Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains

Mike Watson

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 November 1.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
112
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 101
Ari Engel3,022.49
232
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 102
Mike Leah2,685.45
339
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 103
Timothy Adams2,633.94
478
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 104
Daniel Dvoress2,364.96
5101
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 105
Mike Watson2,245.03
6113
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 106
Kristen Bicknell2,210.83
7144
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 107
Daniel Negreanu2,151.39
8184
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 108
Mark Radoja2,052.04
9187
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 109
Sam Greenwood2,043.84
10192
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 110
Sorel Mizzi2,031.25

Ari Engel has now been the top Canadian tournament poker player for over a year. He has held the No. 1 spot for 53 weeks.

The top four places are unchanged from last month, but Sam Greenwood tumbled from No. 5 all the way to No. 9. Mike Watson came from outside the top 10 to claim the No. 5 spot. Daniel Negreanu also jumped up two spots and Sorel Mizzi made an entrance in the bottom spot. Sam Chartier and Jean-Pascal Savard both made their exit this month.

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
115
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 111
Ari Engel2,827.40
218
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 112
Timothy Adams2,698.05
320
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 113
Mike Leah2,693.64
423
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 114
Daniel Dvoress2,641.21
534
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 115
Daniel Negreanu2,562.03
682
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 116
Mike Watson2,231.60
784
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 117
Kristen Bicknell2,220.61
8119
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 118
Mark Radoja2,095.83
9143
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 119
Sorel Mizzi1,985.67
10193
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 120
Thomas Taylor1,900.39

Ari Engel still leads this points race as well, but the gap is much narrower, putting all five of the top players within reach of the annual title.

The new name to the top 10 contenders this month is Thomas Taylor, displacing Demo Kiriopoulos in the No. 10 spot.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1Bryn Kenney3,469.74-
2Stephen Chidwick3,236.07+3
3Koray Aldemir3,167.07-1
4Adrian Mateos3,128.58+5
5Nick Petrangelo3,094.01-2
6Dan Smith3,057.16-2
7Dario Sammartino2,972.63-
8Steve O'Dwyer2,930.15-2
9DJ Alexander2,919.11-1
10Manig Loeser2,870.44+1

When we last checked in on the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race at the start of October, Bryn Kenney had been leading the way for nearly two months. Make that nearly three months now, as Kenney has continued his uninterrupted reign at No. 1 for the last 11 weeks.

Meanwhile Stephen Chidwick who was sitting at No. 10 four weeks ago has climbed all of the way to No. 2 in the POY race, including moving up three spots since a week ago.

Highlighting Chidwick's October were two final-table appearances in Macau — a sixth-place finish in the Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event won by John Juanda, and a fourth-place showing in the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event won by Alan King Lun Lau.

Adrian Mateos also made multiple final tables in Macau in October — three, in fact — including winning the ACOP Mini High Roller to help him jump from No. 9 to No. 4 this week.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1Bryn Kenney3,434.18-
2Adrian Mateos3,381.18+3
3Stephen Chidwick3,296.52+5
4David Peters3,275.04-2
5Nick Petrangelo3,241.30-2
6Justin Bonomo3,160.93-2
7Fedor Holz3,130.06+2
8Steve O'Dwyer3,119.05-1
9Dan Smith3,101.23-3
10Koray Aldemir3,043.44-

Checking back in on the overall GPI rankings, both Mateos (currently No. 2) and Chidwick (at No. 3) have improved their positions of late thanks to those performances in Macau. But no one has been able to knock Kenney out of the top spot in the overall rankings, as he remains the top-ranked tournament player in the world for an 11th-straight week.

In October Kenney did notch a sixth-place in the ACOP Super High Roller to help him maintain his leading pace. Looking down the list, a runner-up finish to Juanda in that Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event has helped former No. 1 Fedor Holz elevate to No. 7 in the latest update.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
118 Alan King Lun Lau2,199.46
128 Gerald Karlic2,182.48
151 David Laka Calzada2,135.86
207 Michael Aron2,004.84
233 Dominik Nitsche1,957.97
253 James Calderaro1,923.32
261 Christoph Vogelsang1,902.53
263 Atanas Kavrakov1,901.43
269
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 121
Alex Difelice1,894.97
273 Josip Simunic1,885.55
286 Ramin Hajiyev1,866.08
287 Dermot Blain1,865.94
290 Michael Linster1,862.36
293 Peter Eichhardt1,856.46
300 Simon Lam1,845.45

This week's GPI update shows 15 new players entering the GPI Top 300 since a week ago, with the aforementioned Asia Championship of Poker Main Event winner Alan King Lun Lau the highest-ranked of the group after moving all the way up from No. 351 to No. 118.

The player from Hong Kong topped a 308-entry field to win a prize worth about $692K USD, pushing Lau's overall tournament earnings just over the $1.5M mark.

Dominik Nitsche took third in that event, helping him move back up into the Top 300 after going from No. 366 to No. 233.

Biggest Gains

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
118 Alan King Lun Lau2,199.46+233
128 Gerald Karlic2,182.48+204
101
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 122
Mike Watson2,245.03+167
151 David Laka Calzada2,135.86+158
269
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 123
Alex Difelice1,894.97+147

Lau leads the list of biggest gainers this week, with Gerald Karlic having also made a big move upwards from No. 332 to No. 128. Karlic likewise enjoyed success in Macau over the last couple of weeks, making three final tables himself including winning an HK$10,000 NL event.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
272 Philipp Gruissem1,886.55-98
187
Global Poker Index: Mike Watson Finds Big Gains 124
Sam Greenwood2,043.84-82
167 Davidi Kitai2,096.79-77
275 Kiryl Radzivonau1,881.62-73
150 Ole Schemion2,137.67-71

Finally this week's "Biggest Drops" list includes several familiar names, with Philipp Gruissem having fallen the furthest this week (among those still in the GPI Top 300) after tumbling from No. 174 to No. 272. Gruissem's highest previous GPI ranking was No. 2 in November 2013.

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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