Global Poker Index: Ari Engel is Still Canada's Best and Luc Greenwood Joins Top 10
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 February 22.
GPI Top 10 Canadians
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It was a week of degrading points with most changes in the Team Canada roster being determined on who lost more or less. Ari Engel continued to lead for the 17th week in a row. But second-place player Sam Chartier fell all the way to No. 6 after being No. 2 for just one week.
The new member of the team was Luc Greenwood as he entered the ranks at No. 8, joining his brother Sam Greenwood who sits in No. 3.
2017 GPI Player of the Year
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Last week we were reporting how the newest update of the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings showed zero change among the entire top 10. This week presents a different story, with a lot of big moves shaking up much of the list while Bryn Kenney remains the POY leader for a third week running.
Sergio Aido vaulted all of the way from the lower reaches of the top 1,000 to No. 4 after enjoying success both in Macau and the Philippines. Aido cashed twice in the Macau Poker Cup, including winning the HK$100,000 High Roller, then added two more final tables at the Triton Super High Roller Series including a runner-up finish to Koray Aldemir in the HK$1,000,000 Main Event — a finish that helped Aldemir jump from No. 48 to No. 8 to join the list as well.
Dan Colman also made a move up from No. 36 to No. 6 thanks to winning the HK$250,000 6-Max Event, outlasting Erik Seidel heads-up to claim the victory. Nacho Barbero went from No. 162 to No. 9 after three cashes at the latest Brazilian Series of Poker in Punta del Este. And Park Yu Cheung cashed five times in the Macau Poker Cup series, including winning a HK$50,000 event, to move from No. 273 all of the way to No. 10.
GPI 300 Top 10
Meanwhile, this week's GPI overall rankings feature the same top 10 players as last week, although nearly all of them have moved up or down. Most notably, David Peters snuck back into the No. 1 spot, reclaiming the lead after Nick Petrangelo's five weeks on top.
Peters didn't pick up any cashes over the last seven days, but Petrangelo lost a few points from his total thanks to the GPI's Aging Factor affecting his score, causing him to slip. Same story for Fedor Holz who went from No. 3 to No. 7, enabling others to inch upwards in the rankings.
Welcome to the GPI Top 300
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|274||Lee Wai Kiat||1,717.10|
No less than 21 new names appear in this week's GPI top 300, with Daniel Colman the highest-ranked newcomer after moving up from No. 318 to No. 151 following his big Triton win.
Zo Karim comes in at No. 190 this week, up from No. 311 after having finished fifth in the 787-entry Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Casino Main Event won by Lance "Cord" Garcia.
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|253||Park Yu Chueng||1,743.99||+222|
Dan O'Brien earns the distinction this week as the biggest gainer (among those appearing in the top 300). O'Brien went from No. 485 to No. 231 after finishing second in that aforementioned Heartland Poker Tour Golden Gates Main Event won by Cord Garcia.
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Finally, looking only at players still remaining in the top 300, Andreas Freund slipped the furthest since last week after falling from No. 161 to No. 285.
What to Expect Next Week
The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic continues this week where Phil Hellmuth won a side event and Billy Baxter chopped another. The Main Event gets started at the Commerce Casino on Saturday. WPTDeepStacks series continue as well at both bestbet Jacksonville in Florida and the Parx Casino in Pennsylvania.
Today also sees the start of the 2017 Unibet Open London Main Event where PokerNews is on hand providing live updates, chip counts, photos, and more.