Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign

Kristen Bicknell

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 April 4.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
16
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 101
Ari Engel3,276.24
220
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 102
Kristen Bicknell2,876.40
325
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 103
Sam Greenwood2,798.83
432
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 104
Timothy Adams2,725.04
533
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 105
Mike Leah2,718.52
665
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 106
Daniel Dvoress2,419.85
782
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 107
Daniel Negreanu2,346.17
884
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 108
Chris Kruk2,333.47
9124
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 109
Francois Billard2,147.98
10209
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 110
Mark Radoja1,897.21

The top 10 Canadians is an unchanged roster from last month, but with some significant changes in where each of the 10 are slotted in the ranking. While Ari Engel still leads, Kristen Bicknell leapt three spots to become No. 2 in the country, pushing Sam Greenwood down a peg.

Mike Leah also tumbled two spots, and Francois Billard and Chris Kruk swapped spots.

2018 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
12
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 111
Ari Engel1,800.79
211
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 112
Kristen Bicknell1,396.44
315
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 113
Daniel Negreanu1,345.64
444
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 114
Sam Greenwood1,061.91
5136
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 115
Ryan Yu772.29
6146
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 116
Thomas Taylor756.66
7151
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 117
Chris Kruk749.95
8155
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 118
Francois Billard746.35
9181
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 119
Mike Leah703.32
10291
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 120
Jody Fayant620.94

It shouldn't be surprising to see Ari Engel once again take over the Canadian Player of the Year race, having won it both of the last two years. He overtook Daniel Negreanu in the past month, as did Kristen Bicknell, knocking "KidPoker" to No. 3.

We also see some new names on the list this month with Alberta boys Thomas Taylor and Jody Fayant entering the race.

2018 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player2018 GPI POY Score
1 Nick Pupillo1824.63
2
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 121
Ari Engel1800.79
3 Georgios Zisimopoulos1797.41
4 Stephen Chidwick1762.53
5 Rainer Kempe1714.51
6 Joseph McKeehen1601.68
7 Justin Bonomo1595.25
8 Isaac Haxton1537.95
9 Timothy Miles1474.85
10 Joao Simao1452.97

There has been a lot of movement at the top of the 2018 Global Poker Index Player of the Year leaderboard since we last checked in a month ago.

Stephen Chidwick was in first position then, followed by Justin Bonomo and Daniel Negreanu. Chidwick is at No. 4 now, with Bonomo No. 7 and Negreanu No. 15. Meanwhile there are three new names in the top spots, with Nick Pupillo currently the frontrunner.

Pupillo's push up the rankings came thanks to a stellar showing at the Foxwoods Poker Classic series a couple of weeks ago where he cashed three times, including a 13th in the Main Event won by Omar Saeed, a third-place finish in the High Roller, and a win in a six-max side event.

Ari Engel has been parked in the POY top 10 since the start of the year, and currently he sits in second position following a month that included a couple of first-place finishes during the World Series of Poker Circuit Los Angeles series at The Bicycle — one in an Omaha Hi-Lo event and another in the $160 Mega Millions XVIII Quantum Reload for a big $319,442 score.

Georgios Zisimopoulos has also moved up the list to third position after picking up a couple of cashes early in March at the Merit Poker Top Guns series in Kyrenia, Cyprus.

Looking outside of the top 10, Joseph Cheong made a big move up the rankings this week, going from No. 79 to No. 17 after final tabling the WSOP Circuit Nevada Main Event at Planet Hollywood and then winning a ring in the High Roller — managing both finishes in a single day!

Overall GPI Top 10

Rank PlayerOverall GPI Score
1 Adrian Mateos3752.03
2 Stephen Chidwick3504.94
3 Justin Bonomo3419.07
4 David Peters3373.97
5 Alex Foxen3307.41
6
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Challenges Ari Engel's Reign 122
Ari Engel3276.24
7 Joe McKeehen3257.60
8 Koray Aldemir3176.79
9 Stefan Schillhabel3153.14
10 Rainer Kempe3145.90

By contrast, the top of the overall GPI rankings hasn't changed at all since last month, with Adrian Mateos continuing to occupy the No. 1 position. The young Spaniard has been the world's top-ranked tournament player for 19 straight weeks now after taking over the lead in late November 2017.

The next three spots on the list haven't changed either since early March, with Chidwick (No. 2), Bonomo (No. 3), and David Peters (No. 4) all right where they were the last time we looked.

Alex Foxen has moved up to join the top five thanks in part to his victory in the APPT Macau Super High Roller a couple of weeks ago.

Foxen's girlfriend Kristen Bicknell also did well in Macau where she won the APPT National High Roller (defeating Peters heads-up), then finished fourth in the APPT Macau High Roller. After winning the 2017 GPI Female Player of the Year, Bicknell is currently ranked 20th overall in the GPI (her career peak so far), and right now sits just outside the POY top 10 at No. 11.

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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