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Global Poker Index: Fedor Holz Doing Fine in First in Both Overall and POY Rankings

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  • Fedor Holz currently sits in first place in both the @GPI overall rankings and the 2016 POY race.

  • Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz leads @GPL overall rankings for a second week, takes over lead in POY race.

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 22, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz2990.14-
2Bryn Kenney2572.18+1
3Dominik Nitsche2486.80-1
4Stephen Chidwick2371.24-
5Ari Engel2339.12-
6Anthony Zinno2320.35-
7Steve O'Dwyer2184.01-
8Jason Mercier2181.91+88
9Samuel Panzica2170.46-1
10Brian Altman2154.52-

The GPI's 2016 Player of the Year leaderboard is now being updated each week, with Fedor Holz having taken over the lead in those rankings after Ari Engel enjoyed a brief period at the top when the first list was shared earlier in the month. Holz made his move thanks to a string of high roller scores here in June, starting with a runner-up in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl and followed by two victories over the last two weeks in $25,000 buy-in Aria High Rollers.

In contrast to the relative quiet atop the POY leaderboard over the last seven days, Jason Mercier has stormed into the top 10 in dramatic fashion, going from No. 310 (on June 2) to No. 96 (on June 15) to No. 8 this week. Mercier, of course, has been the talk of the 2016 World Series of Poker where he currently leads the GPI-powered 2016 WSOP POY race thanks to winning two bracelets, coming runner-up in another, and taking eighth in one more — all four of them $10K "Championship" events.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4441.17-
2Jason Mercier4429.03+2
3Anthony Zinno4280.91-1
4Steve O'Dwyer4224.50-1
5Bryn Kenney4101.49-
6Nick Petrangelo3903.39+1
7Dominik Nitsche3886.08-1
8Tom Marchese3861.00-
9David Peters3724.05+2
10Erik Seidel3690.01-1

Holz likewise remains the leader of the overall GPI rankings this week, his second week at the top after knocking Steve O'Dwyer off the pedestal where he had enjoyed a 22-week stay. Just behind Holz is Mercier who jumped up to No. 2 in the rankings on the strength of his WSOP streak. With another cash, Mercier could retake the No. 1 spot he last held in September 2015.

Incidentally, Mercier has remained in the top 10 every week since June 17, 2015, meaning this week marks his 53rd-straight as a top 10-ranked player.

David Peters snuck back into the top 10 again this week, going from No. 11 to No. 9 as Stephen Chidwick slipped from No. 10 to No. 11.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
168David Levi2074.61
201Randy Ohel1950.58
218Javier Zarco1905.00
227Matt Stout1890.63
233David Stefanski1870.88
254Michael Semenov1818.19
260Eli Elezra1795.86
261Artem Metaldi1788.12
263Matas Cimbolas1775.73
267Mark Herm1769.68
269Paul Newey1768.30
273Alex Keating1758.60
276Joe Ebanks1752.49
277Jiachen Gong1751.02
279Giuseppe Pantaleo1748.93
281Ricardo Alvarado1743.62
283Aleksandr Gofman1740.90
286Terry Fan1739.24
288Paul Michaels1738.13
289Louis Salter1738.08
290Wael Sarkis1737.81
291Miltiadis Kyriakides1727.54
297Sonny Franco1722.00
298Anthony Ruberto1722.00
299Dermot Blain1720.84

As the WSOP continues, we expect the list of newcomers to the GPI top 300 each week to be a big one. No less than 25 players jumped up into the top 300 this week, nearly all thanks to success at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in the many bracelet events playing out each day.

David Levi comes in as the highest-ranked of this group at No. 168, having jumped all of the way up from No. 396 after collecting three cashes so far at the 2016 WSOP.

Randy Ohel also rejoins the top 300 after getting off to a hot start in this year's series where he's earned four cashes, making two final tables already and barely missing two more to put himself in the top 10 currently of the 2016 WSOP POY race. Ohel leaped up from No. 333 to No. 201 this week, his highest-career GPI ranking.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
254Michael Semenov1818.19+707
168David Levi2074.61+228
227Matt Stout1890.63+220
260Eli Elezra1795.86+154
267Mark Herm1769.68+145

Levi was one of the big gainers this week (looking just at players inside the top 300), with Matt Stout, Eli Elezra, and Mark Herm also making big moves after doing well in Las Vegas. Herm's best finish was third place in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed event, during which he stopped to discuss with PokerNews a big hand he played with Daniel Negreanu with less than 20 players left.

Michael Semenov tops the "Biggest Gains" list this week, however, after catapulting from No. 707 to No. 254. Semenov has four cashes at the WSOP thus far (three in $10K events), including three final tables where his best showing has been a couple of fifth-place finishes.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
282Mike Gorodinsky1741.83-127
248Vladimir Dobrovolskiy1832.32-68
211Jonathan Little1923.63-61
205Mark Dube1936.84-57
300Alex Goulder1719.28-50

Meanwhile, looking at players who fell the furthest this week while staying inside the top 300, the 2015 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Mike Gorodinsky tops this list this week after slipping from No. 155 to No. 282. Expect to see past WSOP heroes like Gorodinsky on the "Biggest Drops" list in the coming weeks as the points from their earlier WSOP scores are affected by the aging factor.

What to Expect Next Week

The focus remains on the WSOP, of course, with 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 also ongoing in Las Vegas.

Over in Europe, the Unibet DSO - Costa Brava event at the Gran Casino in Lloret de Mar, Spain highlights the upcoming schedule.

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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