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Global Poker Index: 20 Weeks on Top for Holz; EPT Malta Winners Gain Ground

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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 Oct. 26, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3637.69-
2Chance Kornuth3336.54-
3Paul Volpe3192.20-
4David Peters3131.44-
5Adrian Mateos3045.89-
6Nick Petrangelo3008.21-
7Ivan Luca2992.47-
8Jason Mercier2931.51-
9Samuel Panzica2927.70-
10Connor Drinan2926.70-

The start of the European Poker Tour Malta festival last week might have encouraged expectations of changes at the top of the 2016 Player of the Year rankings, but so far that has yet to be the case. The top 10 all stayed the same from the last update, with Fedor Holz having reached 20 straight weeks at No. 1.

Dietrich Fast very nearly made it onto this list thanks to his victory in the festival-opening EPT Malta €10,300 Single Re-Entry event. Fast topped a 60-entry field to earn a €174,600 first prize, and also earned enough GPI POY points to move up 10 spots to No. 11.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4864.27-
2Nick Petrangelo4371.91-
3Jason Mercier4303.31-
4Steve O'Dwyer4231.81+1
5Connor Drinan4183.95+1
6Anthony Zinno4056.54+1
7Byron Kaverman4044.55-3
8David Peters3963.00-
9Bryn Kenney3946.91-
10Dominik Nitsche3847.43-

The overall GPI rankings were similarly steady where Holz also enjoys a 20th-straight week at No. 1 since taking over the lead in early June. Three players — Steve O'Dwyer, Connor Drinan, and Anthony Zinno — each moved up a spot on this week's list after Byron Kaverman dropped from No. 4 to No. 7.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
220Rocco Palumbo2048.73
279Stevan Chew1992.95
292Kacper Pyzara1895.91
293Esther Taylor-Brady1895.16
298Calvin Anderson1885.36
299Matthew Davenport1885.01
300Alex DiFelice1883.25

There were seven new names in this week's GPI top 300, most of whom entered the list near the bottom. The highest-ranked of the group is Rocco Palumbo who elevated from No. 347 to No. 220 after cashing a couple of times so far at EPT Malta, including finishing runner-up to Jakub Michalak in the €10,200 Single-Day High Roller.

Meanwhile Stevan Chew jumped all of the way up from No. 464 to No. 279 after winning the AU$10,000 buy-in Asia Pacific Poker Tour Melbourne No-Limit Hold'em Challenge. While all of the others on this list are returning to the top 300 after previous appearances, this marks Chew's top 300 debut.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
279Stevan Chew1992.95+185
220Rocco Palumbo2048.73+127
197Dylan Linde2130.65+100
40Ramin Hajiyev3146.94+75
137Okeksii Khoroshenin2340.25+74

Chew and Palumbo top this week's "Biggest Gains" list as well. Dylan Linde also made it after jumping from No. 297 to No. 197. Linde won the $1,675 buy-in World Series of Poker Circuit Hammond Main Event this week, besting a field of 1,308 for a big $348,269 first prize.

Ramin Hajiyev collected two nice finishes in Malta — a fifth in the EPT Malta €10,300 Single Re-Entry and a runner-up in the €25,750 High Roller won by [Removed:17] — and also collected enough points to move up into the overall top 40. And Oleksii Khoroshenin likewise has made a couple of final tables in Malta to help him make a significant upward move as well.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
230Jonathan Duhamel2028.17-66
252Jaroslaw Sikora1984.56-58
161Govert Metaal2233.10-51
287Chad Eveslage1906.43-49
259Natasha Barbour1969.65-47

Finally, looking at the biggest downward moves among players still in the top 300, 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel dropped from No. 164 to No. 230 — his first time outside the top 200 since the rankings began in 2011.

What to Expect Next Week

Focus remains on Malta for another few days as the EPT Malta festival plays to its conclusion at the Portomaso Casino.

PokerNews remains on hand with live updates, chip counts, photos, videos, and more from the festival's climactic two events — the €5,300 Main Event and €10,300 High Roller, both of which reach their conclusions this Saturday.

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.

  • Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz has led both the overall @GPI rankings & 2016 POY race for 20 straight weeks.

  • #EPTMalta cashes for Dietrich Fast, Rocco Palumbo, Ramin Hajiyev & Oleksii Khoroshenin help in @GPI.

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