Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada

Kristen Bicknell WSOP

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 June 28.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
15
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 101
Ari Engel3,233.71
252
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 102
Sam Greenwood2,495.97
354
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 103
Daniel Dvoress2,490.89
469
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 104
Mike Leah2,409.76
576
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 105
Timothy Adams2,372.23
6128
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 106
Daniel Negreanu2,124.05
7141
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 107
Kristen Bicknell2,082.66
8167
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 108
Sam Chartier2,014.10
9168
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 109
Sorel Mizzi2,009.97
10177
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 110
Luc Greenwood1,990.51

With the results pouring in from WSOP, there is a bit of Canadian movement this week, although Ari Engel still leads for the 35th week in a row. Timothy Adams is on the move, climbing one notch to No. 5. Kristen Bicknell also laddered all the way from No. 10 to No. 7. And two other players found a spot on the roster after being outside of the top 10 last week. Sam Chartier and Sorel Mizzi have now made Team Canada.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
16
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 111
Ari Engel2,478.79
28
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 112
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
314
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 113
Mike Leah2,239.78
424
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 114
Timothy Adams2,013.52
537
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 115
Kristen Bicknell1,879.03
648
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 116
Daniel Negreanu1,816.97
767
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 117
Sorel Mizzi1,695.17
868
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 118
Paul Sokoloff1,692.14
991
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 119
Mark Radoja1,605.41
10157
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 120
Thomas Taylor1,414.17

Nobody has been successful in toppling Ari Engel yet. He leads the Canadian POY race for the seventh week in a row. Daniel Negreanu earned enough points to climb one spot to No. 6 and Sorel Mizzi also climbed one spot to No. 7. The addition of Thomas Taylor in the No. 10 spot bumped Ryan Yu out of the running.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney2,840.97-
2 Nick Petrangelo2,741.39-
3 Koray Aldemir2,673.73-
4 Sergio Aido2,616.19-
5 David Peters2,511.81-
6
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 121
Ari Engel2,478.79-
7 Adrian Mateos2,466.55-
8
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 122
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71-
9 Justin Bonomo2,429.02+3
10 Manig Loeser2,340.79-1

It was a quiet week as far as the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race is concerned. None of the top eight players in the rankings recorded a cash at the 2017 World Series of Poker over the last week, though none saw their positions challenged as Bryn Kenney continues to lead for a 21st-straight week.

Justin Bonomo did crack the POY Top 10, moving up from No. 12 to No. 9 after the points were recorded from his fifth-place finish in Event #40: $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo won by Ernest Bohn.

Speaking of the WSOP, there's been a lot of debate this summer over the WSOP Player of the Year race — currently led by Ray Henson — and the new formula being used. Unlike last year, the WSOP POY is not being powered by the Global Poker Index, although the GPI is nonetheless providing its own "2017 WSOP Leaderboard" using its own system.

James Obst currently leads the GPI version of the list, which if you're curious can be consulted here.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo3,483.52-
2 David Peters3,388.23+1
3 Justin Bonomo3,305.36-1
4 Fedor Holz3,265.07-
5
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 123
Ari Engel3,233.71-
6 Steve O'Dwyer3,218.54+1
7 Adrian Mateos3,200.21+1
8 Dan Smith3,147.71-2
9 Bryn Kenney3,142.76-
10 Paul Volpe3,114.22+1

The overall rankings remained fairly stable at the top this week as well, with some small shuffles here and there and Nick Petrangelo still at the top for a 13th week in a row.

David Peters (No. 2) and Justin Bonomo (No. 3) swapped spots again, and Paul Volpe rejoined the Top 10 after moving up from No. 11 to No. 10. Volpe's career-high GPI ranking was No. 4, achieved in August 2015.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
172 Ryan Laplante2,001.16
181 Matas Cimbolas1,985.58
185 Kou Vang1,979.95
211 Juha Helppi1,924.34
214 Kenny Hallaert1,919.76
221 Oliver Weis1,904.38
233 Ludovic Geilich1,881.78
234 Michael Zhang1,879.65
235
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 124
Noah Vaillancourt1,875.90
237 Artur Koren1,875.30
245 Tom Middleton1,860.41
255 Robert Heidorn1,840.64
269 Kilian Kramer1,818.60
271 Matthew Wakeman1,816.18
281 Max Pescatori1,800.71
282 Dylan Linde1,798.70
285 Daniel Dizenzo1,797.45
288 Adrien Allain1,794.70
289 Andreas Klatt1,794.26
290 Stefan Jedlicka1,794.13
293 Albert Daher1,788.75
300 Atanas Kavrakov1,773.23

There are 22 new names in this week's GPI Top 300, with Ryan Laplante the highest-ranked of the group after moving up nearly 200 spots from No. 371 to No. 172.

Laplante has picked up several cashes in Las Vegas this summer while playing in the many tournament series currently on offer. His biggest cash of the month came when he earned $161,169 for a runner-up finish in a $1,100 NL event in the 2017 Wynn Summer Classic.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
234Michael Zhang1,879.65+257
181Matas Cimbolas1,985.58+210
172Ryan Laplante2,001.16+199
293Albert Daher17,88.75+193
285Daniel Dizenzo1,797.45+167

Who made the biggest upward moves this week among those in the GPI Top 300? Laplante's jump was one of the higher ones, topped by a few spots by Matas Cimbolas Cimbolas went from No. 391 to No. 181 this week after similarly collecting cashes in various Las Vegas events.

It was Michael Zhang making the most dramatic upward move, though, going from No. 491 to No. 234 on the heels of three WSOP cashes plus another at the ARIA Resort and Casino.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
227 Robert Mizrachi1,892.81-90
225
Global Poker Index: Kirsten Bicknell Climbs to No. 7 in Canada 125
Mike Watson1,893.91-72
291 Dermot Blain1,793.91-71
158 Manig Loeser2,029.46-70
296 Mihails Morozova1,783.46-65

Finally, despite having a strong WSOP thus far with five cashes and a final table, Robert Mizrachi slipped the furthest among those in the GPI Top 300 this week (from No. 137 to No. 227) after some of his earlier scores were affected by the system's Aging Factor.

What to Expect Next Week

Along with all of those other Vegas tournament series, the 2017 World Series of Poker marches forward with the Main Event that starts July 8 fast approaching. Among those other series is the already begun $565 buy-in WPT500 Las Vegas, the final table for which happens July 5.

The PokerNews live reporting team remains on hand providing live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more from each of the 74 bracelet events. So bookmark our WSOP landing page to follow along.

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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