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Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI

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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 June 6.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
19
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 101
Sam Greenwood3,343.33
216
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 102
Ari Engel3,061.99
326
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 103
Kristen Bicknell2,859.18
430
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 104
Timothy Adams2,772.12
532
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 105
Mike Leah2,763.27
651
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 106
Daniel Negreanu2,563.67
775
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 107
Chris Kruk2,383.62
885
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 108
Francois Billard2,358.45
9178
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 109
Mike Watson2,045.69
10227
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 110
Demo Kiriopoulos1,941.29

It has been a long time since we've seen a name other than Ari Engel on the top of this list — about a year and a half, actually — but Sam Greenwood has finally toppled the long-reigning best live tournament poker player in the country.

Other than that, the top five remain the same as last month. But Daniel Negreanu has claimed the No. 6 spot, bumping Chris Kruk and Francois Billard down a peg. Mike Watson also climbed one spot, and Daniel Dvoress fell off Team Canada to be replaced by Demo Kiriopoulos.

2018 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
17
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 111
Sam Greenwood2,472.22
218
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 112
Kristen Bicknell1,960.53
319
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 113
Ari Engel1,919.01
446
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 114
Daniel Negreanu1,597.69
595
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 115
Timothy Adams1,279.16
6116
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 116
Chris Kruk1,224.47
7124
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 117
Mike Leah1,204.89
8160
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 118
Francois Billard1,117.59
9207
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 119
Thomas Taylor1,031.14
10241
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 120
Ryan Yu969.71

Sam Greenwood continues to lead the list of the top live tournament players in Canada for 2018, but Kristen Bicknell has climbed up to the No. 2 spot, bumping Ari Engel down a notch.

Timothy Adams came out of nowhere to make the list all the way up in the No. 5 spot, displacing Chris Kruk. And Mike Leah climbed two spots to No. 7. Francois Billard is down two spots and Ryan Yu is down three, while Mike Leah is up two rungs.

2018 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player2018 GPI POY Score
1 Stephen Chidwick3,384.40
2 Justin Bonomo3,252.95
3 Rainer Kempe2,923.53
4 Joe McKeehen2,616.55
5 Adrian Mateos2,560.88
6 Bryn Kenney2,478.61
7
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 121
Sam Greenwood2,472.22
8 Jake Schindler2,443.30
9 Joseph Cheong2,403.48
10 Manig Loeser2,378.26

A month ago we checked in on the 2018 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race to find Stephen Chidwick had taken over first position, and the UK pro is still in the top spot at the start of June, having now spent eight straight weeks in front after climbing to No. 1 in April.

Chidwick collected cashes in May in the European Poker Tour Monte Carlo series, in the World Poker Tour Bobby Baldwin Classic, in a $25K Aria High Roller, and in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl. He's also added a final table already in the 2018 World Series of Poker, having finished sixth in Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em High Roller won by Nick Petrangelo.

Hot on Chidwick's heels is Justin Bonomo, who after recently winning the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl and a $5 million first prize is on pace to surpass Fedor Holz's previously unprecedented 2016 in terms of tournament earnings.

Four cashes in those $25K Aria High Rollers — including two wins and a runner-up — were part of Rainer Kempe's strong May, and while he didn't earn POY points for all of those finishes he's still right there at No. 3. Meanwhile 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joseph McKeehen made three final tables last month, including taking third at the WSOP in Event #3: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em SHOOTOUT won by Joe Cada, helping McKeehen jump up to No. 4 in the standings.

Adrian Mateos rounds out the current top five, as the 2017 GPI Player of the Year looks to defend his title. Mateos made final tables in multiple events at EPT Monte Carlo, and took eighth in the $100K Super High Roller at the WSOP.

Overall GPI Top 10

Rank PlayerOverall GPI Score
1 Stephen Chidwick3,746.41
2 Adrian Mateos3,711.48
3 David Peters3,529.57
4 Justin Bonomo3,473.77
5 Alex Foxen3,424.55
6 Joe McKeehen3,406.45
7 Jason Koon3,385.44
8 Rainer Kempe3,355.15
9
Global Poker Index: Sam Greenwood Overtakes Ari Engel in Canadian GPI 122
Sam Greenwood3,343.33
10 Bryn Kenney3,261.19

Chidwick has also remained at No. 1 in the overall Global Poker Index rankings for the last eight consecutive weeks after having taken over the lead from Mateos in April. Prior to that Mateos had been the top-ranked tournament player in the world according to the GPI for the previous 20 weeks in a row.

There haven't been any big moves among the top-ranked players in recent weeks. It's worth noting, though, that Nick Petrangelo — who himself spent 20 straight weeks at No. 1 from April to August last year — jumped up from No. 21 to No. 11 last week on the strength of his $100K High Roller win at the WSOP.

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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