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Global Poker Index: Paul Volpe Closes Gap with Fedor Holz for POY

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  • Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz still leads @GPI lists, but Paul @paulgees81 Volpe has closed the gap for POY.

  • The latest @GPI rankings update shows Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz still leads overall and POY rankings.

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 3, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3389.32-
2Paul Volpe3095.05+2
3Adrian Mateos3034.62-1
4Chance Kornuth3016.86-1
5Jason Mercier2812.00-
6Dominik Nitsche2799.02-
7David Peters2761.45-
8Ivan Luca2722.47-
9Dietrich Fast2622.28-
10Bryn Kenney2606.87-

There was very little movement reflected in the latest update of the top of the 2016 GPI Player of the Year leaderboard, with Fedor Holz continuing to maintain his lead for an eighth-straight week.

The only change among the top 10 involved Paul Volpe jumping ahead two spots to No. 2. A post-World Series of Poker cash at the Borgata Summer Poker Open helped Volpe add POY points to his total, as he finished runner-up to Joshua Gordon in the 557-entry $2,700 No-Limit Hold'em Championship.

Looking down the POY leaderboard, Craig Varnell made a big jump from No. 69 to No. 23 this week after placing third in the $3,700 buy-in World Poker Tour Choctaw Championship Event won by James Mackey.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4727.64-
2Jason Mercier4349.57-
3Nick Petrangelo4191.55-
4Anthony Zinno4041.85-
5David Peters4013.81-
6Bryn Kenney4009.82-
7Dominik Nitsche3954.82+1
8Tom Marchese3950.06-1
9Steve O'Dwyer3883.06-
10Adrian Mateos3829.45-

It was also a quiet week atop the overall GPI rankings where Holz likewise remains at No. 1 for an eighth week in a row. Only Dominik Nitsche and Tom Marchese swapped seventh and eighth positions, with everyone else staying right where they were seven days ago.

Volpe, by the way, jumped up from No. 23 to No. 14 this week. Volpe's highest career GPI ranking has been No. 4, achieved in August 2015.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
281Kou Vang1894.58
282Kyle Bowker1890.34
289Matt Bond1868.86
296Jonathan Abdellatif1849.67
299Brandon Shack-Harris1841.39
300Rumen Nanev1840.68

The relative lull in the tournament schedule meant only six newcomers arrived to join the GPI top 300 this week, all coming in near the bottom of the list. Kou Vang is the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 306 to No. 281 to rejoin the top 300.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
182Rex Clinkscales2123.10+56
132Craig Varnell2343.78+55
113Olivier Busquet2417.54+41
114Harrison Gimbel2413.36+39
282Kyle Bowker1890.34+39

Looking at players within the top 300 who made the biggest gains this week, Rex Clinkscales enjoyed the most significant upward move after going from No. 238 to No. 182 thanks to a cash in that aforementioned WPT Choctaw Championship Event where he finished 53rd.

We mentioned already Varnell's third-place finish in that same event in Choctaw. Olivier Busquet took seventh in that one and Harrison Gimbel 22nd, enabling them to move up in the rankings as well. Meanwhile Kyle Bowker's 26th-place finish in that Borgata Summer Poker Open Championship helped him move up and into the top 300.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
272Upeshka Desilva1906.39-74
259Aleksandr Gofman1925.00-60
288Calvin Anderson1871.02-58
175Ami Barer2135.49-49
248Joe Serock1945.28-46

Finally, among those remaining in the top 300 it was Upeshka Desilva slipping the furthest this week after tumbling from No. 272 to No. 198.

What to Expect Next Week

Poker players are flocking to the southeastern United States this week for both the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida and the World Series of Poker Circuit stop at Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina, a.k.a. the Global Casino Championship. Meanwhile the Heartland Poker Tour is also in action at the Ameristar Casino Hotel in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Additionally, the partypoker WPT National Rozvadov series continues this week at the Kings Casino in the Czech Republic, the NetBet Open plays out at the Vox Maris Grand Resort Costinesti in Romania, and the WaSOP VII series continues at the Casino de Namur in Belgium.

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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