Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY

Demo Kiriopoulos

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 July 19.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
13
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 101
Ari Engel3,267.94
257
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 102
Sam Greenwood2,469.26
367
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 103
Daniel Dvoress2,410.08
471
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 104
Mike Leah2,395.14
574
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 105
Timothy Adams2,363.75
6124
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 106
Kristen Bicknell2,140.19
7131
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 107
Sam Chartier2,125.36
8132
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 108
Matt Salsberg2,122.51
9176
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 109
Mark Radoja2,028.50
10183
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 110
Daniel Negreanu2,004.84

Even the WSOP couldn't budge Ari Engel from his lead on the country's list of top tournament players. With the summer series now complete (aside from the Canadian-less Main Event final table), Engel came out the other side still holding the top spot for the 38th week in a row.

Mike Leah managed to climb one more spot this week, displacing Timothy Adams in the No. 4 spot. The only other change was a one-rung climb by Sam Chartier, taking the No. 7 spot from Matt Salsberg.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
18
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 111
Ari Engel2,652.80
215
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 112
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
316
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 113
Timothy Adams2,429.64
418
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 114
Daniel Negreanu2,397.92
529
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 115
Mike Leah2,239.78
643
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 116
Mark Radoja2,095.83
773
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 117
Kristen Bicknell1,916.75
892
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 118
Sorel Mizzi1,824.82
9106
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 119
Demo Kiriopoulos1,785.05
10114
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 120
Jean-Pascal Savard1,766.66

Ari Engel still leads the Canadian POY as well, making it 10 weeks in a row now. Timothy Adams climbed two spots to No. 3, knocking Daniel Negreanu and Mike Leah down a notch.

The other changes to the lineup came from Sorel Mizzi, who climbed two spots to No. 8, and the addition of a new face. Toronto's Demo Kiriopoulos is not someone you hear about often, but seven Las Vegan cashes this summer gave him enough points to take the No. 9 spot this week. Paul Sokoloff was bumped off the bottom of the roster.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Dario Sammartino2,928.47+3
2 Nick Petrangelo2,881.97-1
3 Dan Smith2,841.98-1
4 Bryn Kenney2,840.97-1
5 Koray Aldemir2,833.85+1
6 Sergio Aido2,695.82-1
7 David Peters2,684.63+2
8
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 121
Ari Engel2,652.80-1
9 Charlie Carrel2,618.77+9
10 Justin Bonomo2,616.70-2

There's a brand new No. 1 in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race as Dario Sammartino leaped three spots to the top, knocking Nick Petrangelo out of the lead he had held for the previous two weeks.

Sammartino just concluded a fantastic summer at the 2017 World Series of Poker with a deep run in the Main Event ending with a 43rd-place finish.

That was the Italian's eighth cash of the series, including two final tables. The first came at the start of the WSOP when he took third in the Event #6: $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em - High Roller for One Drop won by Doug Polk, while the other came near the end when he finished sixth in the Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller won by James Calderaro.

Charlie Carrel also made it to the end of Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event, finishing in 88th. That run plus four other cashes in this summer's series pushes the U.K. player up into the POY Top 10 this week after he moved from No. 18 to No. 9.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo3,465.26-
2 David Peters3,294.37-
3
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 122
Ari Engel3,267.94-
4 Adrian Mateos3,177.14+1
5 Bryn Kenney3,166.75-1
6 Fedor Holz3,121.07+15
7 Steve O'Dwyer3,047.42-
8 Justin Bonomo3,042.65-2
9 Sergio Aido3,025.39-1
10 Dario Sammartino3,024.41+20

Meanwhile Petrangelo managed to retain the No. 1 spot in the overall rankings this week, his 16th-straight week at the top.

Former top-ranked player Fedor Holz catapulted back into the Top 10 this week following his victory in the 2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro HK$250,000 6-Max High Roller. Holz topped a 41-entry field, making a final table comeback to win the title and HK$3,472,200 first prize (worth nearly $445K USD).

From mid-June 2016 to early January 2017, Holz was the top-ranked tournament player in the world according to the GPI, spending 29 straight weeks on top. Last week he came in at No. 21, his lowest ranking since December 2015, but his win helped him move up 15 spots to No. 6.

Sammartino also joins the Top 10 since the last update after going from No. 30 to No. 10. Sammartino has been in the Top 10 before, peaking at No. 7 in July 2015.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
108 Richard Dubini2,194.04
150 Scott Stewart2,074.79
181 Alexandre Reard2,013.02
191 Matt Bond1,996.18
234 Eduards Kudrjavcevs1,909.76
242 Tom Middleton1,892.92
246 Michael Linster1,882.20
248 Dominik Nitsche1,880.38
253 Ryan Leng1,872.02
264 Matt Berkey1,861.96
267 Kiryl Radzivonau1,856.79
274 Zohair Karim1,841.60
276 Kevin Eyster1,838.01
278 Ray Henson1,837.64
281
Global Poker Index: Demo Kiriopoulos Joins GPI Top 300 and Canadian POY 123
Demo Kiriopoulos1,835.94
288 Jake Cody1,818.72
289 Felix Bleiker1,818.28
290 Daniel Dizenzo1,817.01
291 Reginald Roberts1,814.88
295 Patrick Leonard1,810.75
298 Vincent Moscati1,804.60

There are 21 new names in the GPI Top 300 this week, with Richard Dubini the highest-ranked among them at No. 108. An eighth place in the Event #50: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Bounty won by Chris Bolek coupled with his 12th-place showing in the WSOP Main Event helped Dubini move up 248 places from No. 356.

Scott Stewart made it all of the way to 13th in the Main Event, and as a result moved up from No. 389 to No. 150, his highest career ranking. Alexandre Reard went out in 16th place on Monday in the Main Event as well, pushing him from No. 402 to No. 181 this week, also a career-high.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
295Patrick Leonard1,810.7+765
191Matt Bond1,996.18+260
108Richard Dubini2,194.04+248
150Scott Stewart2,074.79+239
181Alexandre Reard2,013.02+221

We were just talking to Patrick Leonard recently about a hand he played during the WSOP Main Event, one for which he provided an excellent analysis. Leonard didn't cash in the Main, but he did have one heck of a week in Las Vegas otherwise, winning three different tournaments with his cashes totaling more than $1.26 million.

After winning two $25,000 ARIA High Rollers, Leonard then topped a 271-entry field to win the $10,400 Bellagio Cup XIII, enabling him to go from No. 1060 to No. 295.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
287Paul Newey1,824.28-93
260Ben Yu1,865.39-85
238Jared Jaffee1,900.99-52
299Issac Haxton1,803.70-52
129Igor Kurganov2,131.88-50

Finally, looking only at players still in the GPI Top 300, Paul Newey endured the steepest drop this week after going from No. 194 to No. 287.

What to Expect Next Week

Over the next three days, all eyes will be on the final table of the Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT. Stick close here at PokerNews for comprehensive coverage of every hand played, chip counts, photos, videos and more as we find out together who will be poker's next world champion.

Meanwhile the PokerStars Festival Lille series is underway in France, as is the PokerStars Festival Korea series in Incheon. PokerNews is on hand this week with coverage from PSF Korea, and also reporting from the 2017 Seneca Niagara Falls Summer Slam.

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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