Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week

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 29.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
111
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 101
Ari Engel2,968.70
235
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 102
Mike Leah2,491.97
336
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 103
Sam Greenwood2,486.26
473
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 104
Timothy Adams2,257.02
586
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 105
Daniel Dvoress2,195.66
687
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 106
Sam Chartier2,194.87
7175
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 107
Mark Radoja1,907.67
8180
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 108
Sorel Mizzi1,898.19
9198
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 109
Alex Difelice1,857.98
10215
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 110
Luc Greenwood1,825.25

Team Canada is completely unchanged from last week with the point changes not amounting to enough to alter the lineup. Ari Engel has now enjoyed 22 weeks at No. 1 in the country.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
15
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 111
Ari Engel1,604.24
210
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 112
Daniel Dvoress1,236.21
321
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 113
Mike Leah1,113.40
429
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 114
Kristen Bicknell1,070.26
535
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 115
Sorel Mizzi1,046.94
637
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 116
Timothy Adams1,043.12
738
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 117
Luc Greenwood1,041.80
843
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 118
Paul Sokoloff996.92
948
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 119
Mark Radoja962.00
1089
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 120
Thomas Lefort803.55

The nation's Player of the Year race is very nearly unchanged as well, with just one change in the roster. The 10 players are the same, but Paul Sokoloff managed to climb one spot from No. 9 to No. 8 after he found a final-table appearance at Casino Regina's Station Poker Classic.

Ari Engel still leads the race after taking the top spot last week.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney2,101.11-
2 Mustapha Kanit1,810.12-
3 Sergio Aido1,784.14-
4 Koray Aldemir1,631.78-
5
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 121
Ari Engel1,604.24+1
6 Byron Kaverman1,498.96-1
7 Dylan Wilkerson1,377.82-
8 Ben Heath1,359.91-
9 Michael Del Vecchio1,277.00-
10
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 22nd Week 122
Daniel Dvoress1,236.21-

A quiet week tournament-wise means there was little change at the top of the leaderboard in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. Bryn Kenney remains the frontrunner for an eighth week in a row while all of the players kept their spots inside the top 10 since the last update.

The only change was Ari Engel inching up a spot to No. 5 after earning points for a couple of cashes in the recently completed World Series of Poker Circuit Tulsa series, including one in the Main Event won by Will Berry.

Looking down the list a bit for more dramatic movement to report, Salvatore Dicarlo jumped all of the way from No 105 to No. 22 this week after picking up three cashes himself at that WSOP-C series at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, including winning one side event. Will Berry also got a big boost from his Main Event win and three other cashes there, going from No. 177 to No. 30 in the POY rankings.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1David Peters3,440.99-
2Bryn Kenney3,226.57+1
3Nick Petrangelo3,218.26-1
4Justin Bonomo3,171.55-
5Samuel Panzica3,137.18-
6Rainer Kempe3,132.51-
7Adrian Mateos3,092.63-
8Ankush Mandavia3,014.76-
9Dan Smith2,990.68+2
10Byron Kaverman2,975.79-1

David Peters retained his hold on the top spot in the overall rankings as well, making it six weeks at No. 1 for him while Bryn Kenney edged up into second position ahead of Nick Petrangelo. Joining the top 10 this week is former overall leader Dan Smith who went from No. 11 to No. 9 after the usual weekly adjustments caused by players' results getting affected by the Aging Factor.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
201Will Berry1,855.97
256Brian Green1,750.43
280Phong Nguyen1,716.29
289Alexander Denisov1,706.36
294Ouassini Mansouri1,696.03
295Wael Sarkis1,694.30
300Jeremy Meacham1,683.42

There are only seven new names in the overall GPI top 300 this week, with aforementioned WSOP-C Tulsa Main Event winner Will Berry the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 417 to No. 201.

Tulsa is also where Brian Green cashed four times, earning enough GPI points to move from No. 352 to No. 256 and return to the top 300. Green's previous career peak ranking was No. 127 in May 2015.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
201Will Berry1,855.97+216
143Salvatore Dicarlo2,001.16+96
256Brian Green1,750.43+96
289Alexander Denisov1,706.36+79
294Ouassini Mansouri1,696.03+65

Will Berry's leap up the rankings represented the biggest gain of anyone in this week's overall GPI top 300, with Salvatore Dicarlo and Brian Green tied for the next biggest upward move.

Alexander Denisov went from No. 368 to No. 289 after cashing five times during the partypoker Million Sochi festival in Russia, including a couple of final tables. And Ouassini Mansouri finished second in the Marrakech Poker Open in Morocco to Moises Parilla-Ramos, enabling Mansouri to move from No. 359 to No. 294 and make his career debut in the top 300.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
281Enzo Del Piero1,715.54-67
278Peter Vitantonio1,717.36-50
163Ludovic Geilich1,953.10-41
192Jeff Gross1,868.60-41
267Frederik Jensen1,737.27-31

Finally, only considering players in the current top 300, Enzo Del Piero suffered the steepest drop this week after going from No. 214 to No. 281.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Series of Poker Circuit Los Angeles series wraps up at the Bicycle Casino tomorrow. Meanwhile the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series is well underway in Florida and the Foxwoods Poker Classic is ongoing in Mashantucket, Connecticut.

Over in Europe the Irish Poker Open Festival is drawing eyes this week while the WSOP International Circuit Rozvadov series is also playing out in the Czech Republic.

And don't forget over in Asia where the PokerStars Championship Macau series is already underway. The live reporting team from PokerNews is on their way now, and starting Saturday will be bringing live updates, hand reports, chip counts, photos, videos and more from all of the big events at the City of Dreams. Be sure to follow all of the coverage right here on PokerNews.

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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