Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300

Daniel Negreanu

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 31.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
16
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 101
Ari Engel3,236.17
238
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 102
Sam Greenwood2,551.80
344
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 103
Mike Leah2,467.91
455
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 104
Timothy Adams2,385.96
565
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 105
Daniel Dvoress2,334.53
690
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 106
Sam Chartier2,181.13
7140
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 107
Mike Watson2,031.04
8167
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 108
Luc Greenwood1,959.23
9178
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 109
Sorel Mizzi1,928.16
10182
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 110
Kristen Bicknell1,917.35

The rank and order of the best players in Canada is completely unchanged from last week. Ari Engel has now been on top of Team Canada for 31 weeks in a row!

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
13
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 111
Ari Engel2,478.79
25
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 112
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
313
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 113
Timothy Adams1,854.35
433
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 114
Mike Leah1,524.50
563
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 115
Ryan Yu1,328.35
666
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 116
Sorel Mizzi1,312.58
771
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 117
Sam Greenwood1,288.55
876
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 118
Kristen Bicknell1,269.31
978
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 119
Luc Greenwood1,260.47
10115
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 120
Paul Sokoloff1,160.12

There was also no change at all in the Canadian POY race. Ari Engel leads this ranking for the third week now after his run was briefly disrupted by Daniel Dvoress a month ago.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney2,840.97-
2 Nick Petrangelo2,570.52+3
3
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 121
Ari Engel2,478.79-1
4 Sergio Aido2,463.57-1
5
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 122
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71-1
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-

With the first results from the 2017 World Series of Poker about to come along to start stirring up the rankings top to bottom, the 2017 GPI Player of the Year leaderboard still looks just about like it did a week ago, with Bryn Kenney remaining the frontrunner for a 17th-straight week.

The only change among the top 10 players was Nick Petrangelo moving up from No. 5 to No. 2. Petrangelo picked up POY points from a seventh-place finish in the $50,000 buy-in ARIA Super High Roller 18, a 56-entry event won by Justin Bonomo who took away $779,520 after a heads-up chop. Bonomo also won a $10K at the ARIA, and as a result moved up from No. 35 to No. 15 in the POY race this week.

Speaking of high rollers at ARIA — and looking just outside of the GPI POY Top 10 — last year's GPI Player of the Year David Peters concluded May by cashing in three different ones (a $25K High Roller, the $50K Super High Roller and a $100K SHR), enabling him to move all of the way from No. 55 to No. 11 as the WSOP gets started.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo3,510.93-
2 David Peters3,446.60+1
3 Justin Bonomo3,445.98+2
4 Fedor Holz3,427.20-2
5 Bryn Kenney3,337.60-1
6
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 123
Ari Engel3,236.17-
7 Jason Mercier3,165.47-
8 Adrian Mateos3,157.11-
9 Steve O'Dwyer3,116.71-
10 Jason Koon3,090.34-

Turning to the overall rankings, those successes at the ARIA helped Peters (No. 2 this week) and Bonomo (No. 3) each move up to nudge closer to leader Petrangelo who remains the top-ranked tournament player in the world according to the GPI for a ninth week in a row.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
190
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 124
Daniel Negreanu1,894.89
212 Christian Christner1,856.11
233 Brian Rast1,813.70
238 Linh Tran1,807.12
252 Alexander Denisov1,786.17
274 Chad Eveslage1,754.78
287 Alexander Lakhov1,736.00
299 Scott Stewart1,723.39
300 Weiyi Zhang1,721.84

There were just nine new names in the Top 300 following the latest GPI update, with Daniel Negreanu the highest-ranked of the bunch after moving up from No. 302 to No. 190.

Negreanu rejoins the Top 300 after taking eighth in that aformentioned $100,000 Super High Roller at the ARIA. Christian Christner was part of a three-handed deal to conclude that $100K SHR, earning himself a huge payday of $1.45 million and helping him to jump up from No. 406 to No. 212.

Christner also cashed in the $50K SHR (finishing fifth) to pick up even more GPI points. This marks Christner's highest-career GPI ranking and only the second time he's been in the Top 300 after a brief one-week visit earlier this year.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
212 Christian Christner1,856.11+194
233 Brian Rast1,813.70+138
190
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Returns to Top 300 125
Daniel Negreanu1,894.89+112
274 Chad Eveslage1,754.78+103
252 Alexander Denisov1,786.17+98

Christner enjoyed the biggest gain of anyone in this week's Top 300, with Negreanu having the third-largest jump. Brian Rast also made a significant upward move, going fom No. 233 to No. 138 after finishing sixth in the $50K ARIA SHR won by Bonomo.

Rast's highest previous GPI ranking was No. 10 in October 2015.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
295Upeshka De Silva1,728.85-113
272Michael Gathy1,758.81-82
296Jerry Wong1,727.75-69
186Rafael Moraes1,907.84-64
267Tim West1,767.56-53

Finally, Upeshka De Silva was the toppermost of the droppermost this week among players still ranked in the Top 300 after slipping from No. 182 to No. 295.

What to Expect Next Week

As already noted, the 74-event 2017 World Series of Poker got started this week with the first bracelet events getting going yesterday.

The PokerNews live reporting team is the WSOP's official provider of live updates again this year, so be sure to bookmark our WSOP landing page for quick access to all the hand reports, chip counts, photos, videos and more from each and every WSOP event.

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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