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Global Poker Index: High Roller Win Moves Connor Drinan Up; Fedor Holz Still Leads

Connor Drinan


  • Connor Drinan's €10,300 High Roller win at #EPTBarcelona helps him move up the @GPI rankings.

  • Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz leads both the 2016 POY and overall @GPI rankings for a 12th-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 August 31, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3637.69-
2Chance Kornuth3336.54+2
3David Peters3097.44+2
4Paul Volpe3095.05-2
5Adrian Mateos3045.89-2
6Nick Petrangelo3008.21-
7Ivan Luca2992.47+2
8Jason Mercier2931.51-1
9Connor Drinan2926.70+32
10Dominik Nitsche2875.65-2

Looking first at the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, Fedor Holz is still the man to beat after the latest update keeps him in the top spot for a 12th-straight week.

As noted last week, his victory in the €50,000 Super High Roller at European Poker Tour Barcelona helped create some distance between Holz and others.

Both Chance Kornuth and David Peters picked up cashes at Barcelona as well to move up into the second and third positions, respectively, in the POY race. Kornuth cashed four times including making three final tables at EPT Barcelona, while Peters picked up a third-place finish in a €2,200 prelim to add POY points to his total.

Looking down below in the top 10, Connor Drinan rocketed up from No. 41 to No. 9 after winning the €10,300 High Roller as the festival came to a close.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4797.54-
2Nick Petrangelo4494.03-
3Steve O'Dwyer4347.19+2
4Jason Mercier4299.76-
5Byron Kaverman4266.47-2
6Connor Drinan4230.13+7
7Bryn Kenney4056.87+2
8Anthony Zinno4044.50-2
9Tom Marchese4014.38-2
10David Peters3995.10-2

Turning to the overall rankings, Holz remains the frontrunner there as well for a 12th-straight week with Nick Petrangelo again his nearest challenger in second position.

Meanwhile Steve O'Dwyer has snuck back up to No. 3 in the rankings, adding a runner-up finish in a €10,300 pot-limit Omaha event at Barcelona to his fifth-place in the €25,500 Single Reentry High Roller won by Pratyush Buddiga.

Drinan also rejoins the overall top 10 thanks to his €10,300 High Roller win, moving up from No. 13 to No. 6. Drinan's previous career-high GPI ranking has been No. 5, most recently achieved in April of this year.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
202Pavel Plesuv2108.36
212Piotr Franczak2085.24
222Diego Zeiter2065.63
225Paul Newey2057.96
226Patrick Leonard2057.02
243Ricardo Alvarado2023.93
270Gavin O'Rourke1959.56
273Andreas Freund1946.02
275Rumen Nanev1941.61
282Rafael Moraes1922.20
285Jerry Odeen1918.28
294Jesse Yaginuma1897.48
298Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon1883.29
300Mortiz Dietrich1877.94

There were 14 new names in this week's GPI top 300, with Pavel Plesuv the highest-ranked of this group after jumping from No. 355 to No. 202. This marks Plesuv's career peak GPI ranking and first time in the top 300.

Plesuv made the upward move after a successful trip to Barcelona, kicked off with a fifth-place finish in the festival-starting €10,300 NLHE event won by Petrangelo, then capped by an eighth-place showing in the €5,300 Main Event won by Sebastian Malec.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
298Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon1883.29+373
212Piotr Franczak2085.24+278
222Diego Zeiter2065.63+219
225Paul Newey2057.96+212
202Pavel Plesuv2108.36+153

That leap helped Plesuv earn a spot on the "Biggest Gainers" list this week, looking only among those inside the top 300. Topping this group is Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon who went from No. 671 to No. 298 after cashing four times in Barcleona including winning a €10,200 NLHE Turbo event near the end of the series.

Piotr Franczak cashed six times at EPT Barcelona (including a runner-up in one side event), Diego Zeiter made the money five times (including one final table), and Paul Newey cashed twice including taking third in that event won by Franczak, all of which helped those players make big gains in the GPI rankings as well.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
255Ami Barer1997.59-98
248Corey Hochman2015.53-83
234Nathan Bjerno2038.08-60
258Tobias Reinkemeier1989.69-60
203Oliver Price2106.12-59

Finally, looking only at those inside the top 300, the biggest drop was endured by Ami Barer who fell fom No. 157 to No. 255 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Poker Tour Legends of Poker series at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles has been running for more than a month.

Meanwhile the Heartland Poker Tour is at the Ameristar Casino in Chicago, while the Playground Poker Club World Cup of Cards continues in Kahnawake, Quebec.

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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