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Global Poker Index: David Peters Takes Over Player of the Year Lead

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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 Dec. 21.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1David Peters3666.31+2
2Fedor Holz3644.80-1
3Justin Bonomo3513.79-1
4Chance Kornuth3336.54-
5Adrian Mateos3269.00+2
6Ari Engel3255.23-1
7Paul Volpe3192.88-1
8Nick Petrangelo3176.03+3
9Ankush Mandavia3138.97-
10Samuel Panzica3114.66-2

Over the last couple of weeks in this space we've highlighted how a few different challengers were starting to close in on Fedor Holz who had occupied the top spot in the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race for more than six months.

Two weeks ago it was Ari Engel whom we spoke of gaining ground on Holz, then last week it was Justin Bonomo who'd moved up into second position to narrow the gap.

But rushing past all of those players and Holz, too, as the finish line nears is David Peters who thanks to his third-place finish in the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event won by Jasper Meijer van Putten accumulated enough points to edge just barely ahead of Holz with less than two weeks to go in December.

The race isn't over, of course, and there are still a few chances for players to accumulate points before the year ends. But Peters is now the betting favourite to win 2016 GPI POY heading into the holidays.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4722.60-
2David Peters4435.53+1
3Nick Petrangelo4329.12-1
4Justin Bonomo4232.44-
5Dan Smith4212.68-
6Steve O'Dwyer4141.78+10
7Tom Marchese4081.59-
8Jake Schindler3974.69-
9Adrian Mateos3944.03+5
10Connor Drinan3925.63-

Holz remained atop the overall GPI rankings where he's enjoyed a large lead over the chase pack for some time. This marks his 28th week atop the list, the longest-streak of any GPI No. 1 since the rankings began in 2011.

Peters moved up a spot to No. 2 in the overall rankings, his highest career ranking to date. Meanwhile former No. 1 Steve O'Dwyer jumped from No. 16 to No. 6 this week after making three final tables in three separate €25,500 High Roller events at EPT Prague, taking sixth, fifth, and third in them.

Falling from the top 10 this week was another former No. 1, Jason Mercier, who slipped from No. 6 to No. 13. It's the first time Mercier has been out of the overall top 10 since June 2015.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

RankPlayerTotal Score
198Jesse Yaginuma2176.08
208Andreas Freund2139.31
218Louis Salter2086.08
237Matthew Stout2027.64
253Pavel Plesuv1993.35
258Vincent Delgado1984.56
262Timothy Burt1977.39
273Rumen Nunev1948.97
276Jean-Noel Thorel1945.74
280Patrick Mahoney1938.47
283Wael Sarkis1930.68
284Dan O'Brien1928.65
285Josip Simunic1927.62
288Daniel Colman1914.67
290John Monnette1910.43
291Jesse Alexis Cohen1909.68
292Jonathan Abdellatif1907.80
293Matas Cimbolas1907.69
294Javier Zarco1903.44
300Alex Difelice1883.76

A big group of 20 newcomers joined the overall GPI top 300 this week, many of whom collected cashes at EPT Prague in order to make their upward moves.

The highest-ranked of the bunch, Jesse Yaginuma, was an exception to that trend, having made his move from No. 306 to No. 198 on the strength of recent cashes in the World Series of Poker Circuit Los Angeles festival at the Bicycle Casino, including a victory in the $3,250 High Roller event.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
276Jean-Noel Thorel1945.74+363
283Wael Sarkis1930.68+244
218Louis Salter2086.08+183
292Jonathan Abdellatif1907.80+178
92Julian Stuer2640.29+140

Heading the list of "Biggest Gains" — looking only at players ranked in this week's top 300 — is Jean-Noel Thorel who catapulted from No. 639 to No. 276 this week. Thorel moved up after making three final tables in Prague, finishing second one of the €25,500 Single-Day High Roller events, fifth in another one, and seventh in the €5,200 Hyper-Turbo NL event.

Biggest Drops

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
295David Malka1903.41-98
238Roland Israelashivilli2024.81-95
277Ben Yu1942.86-89
234Iliodoros Kamatakis2033.68-73
279Govert Metaal1940.71-70

Finally, again only looking at players ranked in the top 300, David Malka endured the steepest decline this week after falling from No. 197 to No. 295.

What to Expect Next Week

Things are quieting down with the holidays approaching, although the Dutch Open Poker Series is currently ongoing in Breda, Netherlands where Ari Engel is among the participants. There will also be another $100,000 Super High Roller at the ARIA Resort & Casino on Dec. 30-31 to give high-stakes players a last chance to cash (and collect GPI points).

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 Holz led the @GPI 2016 POY race for 27 straight weeks, but David Peters is currently on top.

  • Fedor Holz still leads overall @GPI, but David Peters moved in front for 2016 POY near the finish.

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