Ari Engel is the 2017 Canadian Player of the Year
For the second year in a row, Canadian-born Ari Engel is the top live tournament poker player in the country.
The Global Poker Index uses their unique formula to track tournament performance throughout the year, tabulating results and updating the rankings each week. After winning Canadian Player of the Year in 2016, Ari Engel has done so again in 2017.
Engel finished the year with 3,153.16 points, which was also good for No. 8 in the world. The runner-up spot went to Sam Greenwood with 2,995.10 points.
The poker year started in Australia for Ari Engel, where he took in the Aussie Millions Poker Championship in Melbourne. He collected his first two cashes of the year there, before tallying another 34 tournament results for a total of 36 worth US$955,217.
Engel’s top score of the year came on home soil at the Playground Poker Spring Classic in Quebec. He finished fifth in the $5,300 partypoker MILLION North America for $238,350.
He also had three wins in the year, including his final result of 2017 which was first place in the Heartland Poker Tour Championship Open. Topping the US$2,500 tournament earned him his second-best score of the year at US$162,154 and a great bonus to head into the Christmas break.
It’s hard to find anyone who loves the grind more than Ari Engel. His cashes came in tournaments priced as low as US$365 all the way to a high roller with a buy-in of US$25,500. If there’s tournament poker being played nearby, Engel will be buying in. And if there isn’t any nearby, he’ll jump on a plane to find a good tournament.
Congratulations to Ari Engel, the best Canadian live tournament poker player in 2017. Who will contend for the title in 2018? Or will Engel complete his hat trick?