Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY

Sam Greenwood

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 May 2.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
18
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 101
Ari Engel3,205.92
216
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 102
Sam Greenwood3,020.07
323
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 103
Kristen Bicknell2,856.23
426
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 104
Timothy Adams2,825.26
532
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 105
Mike Leah2,766.43
650
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 106
Chris Kruk2,538.28
754
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 107
Francois Billard2,519.23
868
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 108
Daniel Negreanu2,411.42
9130
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 109
Daniel Dvoress2,168.66
10184
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 110
Mike Watson2,019.83

Ari Engel continues to be the top Canadian tournament poker player, keeping his death grip on the No. 1 spot. Sam Greenwood's recent High Roller and Super High Roller wins gave him enough points to overtake Kristen Bicknell and retake the No. 2 spot.

2018 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
13
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 111
Sam Greenwood2,313.43
29
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 112
Ari Engel1,919.01
314
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 113
Kristen Bicknell1,756.38
444
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 114
Daniel Negreanu1,345.64
561
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 115
Chris Kruk1,224.47
685
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 116
Francois Billard1,117.59
7132
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 117
Ryan Yu969.71
8169
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 118
Eric Wasylenko908.13
9186
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 119
Mike Leah884.72
10198
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 120
Pascal Lefrancois875.22

Sam Greenwood's recent success in high rollers has given have more than doubled his annual points in April, taking him from No. 4 last month all the way to No. 1 and well ahead of the long-reigning Ari Engel.

Chris Kruk also jumped a couple of spots to No. 5, and Eric Wasylenko and Pascal Lefrancois are new faces to the top 10, usurping Thomas Taylor and Jody Fayant.

2018 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player2018 GPI POY Score
1 Stephen Chidwick2,762.62
2 Rainer Kempe2,744.12
3
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 121
Sam Greenwood2,313.43
4 Justin Bonomo2,310.84
5 Isaac Haxton2,094.39
6 Dylan Wilkerson2,067.73
7 Joseph Cheong2,063.75
8 Timothy Miles1,955.07
9
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 122
Ari Engel1,919.01
10 Nick Pupillo1,894.89

When we last looked in on the 2018 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race at the start of April, Nick Pupillo occupied the top spot in the rankings with Ari Engel in second position. Pupillo and Engel are both still in the top 10, but Stephen Chidwick is the new frontrunner after continuing his hot start to the year.

Rainer Kempe was actually the one who stole the lead from Pupillo during April, but after one week Chidwick moved up into the lead where he's been the last three weeks.

The month was highlighted by two final tables for Chidwick in the partypoker Millions Grand Final Barcelona — a runner-up in the Super High Roller won by Jake Schindler, and a third-place finish in the Main Event won by Pascal Lefrancois. He's added another final table in a €10K event at EPT Monte Carlo as well.

Currently at No. 2 in the POY race, Kempe also started April collecting cashes in the partypoker Barcelona series, including a runner-up in the High Roller won by Andreas Eiler. Then after a WPT Amsterdam High Roller final table Kempe has picked up multiple cashes over the past week in Monaco at EPT Monte Carlo.

Speaking of EPT Monte Carlo, €100K Super High Roller winner Sam Greenwood has also moved up to No. 3 in the POY race, rounding out a fantastic April that began with a €50K Super High Roller win in the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona and another mid-month victory in the WPT Amsterdam High Roller.

Overall GPI Top 10

Rank PlayerOverall GPI Score
1 Stephen Chidwick3782.00
2 Adrian Mateos3715.44
3 Alex Foxen3418.33
4 Justin Bonomo3361.36
5 David Peters3356.47
6 Rainer Kempe3324.58
7 Joe McKeehen3260.93
8
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Takes Lead in 2018 Canadian POY 123
Ari Engel3205.92
9 Jan-Eric Schwippert3152.76
10 Koray Aldemir3151.19

It was three weeks ago as well that Chidwick moved up into the No. 1 position to become the first player from the United Kingdom to lead the overall GPI rankings.

"Today I became the #1 ranked poker player in the world," said Chidwick over social media after capturing the top spot. "Anyone close to me knows how long this has been a goal of mine and to finally get there is a great feeling. I owe a lot to the family, friends, study partners, investors whose unwavering support and belief pushed me to never give up and keep chasing my dreams."

Chidwick's rise moved Adrian Mateos down a spot to No. 2, ending the Spaniard's 20-week run in first stretching back to November 2017.

The rest of the overall top 10 largely consists of the same players who were there a month ago. Jan-Eric Schwippert is an exception, having just broken through to join the top 10 for the first time in his career a week ago on the strength of a couple of cashes in the partypoker Barcelona series.

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.

Photo: Neil Stoddart / PokerStars Blog.

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