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Global Poker Index: Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz Grabs GPI Crown, Takes Over Top Spot

  • Martin HarrisMartin Harris
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  • Fedor Holz is in front! Holz becomes the @GPI leader after reaching the top spot for the first time.

  • Fedor Holz in first, Anthony Zinno second, and after 22 weeks on top Steve O'Dwyer third in the @GPI.

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 June 15, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

There has been no update of the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race since the first one back on June 2 in which Ari Engel appeared atop the POY list after five months' worth of cashes and deep runs.

In that initial list, Fedor "CrownUpGuy" Holz appeared just behind Engel in second position, and has likely passed Engel now given his recent scores. We'll share the latest on the POY race when the next update arrives.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4368.23+1
2Anthony Zinno4288.59+1
3Steve O'Dwyer4226.50-2
4Jason Mercier4148.00+2
5Bryn Kenney4086.48-1
6Dominik Nitsche3886.08-1
7Nick Petrangelo3851.32-
8Tom Marchese3848.54+1
9Erik Seidel3758.79-1
10Stephen Chidwick3715.76+1

Holz grabs the GPI headline this week, anyway, as he has at last broken through to claim the No. 1 spot in the overall rankings, ending Steve O'Dwyer's lengthy 22-week reign as leader.

Big scores over the last two weeks helped Holz push ahead into the top spot. It's the first time the young German has enjoyed the distinction, as he reported to his followers upon hearing the news:

Fedor HolzAfter 2 years of travelling to every live stop I finally made it to #1 worldwide. #pokergoals

After taking second in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl at the ARIA Resort & Casino to kick off June, Holz then won two more big-money events at the ARIA — the $50,000 Super High Roller 9 and the $25,000 Aria High Roller 32 — in the space of a week. He's also added a couple of World Series of Poker cashes already this summer, further adding to his GPI point total.

Former GPI No. 1 Anthony Zinno also managed to step ahead of O'Dwyer this week, with four cashes already at the WSOP helping him move up to No. 2 over O'Dwyer who now sits at No. 3.

Meanwhile Jason Mercier (also a former GPI leader) has moved up a couple of spots to No. 4 on the strength of his bracelet win in the $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship earlier in the week. Mercier's runner-up finish in last night's $10,000 Seven-Card Razz Championship to Ray Dehkharghani came after the latest update, so depending on how others perform Mercier could well move up further a week from now.

The rest of the top 10 remained largely the same, aside from Stephen Chidwick moving up to No. 10 knock David Peters off the list (moving him down to No. 11). Chidwick has also gotten off to a good start at the WSOP, final-tabling the $10K 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship where he finished sixth.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
171Jean Gaspard2013.25
188Shaun Deeb1964.69
189Phil Hellmuth1963.84
210Jason Les1907.30
226Matt Berkey1841.15
229Noah Bronstein1828.75
232Adam Owen1817.94
247James Obst1766.07
248Ali Fazeli1764.15
257Vineet Pahuja1740.19
259Antonio Esfandiari1734.81
262Tom Dobrilovic1727.69
266Peter Eichhardt1724.81
267Fernando Brito1724.71
276Jonathan Borenstein1707.32
280Kyle Frey1703.60
283Nicholas Rampone1700.77
288Orlando Romero1685.01
297Max Pescatori1670.86
299Michael Rocco1661.28

As anticipated, results from the World Series of Poker are causing a lot of movement all over the GPI rankings, with no less than 20 new names appearing in the newest GPI top 300.

Jean Gaspard is the highest-ranked of this group of newcomers, having moved all the way from No. 355 to No. 171 after having won the $10,000 Dealer's Choice Championship at the Rio. Gaspard topped a field of 118 to win $306,621 and his first career WSOP bracelet.

Shaun Deeb owns one career WSOP bracelet (won last summer), and he also returns to the GPI top 300. Deeb jumped from No. 331 to No 188 on the strength of a couple of cashes, with another in the $10K Razz Championship to be added to his total next week. Meanwhile Phil Hellmuth continues his quest to extend his leading total of 14 career WSOP bracelets. He also min-cashed the $10K Razz, with an earlier small cash in the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. giving him points to help him ascend from No. 314 to No. 189.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
229Noah Bronstein1828.75+192
171Jean Gaspard2013.25+184
232Adam Owen1817.94+184
266Peter Eichhardt1724.81+165
188Shaun Deeb1964.69+143

Gaspard and Deeb both appear on this week's "Biggest Gains" list, with Noah Bronstein at the top of the bunch as this week's GPI top 300 player who enjoyed the biggest upward move since the last update. Bronstein went from No. 421 all the way to No. 229 after having cashed four times already at the WSOP, including a fourth-place showing in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event.

Adam Owen has five WSOP cashes thus far including four deep runs inside the top 25 in bracelet events, helping him go from No. 416 to No. 232.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
227Govert Metaal1835.69-97
285Yury Gulyy1696.10-95
215Iliodoros Kamatakis1879.92-89
294Kacper Pyzara1676.36-80
281Justin Oliver1703.46-78

Finally, among players still in this week's top 300, Govert Metaal slipped the furthest after falling from No. 130 down to No. 227.

What to Expect Next Week

The WSOP continues onward with new bracelets being awarded every day. Also ongoing are the 2016 Goliath Phamous Poker Series at Planet Hollywood, the Grand Poker Series at the Golden Nugget, and the Deep Stack Extravaganza III at the Venetian.

Over in Europe, the joint stop of the Estrellas Poker Tour and United Kingdom Ireland Poker Tour in Marbella, Spain continues, while the Russian Poker Tour visits Minsk, Belarus.

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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