Holz Holds Onto Lead; Vayo Vaults Upward

Holz Holds Onto Lead; Vayo Vaults Upward

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 7, 2016.

Holz Holds Onto Lead; Vayo Vaults Upward
Holz Holds Onto Lead; Vayo Vaults Upward

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

It was essentially a week off for nearly everybody as far as the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race was concerned, with zero movement whatsoever among the top 10. That means 13 straight weeks in front for Fedor Holz who continues to enjoy a decent-sized lead over a chase pack headed by Chance Kornuth at No. 2.

Looking further down the POY chart, Benjamin Zamani did manage a big upward move from No. 65 to No. 28 this week after collecting points from his runner-up finish to Pat Lyons in the recent World Poker Tour Legends of Poker event.

GPI 300 Top 10

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Fedor Holz 4797.54
2 Nick Petrangelo 4494.03
3 Steve O’Dwyer 4347.19
4 Jason Mercier 4304.04
5 Byron Kaverman 4263.65
6 Connor Drinan 4215.89
7 Anthony Zinno 4044.50 +1
8 David Peters 4029.39 +2
9 Bryn Kenney 3992.68 -2
10 Tom Marchese 3916.60 -1

It was similarly quiet over at the top of the overall GPI rankings, with only a small bit of shuffling at the bottom of the top 10 as a few players’ scores were slightly affected by the aging factor.

Holz remains the No. 1 player in the world for a 13th-straight week here as well. Meanwhile Anthony Zinno and David Peters moved up slightly and Bryn Kenney and Tom Marchese slipped a little although no one fell out of the top 10.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
214 Gordon Vayo 2092.18
228 Ray Qartomy 2060.82
233 Kyle Bowker 2056.00
255 Paul Matanel 2011.11
290 Garrett Greer 1915.85
295 Peter Eichhardt 1891.84
296 Darren Rabinowitz 1890.18
300 Dylan Wilkerson 1883.05

There are just eight newcomers into this week’s GPI top 300, with November Niner Gordon Vayo(pictured above) the highest-ranked of the group after moving up exactly 100 spots from No. 314 to No. 214.

Vayo currently sits third in chips among the final nine in the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Eventthat finally resumes again in a little under two months. Meanwhile the San Franciscan has spent the interim in a profitable manner, taking the title in the WinStar River Poker Series Main Event earlier this week. Vayo took away a cool $587,120 following a five-way final table deal.

Vayo has been in and out of the top 300 some over recent weeks. His highest career GPI ranking was No. 168 back in April 2013.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
255 Paul Matanel 2011.11 +1178
228 Ray Qartomy 2060.82 +307
290 Garrett Greer 1915.85 +137
214 Gordon Vayo 2092.18 +100
233 Kyle Bowker 2056.00 +68

That 100-spot jump landed Vayo in the “Biggest Gains” list this week, although there were players making larger leaps as well.

Garrett Greer went from No. 427 to No. 290 after finishing eighth in that aforementioned WPT Legends of Poker event. Ray Qartomy moved up from No. 535 to No. 228 after a 10th-place finish in that WinStar River Poker Series Main Event won by Vayo. And Paul Manatel jumped all the way from No. 1,434 to No. 255 after collecting cashes at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open and European Poker Tour Barcelona.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
281 Alex Keating 1934.21 -41
272 Nathan Bjerno 1975.13 -38
217 Ali Fazeli 2084.28 -37
249 Louis Salter 2021.72 -34
261 Riley Fuller 1999.93 -30

Finally, those on this week’s “Biggest Drops” list didn’t drop very much at all this week, with Alex Keating‘s slip from No. 240 to No. 281 being the steepest fall.

What to Expect Next Week

The Playground Poker Club World Cup of Cards continues this week in Kahnawake, Quebec, wherePokerNews is on hand covering all of the events.

Meanwhile The Commerce Poker Series cranks up in Los Angeles, as does another Deepstack Extravaganza at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The WSOP Circuit stops over in Campione, Italy this week, and the Norwegian Championships take place September 10-11 at the Radidon Blu Caledonien in Kristiansand, Norway.