Fedor Holz Still Tops Live Rankings While Winning Seven Figures Online


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 September 14, 2016.


2016 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Fedor Holz 3637.69
2 Chance Kornuth 3336.54
3 David Peters 3097.44
4 Paul Volpe 3095.05
5 Adrian Mateos 3045.89
6 Nick Petrangelo 3008.21
7 Ivan Luca 2992.47
8 Jason Mercier 2931.51
9 Connor Drinan 2926.70
10 Dominik Nitsche 2875.65

With the much of the poker world focused on the ongoing World Championship of Online Poker onPokerStars — at least the tournament-playing part of it — it was another quiet week as far as the Global Poker Index was concerned without many live tournament results affecting the rankings.

In the 2016 GPI Player of the Year race, the top 10 spots remained unchanged with Fedor Holzspending a 14th week at No. 1 while busying himself chopping the $102,000 buy-in WCOOP Super High Roller and collecting yet another seven-figure cash.

 In fact you have to look all of the way down to the bottom of the top 40 to see any movement at all in the GPI POY race. Jack Salter moved up from No. 61 to No. 37 this week after recently finishing third of 1,145 in a HK$12,000 no-limit hold’em event in the Macau Poker Cup.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Fedor Holz 4838.07
2 Nick Petrangelo 4494.03
3 Steve O’Dwyer 4339.03
4 Jason Mercier 4304.04
5 Byron Kaverman 4270.07
6 Connor Drinan 4215.89
7 Anthony Zinno 4044.62
8 David Peters 4029.39
9 Bryn Kenney 3992.68
10 Adrian Mateos 3876.73 +1

Not much new to report from the top of the overall GPI rankings, either, as Holz stays on top — also for a 14th-straight week — and the top 10 remains largely unchanged.

The only difference from a week ago is Adrian Mateos nudging up a spot to No. 10, taking the place that had been occupied by Tom Marchese who slipped to No. 15 this week.

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Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
234 Raiden Kan 2052.41
267 Vladimir Dobrovolskiy 1983.20
289 Jordan Kaplan 1918.66
291 Tyler Patterson 1911.47
300 Ryan Tepen 1877.06

The relatively quiet week on the live circuit meant only five newcomers were able to push their way upward into the top 300, with Raiden Kan the highest-ranked of the bunch after elevating from No. 360 to No. 234.

A couple of cashes at European Poker Tour Barcelona helped boost Kan’s score. As a member of the Hong Kong Stars of the Global Poker League, Kan is readying for the restart of the GPL’s first season next week. Kan’s highest previous ranking has been No. 171, achieved in March 2015.

Among the other new names in this week’s top 300, Jordan Kaplan is making his career debut on the list after leaping up from No. 438 to No. 289. Kaplan final-tabled another event in that Macau Poker Cup series, a $HK80,000 NL event in which he took fifth of 109 entries.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
267 Vladimir Dobrovolskiy 1983.20 +250
289 Jordan Kaplan 1918.66 +149
234 Raiden Kan 2052.41 +126
168 Luiz Antonio Duarte Ferreira Filho 2239.13 +117
120 Ali Fazeli 2449.23 +97

Kaplan’s upward move earned him a spot on the “Biggest Gains” list this week, though Vladimir Dobrovolskiy had an even bigger move after catapulting from No. 517 to No. 267.

Dobrovolskiy also enjoyed success in Macau last week, cashing in two events including winning theHK$100,000 Single Day High Roller.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
277 Oliver Price 1985.89 -74
297 Riley Fuller 1889.20 -36
149 Darren Elias 2313.32 -34
275 Ricardo Alvarado 1963.82 -29
240 Gordon Vayo 2037.78 -26

Finally, when it comes to this week’s “Biggest Drops” list — which looks only at players still inside the top 300 — Oliver Price fell the furthest after going from No. 203 to No. 277, although no one on this list fell all that far, relatively speaking.

For example, November Niner Gordon Vayo dropped 26 spots this week, but a week ago was being highlighted as a big gainer after leaping up 100 spots into the top 300.

What to Expect Next Week

The Commerce Poker Series continues in Los Angeles this week, as does the Deepstack Extravaganza 3.5 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Meanwhile the World Poker Tour is in action at theBorgata Poker Open in Atlantic City, while the WSOP Circuit visits both Biloxi, Mississippi and Campione, Italy.

Also on the tournament schedule this week — the partypoker Irish Festival in Killarney, the Dutch Classics in Rozvadov, Czech Republic, the Unibet DSO Masters in Cannes, France, and theNorwegian Championships in Tromsø, Norway.