Fedor Holz Maintains GPI Control in August, Drinan Cracks Top 10

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What to win next?

To no one’s surprise German phenom Fedor Holz maintained his iron-grip on the Global Poker Index POY in August but there were several players who made huge gains.

Holz, who toyed with the idea of retirement after winning One Drop this summer, decided to make the trip to EPT Barcelona and promptly won the €50,000 Super High Roller for €1.3m.

Interestingly Connor Drinan, who also won a high roller title at EPT Barcelona, albeit for “just” €849,200 was August’s biggest gainer as he rose 32 spots to take 9th overall.

Kornuth, Mercier Try to Keep Pace

It’s going to take a serious effort to overtake Holz any time soon but several players including Chance Kornuth, Nick Petrangelo and Jason Mercier could certainly do it.

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Here’s a look at the top 10 on the GPI POY as of August 31:

  • 1. Fedor Holz - 3,647 points
  • 2. Chance Kornuth 3,336 points
  • 3. David Peters - 3,097 points
  • 4. Paul Volpe - 3,095 points
  • 5. Adrian Mateos - 3,045 points
  • 6. Nick Petrangelo - 3,008 points
  • 7. Ivan Luca - 2,992 points
  • 8. Jason Mercier - 2,931 points
  • 9. Connor Drinan - 2,926 points
  • 10. Dominik Nitsche - 2,875 points

Holz has now held on to #1 on the GPI for 12 consecutive weeks. It remains to be seen if Holz’ new recreational status will eventually help dethrone him from the top.

The German is also #1 on the overall GPI rankings with 4,797 points. Nick Petrangelo is somewhat closer behind on that leaderboard with 4,494 points.

Holz is also currently the POY leader for the CardPlayer Magazines' leaderboard so suffice to say he’s going to pick up some titles to go with all the cash he won this year.

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