Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking

Alex Difelice

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.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
132
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 101
Ari Engel3,372.01
236
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 102
Sam Greenwood3,263.05
361
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 103
Timothy Adams2,941.65
464
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 104
Daniel Dvoress2,925.04
574
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 105
Mike McDonald2,785.09
693
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 106
Mike Leah2,627.52
7111
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 107
Daniel Negreanu2,527.77
8125
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 108
Sam Chartier2,452.01
9151
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 109
Mike Watson2,308.68
10213
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 110
Mark Radoja2,105.82

There was plenty of movement in the Team Canada rankings this week outside of the top three. Ari Engel continued to lead the nation for the eighth-straight week. However, Daniel Negreanu tumbled three spots from No. 4 to No. 7 while Daniel Dvoress climbed those same three spots from No. 7 to No. 4.

Another swap happened with Mike Leah climbing from No. 9 to No. 6 this week after finishing third in a WSOP Circuit High Roller while Mike Watson fell from No. 6 to No. 9.

2016 GPI Player of the Year

Rank PlayerGPI ScoreChange
1 David Peters3,666.31+2
2 Fedor Holz3,644.80-1
3 Justin Bonomo3,513.79-1
4 Chance Kornuth3,336.54-
5 Adrian Mateos3,269.00+2
6
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 111
Ari Engel3,255.23-1
7 Paul Volpe3,192.88-1
8 Nick Petrangelo3,176.03+3
9 Ankush Mandavia3,138.97-
10 Samuel Panzica3,114.66-2

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 favorite to win 2016 GPI POY heading into the holidays.

GPI 300 Top 10

RankPlayerGPI ScoreChange
1Fedor Holz4,722.60-
2David Peters4,435.53+1
3Nick Petrangelo4,329.12-1
4Justin Bonomo4,232.44-
5Dan Smith4,212.68-
6Steve O'Dwyer4,141.78+10
7Tom Marchese4,081.59-
8Jake Schindler3,974.69-
9Adrian Mateos3,944.03+5
10Connor Drinan3,925.63-

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

Rank PlayerTotal Score
198 Jesse Yaginuma2,176.08
208 Andreas Freund2,139.31
218 Louis Salter2,086.08
237 Matthew Stout2,027.64
253 Pavel Plesuv1,993.35
258 Vincent Delgado1,984.56
262 Timothy Burt1,977.39
273 Rumen Nunev1,948.97
276 Jean-Noel Thorel1,945.74
280 Patrick Mahoney1,938.47
283 Wael Sarkis1,930.68
284 Dan O'Brien1,928.65
285 Josip Simunic1,927.62
288 Daniel Colman1,914.67
290 John Monnette1,910.43
291 Jesse Alexis Cohen1,909.68
292 Jonathan Abdellatif1,907.80
293 Matas Cimbolas1,907.69
294 Javier Zarco1,903.44
300
Global Poker Index: Alex Difelice Approaches Lifetime-Best Ranking 112
Alex Difelice1,883.76

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.

Also, barely squeaking in is Canadian Alex Difelice in the very bottom spot of No. 300 which isn't far off his lifetime best of No. 279. The first time he ever broke the top 300 was just two months ago.

Biggest Gains

RankPlayerTotal GPI ScoreChange
276Jean-Noel Thorel1,945.74+363
283Wael Sarkis1,930.68+244
218Louis Salter2,086.08+183
292Jonathan Abdellatif1,907.80+178
92Julian Stuer2,640.29+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 Malka1,903.41-98
238Roland Israelashivilli2,024.81-95
277Ben Yu1,942.86-89
234Iliodoros Kamatakis2,033.68-73
279Govert Metaal1,940.71-70

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.




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