Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers

Matt Salsberg

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 September 6.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
17
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 101
Ari Engel3,127.74
262
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 102
Mike Leah2,469.42
370
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 103
Daniel Dvoress2,427.66
481
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 104
Timothy Adams2,353.75
5108
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 105
Sam Greenwood2,206.44
6131
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 106
Kristen Bicknell2,139.86
7166
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 107
Mark Radoja2,059.55
8177
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 108
Daniel Negreanu2,029.06
9178
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 109
Alex Difelice2,023.51
10197
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 110
Matt Salsberg1,994.28

This week marks the 45th in a row with Ari Engel on top of Team Canada, and Mike Leah has held the No. 2 spot for three weeks now. Matt Salsberg had some old results degrade in value, causing him to plummet from No. 7 all the way to No. 10. Daniel Negreanu rejoined the rankings in the No. 8 spot, and that bumped Sorel Mizzi out of the top 10.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
111
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 111
Ari Engel2,769.06
222
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 112
Timothy Adams2,558.33
325
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 113
Daniel Negreanu2,493.90
427
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 114
Mike Leah2,488.26
530
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 115
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
685
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 116
Mark Radoja2,095.83
7107
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 117
Kristen Bicknell2,016.19
8156
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 118
Mike Watson1,842.92
9169
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 119
Sorel Mizzi1,824.82
10184
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 120
Demo Kiriopoulos1,785.05

Ari Engel has topped the Canadian POY for 16 weeks now, but the top five are all fairly close and it's still anyone's title to claim this year. The rankings are unchanged this week.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Bryn Kenney3,284.93-
2Koray Aldemir3,149.15-
3Nick Petrangelo3,058.14-
4Dario Sammartino2,928.47-
5Dan Smith2,841.98-
6Sergio Aido2,809.01-
7Pete Chen2,781.40-
8Stephen Chidwick2,778.51-
9Anthony Spinella2,769.89+5
10Dejuante Alexander2,769.61+48

There was absolutely zero movement among the top eight players on the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leaderboard since the last update, which means Bryn Kenney remains in front for a third week in a row. Meanwhile at the bottom of the Top 10 two new names appear.

Anthony Spinella moved up from No. 14 to No. 9 this week after picking up points from a 12th-place finish in the 926-entry 2017 River Poker Series Main Event at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma won by Ben Zamani (pictured above).

Making a much bigger leap this week is Dejuante Alexander who catapulted from No. 58 to No. 10. Alexander also cashed in that same event at the WinStar (finishing 16th), one of a few recent scores that have helped him move up the POY rankings.

Both Spinella and Alexander barely squeaked ahead of Ari Engel whose GPI score for the year remained at 2769.06, meaning he's at No. 11 in the POY race at the moment.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 Bryn Kenney3,385.08-
2 Nick Petrangelo3,307.33-
3 David Peters3,262.53-
4 Justin Bonomo3,230.84-
5 Stephen Chidwick3,209.76-
6 Adrian Mateos3,205.37-
7
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 121
Ari Engel3,127.74-
8 Dan Smith3,076.69-
9 Ankush Mandavia3,030.18-
10 Koray Aldemir3,029.66-

The top of the overall GPI rankings is also largely unchanged from a week ago, with everyone in the Top 10 staying put and Kenney notching a third week running at No. 1.

Just outside of the Top 10 is Ben Zamani who elevated from No. 32 to No. 11 after winning that aforementioned River Poker Series Main Event at the WinStar. Zamani earned a $347,134 first prize in the $2,500 event, and is just one spot behind his previous career-high GPI ranking of No. 10 achieved back in January.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
270Jon Turner1,864.95
275Joe Elpayaa1,859.29
284Richard Alsup1,836.15
290David Sands1,828.72
297Linh Tran1,817.60
298Patrick Mahoney1,816.85
299Josip Simunic1,814.26
300Michael Aron1,810.85

A relatively quiet week meant just eight new names joined the GPI Top 300, all of whom come in near the bottom of the list. Jon "PearlJammer" Turner is the highest-ranked of this group after moving up from No. 333 to No. 270. Turner's career-high GPI ranking is No. 96 (from June 2017).

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
290David Sands1,828.72+135
165Osmin Dardon2,059.80+128
171Marvin Rettenmaier2,047.34+128
114Johanssy Joseph2,189.80+104
275Joe Elpayaa1,859.29+85

Looking at those in the current GPI Top 300 who made the biggest upward moves since a week ago, David "Doc" Sands heads the list after going from No. 425 to No. 290. Sands most recently final-tabled the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event, finishing seventh.

Artur Papazyan won that WPT Legends Main Event, outlasting Phil Hellmuth heads-up for the win. Fifth-place finisher Marvin Rettenmaier also enjoyed a big upward leap thanks to his finish, going from No. 299 to No. 171. So did Osmin Dardon who took ninth in the event, thereby helping him move up from No. 293 to No. 165.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
274 David "Chino" Rheem1,861.04-106
229 Tim West1,940.58-71
262 Ray Qartomy1,882.96-54
220 Jeremy Joseph1,954.17-50
197
Global Poker Index: Matt Salsberg Among Week's Biggest Losers 122
Matt Salsberg1,994.28-49

Finally, looking just at players in this week's GPI Top 300, David "Chino" Rheem endured the steepest drop in the rankings after falling from No. 168 to No. 274.

What to Expect Next Week

The 2017 World Cup of Cards is currently playing out at the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec near Montreal, and the PokerNews live reporting team is on the scene delivering reports on multiple events.

The partypoker Millions Russia series is ongoing in Sochi, the World Series of Poker International Circuit is in Campione d'Italia, Italy, and the World Series of Poker Circuit touches down in Biloxi, Mississippi today to start another 12-event series.

The 888Live Poker Festival São Paulo series is underway as well in Brazil, with PokerNews also there with updates, photos, features, and more. There's the partypoker Grand Prix Killarney series ongoing, too, with PokerNews likewise reporting on the 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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