Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300

Mike McDonald

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 24.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
16
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 101
Ari Engel3,242.29
237
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 102
Sam Greenwood2,559.65
344
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 103
Mike Leah2,467.91
456
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 104
Timothy Adams2,385.96
565
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 105
Daniel Dvoress2,334.53
688
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 106
Sam Chartier2,181.13
7145
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 107
Mike Watson2,031.04
8166
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 108
Luc Greenwood1,959.23
9183
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 109
Sorel Mizzi1,928.16
10184
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 110
Kristen Bicknell1,924.31

This marks 30 weeks in a row that Ari Engel has been on top of the Canadian rankings. Only the bottom few spots saw any movement this week as Luc Greenwood and Kristen Bicknell made their return to the team, bumping Sorel Mizzi down a peg and removing Mark Radoja and Jean-Pascal Savard from the roster entirely.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
12
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 111
Ari Engel2,478.79
24
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 112
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
312
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 113
Timothy Adams1,854.35
429
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 114
Mike Leah1,524.50
553
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 115
Ryan Yu1,328.35
657
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 116
Sorel Mizzi1,312.58
764
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 117
Sam Greenwood1,288.55
870
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 118
Kristen Bicknell1,269.31
972
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 119
Luc Greenwood1,260.47
10117
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 120
Paul Sokoloff1,153.69

The only change in the Canadian POY race where Ari Engel enjoys his second week on top was a few more points for Sorel Mizzi, vaulting him all the way from No. 10 to No. 6. Those points were earned in the $10,300 High Roller at Playground earlier in the month where Mizzi finished third.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney2,840.97-
2
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 121
Ari Engel2,478.79-
3 Sergio Aido2,463.57-
4
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 122
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71-
5 Nick Petrangelo2,392.76-
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-

Looking at the latest update of the 2017 Global Poker Player of the Year leaderboard, it's tempting to fall into the cliché trap and talk about the "calm before the storm." But things are pretty calm right now, POY-wise, and the storm's a-coming — the 2017 World Series of Poker, that is, the first events of which get going in less than a week.

The POY top 10 remains identical from a week ago, with Bryn Kenney — leader for 16 weeks running now — carrying the advantage into the start of the WSOP.

Looking down the list a bit, Nadya Magnus made an upward move from No. 60 to No. 19 this week after picking up a couple of cashes at the recent WSOP Circuit Harrah's New Orleans stop.

All-time WSOP Circuit ring leader Maurice Hawkins also made the High Roller final table in New Orleans and moved from No. 37 to No. 22. And Aaron Massey jumped from No. 90 to No. 31 after finishing runner-up to Michael Shanahan in the Mid-States Poker Tour Firekeepers Casino Michigan Main Event.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo3,525.80-
2 Fedor Holz3,450.27-
3 David Peters3,431.69-
4 Bryn Kenney3,367.59-
5 Justin Bonomo3314.73-
6
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 123
Ari Engel3,242.29-
7 Jason Mercier3,218.68-
8 Adrian Mateos3,152.68-
9 Steve O'Dwyer3,116.71-
10 Jason Koon3,090.34-

The quiet week also meant no movement among the top 10 in the overall GPI rankings where Nick Petrangelo remains the No. 1-ranked player in the world for an eighth-straight week.

Looking down the list a bit, Charlie Carrel moved up from No. 41 to No. 24 this week. Though not related to his GPI ranking, Carrel also earned a cool $1.2 million this week for winning the Spring Championship of Online Poker Main Event ("High") where he topped a 693 entry-field.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
192 Caufman Talley1,896.61
224
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 124
Mike McDonald1,831.07
225 Michael Lech1,827.13
229 Marshall White1,816.08
234
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 125
Matt Salsberg1,811.00
236 Eddy Sabat1,805.90
237 William Kassouf1,804.45
272 Ray Qartomy1,766.90
284 Ivan Deyra1,749.60
298 Ragi Raghavan1,728.91

There are 10 new names among the GPI Top 300 this week, including a number of familiar ones. Caufman Talley comes in as the highest-ranked of the group of newcomers. Talley went from No. 357 to No. 192 after finishing third in the WSOP-C Harrah's New Orleans Main Event won by Jason Baldridge.

Mike McDonald rejoins the list, moving up from No. 433 to No. 224 not long after winning the partypoker MILLION North America High Roller.

Matt Salsberg recently won the 2017 California State Poker Championship, and he's returned to the list as well after going from No. 420 to No. 234.

And William Kassouf is among the Top 300 again this week, too, after elevating from No. 301 to No. 237 following his 11th-place finish in the 888Live Barcelona Main Event won by Luigi Shehadeh.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
224
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 126
Mike McDonald1,831.07+209
236 Eddy Sabat1,805.90+196
234
Global Poker Index: Mike McDonald Returns to Top 300 127
Matt Salsberg1,811.00+186
225 Michael Lech1,827.13+173
272 Ray Qartomy1,766.90+173

McDonald made the biggest upward move this week among players in the GPI Top 300. Eddy Sabat moved up nearly as many spots as McDonald did, going from No. 432 to No. 236 after a fifth-place finish in that aforementioned 2017 California State Poker Championship won by Salsberg.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
287Martin Kozlov1,744.67-103
162Joseph Cheong1,978.53-87
158Tom Marchese1,997.48-64
231Mark Herm1,813.99-64
294Michael Telker1,731.79-64

Finally, only considering players still ranked in the GPI Top 300, Martin Kozlov fell the furthest since the last update after going from No. 184 to No. 287.

What to Expect Next Week

As noted, the start of the 2017 WSOP next Wednesday currently occupies most of the live tournament poker world's attention at the moment, with the PokerNews live reporting team currently gearing up for its coverage of all 74 events.

Speaking of the live reporting team, they are currently reporting from four other locations:

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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