The world’s poker ranking authority, Global Poker Index (GPI), has tallied the final results to come in at the end of 2016 and announced the Player of the Year. American David Peters swooped in to steal the title from Germany’s Fedor Holz in the final weeks and held on as the clock ticked down to 2017.
Perhaps more importantly for Canadian poker fans, the Canadian Player of the Year was also decided. The best showing by a player from this nation in 2016 was Ari Engel. He was also the sixth-best player on the global ranking.
Ari Engel is a Toronto-born Canadian that spent much of his life outside of the country. His family left this country before his first birthday but he returned as an adult when online poker was shut out of the United States. He travels the world circuit playing poker online and live and spends so much time on the road that he hardly has a city, let alone a country, to call home.
His claim to Canadian player of the year was well-earned. In 2016, Engel amassed an incredible 48 live tournament cashes in eight different countries. His best result by a long shot was his win in the Aussie Millions Main Event for US$1,120,110. He also finished fifth in the European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller for US$347,219 and won a World Series of Poker Circuit ring in Atlantic City.
Congratulations to Ari Engel for being the 2016 Canadian Player of the Year! Good luck to all of the talented players in our nation as the race for the 2017 title begins.