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Global Poker Index: Eli Elezra Rejoins Rankings After Hot Month; Fedor Still First

Eli Elezra


  • A win and a runner-up over recent weeks help @EliElezra1 jump back into the @GPI rankings.

  • Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz tops both the @GPI overall list and 2016 POY race for a 15th week running.

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 September 21, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3637.69-
2Chance Kornuth3336.54-
3David Peters3097.44-
4Paul Volpe3095.05-
5Adrian Mateos3045.89-
6Nick Petrangelo3008.21-
7Ivan Luca2992.47-
8Jason Mercier2931.51-
9Connor Drinan2926.70-
10Dominik Nitsche2875.65-

Another week and another top-ranking for Fedor Holz in the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. At the start of the summer when the GPI first released the POY rankings, Ari Engel enjoyed a brief moment at the top. But since Holz took over the lead shortly thereafter, he's now spent 15 weeks at No. 1 with a little over three months left to go in the year. (Engel, if you're curious, is currently in 13th in the race.)

In fact, the entire top 10 remained the same yet again this week, with Chance Kornuth still the nearest challenger to Holz in second position.

Looking just below this group, Alexander Rocha went from No. 25 to No. 14 after winning a $3,500 buy-in Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 event last week. Rocha topped a 249-entry field to win a $173,861 first prize and a bunch of POY points to enable his upward move.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4838.07-
2Nick Petrangelo4475.43-
3Steve O'Dwyer4339.03-
4Jason Mercier4304.04-
5Byron Kaverman4270.07-
6Connor Drinan4183.95-
7David Peters4029.39+1
8Anthony Zinno4022.11-1
9Bryn Kenney3992.68-
10Adrian Mateos3876.73-

It was another quiet week at the top of the overall GPI rankings as well where Holz also remains the frontrunner for a 15th-straight week. Just one small change in the top 10 from a week ago, as David Peters (No. 7) and Anthony Zinno (No. 8) swapped spots.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
260Matt Salsberg2001.74
284Moritz Dietrich1921.28
288Eli Elezra1916.63
300Peter Eichhart1876.19

There were only four newcomers in the GPI top 300 this week, the lowest number of new names on the list in recent memory. Matt Salsberg is the highest-ranked of the group after elevating from No. 361 to No. 260 following his runner-up finish in that aforementioned Deepstack Extravaganza event won by Rocha.

Also making it back to the top 300 this week is 2016 Poker Hall of Fame nominee Eli Elezra who is in the middle of a hot September thus far.

After starting the month taking runner-up out of 528 entries in the WSOP Circuit Nevada Main Event, a week later Elezra finished sixth in that Deepstack Extravaganza event won by Rocha, then he won another preliminary event at the World Poker Tour Borgata Poker Open a few days ago.

With more than $3 million in career tournament earnings, Elezra's highest previous GPI ranking has been No. 238 back in June of this year.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
260Matt Salsberg2001.74+101
209Robert Mizrachi2084.32+53
194Phillip Hui2141.24+48
288Eli Elezra1916.63+42
207Felix Stephensen2096.33+34

Salsberg's leap earned him top honors in the "Biggest Gains" list this week (considering only those within the top 300) ahead Robert Mizrachi, Phillip Hui, and Elezra. Felix Stephensen also jumped from No. 241 to No. 207 after earning some points from a cash in the UKIPT Super Series Main Event at the Hippodrome London.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
184Jonathan Little2168.34-58
271Piotr Franczak1962.78-55
258Ralph Porter2010.81-52
278Ralph Qartomy1935.94-49
217Matt Affleck2071.37-39

Finally, looking only at players still ranked in the top 300, Jonathan Little slid the furthest from No. 126 to No. 184 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

That Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 continues this week in Las Vegas, with the WPT Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City also rolling forward.

Meanwhile the Heartland Poker Tour stops in Daytona Beach, Florida, the France Poker Series is in action in Deauville, France, and the Winamax Poker Open is playing out in Dublin, Ireland.

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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