David Peters Earns 2016 GPI Player of the Year


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.

Down below find the overall rankings as of January 4, but first let’s review the final results of the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score
1 David Peters 3666.31
2 Fedor Holz 3644.80
3 Justin Bonomo 3479.70
4 Chance Kornuth 3336.54
5 Adrian Mateos 3316.07
6 Ari Engel 3290.43
7 Paul Volpe 3192.88
8 Nick Petrangelo 3176.03
9 Ankush Mandavia 3138.97
10 Samuel Panzica 3114.66
11 Charlie Carrel 3088.76
12 Bryn Kenney 3002.78
13 Ivan Luca 2992.47
14 Jason Mercier 2983.71
15 Jack Salter 2941.18
16 Jason Koon 2927.38
17 David Yan 2927.22
18 Connor Drinan 2926.70
19 Dietrich Fast 2907.40
20 Rainer Kempe 2905.88

Thanks to a late push highlighted by a third-place showing in the European Poker Tour Prague Main Event, David Peters finished the year atop the Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings, having barely eclipsed Fedor Holz at the finish after Holz had held the lead for more than six months.

Peters bests a previous No. 5 finish in the 2013 GPI POY race to join an exclusive group of GPI Players of the Year that includes Byron Kaverman (2015), Dan Colman (2014), Ole Schemion (2013), and Dan Smith (2012).

While Holz’s lengthy heater garnered him many headlines throughout 2016, Peters steadily collected more than two dozen cashes including numerous high roller scores on his way to earning more than $7.5 million in live tournament cashes.

The GPI has also announced numerous other player-of-the-year honors based on performances during the calendar year:

Title Player
2016 GPI European Player of the Year Fedor Holz
2016 GPI Female Player of the Year Cate Hall
2016 GPI Female European Player of the Year Liv Boeree
2016 GPI Latin American Player of the Year Ivan Luca
2016 GPI Asia/Pacific Player of the Year David Yan
2016 GPI Great China Player of the Year Yang Zhang

According to the GPI, this marks the second year in a row Holz has earned GPI European Player of the Year, and the fifth year in a row a German has taken the honor with Marvin Rettenmaier doing so in 2012 and Ole Schemion in both 2013 and 2014. It’s also the third year running that Liv Boeree has claimed GPI Female European Player of the Year.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Fedor Holz 4730.90
2 David Peters 4502.58
3 Dan Smith 4314.81
4 Nick Petrangelo 4295.23
5 Tom Marchese 4186.53 +1
6 Steve O’Dwyer 4092.96 -1
7 Jake Schindler 4045.07 +1
8 Adrian Mateos 4011.71 +1
9 Erik Seidel 3879.64 +2
10 Bryn Kenney 3853.60 +11

Holz unsurprisingly starts the new year on top of the overall GPI rankings, making it 30 weeks in a row at No. 1 for him and extending his record for the longest-ever stint on top of the rankings.

Most of the top 10 remained the same, with Bryn Kenney making a big move from No. 21 to No. 10 this week after placing fourth in one of those end-of-year $25,000 ARIA High Roller events.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
260 Zvi Stern 1949.89
268 Andrew Hulme 1939.43
273 Eugene Katchalov 1922.14
274 Eddy Sabat 1920.03
275 Christian Christner 1916.05
285 Kacper Pyzara 1880.84
289 Ognyan Dimov 1878.14
291 Lucas Blanco 1875.64
292 Amos Ben 1874.41
293 Mikita Badziakouski 1873.39
294 Brendon Rubie 1873.18
295 Salman Behbehani 1872.19
298 Alex Goulder 1868.40
299 Brandon Steven 1868.26
300 Michael Dentale 1867.58

There were 15 new names in this week’s GPI top 300, all coming in to claim spots in the lower sixth of the list. 2015 November Niner Zvi Stern is the highest-ranked of the group after moving up from No. 309 to No. 260.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
119 Rafael Moraes 2391.80 +133
268 Andrew Hulme 1939.43 +96
273 Eugene Katchalov 1922.14 +71
140 Patrick Leonard 2301.86 +65
275 Christian Christner 1916.05 +64

Looking at players in the top 300 who made the biggest upward moves over the last seven days, Rafael Moraes jumped the most after going from No. 252 all of the way to No. 119.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
227 Adrien Allain 2043.29 -99
206 Nick Yunis 2104.87 -90
181 Anthony Gregg 2171.14 -73
248 Daniel Negreanu 1973.67 -70
276 Bill Klein 1915.56 -66

Finally, looking only at players inside the current top 300, Adrien Allain suffered the steepest fall over the last week after dipping from No. 128 to No. 227.

Daniel Negreanu also took a tumble from No. 178 to No. 248, his first time outside the GPI top 200 since the rankings began back in 2011. In fact, Negreanu only slipped out of the top 100 for the first time in mid-December. His highest GPI ranking has been No. 1, achieved most recently in April 2014.

What to Expect Next Week

The poker world’s attention turns to the Bahamas this week with the start of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas festival getting underway on Friday.

As always, the PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to cover numerous events from the Atlantis Resort & Casino, including the $100,000 Super High Roller, the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller, the $25,000 High Roller, the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller, and the $5,300 Main Event.

Meanwhile the 2017 Aussie Millions Poker Championship again helps kick off the new year for tournament poker players, with its first events happening next Wednesday, January 11.