Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race

Daniel Negreanu

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 February 28.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
15
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 101
Ari Engel3,304.57
221
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 102
Sam Greenwood2,813.97
325
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 103
Mike Leah2,776.28
432
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 104
Timothy Adams2,666.81
560
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 105
Kristen Bicknell2,409.77
661
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 106
Daniel Dvoress2,397.25
772
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 107
Daniel Negreanu2,354.00
876
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 108
Francois Billard2,338.87
978
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 109
Chris Kruk2,333.47
10197
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 110
Mark Radoja1,910.47

Little surprise, Ari Engel still leads the rankings, adding another 100 points to his total, while Sam Greenwood lost over 100, expanding the gap between the top two. Mike Leah also climbed a spot, displacing Timothy Adams.

2018 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
13
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 111
Daniel Negreanu1,345.64
27
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 112
Ari Engel1,183.45
350
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 113
Chris Kruk749.95
452
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 114
Francois Billard746.35
563
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 115
Mike Leah703.32
685
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 116
Sam Greenwood639.98
7102
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 117
Dan Coupal613.80
8109
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 118
Timothy Adams604.42
9118
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 119
Ryan Yu593.08
10141
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 120
Eric Afriat553.54

After Chris Kruk kicked off the year with the lead, the second month of rankings puts Daniel Negreanu up top, while Ari Engel maintained his No. 2 spot and Chris Kruk fell to third. Engel is looking for this third year in a row as the Canadian Player of the Year.

2018 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player2018 GPI POY Score
1 Stephen Chidwick1,430.66
2 Justin Bonomo1,371.99
3
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 121
Daniel Negreanu1,345.64
4 Gianluca Speranza1,339.32
5 Timothy Miles1,259.84
6 Benjamin Pollak1,223.35
7
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 122
Ari Engel1,183.45
8 Stefan Schillhabel1,144.44
9 Adrian Mateos1,141.44
10 Gerald Karlic1,129.96

When we last checked in on the 2018 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race a month ago, Justin Bonomo had raced out into the lead after a strong January highlighted by a runner-up finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and a win in the $25,500 Lucky Hearts Poker Open High Roller.

Bonomo would keep the No. 1 spot for a couple of weeks, but in mid-February Stephen Chidwick leaped ahead where he's remained the last three weeks running. Chidwick's rise up the list came following a stellar week at the U.S. Poker Open to start the month. In a series featuring eight events, Chidwick made five final tables, earned two victories, and walked away the overall series winner.

While Bonomo won a U.S. Poker Open event himself to remain near the POY lead, Daniel Negreanu also did well during the series with five cashes from two third-place finishes, a sixth, and two sevenths. Points earned from those results pushed Negreanu up to No. 3 after two months of 2018.

After cashing four times in the 2018 Aussie Millions, Gianluca Speranza added a couple more scores during the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany series to help him move up to No. 4 in the POY standings.

Timothy Miles rounds out the top five, having earned POY points from four cashes at three different World Series of Poker Circuit stops in February, including winning the High Roller at WSOP Circuit Milwaukee.

Overall GPI Top 10

Rank PlayerOverall GPI Score
1 Adrian Mateos3,751.06
2 Stephen Chidwick3,466.10
3 Justin Bonomo3,407.68
4 David Peters3,354.58
5
Global Poker Index: Negreanu Leads 2018 Canadian POY Race 123
Ari Engel3,304.57
6 Rainer Kempe3,211.46
7 Jason Koon3,210.56
8 Bryn Kenney3,172.72
9 Stefan Schillhabel3,168.93
10 Koray Aldemir3,168.70

Adrian Mateos was the 2017 GPI Player of the Year, and after final-tabling the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event won by Maria Lampropulos he's back inside the top 10 in the POY race again here in the early going.

Meanwhile Mateos has maintained his hold on the No. 1 overall GPI ranking, having now occupied the top spot for 13 straight weeks. Mateos picked up one cash in February, making a relatively deep run to finish 12th in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany Main Event won by Viktor Blom.

Chidwick's performance at the U.S. Poker Open helped move him up to No. 2 in the overall rankings, his highest career ranking to date. Bonomo, presently at No. 3, also has never quite reached the top spot in the overall GPI rankings, as he's peaked at No. 2 on multiple occasions, most recently in early February.

Former GPI leader David Peters cashed three times and won a U.S. Poker Open event, helping him remain at No. 4 on the current list. And Ari Engel reached a career-high of No. 3 during February, though presently sits at No. 5.

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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