Global Poker Index: Justin Bonomo Closing in on POY Leader Fedor Holz

Justin Bonomo
  • @JustinBonomo gains ground on Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz as @GPI Player of the Year race nears finish.

  • WPT Five Diamond and EPT Prague results shake up @GPI lists while Fedor Holz remains on top.

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 Dec. 14.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3644.80-
2Justin Bonomo3442.75+4
3David Peters3366.10-1
4Chance Kornuth3336.54-1
5Ari Engel3255.23-1
6Paul Volpe3192.88-1
7Adrian Mateos3186.35-
8Samuel Panzica3114.66-
9Ankush Mandavia3012.91+17
10Charlie Carrel3012.19+18

There are just a couple of weeks left to go to determine the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year, and after months of stasis with Fedor Holz well out in front, things are finally tightening up as the last big tournaments of the year take place.

Holz stays on top again this week — his 27th week in a row at No. 1 — although the gap between him and the chase pack has narrowed with Justin Bonomo now in second position after jumping up four spots since the last update.

Bonomo earned points for taking fifth in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event won by James Romero. Like many others near the top, Bonomo is also in the Czech Republic this week playing events in the European Poker Tour Prague festival, giving himself more opportunities to gather points and perhaps overtake Holz at the finish.

There are others still in contention, too, including a couple of new names on this week's top 10. Ankush Mandavia elevated from No. 26 to No. 9 this week after picking up multiple cashes at the WPT Five Diamond, including winning the $25,000 High Roller and finishing sixth in the $100,000 Super High Roller chopped by Jan Schwippert and Tom Marchese.

Meanwhile after winning the partypoker WPT Prague High Roller to kick off the month, Charlie Carrel had a couple of big cashes at EPT Prague already with a third-place finish in the opening €10,300 No-Limit Hold'em event and a runner-up in the €50,000 Super High Roller won by Leon Tsoukernik. Those latter scores helped Carrel move up from No. 28 to No. 10 in the POY race.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4855.94-
2Nick Petrangelo4305.38-
3David Peters4279.96-
4Justin Bonomo4232.44+5
5Dan Smith4209.89-
6Jason Mercier4164.94-2
7Tom Marchese4079.30+1
8Jake Schindler3957.12+12
9Erik Seidel3953.34-3
10Connor Drinan3929.16-

Holz continues to maintain a wide lead in the overall GPI rankings (also for a 27th straight week), although there was some movement below as players collect these December cashes.

Bonomo made a move up from No. 9 to No. 4 this week in the overall rankings. And Jake Schindler has likewise jumped up this week to enter the top 10, going from No. 20 to No. 8 after finishing third in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
176Corey Hochman2203.88
212Sergi Reixach2095.45
224Eric Wasserson2072.83
248Jeffrey Chang2018.02
261Andrey Shatilov1984.40
262Matt Waxman1975.68
264Shannon Shorr1971.23
268Jean-Pascal Savard1956.13
271Jesse Sylvia1952.67
272David Rheem1945.42
286Gerald Karlic1915.77
289Rajaee Wazwaz1905.91
295Anton Wigg1900.07
298Jyri Merivirta1894.40
299David Diaz1888.47

Lots of tournament action means 15 new names entered the overall GPI top 300 this week, a group headed by Corey Hochman who moved up from No. 320 to No. 176 after taking 19th in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
212Sergi Reixach2095.45+213
289Rajaee Wazwaz1905.91+182
224Eric Wasserson2072.83+145
176Corey Hochman2203.88+144
264Shannon Shorr1971.23+142

There were some especially big jumps made by those on the "Biggest Gains" list this week, with Sergi Reixach making the largest leap of anyone in this week's top 300. Reixach went from No. 425 to No. 212 after cashing in the WPT Five Diamond Main while also taking third in the $25K WPT Five Diamond High Roller.

Others on this list — Rajaee Wazwaz, Eric Wasserson and Hochman — also cashed in the WPT Five Diamond Main, while Shannon Shorr final tabled another event at the Bellagio to make a big upward move as well.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
293Gavin O'Rourke1901.52-101
251Marc Macdonnell2006.37-82
270Natasha Mercier1954.71-81
222Jeremy Ausmus2080.69-64
232Julian Stuer2966.22-62

Finally Gavin O'Rourke slipped the furthest in the rankings this week among players still in the top 300 after going from No. 192 to No. 293.

What to Expect Next Week

All eyes remain focused on the EPT Prague festival which still has several days of events left to go.

The PokerNews live reporting is at EPT Prague with both the €10,300 High Roller and the €5,300 Main Event still to play out before the next GPI update.

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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