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Global Poker Index: Fedor Holz Still First, Nick Petrangelo Now Second

Fedor Holz (left) and Nick Petrangelo (right)


  • Fedor Holz leads overall GPI rankings and 2016 Player of the Year race for 11th week.

  • Nick Petrangelo is now second in both the @GPI overall rankings and 2016 POY list behind Fedor 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 August 24, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3637.69-
2Paul Volpe3095.05-
3Adrian Mateos3045.89-
4Chance Kornuth3016.86-
5David Peters2862.92+2
6Nick Petrangelo2838.33+44
7Jason Mercier2812.00-2
8Dominik Nitsche2799.02-2
9Ivan Luca2796.21-1
10Dietrich Fast2707.36-1

Fedor Holz still leads the Global Poker Index 2016 Player of the Year race, and in fact added to his lead over Paul Volpe in second position and the rest of the chase pack after winning yet another high roller event, this time the €50,000 Super High Roller at European Poker Tour Barcelona.

Holz topped a field of 102 entries to earn the trophy and a €1,300,300 first prize, his fifth career seven-figure score, all of which he's earned in the last eight months. This makes 11 weeks at the top of the POY list for the young German.

The other item of note in this week's POY top 10 is the upward move of another EPT Barcelona high roller winner, Nick Petrangelo who jumped all of the way from No. 50 to No. 6 this week. Petrangelo won the festival-opening €10,300 Single Reentry event, besting a 240-entry field to take away a €413,000 first prize.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4877.65-
2Nick Petrangelo4595.93+2
3Byron Kaverman4308.79-
4Jason Mercier4285.16-2
5Steve O'Dwyer4140.36+5
6Anthony Zinno4022.08-1
7Tom Marchese4018.68+2
8David Peters3988.07-2
9Bryn Kenney3981.37-2
10Dominik Nitsche3934.30-2

The triumphs of Holz and Petrangelo are reflected in the updated overall GPI rankings as well, with Holz adding points to extend his lead and Petrangelo moving up from No. 4 to No. 2 to equal his previous career-high ranking.

Former No. 1 Steve O'Dwyer has also improved his positioning in the overall rankings by moving from No. 10 to No. 5 this week. O'Dwyer moved up thanks to a fifth-place finish in the €25,500 Single Reentry High Roller at EPT Barcelona won by Pratyush Buddiga following a three-way chop.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
147David Yan2278.89
152Juha Helppi2251.91
153Tom Hall2247.88
185Daniel Colman2123.36
198Tobias Reinkemeier2089.75
204Seth Davies2075.03
210Kitty Kuo2061.80
221Alexandros Kolonias2034.83
222Alexandru Papazian2032.11
237Oleksii Khoroshenin2005.44
250Roman Valerstein1974.46
251Andrey Shatilov1972.87
262Yang Zhang1950.51
263Josip Simunic1974.11
271Mihails Morozovs1926.26
272Jan Bendik1923.37
282Mark Radoja1901.35
285Martin Kozlov1892.27
293Louis Salter1874.65
296Esther Taylor-Brady1869.40

As expected, the large number of results from EPT Barcelona helped create a lot of movement up and down the GPI rankings, with one consequence being no less than 20 new names in this week's top 300 list. David Yan, part of that three-way chop in the €25,500 Single Reentry High Roller mentioned above (he took second), is the highest-ranked of this group after moving up from No. 327 to No. 147.

Juha Helppi also cashed in the €25,500 Single Reentry High Roller (finishing 19th) as well as a couple of other events in Barcelona this week to move from No. 302 to No. 152.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
221Alexandros Kolonias2034.83+594
210Kitty Kuo2061.80+211
153Tom Hall2247.88+204
198Tobias Reinkemeier2089.75+197
147David Yan2278.89+180

Looking inside the top 300 at the biggest gainers of the week, Alexandros Kolonias made the most dramatic upward move, going all of the way from No. 815 to No. 221 on the strength of three EPT Barcelona cashes including a fourth-place showing in the €50,000 Super High Roller.

Kitty Kuo has a couple of EPT Barcelona cashes as well, one being her sixth-place finish in the €10,300 Single Reentry, to move from No. 421 to No. 211. Kuo's highest previous GPI ranking has been No. 60 in January 2014.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
213David "Doc" Sands2059.47-105
236Craig McCorkell2005.56-56
277Tyler Patterson1913.59-56
284Christopher Frank1895.12-56
160Ian O'Hara2222.34-50

Among players remaining in this week's top 300, David "Doc" Sands dropped the furthest, going from No. 108 to No. 213.

What to Expect Next Week

The poker world's focus remains on the EPT Barcelona festival through Sunday with both the €10,300 High Roller and the €5,300 Main Event yet to play out. Stick close to PokerNews for comprehensive coverage of both events, including live updates, chip counts, photos, videos, results, and more.

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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