Global Poker Index: Another Week on Top for Fedor Holz, David Peters Moves Up

Fedor Holz (left) and David Peters (right)

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 Nov. 16, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz3644.80-
2David Peters3343.09+2
3Chance Kornuth3336.54-1
4Paul Volpe3192.20-1
5Justin Bonomo3127.87-
6Adrian Mateos3109.86-
7Samuel Panzica3046.64-
8Ari Engel3012.24-
9Nick Petrangelo3008.21-
10Bryn Kenney3002.78-

There are just six weeks left in the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, and Fedor Holz continues to maintain a healthy lead over the chase pack to preserve his place at the top. He's led the list for 23 weeks now, having been there almost since it was first shared by the GPI back in early June.

David Peters inched up a couple of spots this week to become the nearest challenger to Holz at No. 2 thanks to his big win in the HK$250,000 High Roller at the 2016 Asia Pacific Championship of Poker in Macau last week. Peters topped a 71-entry field to earn a first prize of HK$4,885,200, worth nearly $630K USD.

Aside from the two-spot upward move of Peters, the rest of the top 10 all remained unchanged. Looking down the list a bit, Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon jumped from No. 43 to No. 27 after a third-place showing in the 2016 PPC Poker Tour Aruba World Championship.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz5006.22-
2Nick Petrangelo4371.91-
3Jason Mercier4286.55-
4David Peters4206.42+2
5Bryn Kenney4049.43-
6Connor Drinan3984.58-2
7Justin Bonomo3940.36+1
8Erik Seidel3925.60-1
9Steve O'Dwyer3880.85+2
10Tom Marchese3857.32-1

There was a lot of small shuffling up and down the overall top 10 this week, although again Holz remained the frontrunner (also for a 23rd week in a row). Peters hopped up two spots to No. 4 thanks to that ACOP High Roller triumph, while Justin Bonomo also improved from No. 8 to No. 7.

Steve O'Dwyer likewise rejoined the top 10 after having slipped out for just a single week, moving back up from No. 11 to No. 9.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
208Stevan Chew2091.64
258Steve Karp1949.14
270Tom Hall1924.96
284Brian Hastings1899.03
289Ryan Van Sanford1881.36
299Andrey Zaichenko1864.84
300Benjamin Winsor1861.37

There were just seven new names in the top 300 after the latest update, although all seven have been on the list before.

Stevan Chew the highest-ranked of the group after jumping up from No. 302 to No. 208. A 13th-place finish in the ACOP Main Event won by Vladimir Geshkenbein enabled Chew to make that leap, with his new ranking representing a career GPI high for the Australian.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
208Stevan Chew2091.64+94
147Artem Metalidi2291.55+76
289Ryan Van Sanford1881.36+63
98Paul Newey2546.20+61
86Daniel Dvoress2662.30+60

Chew leads the "Biggest Gains" this week as well, his 94-spot jump putting him ahead of Artem Metalidi who used a fourth-place finish in that ACOP High Roller won by David Peters to move up from No. 223 to No. 147.

Meanwhile Paul Newey appears on this list for a second-straight week, having now moved all the way from No. 229 up to No. 98 over the last two weeks. Newey finished runner-up to Peters in that same ACOP High Roller in Macau, not long after having taken third in the HK$500,000 Super High Roller there the week before, an event won by Yuan Li.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
234Dmitar Danchev2005.62-51
153Christoph Vogelsang2268.81-38
296Amos Ben1868.83-37
171Julian Stuer2200.55-32
206Liv Boeree2097.29-28

Looking at those slipping the most, Dmitar Danchev fell from No. 183 to No. 234, the biggest drop of those staying inside the top 300.

What to Expect Next Week

What's going on? For starters, the World Series of Poker International Circuit moves over to the Cercle Clichy Montmartre in Paris, while the Master Classics of Poker 2016 continues in Amsterdam. Meanwhile the L.A. Poker Open continues at the Commerce Casino and the Borgata Fall Poker Open continues in Atlantic City.

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.

  • High Roller win in Macau helps David Peters gain on @GPI leader Fedor @CrownUpGuy Holz.

  • Stevan Chew, Brian Hastings, Ryan Van Sanford among players joining the @GPI top 300 this week.

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