved from No. 162 to No. 75 — his career-best GPI ranking — after winning another $25K ARIA High Roller last week, his third overall and ninth cash in ARIA High Rollers in 2016.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
285Jussi Nevanlinna1,883.15-76
281Michael Dentale1,893.91-52
207Adam Owen2,093.47-49
223Alexander Lakhov2,040.04-48
292Mark Darner1,874.52-46

Finally, looking only at players who kept spots inside the top 300, Jussi Nevanlinna slipped the furthest this week after falling from No. 209 to No. 285.

What to Expect Next Week

What's happening? Currently there is the 2016 Rock N Roll Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the partypoker WPT Caribbean festival in Punta Cana, and the 2016 Brazilian Series of Poker in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Speaking of that BSOP series, that's where the last Latin American Poker Tour event will be taking place, the R$8,000 LAPT Grand Final from November 29-December 1.

To view the GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.




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