Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains

Matt Salsberg 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 July 12.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
13
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 101
Ari Engel3,267.94
252
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 102
Sam Greenwood2,488.53
355
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 103
Daniel Dvoress2,475.21
475
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 104
Timothy Adams2,367.41
593
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 105
Mike Leah2,267.53
6123
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 106
Kristen Bicknell2,140.19
7139
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 107
Matt Salsberg2,104.38
8147
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 108
Sam Chartier2,083.45
9178
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 109
Mark Radoja2,006.30
10208
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 110
Daniel Negreanu1,950.74

This marks the 37th week in a row with Ari Engel on top of Team Canada, though he now has a different person sitting behind him in second place. With Sam Greenwood picking up a few points and Daniel Dvoress losing some due to ageing, Greenwood is now second-best in the country.

Further down the counts, Matt Salsberg picked up enough results to enter the top 10 all the way up at No. 7 while Sorel Mizzi's older results aged and he fell out of the roster. Mark Radoja also joined the list while Luc Greenwood fell outside the top 10.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
17
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 111
Ari Engel2,652.80
214
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 112
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
316
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 113
Daniel Negreanu2,397.92
427
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 114
Mike Leah2,239.78
546
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 115
Timothy Adams2,013.52
649
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 116
Mark Radoja1,997.21
766
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 117
Kristen Bicknell1,916.75
896
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 118
Jean-Pascal Savard1,766.66
998
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 119
Paul Sokoloff1,764.05
10100
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 120
Sorel Mizzi1,754.23

Ari Engel also tops this list, and has done for nine weeks in a row now. Daniel Negreanu has climbed a couple of spots with his WSOP run, knocking Mike Leah and Timothy Adams down a peg each. Mark Radoja and Kristen Bicknell also swapped spots, as did Sorel Mizzi and Paul Sokoloff.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo2,881.97-
2 Dan Smith2,841.98+13
3 Bryn Kenney2,840.97-1
4 Dario Sammartino2,748.22+4
5 Sergio Aido2,695.82-2
6 Koray Aldemir2,673.73-2
7
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 121
Ari Engel2,652.80-2
8 Justin Bonomo2,466.55+3
9 David Peters2,607.62-3
10 Anthony Spinella2,453.11+14

Last week Nick Petrangelo was able to wrestle away Bryn Kenney's 21-week stranglehold on the No. 1 spot of the Global Poker Index 2017 Player of the Year rankings. The latest update shows Petrangelo remains on top for a second week in a row, although Dan Smith has suddenly made a hard charge upwards from No. 15 to No. 2 to sit just a few points behind the leader.

In the last seven days Smith made a final table in one of the last preliminary events at the 2017 World Series of Poker, finishing seventh in the Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller won by James Calderaro. He also won another $25,000 buy-in tournament, one of the ARIA High Roller events where he bested a 35-entry field to earn a nice payday plus POY points.

Dario Sammartino finished one spot ahead of Smith in sixth in that $25K PLO High Roller, helping him go from No. 8 to No. 4. Justin Bonomo jumped back on the list, going from No. 11 to No. 8. And Anthony Spinella joined the Top 10, jumping from No. 24 to No. 10 after a third-place finish in the 1,318-entry Goliath Phamous Poker Series Main Event at Planet Hollywood.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo3,383.01-
2 David Peters3,307.24-
3
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 122
Ari Engel3,267.94-
4 Bryn Kenney3,230.06+5
5 Adrian Mateos3,164.37+1
6 Justin Bonomo3,101.63+2
7 Steve O'Dwyer3,047.42-2
8 Sergio Aido3,016.33+5
9 Dan Smith3,002.51-2
10 Rainer Kempe2,975.84+4

Petrangelo continues to stay on top of the overall GPI rankings as well, making it 15 weeks at No. 1 for him.

Down the list, Bryn Kenney moved up from No. 9 to No. 4, while a couple of new names appear in this week's Top 10.

Sergio Aido (up from No. 13 to No. 8) picked up his fourth WSOP cash of the summer last week, while Rainer Kempe (up from No. 14 to No. 10) has a half-dozen WSOP cashes plus other recent ones around Las Vegas.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
96Esther Taylor2,249.47
187Raffaele Sorrentino1,985.31
191Benjamin Tollerene1,977.78
214David Jackson1,936.26
223Dylan Linde1,928.50
247Isaac Haxton1,872.99
258Phong Nguyen1,861.51
260Matthew Wakeman1,860.15
265Joey Weissman1,851.16
270Aleksandr Gofman1,843.72
282Tony Dunst1,826.63
286Albert Daher1,819.82
289Guillaume Diaz1,810.71
292Jonathan Borenstein1,804.29
296Liang Xu1,802.35
297Bart Lybaert1,801.06
299Apostolos Bechrakis1,799.35
300Adam Geyer1,796.98

There were 18 newcomers showing up in the Top 300 overall GPI rankings this week. It's rare to see a player make a leap from outside the Top 300 all of the way into the Top 100, but that's just what Esther Taylor did after enjoying a huge week at the World Series of Poker.

Taylor made two final tables since the last update, first finishing fourth in Event #64: $1,500 No-Limit Omaha/Pot-Limit Omaha won by Sebastian Langrock, then a couple of days later getting to third in the aforementioned Event #67: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller.

That made eight cashes for Taylor at this year's WSOP totaling $689,229 in winnings.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
96 Esther Taylor2,249.47+264
187 Raffaele Sorrentino1,985.31+189
247 Isaac Haxton1,872.99+151
139
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 123
Matt Salsberg2,104.38+140
155 Alexandru Papazian2,070.54+138

Taylor's big week — taking her from No. 360 to No. 96 — unsurprisingly made her the biggest gainer of all the players in the current Top 300.

Raffaele Sorrentino also made a big move from No. 376 to No. 187 after winning a Mid-States Poker Tour Deepstack Extravaganza III event this week at the Venetian.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
291 Cliff Josephy1,805.90-144
298
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Makes Big Gains 124
Lucas Greenwood1,800.80-118
281 Sean Winter1,827.37-102
244 John Monnette1,874.19-90
196 Chris Hunichen1,973.84-81

Finally, Cliff Josephy fell the furthest this week (considering only players still in the Top 300) after dropping from No. 147 to No. 291. Points he gained from his third-place finish in last year's WSOP Main Event were affected by the Aging Factor this week to move him down the list.

What to Expect Next Week

So far 72 out of 74 2017 World Series of Poker bracelet events have played out, with only the Event #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT and Event #74: The Little One for One Drop - $1,000 +111 No-Limit Hold'em left to finish.

Day 3 of the Main Event gets going in an hour, and the PokerNews live reporting team continues to provide its usual extensive coverage, including live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more. Be sure 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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