Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains

Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress

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 3.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
113
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 101
Ari Engel3,041.87
240
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 102
Sam Greenwood2,486.15
343
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 103
Mike Leah2,467.91
477
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 104
Timothy Adams2,256.00
586
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 105
Daniel Dvoress2,184.46
6129
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 106
Sam Chartier2,048.78
7134
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 107
Mike Watson2,032.81
8158
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 108
Sorel Mizzi1,967.40
9180
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 109
Mark Radoja1,907.67
10200
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 110
Alex Difelice1,872.03

Nobody has managed to topple Ari Engel from the No. 1 spot yet. He enjoys his 27th week in a row as the top Canadian player.

A new name to the top 10 is Mike Watson after he collected three cashes at the most recent PokerStars Championship which is still wrapping up. He climbed all the way to No. 7, bumping Luc Greenwood off the roster.

Sam Chartier also lost some points as old results aged, falling one spot to No. 6.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
12
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 111
Ari Engel2,208.79
28
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 112
Daniel Dvoress2,057.71
324
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 113
Mike Leah1,406.69
438
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 114
Kristen Bicknell1,269.31
540
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 115
Luc Greenwood1,260.47
644
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 116
Timothy Adams1,241.47
752
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 117
Ryan Yu1,190.73
874
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 118
Sorel Mizzi1,126.43
994
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 119
Sam Greenwood1,070.44
10115
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 120
Paul Sokoloff996.92

There was a fair bit of movement in the 2017 Canadian Player of the Year race, though Ari Engel still leads. Daniel Dvoress still sits in the No. 2 spot nationally, but collected enough points to find himself No. 8 globally, up from No. 14 last week.

Kristen Bicknell and Luc Greenwood climbed three spots each, and Sam Greenwood was added to the roster, joining his brother Luc.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney2,840.97-
2
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 121
Ari Engel2,208.79-
3 Sergio Aido2,205.52+1
4 Koray Aldemir2,176.14+4
5 Mustapha Kanit2,109.57-2
6 Byron Kaverman2,108.44-1
7 Manig Loeser2,062.09-1
8
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 122
Daniel Dvoress2,057.71+6
9 Nick Petrangelo1,846.19-2
10 Steve O'Dwyer1,627.96+61

You might have heard how Bryn Kenney helped kick off the PokerStars Championship presented by Monte-Carlo Casino® by winning the 61-entry €100,000 Super High Roller for a huge €1,784,500 first prize.

Already leading the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race before that win, Kenney extended his lead over the chase pack considerably as he sits comfortably at No. 1 for a 13th-straight week.

Others doing well in Monaco have edged up the POY list as well. Sergio Aido went from No. 4 to No. 3 thanks to a couple of cashes in the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Club in Monaco. Koray Aldemir took third place in the €10,300 Opening Eight Max event won by Ole Schemion, enabling Aldemir to move from No. 8 to No. 4.

Daniel Dvoress has had a terrific series as well, making three high roller final tables (so far). He finished third in the €100K won by Kenney, took runner-up in the €50,000 Eight Max Shot Clock event won by Adrian Mateos, and finished seventh in the €25,500 Eight Max Shot Clock event won by Philipp Gruissem. Dvoress cashed in the €5,300 Main Event as well, and has thus moved from No. 14 to No. 8 in the latest GPI POY update.

Finally, Steve O'Dwyer made a big leap from No. 71 to No. 10 to join the POY Top 10 this week after making three final tables of his own in the €10,300 Opening Eight Max (finishing fourth), the €50K Eight Max (finishing sixth), and the €25,500 Eight Max (finishing second).

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Nick Petrangelo3,525.80-
2David Peters3,488.16-
3Bryn Kenney3,371.22+1
4Fedor Holz3,217.30+1
5Justin Bonomo3,213.32-2
6Jason Mercier3,150.27+7
7Adrian Mateos3,147.51+2
8Steve O'Dwyer3,133.19-
9Rainer Kempe3,103.74-3
10Jason Koon3,090.34+2

There was some movement as well this week in the overall GPI rankings to report. Nick Petrangelo retained his lead for a fifth week in a row. He's cashed a couple of times as well in Monaco, going deep in the €50K (fifth) and €25,500 (ninth) Eight Max Shot Clock events.

Kenney moved up a spot to No. 3 after his big Super High Roller win. Fedor Holzwho spoke with PokerNews this week about the importance of reflection in poker — took fourth in the €50K and won another side event at PSC Monte-Carlo, helping him move up from No. 5 to No 4.

Former GPI leader Jason Mercier has a couple of Monaco cashes as well, and he's moved up from No. 13 to No. 6, while €50K Eight Max Shot Clock winner Adrian Mateos also improved from No. 9 to No. 7.

Jason Koon, meanwhile, isn't in Monaco, but edged into the Top 10 this week thanks to recent cashes and others' movements in the rankings.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
134
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 123
Mike Watson2,032.81
169 Moritz Dietrich1,930.20
205 Reginald Roberts1,866.69
231 Gerald Karlic1,823.36
236 Thomas Muehloecker1,817.27
241 Iaron Lightbourne1,810.69
246 Jake Cody1,804.07
258 Mikhail Korotkikh1,790.20
262
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 124
Andrew Chen1,782.54
273 Enzo Del Piero1,765.31
289 David Vamplew1,743.54
294 Ouassni Mansouri1,734.48
299 Dejuante Alexander1,729.85

There are 13 new names in this week's GPI Top 300, with Mike Watson the highest-ranked of the group after moving all of the way from No. 452 to No. 134 since the last update. Watson has three cashes at PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo, and is now less than $20K away from cracking the $10 million-mark in lifetime career tournament earnings.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
134
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson and Daniel Dvoress Make Big Gains 125
Mike Watson2,032.81+318
169 Moritz Dietrich1,930.20+239
205 Reginald Roberts1,866.69+214
258 Mikhail Korotkikh1,790.20+177
123 Pete Chen2,066.99+144

Watson's big upward move puts him at the top of the "Biggest Gains" list among those in this week's Top 300, with Mortiz Dietrich next in line after elevating from No. 408 to No.169.

Looking at others on this list, Reginald Roberts finished runner-up in a Poker Night in America Tour event in Choctaw, Mikhail Korotkikh also took second in the PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo National High Roller won by Jack Salter, and Pete Chen won the World Poker Tour Beijing Main Event.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
240Stefan Jedlicka1,811.55-139
281Simon Deadman1,756.47-115
257Sam Soverel1,792.98-106
282Oliver Weis1,755.50-103
247Dmitry Yurasov1,802.96-94

Finally, Stefan Jedlicka fell the furthest since a week ago (looking only at players who remained in the Top 300) after going from No. 101 to No. 240.

What to Expect Next Week

The Playground Poker Spring Classic is well underway at the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec, as is the Spring Poker Open at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in New Jersey. WPT Amsterdam 2017 also gets started tomorrow at the Holland Casino in the Netherlands.

And, of course, there are still a couple of days' worth of action left to go in the PokerStars Championship Monte-Carlo series, with both the €25,750 High Roller and €5,300 Main Event left to complete. Stick close to PokerNews for live updates, photos, videos and more from Monaco.

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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