Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight

Ari Engel

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 2.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
13
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 101
Ari Engel3,182.73
260
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 102
Timothy Adams2,481.49
369
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 103
Daniel Dvoress2,410.08
473
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 104
Mike Leah2,389.05
578
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 105
Sam Greenwood2,366.77
6122
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 106
Kristen Bicknell2,172.39
7123
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 107
Sam Chartier2,172.04
8145
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 108
Matt Salsberg2,111.53
9165
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 109
Mark Radoja2,054.18
10189
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 110
Daniel Negreanu2,004.84

Ari Engel still leads the pack, now for 40 weeks in a row. Unsurprisingly, with very little poker action this past week, the rankings are completely unchanged from last week.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
18
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 111
Ari Engel2,652.80
214
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 112
Timothy Adams2,558.33
320
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 113
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
422
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 114
Daniel Negreanu2,397.92
538
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 115
Mike Leah2,239.78
649
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 116
Mark Radoja2,095.83
768
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 117
Kristen Bicknell2,016.19
8107
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 118
Sorel Mizzi1,824.82
9120
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 119
Demo Kiriopoulos1,785.05
10130
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 120
Jean-Pascal Savard1,766.66

Ari Engel has now led the Canadian POY for 12 weeks in a row as he looks to claim this title for the second year in a row. The rest of the roster is unchanged from last week.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Dario Sammartino2,928.47-
2 Nick Petrangelo2,881.97-
3 Dan Smith2,841.98-
4 Bryn Kenney2,840.97-
5 Koray Aldemir2,833.85-
6 Sergio Aido2,809.01-
7 David Peters2,684.63-
8
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 121
Ari Engel2,652.80-
9 Charlie Carrel2,618.77-
10 Justin Bonomo2,616.70-

A quiet week, tournament-wise, means no movement whatsoever among the current top 10 in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. For those scoring at home, Dario Sammartino has been at No. 1 for three weeks now.

Looking just outside the Top 10 provides some news worth reporting, as 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joe McKeehen has moved up from No. 34 to No. 11 after two straight runner-up finishes in events at the Borgata Summer Poker Open.

After finishing second of 124 entries in a $1K event at the Borgata, McKeehen then took second again just a couple of days later in a $2,700 event that drew 600 entries.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo3,480.87-
2 David Peters3,294.37-
3
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 122
Ari Engel3,182.73-
4 Adrian Mateos3,177.14-
5 Bryn Kenney3,162.11-
6 Sergio Aido3,066.15-
7 Justin Bonomo3,054.06-
8 Ankush Mandavia3,039.56-
9 Steve O'Dwyer3,032.63-
10 Fedor Holz3,022.66+1

All was quiet for the most part as well at the top of the overall GPI rankings where Nick Petrangelo remains the highest-ranked player for an 18th week running.

The only change in the Top 10 also involved Sammartino who slipped a spot to No. 11 with former No. 1 Fedor Holz inching up to take his place at No. 10.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
249Alexander Greenblatt1,896.31
256Mark Herm1,882.55
279Peter Vitantonio1,860.03
286Martin Jacobson1,850.91
288Javier Zarco1,848.79
289Michael Del Vecchio1,847.87
292Paul Balzano1,842.30
294Jean Gaspard1,839.67

There were just eight new names in the GPI Top 300 this week, with Alexander Greenblatt the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 309 to No. 249. Greenblatt took 12th in that aforementioned $2,700 NL event at the Borgata, earning him points to make the upward move.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
289 Michael Del Vecchio1,847.87+112
256 Mark Herm1,882.55+94
127 Steffen Sontheimer2,161.84+91
210
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel On Top for 40 Weeks Straight 123
Jean-Pascal Savard1,961.28+84
199 Shaun Deeb1,983.29+81

Among the week's biggest gainers (looking only at players in the current Top 300), Michael Del Vecchio moved up the most after a jump from No. 401 to No. 289.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
274Matt Bond1,864.56-77
192Craig Varnell1,999.48-66
248Samuel Phillips1,899.18-46
241Rex Clinkscales1,919.11-43
186Kilian Kramer2,012.12-42

Finally, again only looking at the Top 300 players, Matt Bond endured the steepest drop after tumbling from No. 197 to No. 274.

What to Expect Next Week

There are currently two different PokerStars tournament series ongoing, with the PokerNews live reporting team at both locations.

PokerStars Festival Bucharest is up and running in Romania where the Main Event started yesterday. And PokerStars Festival Manila is happening as well with both a High Roller and the Main Event in action.

Meanwhile the World Poker Tour has events happening in Oklahoma and California — the WPT Choctaw and WPT Legends of Poker series, respectively. Also, the partypoker German Poker Championships get started over in Rozvadov in the Czech Republic on Sunday.

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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