Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country

Mike Leah

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 23.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
16
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 101
Ari Engel3,186.97
249
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 102
Mike Leah2,561.89
362
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 103
Timothy Adams2,485.00
464
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 104
Daniel Dvoress2,448.98
5115
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 105
Kristen Bickenll2,193.00
6118
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 106
Sam Greenwood2,190.41
7144
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 107
Matt Salsberg2,095.02
8159
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 108
Mark Radoja2,059.16
9176
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 109
Sorel Mizzi2,027.21
10181
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 110
Daniel Negreanu2,021.14

Since Ari Engel doesn't seem to be willing to weaken his stranglehold on the No. 1 spot, holding it now for 43 weeks, we can just focus on who's currently in the No. 2 spot from week to week. Timothy Adams had his total point tally fall due to ageing results, and Mike Leah picked up a few more points for finishing runner-up in a $25,500 high roller in Florida, earning him over half a million dollars and giving him the No. 2 spot this week.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
19
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 111
Ari Engel2,713.64
218
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 112
Timothy Adams2,558.33
322
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 113
Daniel Negreanu2,493.90
424
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 114
Mike Leah2,488.26
526
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 115
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
664
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 116
Mark Radoja2,095.83
786
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 117
Kristen Bicknell2,016.19
8151
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 118
Sorel Mizzi1,824.82
9162
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 119
Demo Kiriopoulos1,785.05
10174
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 120
Jean-Pascal Savard1,766.66

Ari Engel has led the Canadian POY race for 14 weeks now. Both Daniel Negreanu and Mike Leah picked up points this week, climbing one rung each and pushing Daniel Dvoress down to spots from No. 3 to No. 5.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney3,284.93+3
2 Koray Aldemir2,992.49+3
3 Dario Sammartino2,928.47-2
4 Nick Petrangelo2,881.97-2
5 Dan Smith2,841.98-2
6 Sergio Aido2,809.01-
7 Pete Chen2,747.89+10
8 David Peters2,745.14-
9
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 121
Ari Engel2,713.64-2
10 Manig Loeser2,654.66+4

Bryn Kenney had been leading the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year Race for most of the first half of the year, enjoying a 21-week run at the top until Nick Petrangelo took over the lead in July, then Dario Sammartino surged ahead to claim the No. 1 spot for the last five weeks.

This week Kenney is once again the frontrunner in the POY race, having moved back up on the strength of a couple of final tables in the PokerStars Championship Barcelona series. Kenney finished seventh in the €50,000 Super High Roller won by Igor Kurganov on Monday. He followed that a couple of days later with a runner-up to Stephen Chidwick in the single-day €25,500 NL Hold'em 8-Handed Single Re-Entry event.

Koray Aldemir took third in the Super High Roller, helping him move from No. 5 to No. 2 while Sammartino slipped back to third. Pete Chen has also picked up a couple of cashes in Barcelona to jump from No. 17 to No. 7, and Manig Loeser earned one as well to help him go from No. 14 to No. 10.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney3,415.63+5
2 David Peters3,314.49-
3 Nick Petrangelo3,297.95-2
4 Justin Bonomo3,230.84-1
5 Adrian Mateos3,213.65-
6
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 122
Ari Engel3,186.97-2
7 Stephen Chidwick3,152.44+12
8 Dan Smith3,140.81-1
9 Ankush Mandavia3,051.68-1
10 Steve O'Dwyer3,036.14-1

There's been a change at the top of the overall GPI rankings as well. On the strength of those two final tables in Barcelona, Kenney has moved from No. 6 to No. 1, taking the overall lead away from Petrangelo who last week marked 20 weeks in a row on top.

Fedor Holz started 2017 in No. 1 position in the overall rankings for a 30th-straight week, then David Peters took over for one week before Petrangelo claimed the top spot the next five. Peters got back in front for six more weeks after that, then from the start of April onward Petrangelo was No. 1 until Kenney's surge to the top. Kenney had been close many times before, but this marks his first week at No. 1 in the overall rankings.

Chidwick also moved up the overall list, going from No. 19 to No. 7 after his win in that €25,500 Single-Day High Roller. Chidwick's previous career-high ranking has been No. 3 (in January 2015).

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
169Bart Lybaert2,040.58
220Oleksii Khoroshenin1,942.12
230Goran Mandic1,925.51
231Ramin Hajiyev1,924.95
248Jared Jaffee1,896.41
268Hui Chen-Kuo1,866.48
276Chad Eveslage1,847.82
280Guiseppe Pantaleo1,844.39
281Jeff Gross1,842.95
283Jerry Wong1,841.10
284Joe Serock1,839.63
286Zhaoxing Wang1,836.94
291Kully Sidhu1,826.83
292Alexander Condon1,826.64
298Apostolos Bechrakis1,822.51

Thanks largely to all of the action in Barcelona there were 15 new names joining the overall GPI Top 300. Bart Lybaert is the highest-ranked of this group after moving up from No. 310 to No. 169. The Belgian took third of 4,557 entries in the massive €1,100 PokerStars National Championship in Barcelona won by Pedro Cairat.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
230Goran Mandic1,925.51+300
220Oleksii Khoroshenin1,942.12+267
231Ramin Hajiyev1,924.95+188
127Isaac Haxton2,153.20+162
169Bart Lybaert2,040.58+141

Of all the players in the current GPI Top 300, Goran Mandic enjoyed the largest leap up the rankings, going from No. 530 to No. 230 after his big victory in the €10,300 NL Hold'em 8-Handed event. Mandic topped a 166-entry field to win the trophy and a €374,400 first prize, a career-high touranment score for the Croatian.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
253 Pavel Plesuv1,889.34-125
290 Vojtech Ruzicka1,826.95-101
203
Global Poker Index: Mike Leah Takes No. 2 Spot in the Country 123
Samuel Chartier1,982.56-88
296 Josip Simunic1,823.07-76
240 Bryan Yoon1,908.63-74

Finally, considering only players ranked in this week's GPI Top 300, Pavel Plesuv took the biggest tumble after slipping from No. 128 to No. 253.

What to Expect Next Week

The PokerStars Championship Barcelona continues through the weekend with the €10,300 High Roller and €5,300 Main Event highlighting the schedule. Remember PokerNews is on hand at the Casino Barcelona with its live reporting team providing live updates, chip counts, photos, videos and more.

Meanwhile the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker series is still ongoing at the Bicycle Casino in California, the WSOP Circuit is at Foxwoods in Connecticut, and the Mid-States Poker Tour South Dakota series is happening in Sioux Falls.

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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