Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs

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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 December 6.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
114
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 101
Ari Engel3,033.24
218
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 102
Sam Greenwood2,965.85
335
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 103
Mike Leah2,694.09
443
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 104
Timothy Adams2,600.32
560
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 105
Kristen Bicknell2,519.55
672
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 106
Daniel Negreanu2,446.54
7117
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 107
Mike Watson2,256.61
8182
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 108
Mark Radoja2,067.45
9187
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 109
Daniel Dvoress2,057.05
10223
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 110
Francois Billard2,000.63

Ari Engel has been the top Canadian tournament player for a solid 58 weeks straight now. Though Sam Greenwood has made leaps and bounds to contend for the top spot. Last month, Greenwood was No. 9. He jumped all the way to No. 2 in a month's time!

2017 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
110
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 111
Ari Engel2,964.45
225
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 112
Mike Leah2,769.79
328
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 113
Sam Greenwood2,725.82
431
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 114
Timothy Adams2,702.48
533
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 115
Daniel Negreanu2,660.27
634
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 116
Daniel Dvoress2,641.21
738
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 117
Kristen Bicknell2,627.75
8112
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 118
Mike Watson2,231.60
9148
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 119
Mark Radoja2,095.83
10162
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 120
Sorel Mizzi2,063.38

Ari Engel is within weeks of closing out 2017 as the Canadian Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Mike Leah has picked up some points to overtake Timothy Adams in the No. 2 spot and close the gap. Sam Greenwood also came from outside of the top 10 a month ago to claim the No. 3 spot.

2017 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1 Bryn Kenney3,478.06-
2 Adrian Mateos3,448.91-
3 Stephen Chidwick3,280.21-
4 Koray Aldemir3,197.38-
5 Dan Smith3,170.57+1
6 Nick Petrangelo3,134.62-1
7 Rainer Kempe3,086.76+8
8 Stefan Schillhabel3,048.64-1
9 Dario Sammartino3,006.34-1
10
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 121
Ari Engel2,964.45+10

There's less than a month left on the 2017 poker tournament calendar, although with the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Classic already underway and the soon-to-start PokerStars Championship Prague series among the month's highlights, there remain plenty of opportunities for things to change in the 2017 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race.

That said, since our last look at the GPI rankings a month ago there has been no change at the top as far as the POY is concerned, as Bryn Kenney has remained the frontrunner for the last 16 weeks running.

Indeed, with some minor shuffling the top six players are the same as a month ago, while the bottom part of the Top 10 has seen some newcomers with Rainer Kempe, Stefan Schillhabel, and Ari Engel all having moved up onto the list during the last few weeks.

Speaking of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, last week Kempe topped a 39-entry field in the $25,000 Bellagio High Roller to enable his upward move. Meanwhile Engel's recent final table showing at the 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open Championship in Hollywood, Florida — finishing fifth of 585 entries — has helped him jump back into the top 10.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1Adrian Mateos3,571.59-
2Bryn Kenney3,401.03-
3David Peters3,343.89-
4Stephen Chidwick3,254.04-
5Jason Koon3,253.77+3
6Dan Smith3,233.37+1
7Fedor Holz3,217.59-2
8Rainer Kempe3,184.27+3
9Nick Petrangelo3,161.72-3
10Justin Bonomo3,079.24-1

By contrast, there is a new name in the No. 1 spot of the overall GPI rankings, as Adrian Mateos finally managed to push up into first position a couple of weeks ago, ending what had been a 14-week reign for Kenney on top.

Mateos had moved up to No. 2 in the rankings at the start of November, then made his debut at No. 1 in the November 29 update.

Still just 23 years old, the Spaniard already has collected over $11.5 million in tournament winnings, including three World Series of Poker bracelets (among them a WSOP Europe Main Event title) and a European Poker Tour Main Event title (in the EPT Grand Final at Monte-Carlo two years ago).

Most recently Mateos added scores at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic, making two final tables in preliminary events including a third-place showing in that aforementioned $25,000 Bellagio High Roller won by Kempe.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank PlayerTotal Score
245 Jeffrey Trudeau1,954.63
250 Andres Korn1,945.77
273 Jerry Wong1,899.81
274 Fehredin Mustafov1,898.66
276
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 122
Jean-Pascal Savard1,885.66
277 Park Yu Cheung1,882.97
278 Kyle Bowker1,881.59
283 Simon Lam1,871.64
284 Ray Henson1,871.08
285 Krzysztof Stybaniewicz1,867.94
289 Jean Gaspard1,867.14
291 Andrew Kelsall1,862.68
294 Kiryl Radzivonau1,860.79
295 Mark Herm1,859.76
296 Romain Lewis1,859.25

Taking a peek at who's new in the most recent GPI rankings update, we find 15 players not in the list a week ago have now moved up to join the GPI Top 300 list thanks to recent tournament cashes.

Jeffrey Trudeau of Florida is the highest-ranked of this group currently, having moved up from No. 325 to No. 245 after earning a couple of cashes in the World Series of Poker Circuit Cherokee series, including a victory in the High Roller event.

Andres "Cacho" Korn won a bracelet at last summer's WSOP, and after collecting some recent cashes in his native Argentina he moved up from No. 382 to No. 250 to reclaim a spot in the Top 300.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
118Ben Tollerene2,251.24+153
250Andres Korn1,945.77+132
107Matas Cimbolas2,282.08+120
285Krzysztof Stybaniewicz1,867.94+120
289Jean Gaspard1,867.14+96

Korn's move up the rankings was a big one, but the week's biggest gain was made by a player who had already been ranked in the GPI Top 300 a week ago.

Ben Tollerene elevated from No. 271 to No. 118 after two final table finishes in high roller events at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic last week in which he picked up a second and a fifth. The ranking represents Tollerene's career high to date, and he currently sits just outside the 2017 GPI POY Top 10 at No. 14.

Biggest Drops

Rank PlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
237 Daniel Strelitz1,976.28-88
179 Byron Kaverman2,071.57-73
255
Global Poker Index: Ari Engel Still Reigns, Sam Greenwood Climbs 123
Sam Chartier1,933.12-67
190 Sam Soverel2,052.61-57
259 Michal Mrakeš1,929.81-51

Finally, looking strictly at players remaining inside the GPI Top 300 from a week ago, Daniel Strelitz endured the steepest drop after falling from No. 149 last week to No. 237 this week.

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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