Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada

Alex Difelice

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 August 30.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
17
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 101
Ari Engel3,127.74
256
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 102
Mike Leah2,522.96
369
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 103
Daniel Dvoress2,427.66
478
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 104
Timothy Adams2,353.75
5107
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 105
Sam Greenwood2,206.44
6128
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 106
Kristen Bicknell2,139.86
7148
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 107
Matt Salsberg2,075.94
8162
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 108
Mark Radoja2,059.55
9172
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 109
Sorel Mizzi2,027.21
10173
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 110
Alex Difelice2,023.51

Ari Engel still leads, now for 44 weeks in a row, and Mike Leah is No. 2 for the second week. But in third, Daniel Dvoress jumped a rung due to Timothy Adams seeing old results degrade in value. Sam Greenwood picked up a few points, taking the No. 5 spot from Kristen Bicknell. Lastly, Alex Difelice earned the No. 10 spot, knocking Daniel Negreanu off of Team Canada.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
19
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 111
Ari Engel2,796.06
221
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 112
Timothy Adams2,558.33
324
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 113
Daniel Negreanu2,493.90
426
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 114
Mike Leah2,488.26
529
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 115
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
679
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 116
Mark Radoja2,095.83
799
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 117
Kristen Bicknell2,016.19
8153
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 118
Mike Watson1,842.92
9164
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 119
Sorel Mizzi1,824.82
10178
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 120
Demo Kiriopoulos1,785.05

This is the 15th week with Ari Engel at the top of the Canadian POY. He added to his lead with a cash at PokerStars Championship Barcelona. At the same series, Mike Watson picked up a couple of cashes, giving him the No. 8 spot and knocking Jean-Pascal Savard out of the top 10.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney3,284.93-
2 Koray Aldemir3,149.15-
3 Nick Petrangelo3,058.14+1
4 Dario Sammartino2,928.47-1
5 Dan Smith2,841.98-
6 Sergio Aido2,809.01-
7 Pete Chen2,781.40-
8 Stephen Chidwick2,778.51+11
9
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 121
Ari Engel2,769.06-
10 David Peters2,745.14-2

After reclaiming the lead in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race last week, Bryn Kenney stays on top for a second week running with Koray Aldemir remaining his closest challenger in second position.

Nick Petrangelo moved up a spot to No. 3 in the POY rankings after a relatively deep run in the PokerStars Championship Barcelona Main Event. Petrangelo took 19th out of 1,682 in the event won by Sebastian Sorensson.

Stephen Chidwick also enjoyed a successful series in Barcelona. He won the first single-day €25,500 NL Hold'em 8-Handed Single Re-Entry event, then nearly won the second one as well, finishing third. Points earned from those results helped Childwick jump from No. 19 to No. 8 to join the current Top 10.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney3,415.63-
2 Nick Petrangelo3,307.33+1
3 David Peters3,262.53-1
4 Justin Bonomo3,230.84-
5 Stephen Chidwick3,209.76+2
6 Adrian Mateos3,203.92-1
7
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 122
Ari Engel3,127.74-1
8 Dan Smith3,076.69-
9 Ankush Mandavia3,053.09-
10 Koray Aldemir3,014.22+9

Kenney retained the No. 1 position in the overall global rankings again this week, too, his second week on top there as well.

Kenney knocked Petrangelo out of the top spot last week (after 20 weeks in first for Petrangelo). However that Main Event finish helped Petrangelo move back up from No. 3 to No. 2 this week and one spot closer to moving back in front.

Chidwick's twin scores in Barcelona moved him from No. 7 to No. 5 in the latest update. The British pro's highest previous ranking has been No. 3 (in June 2015).

Aldemir also moved up this week from No. 19 to No. 10 after he earned four cashes during the PSC Barcelona series, including three final tables. It's a career-high ranking for Aldemir who cracks the overall Top 10 for the first time.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
173
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 123
Alex Difelice2,023.51
186 Stefan Jedlicka1,997.86
209 Jeremy Meacham1,974.28
217 Govert Metaal1,947.39
229 Jake Cody1,932.17
237 Lander Lijo1,919.24
242 Aleksandr Gofman1,913.92
253 Jussi Nevanlinna1,888.66
258 John Juanda1,883.18
266 Andre Akkari1,863.95
270 Jan Bendik1,858.97
274 Matas Cimbolas1,849.70
276 Kyle Bowker1,844.77
284 Adam Owen1,835.26
292 Francois Billard1,824.35
293 Osmin Dardon1,823.86
294 Robert Hankins1,821.68
295 Anton Astapau1,820.47
296 Christoph Vogelsang1,820.43
297 Jens Lakemeier1,819.83
300 James Calderaro1,817.71

There were no less than 21 new names in the GPI Top 300 this week, with Alex Difelice the highest ranked among the newcomers. Difelice made a huge upward move, going from No. 526 to No. 173 after cashing twice in Barcelona, including finishing 10th in the Main Event.

Three cashes in Barcelona helped Stefan Jedlicka move up from No. 329 to No. 186. Meanwhile Jeremy Meacham's victory in the World Series of Poker Circuit Foxwood Main Event earned him $156,735 for topping the 486-entry field and also elevated him from No. 369 to No. 209 in the GPI.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
173
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Replaces Daniel Negreanu on Team Canada 124
Alex Difelice2,023.51+353
292 Francois Billard1,824.35+208
266 Andre Akkari1,863.95+177
209 Jeremy Meacham1,974.28+160
124 Albert Daher2,143.21+149

Difelice's leap was the largest of anyone in this week's GPI Top 300, with Francois Billard's move up from No. 500 to No. 292 the next biggest upward move. Billard had three cashes in Barcelona, including a runner-up in a €10K side event, to improve his ranking.

Andre Akkari also moved back into the Top 300 this week, enjoying the third-biggest gain of players on the list this week after finishing fifth in the PSC Barcelona Main Event. Akkari's previous career-high ranking was No. 111 in February 2016.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
271Artem Metalidi1,857.25-110
155Ivan Luca2,068.27-88
202Ilkin Savalan Amirov1,980.93-71
213Dylan Linde1,962.19-71
236[Removed:172]1,919.37-61

Finally, only looking at those in the current GPI Top 300, Artem Metalidi endured the steepest slip since the last update after tumbling from No. 161 to No. 271.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Poker Tour Legends of Poker series at the Bicycle Casino comes to an exciting conclusion tonight with a six-handed final table featuring JC Tran, Marvin Rettenmaier, and Phil Hellmuth.

Meanwhile the Heartland Poker Tour is currently playing out a series at the Ameristar Casino in Chicago, the 2017 World Cup of Cards continues at the Playground Poker Club in Quebec, and the Brazilian Series of Poker gets started today in Foz do Iguaçu, Pa, Brazil.

Also ongoing are the WPT Deepstacks Portugal series in Vilamoura, the WSOP International Circuit Rotterdam series in the Netherlands, and the partypoker Millions Russia series in Sochi.

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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