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Global Poker Index: Fedor Holz Still Tops Live Rankings While Winning Seven Figures Online

Fedor Holz


  • While earning seven figures online, Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz still leads the @GPI live rankings.

  • Make it 14 weeks at the top of both the 2016 POY & overall @GPI rankings for Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz.

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 September 14, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3637.69-
2Chance Kornuth3336.54-
3David Peters3097.44-
4Paul Volpe3095.05-
5Adrian Mateos3045.89-
6Nick Petrangelo3008.21-
7Ivan Luca2992.47-
8Jason Mercier2931.51-
9Connor Drinan2926.70-
10Dominik Nitsche2875.65-

With the much of the poker world focused on the ongoing World Championship of Online Poker on PokerStars — at least the tournament-playing part of it — it was another quiet week as far as the Global Poker Index was concerned without many live tournament results affecting the rankings.

In the 2016 GPI Player of the Year race, the top 10 spots remained unchanged with Fedor Holz spending a 14th week at No. 1 while busying himself chopping the $102,000 buy-in WCOOP Super High Roller and collecting yet another seven-figure cash.

In fact you have to look all of the way down to the bottom of the top 40 to see any movement at all in the GPI POY race. Jack Salter moved up from No. 61 to No. 37 this week after recently finishing third of 1,145 in a HK$12,000 no-limit hold’em event in the Macau Poker Cup.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4838.07-
2Nick Petrangelo4494.03-
3Steve O'Dwyer4339.03-
4Jason Mercier4304.04-
5Byron Kaverman4270.07-
6Connor Drinan4215.89-
7Anthony Zinno4044.62-
8David Peters4029.39-
9Bryn Kenney3992.68-
10Adrian Mateos3876.73+1

Not much new to report from the top of the overall GPI rankings, either, as Holz stays on top — also for a 14th-straight week — and the top 10 remains largely unchanged.

The only difference from a week ago is Adrian Mateos nudging up a spot to No. 10, taking the place that had been occupied by Tom Marchese who slipped to No. 15 this week.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
234Raiden Kan2052.41
267Vladimir Dobrovolskiy1983.20
289Jordan Kaplan1918.66
291Tyler Patterson1911.47
300Ryan Tepen1877.06

The relatively quiet week on the live circuit meant only five newcomers were able to push their way upward into the top 300, with Raiden Kan the highest-ranked of the bunch after elevating from No. 360 to No. 234.

A couple of cashes at European Poker Tour Barcelona helped boost Kan’s score. As a member of the Hong Kong Stars of the Global Poker League, Kan is readying for the restart of the GPL’s first season next week. Kan’s highest previous ranking has been No. 171, achieved in March 2015.

Among the other new names in this week’s top 300, Jordan Kaplan is making his career debut on the list after leaping up from No. 438 to No. 289. Kaplan final-tabled another event in that Macau Poker Cup series, a $HK80,000 NL event in which he took fifth of 109 entries.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
267Vladimir Dobrovolskiy1983.20+250
289Jordan Kaplan1918.66+149
234Raiden Kan2052.41+126
168Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho2239.13+117
120Ali Fazeli2449.23+97

Kaplan’s upward move earned him a spot on the “Biggest Gains” list this week, though Vladimir Dobrovolskiy had an even bigger move after catapulting from No. 517 to No. 267.

Dobrovolskiy also enjoyed success in Macau last week, cashing in two events including winning the HK$100,000 Single Day High Roller.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
277Oliver Price1985.89-74
297Riley Fuller1889.20-36
149Darren Elias2313.32-34
275Ricardo Alvarado1963.82-29
240Gordon Vayo2037.78-26

Finally, when it comes to this week’s “Biggest Drops" list — which looks only at players still inside the top 300 — Oliver Price fell the furthest after going from No. 203 to No. 277, although no one on this list fell all that far, relatively speaking.

For example, November Niner Gordon Vayo dropped 26 spots this week, but a week ago was being highlighted as a big gainer after leaping up 100 spots into the top 300.

What to Expect Next Week

The Commerce Poker Series continues in Los Angeles this week, as does the Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Meanwhile the World Poker Tour is in action at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City, while the WSOP Circuit visits both Biloxi, Mississippi and Campione, Italy.

Also on the tournament schedule this week — the partypoker Irish Festival in Killarney, the Dutch Classics in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the Unibet DSO Masters in Cannes, France, and the Norwegian Championships in Tromsø, Norway.

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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