Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY

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 March 22.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
110
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 101
Ari Engel2,967.99
235
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 102
Mike Leah2,491.97
336
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 103
Sam Greenwood2,491.03
472
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 104
Timothy Adams2,268.55
587
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 105
Daniel Dvoress2,201.65
688
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 106
Sam Chartier2,197.39
7176
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 107
Mark Radoja1,907.67
8181
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 108
Sorel Mizzi1,899.73
9200
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 109
Alex Difelice1,857.98
10216
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 110
Luc Greenwood1,825.25

This is the 21st-straight week that Ari Engel has been the top Canadian player. Mike Leah continues to hold on to No. 2 after picking up some points at PokerStars Championship Panama, while Sam Greenwood slid within sneezing distance of Leah with a heap of points from the same series.

The only other change was the rise of Sorel Mizzi who came from outside the top 10 to No. 8 after his runner-up finish at WPT Rolling Thunder. That move bumped Kristen Bicknell from the top 10 and she eagerly waits in the wings as No. 11, looking for a chance to jump back on the Team Canada roster.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
16
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 111
Ari Engel1,423.12
210
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 112
Daniel Dvoress1,236.21
318
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 113
Mike Leah1,113.40
423
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 114
Kristen Bicknell1,070.26
528
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 115
Sorel Mizzi1,046.94
630
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 116
Timothy Adams1,043.12
731
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 117
Luc Greenwood1,041.80
840
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 118
Mark Radoja962.00
948
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 119
Paul Sokoloff929.60
1071
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 120
Thomas Lefort803.55

Not content with only leading the ongoing Canadian rankings, Ari Engel has now also taken over the 2017 Canadian POY race. PokerStars Championship Panama saw a lot of Canadians picking up great results. Daniel Dvoress found some great results but not enough to hold on to the lead as Engel slipped past.

Mike Leah also earned points to maintain his hold on No. 3 while Kristen Bicknell won a spade and shot up from No. 6 to No. 4 in the annual race. Sorel Mizzi also enjoyed a big climb from No. 10 to No. 5.

Paul Sokoloff, Luc Greenwood, Timothy Adams, and Mark Radoja all gained points since last week but less than other Canadians, seeing their ranking drop despite their point tally rising. Thomas Lefort is a newcomer to the race, slotting in at No. 10 after winning a $3,300 event in Panama to add to prior success at WPT Fallsview, WPT Playground, and PokerStars Championship Bahamas this year.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney2,101.11-
2 Mustapha Kanit1,810.12+1
3 Sergio Aido1,784.14-1
4 Koray Aldemir1,631.78-
5 Byron Kaverman1,498.96+2
6
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 121
Ari Engel1,423.12+15
7 Dylan Wilkerson1,377.82-1
8 Ben Heath1,359.91-3
9 Michael Del Vecchio1,277.00+40
10
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 122
Daniel Dvoress1,236.21+10

Bryn Kenney managed to run the gauntlet of the just completed PokerStars Championship Panama festival and retain his hold on the top spot in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. In fact, Kenney added to his lead after making one final table in a $5,200 NL hold'em side event in Panama as he enjoys a seventh-straight week in the lead.

Mustapha Kanit also earned a cash in Panama, taking third in the $25,500 Single-Day High Roller won by Stephen Chidwick to enable Kanit to move up into second position on the POY leaderboard.

Others used success in Panama to move up the POY list. Ari Engel went from No. 21 to No. 6 this week after cashing twice in Panama, including winning a $1,100 NL 6-max. side event. And Daniel Dvoress finished runner-up in two events, including the $50,000 Super High Roller won by Ben Tollerene, helping him go from No. 20 to No. 10.

Finally Michael Del Vecchio jumps onto the list as well, having catapulted from No. 49 to No. 9 this week after winning the World Poker Tour Rolling Thunder Main Event in California.

By the way, looking down the list a bit Dzmitry Urbanovich has moved up in a big way, going from No. 225 to No. 24 after picking up four cashes in Panama side events, including two final tables and a victory in a $2,200 NL hold'em event.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 David Peters3,457.98
2 Nick Petrangelo3,234.88
3 Bryn Kenney3,203.87
4 Justin Bonomo3,171.55
5 Samuel Panzica3,137.55
6 Rainer Kempe3,132.51
7 Adrian Mateos3,093.96
8 Ankush Mandavia3,014.76
9 Byron Kaverman2,977.68
10
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 123
Ari Engel2,967.99

Meanwhile the top of the overall GPI rankings were relatively stable this week with the top seven spots all remaining unchanged and David Peters continuing to sit at No. 1 for a fifth week in a row.

Byron Kaverman made the official final table of the $5,300 PokerStars Championship Panama Main Event won by Kenneth Smaron, going out in eighth place. Points from that finish helped him move back into the overall top 10, going from No. 13 to No. 9

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
157 Sergey Lebedev1,966.04
165 Alex Keating1,946.84
181
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 124
Sorel Mizzi1,899.73
199 Chris Hunichen1,858.25
201 Thiago Nishijima1,854.79
217 Pablo Gordillo1,825.03
222 Michael Del Vecchio1,818.50
234 Rafael Moraes1,801.43
240 David Levi1,786.24
247 Michael Telker1,774.86
284 Liv Boeree1,707.68
294 David Lopez Llacer1,687.34
298 Stoyan Obreshkov1,677.57

After last week's tournament action there were 13 players who earned enough points to jump onto the overall GPI top 300, most of whom did so at that aforementioned PokerStars Championship Panama series. Sergey Lebedev is the highest-ranked of this baker's dozen, having gone all of the way from No. 304 to No. 157 after cashing in both the Main Event and High Roller in Panama, finishing ninth in the latter.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
199 Chris Hunichen1,858.25+547
240 David Levi1,786.24+346
222 Michael Del Vecchio1,818.50+241
181
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Now Also Leads Canadian 2017 POY 125
Sorel Mizzi1,899.73+200
247 Michael Telker1,774.86+179

Chris "Big Huni" Hunichen was the biggest gainer of the week among those in the top 300, going from No. 746 to No. 199 after having a huge series in Panama where he cashed five times, including one runner-up and three fourth-place finishes with one of those fourths coming in the series-concluding $10,300 High Roller won by Steve O'Dwyer.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
281Scott Clements1,712.05-55
108John Racener2,108.26-51
241Alexander Lynskey1,783.35-51
219Benjamin Winsor1,823.74-49
289Joshua Turner1,697.25-40

As far as the "biggest drops" go — looking only at players remaining in the GPI top 300 — Scott Clements fell the furthest (although not that far) after going from No. 226 to No. 281 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Series of Poker Circuit is both in Los Angeles this week at the Bicycle Casino and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown continues in Florida, and the Foxwoods Poker Classic is underway in Connecticut.

Meanwhile the partypoker Million is playing out at the Sochi Casino and Resort in Russia, and the WSOP International Circuit Rozvadov is cranking up in the Czech Republic.

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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