Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead

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 May 17.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
16
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 101
Ari Engel3,230.29
238
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 102
Sam Greenwood2,528.70
344
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 103
Mike Leah2,467.91
447
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 104
Timothy Adams2,449.62
567
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 105
Daniel Dvoress2,334.53
688
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 106
Sam Chartier2,201.77
7147
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 107
Mike Watson2,031.04
8173
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 108
Sorel Mizzi1,951.49
9190
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 109
Mark Radoja1,907.67
10198
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 110
Jean-Pascal Savard1,890.12

There's no touching Ari Engel. He leads Team Canada for the 29th week in a row, further extending his lead over the rest of the roster with almost 200 more points in his total than he had last week.

The new name on the list is Jean-Pascal Savard, bumping Luc Greenwood off the list after Savard won the richest poker tournament in Canadian history.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
12
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 111
Ari Engel2,478.79
24
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 112
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
312
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 113
Timothy Adams1,854.35
427
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 114
Mike Leah1,524.50
548
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 115
Ryan Yu1,328.35
658
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 116
Sam Greenwood1,288.55
765
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 117
Kristen Bicknell1,269.31
868
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 118
Luc Greenwood1,260.47
9109
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 119
Paul Sokoloff1,149.16
10116
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 120
Sorel Mizzi1,126.43

After stealing the lead just last week, Daniel Dvoress has given up the top spot as Ari Engel reclaimed the title once more. Ryan Yu also climbed two spots, and Sam Greenwood rose by three, knocking Kristen Bicknell down two rungs. Paul Sokoloff also earned enough points to rise from the bottom spot to No. 9, dropping Sorel Mizzi to No. 10.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney2,840.97-
2
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 121
Ari Engel2,478.79+4
3 Sergio Aido2,463.57-1
4
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 122
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71-1
5 Nick Petrangelo2,392.76-1
6 Manig Loeser2,262.69-
7 Koray Aldemir2,176.14-
8 Mustapha Kanit2,109.57-
9 Byron Kaverman2,108.44-
10 Steve O'Dwyer1,938.12-

There's really just one change to report regarding the latest Top 10 in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year Race.

All 10 players remain the same since the last update, with Bryn Kenney still leading for a 15th week in a row. Only Ari Engel has disturbed players' positions after moving up from No. 6 to No. 2. Engel's most recent big tournament score came in the partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event in Montreal where he finished fifth of 1,168 entries in the event won by Jean-Pascal Savard.

Looking down the POY list a little, Dylan Wilkerson moved up from No. 25 to No. 14 this week after cashing in that same partypoker MILLIONS event then adding another small score in the latest Parx Casino Big Stax series. Another casher in Montreal, 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Ryan Riess, has cracked the POY Top 20 as well, going from No. 29 to No. 17.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo3,525.80-
2 Fedor Holz3,450.90+1
3 David Peters3,431.82-1
4 Bryn Kenney3,362.37-
5 Justin Bonomo3,314.73-
6
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 123
Ari Engel3,230.29+5
7 Jason Mercier3,218.68-1
8 Adrian Mateos3,147.51-1
9 Steve O'Dwyer3,116.71-1
10 Jason Koon3,090.34-

The GPI overall rankings also remained mostly steady since last week, with Engel again the main disrupter of things after jumping from No. 11 to No. 6 to join the Top 10.

Nick Petrangelo remains the top-ranked tournament player in the world again for a seventh week running, with Fedor Holz (No. 2) and David Peters (No. 3) swapping spots just below.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
198
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 124
Jean-Pascal Savard1,890.12
220 Tim West1,852.83
288
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 125
Elliot Smith1,737.32
292 Kane Kalas1,732.80
293 Daniel Stern1,732.54

After a relatively high amount of turnover week-to-week over the last couple of months, just five new players joined this week's GPI overall rankings with Jean-Pascal Savard the highest-ranked of the group after making a big move up from No. 547 to No. 198.

As noted above, Savard won that partypoker MILLIONS North America Main Event, earning a first prize of C$956,050 or nearly $700K USD. Savard nearly matches his previous career-high ranking of No. 195 from June 2016.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayer Total GPI ScoreChange
198
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 126
Jean-Pascal Savard1,890.12+349
161 Enzo Del Piero1,987.20+126
292 Kane Kalas1,732.80+122
288
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Reclaims Canadian POY Lead 127
Elliot Smith1,737.32+106
137 Rob Wazwaz2,058.09+198

Savard was the biggest gainer of anyone in the GPI Top 300 this week. Next on the list, Enzo Del Piero went from No. 287 to No. 161 after a runner-up finish in the World Poker Tour Amsterdam 2017 High Roller last week.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
286Artem Metalidi1,745.61-87
154Ryan D'Angelo2,007.50-52
299Dimitar Danchev1,727.46-50
178Andjelko Andrejevic1,943.37-45
287Raiden Kan Yew Fatt1,744.94-41

And looking only at players still in the GPI Top 300, Artem Metalidi slipped the furthest this week after going from No. 199 to No. 286.

What to Expect Next Week

There's a lot happening this week — just ask the PokerNews live reporting team who will be all over the globe reporting on no less than seven different events during the upcoming days.

Besides the 2017 Cash Game Festival Gibraltar and the ongoing 888poker XK Inferno series (neither of which will affect the GPI rankings), PokerNews is currently on hand with live updates, chip counts, photos and more from the Winamax SISMIX Main Event as well as the 888Live Poker Festival Barcelona.

Meanwhile tomorrow begins the Poker King Cup Macau where PokerNews will deliver reports on the Main Event and High Roller. Then on Sunday the PokerStars Festival Chile series starts, where we'll also be providing coverage of both the Main Event and High Roller.

And finally, next Tuesday begins our coverage of the much anticipated PokerStars Championship Sochi series in Russia, where the team will be reporting on multiple events.

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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