Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year

Chris Kruk

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 January 31.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
17
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 101
Ari Engel3,204.55
218
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 102
Sam Greenwood2,921.84
329
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 103
Timothy Adams2,716.10
444
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 104
Mike Leah2,545.23
560
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 105
Kristen Bicknell2,429.32
671
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 106
Daniel Dvoress2,366.57
788
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 107
Daniel Negreanu2,289.19
8115
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 108
Chris Kruk2,182.59
9184
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 109
Mike Watson1,994.27
10204
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 110
Francois Billard1,939.28

The year begins with the top of the Canadian GPI looking quite the same as when we looked in December. Ari Engel has increased his lead over second-place Sam Greenwood. And Timothy Adams has overtaken Mike Leah for the No. 3 spot.

There's one new name in the ranks: Chris Kruk. He picked up points at PCA and finds himself among Canada's best for the first time ever.

2018 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
14
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 111
Chris Kruk749.95
26
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 112
Ari Engel707.77
339
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 113
Shawn Buchanan508.81
479
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 114
Daniel Negreanu418.60
5100
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 115
Dan Coupal387.35
6101
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 116
Michael Farrow386.81
7132
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 117
Kevin Macdonald353.43
8145
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 118
Sam Greenwood341.51
9150
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 119
Damien Steel338.96
10169
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 120
Patrick Quinn332.61

Early results for 2018 are rolling in and we are taking a look at the first tally of points. Chris Kruk tops the charts early on after a great PCA, followed by none other than Ari Engel who has claimed this title that last two years running.

2018 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1 Justin Bonomo1,047.729
2 Adrian Mateos835.7211
3 Yang Zhang768.717
4
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 121
Christopher Kruk749.951
5 Ben Yu710.82788
6
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 122
Ari Engel707.773
7 Jeffrey Trudeau705.326
8 Stefan Schillhabel694.6920
9 Vladimir Shabalin670.33513
10 Neil Patel649.1749

It's a new year and that means a brand new Global Poker Index Player of the Year race is underway. Off to the fastest start during January was Justin Bonomo who has already collected five cashes in 2018 — including four final tables at which he finished first, second, third, and fourth — thereby helping him to assume the No. 1 position as February begins.

Bonomo's runner-up finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure won by Cary Katz gave Bonomo a huge $1,077,800 payday, and his victory in the $25,500 Lucky Hearts Poker Open High Roller a little over a week ago earned him another $556,873, pushing his lifetime tournament earnings over the $20M mark.

Meanwhile Adrian Mateos, the 2017 GPI Player of the Year, resumed his title defense with a strong January himself, moving up to No. 2 already thanks in part to his fourth-place finish in the 2018 PCA Main Event won by Maria Lampropulos.

Four cashes in the currently running 2018 Aussie Millions series have helped Yang Zhang move up to No. 3 in the early going. Three cashes and a win in the $25,000 High Roller in the Bahamas enabled Christopher Kruk to assume the GPI POY lead previously; he presently sits at No. 4. And four cashes at the aforementioned Lucky Hearts Poker Open series is why Ben Yu has moved up into the top 10 to No. 5.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange From Last Week
1 Adrian Mateos3,658.01-
2 David Peters3,277.36-
3 Rainer Kempe3,256.20+3
4 Bryn Kenney3,246.16-
5 Koray Aldemir3,238.42-
6 Jason Koon3,211.88+1
7
Global Poker Index: Chris Kruk Leads First Leg of Canadian Player of the Year 123
Ari Engel3,204.55-4
8 Justin Bonomo3,186.24+6
9 Stephen Chidwick3,182.40-1
10 Stefan Schillhabel3,140.03-1

While there's a brand new list to reflect the new POY rankings, the overall GPI leaderboard marches along as the calendar flips over. And the top of it looks just like it did before, with Adrian Mateos still the No. 1 ranked player in the world, extending his run as leader to 10 weeks in a row.

Former top-ranked player David Peters has moved up from No. 5 to No. 2 since we last looked in a month ago, while Bonomo has moved back up into the top 10 to sit at No. 8 this week.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
198Olivier Busquet1,948.39
239Vineet Pahuja1,849.91
247Robert Heidorn1,838.02
254Walter Treccarichi1,826.14
260Kyle Cartwright1,811.46
263Josip Simunic1,802.31
267Richard Kirsch1,794.01
268Vincent Moscati1,791.42
270Peter Eichhardt1,791.21
282Jeremy Meacham1,781.31
283Shannon Schorr1,780.01
284Michael Tureniec1,776.87
289Canlin Chen1,766.44
290James Gilbert1,766.39
292Vladimir Shabalin1,765.52

Checking in to see what new names moved up into the GPI Top 300 since last week, a total of 15 players joined the list with Olivier Busquet the highest-ranked of the group at No. 198.

Busquet cashed three times at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to trigger his upward move. His highest-ever GPI ranking has been No. 5, achieved in November 2014.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
292Vladimir Shabalin1,765.52+482
260Kyle Cartwright1,811.46+273
198Olivier Busquet1,948.39+169
239Vineet Pahuja1,849.91+116
136Ben Yu2,128.76+93

Busquet's improved position earned him a spot on the "Biggest Gains" of the week list, with Vladimir Shabalin the one having made the biggest move to join the GPI Top 300 for the first time at No. 292. Shabalin catapulted up the rankings after winning the World Series of Poker International Circuit Marrakech Main Event last week, topping a 486-entry field to earn a €118,182 first prize.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
297Thiago Crema De Macedo1,757.63-54
193Martin Jacobson1,961.62-38
291Anthony Ruberto1,765.73-37
158Ludovic Geilich2,070.12-35
215Sam Grafton1,918.72-33
218Juha Helppi1,908.83-33
251Rob Wazwaz1,829.15-33

Finally, looking only at players with spots inside the current GPI Top 300, Thiago Crema De Macedo endured the steepest drop over the last seven days, nearly falling from the list after going from No. 243 to No. 297.

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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