Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks

Ari Engel

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 January 18.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
15
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 101
Ari Engel3,114.12
235
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 102
Sam Greenwood2,524.79
366
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 103
Mike Leah2,286.30
484
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 104
Sam Chartier2,203.62
5109
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 105
Timothy Adams2,106.60
6117
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 106
Daniel Dvoress2,063.58
7135
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 107
Matt Salsberg2,022.52
8142
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 108
Mike McDonald1,994.45
9243
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 109
Alex Difelice1,792.70
10258
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 110
Mark Radoja1,757.01

This is the 12th-straight week that Ari Engel has led the Canadians with Sam Greenwood always battling from second place. But in third place, we saw Daniel Dvoress slip three spots this week despite a great PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Mike Leah jumped four rungs from No. 7 to No. 3.

The other change to Team Canada came from Sam Chartier moving from No. 6 to No. 4 this week, bumping Timothy Adams and Matt Salsberg down the roster.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI Score
1 Bryn Kenney1,424.08
2 Byron Kaverman939.05
3 Mustapha Kanit891.89
4
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 111
Luc Greenwood765.12
5 Sergi Reixach760.80
6
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 112
Daniel Dvoress663.18
7 Anton Astapau636.83
8 Vladimir Troyanovskiy631.23
9 Daniel Colman603.54
10 Roland Israelashivili592.45

With the first results of 2017 having come in the Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings show Bryn Kenney to be the early leader after enjoying a strong start to his year at the just completed PokerStars Championship Bahamas series.

Not only did Kenney win the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller during his time on Paradise Island, he also won the added $25,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shot Clock event, his earnings from those two victories alone topping $1.35 million.

In fact, Kenney cashed in six events at the Bahamas, making the final table in all six of them including a seventh-place in the $100,000 Super High Roller won by Jason Koon and taking ninth in the $25,750 High Roller won by Luc Greenwood.

Byron Kaverman — winner of the GPI POY in 2015 — appears at No. 2 in this early list on the strength of four deep-run cashes in the Bahamas of his own. Meanwhile Mustapha Kanit cashed five times at PokerStars Championship Bahamas, making the top five in events on four different occasions to appear at No. 3.

It's also worth celebrating that there are two Canadians in the running despite the fact that our flag only made a few sporadic appearances in 2016. Could 2017 be Canada's year? Luc Greenwood found his way to No. 4 after winning the $25,750 High Roller in the Bahamas, and Daniel Dvoress found deep runs in almost every high buy-in tournament in the same series, gathering enough points to put him at No. 6.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo3,505.20+1
2 David Peters3,505.18-1
3 Bryn Kenney3,287.99+2
4 Adrian Mateos3,128.56-
5
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 113
Ari Engel3,114.12-2
6 Jack Salter3,045.45-
7 Anthony Zinno2,939.20+4
8 Ankush Mandavia2,933.98+1
9 Fedor Holz2,929.50+4
10 Benjamin Zamani2,928.85+2

There's a new No. 1 at the top of the overall GPI rankings this week and by the slimmest of margins. David Peters spent just one week in the top spot before getting edged out in the latest update by Nick Petrangelo who becomes the 15th player ever to be ranked No. 1 on the GPI.

Petrangelo chopped that aforementioned PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25,750 High Roller with eventual winner Luc Greenwood, the points Petrangelo earned for finishing second being enough to put him just a couple of hundredths of a point ahead of Peters in the newest update.

The breakthrough to No. 1 was a long time coming for Petrangelo. He has been in the GPI top 10 every single week since August 2015, spending no less than 19 of those weeks at No. 2, mostly during the last few months.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
190 Roland Israelashivili1,885.93
213 Rocco Palumbo1,846.87
219 Thomas Muehloecker1,833.20
258
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Best Of the Canadians For a Dozen Weeks 114
Mark Radoja1,757.01
263 Dylan Wilkerson1,742.59
268 Esther Taylor-Brady1,733.78
284 Jonathan Borenstein1,705.03
285 Anton Astapau1,703.18
291 Manig Loeser1,687.99
293 Russell Head1,685.00
295 Natasha Mercier1,679.40
299 David Urban1,677.69
300 Cliff Josephy1,677.24

There were 13 new names in the GPI top 300 list this week, with Roland Israelashivili the highest-ranked of the group after jumping from No. 421 all of the way to No. 190. Israelashivili cashed six times at PokerStars Championship Bahamas, including winning a $3K NL side event, a performance that also secured him a spot inside in the top 10 of the 2017 GPI POY (see above).

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
300Cliff Josephy1,677.24+440
190Roland Israelashivili1,885.93+231
285Anton Astapau1,703.18+201
213Rocco Palumbo1,846.87+177
291Manig Loeser1,687.99+173

Israelashivili's climb earned him a spot high on this week's "Biggest Gains" list, although Cliff Josephy made an even larger leap after going from No. 740 to barely making it onto the list at No. 300.

The third-place finisher in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event followed up that triumph with a runner-up in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event after making a heads-up deal with eventual winner Christian Harder.

In between those cashes, Josephy won another event, a $5K NL event at the Bellagio during the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic series in December. His highest career GPI ranking has been No. 146 back in October 2012.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
252Jon Turner1,770.92-127
257Dani Stern1,760.09-110
169Igor Kurganov1,940.75-105
233Cary Katz1,816.67-71
261Faraz Jaka1,751.65-67

Finally, among players dropping the furthest this week (although remaining inside the top 300), Jon Turner endured the steepest slide after going from No. 125 to No. 252.

What to Expect Next Week

The 2017 Aussie Millions Poker Championship has been up and running for a week now, with the live reporting team for PokerNews having now arrived to bring start-to-finish coverage of several events, including the $25,000 Challenge, the $100,000 Challenge, the $250,000 Challenge, and the $10,000 Main Event.

Also currently in action is the World Series of Poker International Circuit Marrakech where PokerNews is also on hand from Morocco with live updates, chip counts, photos, and more.

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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