Ari Engel Tops GPI Player of the Year Ranking

After the 2016 WSOP kicked off on May 31, the Global Poker Index introduced a new scoring system for the WSOP Player of the Year race as well as the general GPI Player of the Year ranking. Adjustments have been made to the main components upon which scoring is based, with these being tournaments’ field size, their buy-in fees, and players’ finishing positions.

Up until now, the GPI ranking did not include points received for events with buy-ins lower than $1,500. Points from all events are now included.

Another important change introduced was the size field of an event in order for it to be considered a qualifying one. Events would now have to feature fields of no less than 32 entries so that they are given the chance to receive points for the GPI leaderboards.

The adjustments are now effective for the GPI WSOP Player of the Year and the general GPI Player of the Year rankings and are to come into effect for the GPI World Poker Ranking on January 1, 2017.

And as of June 1, Canadian poker player Alan ‘Ari’ Engel has been taking 1st place in the GPI Player of the Year race with a total of 2,262.23 points collected since the beginning of the year. And here are some of his best results in poker over the past five months.

Engel started 2016 with a big victory. During the 2016 Aussie Millions Poker Championship, the player topped the field of the A$10,600 Main Event, taking home the amount of A$1,600,000 and adding 595.72 points to his GPI PoY score. During that same poker festival, the Canadian also finished 2nd in the A$1,200 No-Limit Hold’em Mix Max for A$34,155 and 154.86 points.

In March, the player topped the field of the 2015/16 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Atlantic City $580 No-Limit Hold’em for his eighth gold ring and the first-place prize of $17,221. His victory also secured him with 131.65 points for his GPI PoY score. At Harrah’s Atlantic City Engel also took 4th place in the $1,675 Main Event for $40,937 and 218.89 points.

Most recently, he cashed in two events on the schedule of the WPT Canadian Spring Championship. He took home C$5,860 for finishing 50th in the C$3,500 WPT Canadian Spring Championship and added 114.43 points to his score. He also took 4th place in the C$1,650 No-Limit Hold’em Second Chance for C$16,510 and 135.69 points.

So far, Engel has collected $3,528,151 in live tournament earnings. The player is currently taking 38th position in the GPI leaderboard with 3,092.08 points.

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