Top Canadian Poker Pros by 2019 GPI Rankings

Every year, the Global Poker Index reveals the top poker players from around the globe. And on the first or second day of the new year, GPI presents the rankings from the previous year, complete and in order of points earned.

For the 2019 year, two Canadians topped important GPI rankings: Kristen Bicknell and Sam Greenwood.

In addition, there are more players that deserve honors for their places in the rankings. Let’s look at the top 10 poker players from Canada on 2019 Player of the Year list.

  1. Sam Greenwood – 3,487.10 points

The Canadian National Player of the Year winner for 2019 was Sam Greenwood, widely regarded as one of the best players in the world amongst his peers. He finished in seventh in the overall global Player of the Year rankings.

Hailing from Toronto, Greenwood recently hit $20,901,207 in all-time live tournament earnings.

Greenwood is similar to many poker pros in that he took to the tournament tables during the poker boom. His first listed cash in a live tournament was at the 2008 North American Poker Championship at Fallsview Casino, where he finished in eighth place at the final table for C$87,490.

Online poker was his bread and butter for many years, but his live results have consistently improved in the live scene. And in 2015, Greenwood won his first major live event when he took down a World Series of Poker $1K NLHE event for $318,977 and a gold WSOP bracelet.

Among his wins, Greenwood shows several European Poker Tour (EPT) events and Aussie Millions and World Poker Tour tournaments. Scores equal to or exceeding $1 million include the 2017 PartyPoker Caribbean Poker Party, PartyPoker MILLIONS Grand Final in Barcelona, 2018 EPT Monte Carlo, 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), 2019 British Poker Open, and EPT Prague.

By far his best year to date regarding earnings, Greenwood shows $8,146,726.98 in 2019 alone.

  1. Timothy Adams – 3,377.88 points

The Burlington native is also one of the most respected players on the global circuit. Adams plays online poker as “TIM0THEE” but also live tournaments dating as far back as 2007.

Adams has played poker around the world and accumulated $18,476,426 in live earnings to date.

  1. Kristen Bicknell – 3,175.37 points

For the third year in a row, Kristen Bicknell topped the GPI Female Player of the Year rankings, setting a rankings record and climbing the overall rankings as well. She finished 2019 as the 18th best poker player in the world.

Bicknell got her start in poker playing online from her Ontario home, but she eventually took her skills to the live tables and found success there, too. She claimed her first live victory at the 2013 WSOP by winning the Ladies Championship for a gold bracelet, and she then won a 2016 open event bracelet in the $1,500 NLHE Bounty.

Through the past several years, Bicknell has won events at the PokerStars Championship Panama, Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau, EPT Monte Carlo, and Aria Summer High Rollers. In 2019, she took down her largest payout yet when she won a Poker Masters event for $408K.

To date, Bicknell has won $4,777,107 in live tournament earnings, much of which came in 2019, her biggest year yet with $2,461,580.94 alone.

She has served as a PartyPoker Ambassador for several years.

  1. Daniel Dvoress – 3,139.39 points

With $15,607,625 in live tournament winnings to date, Dvoress is predominantly a high-stakes player in live events. The Toronto player has shown poker prowess for several years with solid results, with 2019 as his best with more than $8.6 million.

  1. Guillaume Nolet – 2,709.97 points

A Montreal player, Nolet has only been on the live tournament scene for a few years but garnered attention in 2019 for his solid performances. He earned more than $1.1 million of his lifetime total of $1.5 million in 2019 alone.

  1. Ari Engel – 2,683.01 points

One of the steadiest players over the past decade, Engel was born in Canada but now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has won nearly $6.8 million to date playing mostly mid-stakes tournaments through the years. The past year wasn’t his best ever, but he did win his second WSOP bracelet in 2019.

  1. Peter Jetten – 2,541.10 points

The Toronto-listed player is another who began playing live and online tournament poker during the poker boom and never stopped. Through those years, Jetten has accumulated more than $9.3 million winnings. His best year yet was 2019 with more than $4.6 million in cashes.

  1. Daniel Negreanu – 2,418.37 points

One of the best-known players in the world, Negreanu has been playing poker since the 1990s, longer than any other pro in this list by far. With nearly $42 million in earnings to date, the Toronto native now lives in Las Vegas and is the third top-money earner of all time in tournament poker.

After more than a decade, Negreanu ended his PokerStars sponsorship in 2019 and signed on as a new ambassador for GGPoker.

  1. Michael Watson – 2,260.39 points

Watson is another Toronto player who has been in the game for well over a decade. He has earned nearly $12 million to date, along with millions online playing as “SirWatts.”

  1. Luke Greenwood – 2,228.77 points

As Sam Greenwood’s brother, Luke is also a world-class poker pro. He closed out the top 10 for Canadian players in 2019 and boasts of more than $3.9 million in earnings to date.

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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