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Global Poker Index: Here Comes Holz! Fedor Moves Up, Challenging O’Dwyer’s Lead

  • Martin HarrisMartin Harris
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  • EPT Grand Final successes help Fedor Holz move up to third in the @GPI rankings, a career-high.

  • Steve O'Dwyer remains the @GPI's top-ranked tournament player for a 17th-straight week.

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 May 5, 2016.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Steve O’Dwyer4370.91-
2Bryn Kenney4248.01-
3Fedor Holz4106.34+5
4Jason Mercier4030.56-1
5Nick Petrangelo3989.70-
6Dominik Nitsche3979.44-2
7Connor Drinan3910.01-1
8Anthony Zinno3888.85-1
9Tom Marchese3775.18-
10David Peters3695.19+1

The 2016 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final is moving toward its last couple of days, meaning results from the many preliminary events in the two-week long festival in Monte Carlo have had some effect on the overall GPI rankings.

Not too much has changed at the very top, where Steve O’Dwyer has managed to remain at No. 1 for a 17th-straight week despite not adding any points so far at the European Poker Tour’s final Season 12 stop. O’Dwyer did cash by finishing ninth in the €50,000 Super High Roller last week won by Fabian Quoss, although that finish didn’t give him GPI points.

Bryn Kenney also only has one small cash in Monaco thus far, but holds onto the No. 2 spot for a second week, his career-high ranking. Meanwhile of the top 10 players in the current GPI rankings Fedor Holz is having the best series with four cashes and three final tables, helping him move up from No. 8 to No. 3, also his career-best since first entering the rankings a little over two years ago.

Looking at others in the top 10 and how they’ve done in Monaco, Dominik Nitsche (No. 6) final-tabled the €2,200 France Poker Series High Roller, finishing eighth. Anthony Zinno also took sixth in the €10,300 High Roller won by Chance Kornuth. And David Peters (No. 10) cashed in eighth in the €50K Super High Roller.

Just below the top 10 is Paul Volpe who vaulted up from No. 31 to No. 12 after getting points for his recent victory in the $2,700 buy-in Borgata Spring Poker Open Championship.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
222Jonathan Borenstein1855.87
227Aliaksei Boika1841.45
269Paul Newey1739.51
290Vlad Darie1691.79
296Jean-Noel Thorel1681.44

Despite a lot of movement throughout the rankings this week, there are only five new names in the top 300, with Jonathan Borenstein the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 334 to No. 222. A fifth-place finish in that aforementioned Borgata Spring Poker Open helped Borenstein spring up into the top 300 list for the first time in his career.

The other four players on this list have all been in the top 300 before, the most notable recent finish among them acheived by Paul Newey who took fifth in the €100,000 Super High Roller.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
269Paul Newey1739.51+136
296Jean-Noel Thorel1681.44+113
129Fabian Quoss2214.79+112
222Jonathan Borenstein1855.87+112
227Aliaksei Boika1841.45109

Nearly all the newcomers to this week’s top 300 also comprise the list of biggest gainers, the exception being Quoss who as noted won the €50,000 Super High Roller. His previous best ranking has been No. 32 (in April 2013).

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
285Yingui Li1700.16-58
229Ludovic Geilich1839.56-56
266Richardo Alvarado1748.58-55
154Thomas Muehloecker2105.20-50
142Dan Smith2159.40-40
157Artur Koren2086.55-40

Finally, among those still in the top 300 Yingui Li fell the furthest since last week, going from No. 227 to No. 285.

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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