Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week

Sam Greenwood

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 9.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
14
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 101
Ari Engel3,182.73
254
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 102
Timothy Adams2,518.86
369
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 103
Daniel Dvoress2,410.08
477
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 104
Sam Greenwood2,366.77
580
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 105
Mike Leah2,348.16
6121
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 106
Kristen Bicknell2,172.39
7122
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 107
Sam Chartier2,172.04
8156
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 108
Matt Salsberg2,079.49
9164
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 109
Mark Radoja2,054.18
10188
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 110
Daniel Negreanu2,004.84

It comes as no surprise that Ari Engel is still on top of Team Canada, having held the spot for 41 weeks in a row now. The only change in the rankings was Mike Leah who fell below Sam Greenwood due to changes in the value of older results as they age.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

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

This is the 13th week in a row with Ari Engel leading the Canadian POY, but his lead here is much narrower and a few good results from anyone in the top five could displace him. The lineup remains 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: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 121
Ari Engel2,652.80-
9 Charlie Carrel2,618.77-
10 Justin Bonomo2,616.70-

Know how when you're checking the updates early in a tournament and it seems like all that's happened over the last level or two is a whole lot of nothing, with everyone staying right where they were, chip-wise? That's kind of where things stand with the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race at the moment, where the "counts" all remain exactly the same from a week ago.

All 10 players retain their same positions again this week, meaning Dario Sammartino continues to enjoy a slight lead over Nick Petrangelo. This marks Sammartino's fourth week in a row at No. 1.

In fact, you have to look well down the current POY list to find any movement at all since the last update. The biggest move among anyone in the top 50 of the POY standings was made by Samuel Phillips who jumped from No. 86 to No. 44 after his 12th-place finish in the World Poker Tour Choctaw Main Event won by Jay Lee a couple of nights ago.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Nick Petrangelo3,480.87-
2 David Peters3,294.37-
3 Justin Bonomo3,230.84+4
4
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Climbs a Spot in Quiet Week 122
Ari Engel3,182.73-1
5 Adrian Mateos3,177.14-1
6 Bryn Kenney3,152.95-1
7 Dan Smith3,140.81+15
8 Sergio Aido3,068.87-2
9 Ankush Mandavia3,034.10-1
10 Steve O'Dwyer3,032.63-1

Petrangelo remains atop the overall rankings again for a 19th-straight week, with the man from whom he took the No. 1 spot, David Peters, still in second position.

Justin Bonomo elevated from No. 7 to No. 3 this week. Bonomo has been inside the Top 10 since early February, with his previous highest GPI ranking being No. 2 (in June).

Meanwhile former top-ranked player Dan Smith rejoins the list after jumping all of the way from No. 22 to No. 7. Smith's most recent big finishes came at the ARIA Resort & Casino where he earned a win and a runner-up in two recent $25,000 High Rollers.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
219Sam Grafton1,944.67
285Kevin MacPhee1,848.94
290Isaac Haxton1,845.65

Just three players were able to move up and crack the GPI Top 300 this week, the lowest number of new names on the list in recent memory. All three newcomers are well familiar to those who follow the tournament circuit.

Sam Grafton is the highest-ranked of the trio after moving all the way from No. 377 to No. 219 following his victory in the PokerStars Festival Bucharest Main Event in Romania. Grafton topped a 736-entry field to win a post-chop first prize of €117,707, helping him earn a spot among the GPI Top 300 for the first time in his career.

Kevin MacPhee appears on the "welcome" list this week as well, moving up from No. 337 to No. 285. MacPhee's previous highest GPI ranking has been No. 5 (in December 2015). Isaac Haxton also moved up onto the list after moving up from No. 307 to No. 290. Haxton's career-high GPI ranking is No. 22 (in May 2016).

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
219Sam Grafton1,944.67+158
116Nipun Java2,177.53+53
220Ben Yu1,943.06+53
195Samuel Phillips1,986.45+53
285Kevin MacPhee1,848.94+52

That upward leap made Grafton the biggest gainer among those in the Top 300, well ahead of those making up a three-way for second — Nipun Java, Ben Yu, and Phillips.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
249Chad Eveslage1,898.65-66
277Michael Zhang1,863.48-50
264Chris Hunichen1,875.40-38
247Richard Dubini2,100.80-34
300Ryan Leng1,826.34-34

Finally, among the Top 300 players Chad Eveslage endured the steepest drop this week after tumbling from No. 183 to No. 249.

What to Expect Next Week

The month-long WPT Legends of Poker series continues at the Bicycle Casino while the World Series of Poker Circuit Cherokee series also marches forward at Harrah's in North Carolina and the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open plays out in Florida.

Over in Europe the partypoker German Poker Championships continue in Rozvadov in the Czech Republic. However everyone is looking ahead to the PokerStars Championship Barcelona series starting next Tuesday. The PokerNews live reporting team will be on hand at the Casino Barcelona with start-to-finish coverage of he €50,000 Super High Roller, the two €25,500 Single-Day High Rollers, the €10,300 High Roller, and the €5,300 Main Event.

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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