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 August 31, 2016.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player GPI Score Change
1 Fedor Holz 3637.69
2 Chance Kornuth 3336.54 +2
3 David Peters 3097.44 +2
4 Paul Volpe 3095.05 -2
5 Adrian Mateos 3045.89 -2
6 Nick Petrangelo 3008.21
7 Ivan Luca 2992.47 +2
8 Jason Mercier 2931.51 -1
9 Connor Drinan 2926.70 +32
10 Dominik Nitsche 2875.65 -2

Looking first at the 2016 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race, Fedor Holz is still the man to beat after the latest update keeps him in the top spot for a 12th-straight week.

As noted last week, his victory in the €50,000 Super High Roller at European Poker Tour Barcelonahelped create some distance between Holz and others.

Both Chance Kornuth and David Peters picked up cashes at Barcelona as well to move up into the second and third positions, respectively, in the POY race. Kornuth cashed four times including making three final tables at EPT Barcelona, while Peters picked up a third-place finish in a €2,200 prelim to add POY points to his total.

Looking down below in the top 10, Connor Drinan rocketed up from No. 41 to No. 9 after winning the €10,300 High Roller as the festival came to a close.

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 +2
4 Jason Mercier 4299.76
5 Byron Kaverman 4266.47 -2
6 Connor Drinan 4230.13 +7
7 Bryn Kenney 4056.87 +2
8 Anthony Zinno 4044.50 -2
9 Tom Marchese 4014.38 -2
10 David Peters 3995.10 -2

Turning to the overall rankings, Holz remains the frontrunner there as well for a 12th-straight week with Nick Petrangelo again his nearest challenger in second position.

Meanwhile Steve O’Dwyer has snuck back up to No. 3 in the rankings, adding a runner-up finish in a €10,300 pot-limit Omaha event at Barcelona to his fifth-place in the €25,500 Single Reentry High Roller won by Pratyush Buddiga.

Drinan also rejoins the overall top 10 thanks to his €10,300 High Roller win, moving up from No. 13 to No. 6. Drinan’s previous career-high GPI ranking has been No. 5, most recently achieved in April of this year.

Welcome to the GPI Top 300

Rank Player Total Score
202 Pavel Plesuv 2108.36
212 Piotr Franczak 2085.24
222 Diego Zeiter 2065.63
225 Paul Newey 2057.96
226 Patrick Leonard 2057.02
243 Ricardo Alvarado 2023.93
270 Gavin O’Rourke 1959.56
273 Andreas Freund 1946.02
275 Rumen Nanev 1941.61
282 Rafael Moraes 1922.20
285 Jerry Odeen 1918.28
294 Jesse Yaginuma 1897.48
298 Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon 1883.29
300 Mortiz Dietrich 1877.94

There were 14 new names in this week’s GPI top 300, with Pavel Plesuv the highest-ranked of this group after jumping from No. 355 to No. 202. This marks Plesuv’s career peak GPI ranking and first time in the top 300.

Plesuv made the upward move after a successful trip to Barcelona, kicked off with a fifth-place finish in the festival-starting €10,300 NLHE event won by Petrangelo, then capped by an eighth-place showing in the €5,300 Main Event won by Sebastian Malec.

Biggest Gains

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
298 Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon 1883.29 +373
212 Piotr Franczak 2085.24 +278
222 Diego Zeiter 2065.63 +219
225 Paul Newey 2057.96 +212
202 Pavel Plesuv 2108.36 +153

That leap helped Plesuv earn a spot on the “Biggest Gainers” list this week, looking only among those inside the top 300. Topping this group is Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon who went from No. 671 to No. 298 after cashing four times in Barcleona including winning a €10,200 NLHE Turbo event near the end of the series.

Piotr Franczak cashed six times at EPT Barcelona (including a runner-up in one side event), Diego Zeiter made the money five times (including one final table), and Paul Newey cashed twice including taking third in that event won by Franczak, all of which helped those players make big gains in the GPI rankings as well.

Biggest Drops

Rank Player Total GPI Score Change
255 Ami Barer 1997.59 -98
248 Corey Hochman 2015.53 -83
234 Nathan Bjerno 2038.08 -60
258 Tobias Reinkemeier 1989.69 -60
203 Oliver Price 2106.12 -59

Finally, looking only at those inside the top 300, the biggest drop was endured by Ami Barer who fell fom No. 157 to No. 255 this week.

What to Expect Next Week

The World Poker Tour Legends of Poker series at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles has been running for more than a month, and is currently culminating with its Main Event final table playing out today.

Meanwhile the Heartland Poker Tour is at the Ameristar Casino in Chicago, while the Playground Poker Club World Cup of Cards continues in Kahnawake, Quebec, where PokerNews is on hand covering all of the events.