Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10

Kristen Bicknell

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 8.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
19
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 101
Ari Engel2,951.10
264
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 102
Mike Leah2,265.95
382
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 103
Sam Greenwood2,182.59
489
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 104
Daniel Dvoress2,158.20
5105
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 105
Timothy Adams2,083.11
6121
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 106
Sam Chartier2,028.66
7186
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 107
Mark Radoja1,860.69
8189
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 108
Alex Difelice1,857.98
9214
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 109
Luc Greenwood1,811.32
10247
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 110
Kristen Bicknell1,742.42

Ari Engel now leads Team Canada for the 19th-straight week and the roster remains unchanged except for one important newcomer. Matt Salsberg took a dent with ageing scores, making way for a new No. 10 Canadian as he dropped from No. 7 all the way off the list at No. 11.

Coming in at No. 10 is two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell, fresh off two deep runs at the Fallsview Poker Classic in her home province of Ontario. Bicknell became the first Canadian woman to win two bracelets last summer, and the first Canadian woman to win a bracelet in an open event. Now she has become the first woman to rank among Canada's top 10 on the GPI since the rankings began.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
118
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 111
Luc Greenwood894.42
233
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 112
Paul Sokoloff783.16
337
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 113
Mike Leah766.37
444
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 114
Daniel Dvoress752.98
546
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 115
Ari Engel749.05
647
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 116
Kristen Bicknell749.04
751
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 117
Ryan Yu741.27
861
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 118
Timothy Adams706.80
968
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 119
Mark Radoja689.55
10109
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 120
Alex Difelice609.13

Luc Greenwood is still Canada's top player for 2017 so far, but a new name has shot up to No. 2. Paul Sokoloff wasn't even among the top 10 last week, but is now ranked second after a string of cashes in various events in Las Vegas.

Ari Engel made his way into the top 10 after also finding some success in Las Vegas this month, now ranking No. 5.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney1,974.95-
2Mustapha Kanit1,597.35-
3Byron Kaverman1,257.50-
4Ben Heath1,238.88+8
5Sergio Aido1,175.05-1
6Koray Aldemir1,147.45-1
7Roland Israelashivili1,139.87-
8Manig Loeser1,121.64-2
9Nadya Magnus1,047.62+5
10Allen Kessler1,008.84+14

Bryn Kenney sits comfortably atop the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings for a fifth-straight week, his lead over his nearest challenger, Mustapha Kanit, having grown larger after Kenney cashed in two separate $25,000 ARIA High Roller events last week, finishing third in one and fourth in another (though he earned points for only one of those cashes — see below).

Ben Heath also used recent success to advance up the rankings and join the top 10, moving up from No. 12 to No. 4. Heath's runner-up finish in the 818-entry Wynn Spring Classic Championship won by Eric Baldwin was the source of his POY points.

There are two other newcomers to the current POY top 10. Nadya Magnus made a deep run in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event (finishing ninth) and cashed on the World Series of Poker Circuit (winning a ring), the Heartland Poker Tour and at the Chicago Poker Classic to earn enough points to jump to No. 9 this week.

And Allen Kessler moved up from No. 24 to No. 10 this week after cashing in that Wynn Spring Classic Championship. He, too, has a number of cashes already in 2017, collecting them in the Bahamas, at the Borgata Winter Open, on the HPT, the WSOP-C and elsewhere.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 David Peters3,457.98-
2 Nick Petrangelo3,234.88+1
3 Bryn Kenney3,203.87-1
4 Justin Bonomo3,130.44-
5 Adrian Mateos3,093.96-
6 Ankush Mandavia3,032.75-
7 Dan Smith2,956.33-
8 Jason Koon2,951.83-
9
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 121
Ari Engel2,951.10-
10 Jake Schindler2,935.30+9

David Peters retains his hold on the No. 1 spot in the overall rankings this week, his third consecutive week at the top, while Nick Petrangelo edged back to No. 2 ahead of Bryn Kenney.

The rest of the list remained the same aside from Jake Schindler jumping from No. 19 to No. 10 after winning the first of those two $25,000 ARIA High Rollers mentioned above. The one Schindler won drew 33 entries, which meant it exceeded the 32-entry minimum for GPI points. The other one, incidentally, drew 31 entries, and so didn't count.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
169Eric Baldwin1,897.96
170Simeon Naydenov1,895.20
184Jonathan Borenstein1,865.67
203Joe Serock1,823.98
245Garett Greer1,748.79
278Kevin MacPhee1,694.27
281Alexander Condon1,691.52
285Celina Lin1,680.69
293Ian O'Hara1,671.90

Eric Baldwin's victory in that Wynn Spring Classic Championship was mentioned above, and by winning at the Wynn he earned the distinction of the being the highest-ranked among the nine newcomers in this week's GPI top 300, coming in at No. 169. The highest previous GPI ranking for the WSOP bracelet holder was No. 65 back in July 2011.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
203Joe Serock1,823.98+259
170Simeon Naydenov1,895.20+238
169Eric Baldwin1,897.96+173
36Daniel Strelitz2,436.03+152
67Darryll Fish2,252.11+138

Baldwin made the "Biggest Gains" top five thanks to his jump up from No. 342 to No. 169. Topping this list is Joe Serock who went from No. 462 to No. 259 after finishing eighth in the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic Main Event won by Daniel Strelitz.

Speaking of Strelitz, that win also helped him make a big GPI move, going all of the way from No. 188 to No. 36, a career GPI peak for Strelitz. Meanwhile a win in a WPTDeepStacks event and a third-place finish in another tournament has helped Darryll Fish (pictured above, right) jump from No. 205 to No. 67 this week, also a career-best ranking for him.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
262
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Becomes First-Ever Female in Canada's Top 10 122
Matt Salsberg1,720.90-104
277 Zo Karim1,696.30-103
300 Michael Wang1,661.92-94
208 Anthony Spinella1,822.45-63
271 Bryan Piccioli1,704.94-54

Finally, looking only at players still within the top 300, Matt Salsberg dropped the furthest this week after slipping from No. 158 to No. 262.

What to Expect Next Week

The PokerStars Festival Rozvadov is currently underway in the Czech Republic, with the live reporting team from PokerNews on hand sharing all the details from the €2,200 High Roller, the €5,300 King's High Roller and the €1,100 Main Event. PokerNews will also be on hand with live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more from PokerStars Championship Panama starting this weekend.

Meanwhile the WSOP-C stops in Los Angeles, the Wynn Spring Classic continues and the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event will play down to a winner tomorrow.

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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