Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles

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 October 4.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
18
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 101
Ari Engel3,108.63
229
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 102
Mike Leah2,713.66
358
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 103
Timothy Adams2,507.78
470
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 104
Daniel Dvoress2,426.77
5125
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 105
Sam Greenwood2,172.85
6143
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 106
Kristen Bicknell2,128.37
7181
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 107
Mark Radoja2,052.04
8183
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 108
Sam Chartier2,050.52
9190
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 109
Daniel Negreanu2,029.06
10232
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 110
Jean-Pascal Savard1,950.96

With Ari Engel still leading Team Canada, this marks 49 weeks in a row the Canadian-born, American-residing poker pro has topped the rankings. Sam Chartier also picked up a few points, climbing two spots to No. 8 and knocking Daniel Negreanu down a peg. The final change was seeing Alex Difelice slip from the top 10 with degrading points from old results, making way for Jean-Pascal Savard in the last slot.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
112
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 111
Ari Engel2,769.06
217
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 112
Mike Leah2,674.96
324
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 113
Daniel Negreanu2,562.03
425
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 114
Timothy Adams2,558.33
538
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 115
Daniel Dvoress2,430.71
696
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 116
Mark Radoja2,095.83
7124
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 117
Kristen Bicknell2,016.19
8194
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 118
Mike Watson1,842.92
9205
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 119
Sorel Mizzi1,824.82
10222
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 120
Demo Kiriopoulos1,785.05

While Ari Engel is still leading the race for the 2017 Canadian Player of the Year title, Timothy Adams has given up second place with Mike Leah earning enough points to jump two spots, and Daniel Negreanu also pocketed some points to climb a spot, knocking Adams down to No. 4.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1Bryn Kenney3,440.32-
2Koray Aldemir3,167.07-
3Nick Petrangelo3,058.14-
4Dan Smith2,948.77-
5Dario Sammartino2,928.47-
6Sergio Aido2,830.89-
7DJ Alexander2,784.01-
8Anthony Spinella2,783.99-
9Pete Chen2,781.40-
10Stephen Chidwick2,778.51-

Things have remained stable at the top of the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings over recent weeks, with Bryn Kenney remaining the top-ranked player of the year again after the last update. That makes seven weeks running in the top spot for Kenney.

Indeed the entire Top 10 remained the same from a week ago. DJ Alexander catapulted into the top 10 in early September after a fourth-place showing in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker Main Event, and inched up a few more spots to No. 7 over the course of the last month. He cashed in another WPT Main this week, finishing 20th in the WPT Maryland Live! Main Event (the results of which are not yet reflected in the rankings).

Of course you probably heard Art Papyzan won both of those WPT titles, having won WPT Legends in late August, then last night outlasted a 561-entry field to take down WPT Maryland Live! as well.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1 Bryn Kenney3,485.66-
2 Nick Petrangelo3,371.51-
3 David Peters3,265.88-
4 Justin Bonomo3,254.93-
5 Adrian Mateos3,206.33-
6 Stephen Chidwick3,177.54-
7 Dan Smith3,121.06+1
8
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 121
Ari Engel3,108.63-1
9 Koray Aldemir3,078.43-
10 Dario Sammartino3,030.67+4

The overal GPI rankings have remained steady over the last three weeks as well with little movement up at the top. There, too, Bryn Kenney continues to be No. 1, also for a seventh-straight week.

Within the overall Top 10, No. 7 Dan Smith and No. 8 Ari Engel swapped positions. Meanwhile Dario Sammartino moved back into the Top 10 this week after going from No. 14 to No. 10.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
201Joe Serock2,001.47
234Ian O’Hara1,947.83
248John Monnette1,926.75
253David Eldridge1,918.42
255Ivan Deyra1,916.45
267Morten Mortensen1,901.93
269Jason Gooch1,897.67
295Ray Henson1,843.38
296Anton Astapau1,838.78
299Robert Hankins1,836.26

There are 10 new names in the overall GPI Top 300 since the last update a week ago, with Joe Serock the highest-ranked of this group after jumping from No. 357 to No. 201. Serock’s upward move came following his victory in the 2017 Wynn Fall Classic European Open - Special Edition, a $1,100 event in which he bested a 673-entry field.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
201Joe Serock2,001.47+156
234Ian O’Hara1,947.83+117
186Chad Eveslage2,044.90+101
248John Monnette1,926.75+96
139Jordan Cristos2,139.77+75

Serock’s gain was the biggest over the past week of anyone in the current GPI Top 300. Ian O’Hara also made a big move from No. 351 to No. 234 after following up a victory in late August at Isle Casino Pampano Park with a runner-up finish in the $3,250 buy-in World Series of Poker Circuit Seminole Hard Rock High Roller won by Anton Wigg this week.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
266
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Leads While Alex Difelice Tumbles 122
Alex Difelice1,902.09-77
158 Mustapha Kanit2,095.05-55
274 Lander Lijo1,887.91-43
282 Andre Akkari1,871.97-43
198 Esther Taylor2,010.16-41

Finally Alex Difelice slipped the furthest this week among players still inside the Top 300 after going from No. 189 to No. 266.

Keep an eye on that aforementioned Poker Masters series as well, where it looks as though the fields will be plenty big to qualify for GPI points and therefore affect both the 2017 POY race and overall rankings.

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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