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Global Poker Index: 10 Weeks at the Top for Fedor Holz

Fedor Holz
  • Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz is the top-ranked tournament player in the world for a 10th-straight week.

  • Fedor Holz continues to lead the @GPI 2016 Player of the Year rankings as EPT Barcelona gets started.

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 August 17, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3389.32-
2Paul Volpe3095.05-
3Adrian Mateos3034.62-
4Chance Kornuth3023.74-
5Jason Mercier2812.00-
6Dominik Nitsche2799.02-
7David Peters2761.45-
8Ivan Luca2722.47-
9Dietrich Fast2622.28-
10Bryn Kenney2606.87-

It's another week at the top of the Global Poker Index 2016 Player of the Year leaderboard for Fedor Holz, his 10th-straight in first position.

Indeed, the entire top 10 stayed exactly the same from seven days ago amid another relatively slow week of tournament poker for the leaders. Things should get rattled somewhat soon, however, with the start of the new season of the European Poker Tour in Barcelona.

Looking down the POY list for some upward movers, Jake Schwartz improved from No. 76 to No. 55 after he won a $1,100 buy-in turbo NL event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Seth Davies also went from No. 103 to No. 65 after winning a SHRPO prelim event of his own and finishing second in another.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4722.11-
2Jason Mercier4364.67-
3Byron Kaverman4323.18-
4Nick Petrangelo4083.83-
5Anthony Zinno4022.08-
6David Peters4013.81-
7Bryn Kenney3995.55-
8Dominik Nitsche3941.56-
9Tom Marchese3930.47-
10Steve O'Dwyer3877.25-

It was a similar story this week in the overall GPI rankings where Holz stayed at No. 1 — also for a 10th-straight week — while the nine players behind him remained right where they were as well.

Aside from Holz, the top 10 includes four other players who have been ranked No. 1 before — Jason Mercier (most recently the leader on Sept. 23, 2015), Byron Kaverman (Jan. 6, 2016), Anthony Zinno (July 15, 2015), and Steve O'Dwyer (June 8, 2016).

Nick Petrangelo and Bryn Kenney have both peaked at No. 2 before, Dominik Nitsche at No. 4, and David Peters and Tom Marchese at No. 5.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
289Phillip Hui1843.09
291Jesse Yaginuma1841.61
295Yung Hwang1835.74
296Dermot Blain1834.45
298Ben Palmer1830.76
299Michael Semenov1827.88
300Allaksei Boika1824.40

As has been the case the last few weeks since the World Series of Poker wrapped up for the summer, only a few players managed to nudge their way inside the top 300 this week, again all coming in at the very bottom of the list.

Phillip Hui is the highest-ranked of the seven new names on this week's top 300, having made the biggest leap of the bunch from No. 331 to No. 289 after picking up two runner-up finishes recently in preliminary events during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
167Antoine Saout2145.12+64
232Anthony Ruberto1960.04+62
223Fabrice Soulier1970.25+58
226Kou Vang1964.16+52
158David Vamplew2179.23+51

That jump by Hui places him just outside the top five biggest gainers for the week among top 300 players, a list topped by Antoine Saout after going from No. 231 to No. 167. Anthony Ruberto moved up nearly as much by going from No. 294 to No. 232.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
176Jeff Rossiter2113.36-108
290Gordon Vayo1842.54-80
260Randy Pfeifer1906.68-72
202Andrew Chen1915.54-58
284James Gilbert1856.97-55

Finally, looking only at players still inside the GPI top 300, Jeff Rossiter suffered the steepest decline in the latest update after dropping from No. 68 down to No. 176, his first time out of the top 100 since October 2015. Also on the "Biggest Drops" list is November Niner Gordon Vayo who slipped from No. 210 to No. 290.

What to Expect Next Week

The next couple of weeks will be all about the EPT Barcelona festival which has already gotten underway and as mentioned above will surely shake up the GPI rankings.

PokerNews' Live Reporting Team will be in action starting this weekend from Barcelona with live updates, chip counts, photos, videos, results, and more from the €50,000 Super High Roller, the €25,500 Single-Day High Roller, the €10,300 High Roller, and the €5,300 Main Event.

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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