Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead

Luc Greenwood

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 1.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
19
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 101
Ari Engel2,936.25
238
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 102
Mike Leah2,390.50
380
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 103
Sam Greenwood2,182.59
484
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 104
Daniel Dvoress2,158.20
598
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 105
Timothy Adams2,083.11
6108
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 106
Sam Chartier2,060.19
7158
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 107
Matt Salsberg1,903.61
8178
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 108
Mark Radoja1,860.69
9180
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 109
Alex Difelice1,857.98
10212
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 110
Luc Greenwood1,811.32

This is the 18th-straight week that Ari Engel has been the best poker player in the country, but the next-base contender saw a change this week. After winning the opening event of the Fallsview Poker Classic for the third time in four years, Mike Leah scooped up enough points to be Canada's No. 2.

On the lower end of the roster, Mike McDonald fell from the list as Alex Difelice jumped into No. 9 after a deep run in the $2,500 event of the Fallsview Poker Classic.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
113
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 111
Luc Greenwood894.42
226
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 112
Mike Leah766.37
329
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 113
Daniel Dvoress752.98
431
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 114
Kristen Bicknell749.04
534
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 115
Ryan Yu741.27
645
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 116
Timothy Adams706.80
752
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 117
Mark Radoja689.55
877
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 118
Alex Difelice609.55
9103
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 119
Nenad Medic560.57
10113
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 120
Xuan Liu545.30

With his High Roller win in the Bahamas early in the year, Luc Greenwood still leads the Canadian POY race. A 52nd-place finish at WPT Fallsview last week added to his 2017 tally, further securing his lead.

Mike Leah's already-mentioned win in the Fallsview Poker Classic kickoff event saw him leap all the way to No. 2 as the win earned him his biggest point score of 2017. Xuan Liu's win in the second event of the same series gave her enough points to sneak in at No. 10 in the POY race.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney1,780.53-
2Mustapha Kanit1,597.35-
3Byron Kaverman1,257.50-
4Sergio Aido1,175.05-
5Koray Aldemir1,147.45+3
6Manig Loeser1,121.64+18
7Roland Israelashivili1,057.54-
8Park Yu Cheung958.34+2
9David Yan956.39-4
10Alan King Lun Lau931.71+128

Two months down here in 2017, and Bryn Kenney maintains the lead again this week in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race for a fourth-straight week.

The top four positions all stayed the same in the latest update, while Koray Aldemir moved up three spots after winning a $5,250 buy-in event at the World Poker Tour L.A. Classic last week. After his fast start to the year, Aldemir is currently ranked No. 15 in the overall GPI rankings (a career-high) and second among all German players, not far behind Fedor Holz (No. 13 overall).

New to the top 10 this week is another German player, Manig Loeser, who jumped from No. 24 to No. 6 after collecting two cashes at the WPT Fallsview Poker Classic, including a fifth-place finish in the Main Event won by Darren Elias for a record-tying third WPT title.

Also joining the list is Alan King Lun Lau of Hong Kong who earned three cashes at the Macau Poker Cup this month including two victories, one in a HK$10,000 buy-in tournament and another in a HK$15,000 event, enabling him to move all of the way from No. 138 to No. 10 on the POY list.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 David Peters3,453.94-
2 Bryn Kenney3,255.49+1
3 Nick Petrangelo3,234.88-1
4 Justin Bonomo3,130.44-
5 Adrian Mateos3,089.31-
6 Ankush Mandavia3,065.68-
7 Dan Smith2,956.33+1
8 Jason Koon2,951.83+3
9
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 121
Ari Engel2,936.25+1
10 Byron Kaverman2,925.64+2

Turning to look at the GPI overall rankings, David Peters remains in first position for a second week running while Bryn Kenney edges up to No. 2 ahead of Nick Petrangelo.

Jason Koon is a new name on this list after elevating from No. 11 to No. 8. That marks a career-high ranking and first appearance in the overall top 10 for the winner of this year's $100,000 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller and over $8.2 million in live tournament earnings.

Former overall No. 1 and 2015 GPI Player of the Year Byron Kaverman has also pushed back onto the list after moving up from No. 12 to No. 10.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
151 Phil Hui1,922.51
180
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 122
Alex Difelice1,857.98
209 Aditya Prasetyo1,813.30
218 Jared Jaffee1,800.23
225 Dan Wilson1,781.15
226 DJ MacKinnon1,780.80
238 Govert Metaal1,763.01
248
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 123
Kristen Bicknell1,742.42
260 Ben Yu1,728.63
263 Ryan Laplante1,723.10
271 Alexander Greenblatt1,715.54
276 Kevin Andriamahefa1,704.04
278 Dan Heimiller1,694.26
280 Nick Pupillo1,692.71
286 Piotr Franczak1,684.88
287 Riley Fuller1,682.70
288 Yung Hwang1,677.35
289 Cliff Josephy1,677.24
290 Benjamin Perez1,676.00
292 Jasper Meijer1,673.40
293 Antonio Esfandiari1,673.12
295 Alex Ziskin1,668.47
296 Kalidou Sow1,667.95
298 Tobias Hausen1,663.75

There are a lot of newcomers to the overall top 300 this week — 24 of them — with Phil Hui the highest-ranked of the group. Hui moved from No. 315 to No. 151 (a career-high) after finishing fourth (and being part of a four-way chop) in last week's WPTDeepStacks Big Stax 1500 won by Jimmy Poper.

For the two Canadian newcomers, it's a return trip to the top 300 for Alex Difelice, though the No. 180 spot he holds now is the highest he's ever recorded. For two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kristen Bicknell, this is her first time in the top 300 and also the highest ranking of her career.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
225 Dan Wilson1,781.15+261
226 DJ MacKinnon1,780.80+258
276 Kevin Andriamahefa1,704.04+172
151 Phil Hui1,922.51+164
180
Global Poker Index: Luc Greenwood Fortifies His Canadian POY Lead 124
Alex Difelice1,857.98+144

Phil Hui makes it onto the "Biggest Gains" list this week, as does DJ MacKinnon who after finishing runner-up in that WPTDeepStacks Big Stax 1500 event went from No. 484 to No. 226.

The biggest gainer among those in the current top 300, however, was Dan Wilson who after making two final tables in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic went from No. 486 to No. 225.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
297Sergey Lebedev1,666.80-186
232Ivan Luca1,770.62-154
262Luis Antonio Duarte Ferre1,723.93-148
264Upeshka De Silva1,722.27-96
281Patrick Mahoney1,690.97-93

Finally, again sticking only with players in the overall top 300, Sergey Lebedev suffered the steepest decline after slipping from No. 111 down to No. 297 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic culminates later today with the final table of the Main Event where Daniel Strelitz has the chip lead and WPT co-host Mike Sexton is among the final six.

Meanwhile the WPTDeepStacks Jacksonville series in Florida got going yesterday, the PokerStars Festival Rozvadov kicks off in the Czech Republic today, and the two-day Aria Super High Roller 16 happens this weekend.

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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