Poker Rankings Update: Jason Mercier Wins WSOP PoY, Fedor Holz Leads GPI
It’s been a hectic summer and we missed last month’s rankings update, which would have fallen in the middle of the World Series of Poker (WSOP). That’s okay, because the winner of WSOP Player of the Year would have seemed a nearly foregone conclusion by that point, given the two wins and additional final table appearances managed by Jason Mercier in the first weeks of the series. Indeed, Mercier has managed to clinch the title, but the latter half of his series was lackluster compared to his start, and right up until the Day 7 of the Main Event – the last to be played during the summer – there was a chance that second-place player Paul Volpe could have caught him. Meanwhile, Fedor Holz continues to be Fedor Holz, and has held on to a fairly sizeable lead in the GPI rankings since winning the $111,111 One Drop High Roller.
Global Poker Index
About the rankings: The GPI World Poker Rankings rates the top players in the world according to a system which awards points for tournament cashes based on buy-in, field size and finish position. Tournaments over the past three years are considered, but the weight accorded to older results diminishes with time.
The current Top 10
#1 Fedor Holz – 4,727.64 pts. (#6 pre-WSOP)
#2 Jason Mercier – 4,346.90 pts. (#5 pre-WSOP)
#3 Nick Petrangelo – 4,191.55 (#3 pre-WSOP)
#4 Anthony Zinno – 4,041.85 pts. (#2 pre-WSOP)
#5 David Peters – 4,013.81 pts. (#10 pre-WSOP)
#6 Bryn Kenney – 4,009.82 pts. (#4 pre-WSOP)
#7 Thomas Marchese – 3,963.59 pts. (#8 pre-WSOP)
#8 Dominik Nitsche – 3,954.82 pts. (#7 pre-WSOP)
#9 Steve O’Dwyer – 3,894.40 pts. (#1 pre-WSOP)
#10 Adrian Mateos – 3,832.12 pts. (NEW)
Erik Seidel (#9 -> #11)
As it usually does, the WSOP has created a fairly big shakeup in the top of the charts. Fedor Holz has, as mentioned, claimed the top spot and by nearly 400 points at that, thanks to a whopping 624.47 points earned for his win in the One Drop High Roller. Moreover, a lot of his points in general have come in the past year, so he doesn’t need to fear expiring results as much as some of his competition. He got into the lead seven weeks ago, shortly after our last update, and hasn’t budged from the top spot since.
Jason Mercier has also surged, of course, but not to the same extent as Holz, because his points earned are spread over multiple events, and therefore have displaced a greater number of previous scores. He’s solidly in second for now, with a decent lead over Nick Petrangelo and a lot of work to be done to catch Holz. Meanwhile, former #1 Steve O’Dwyer has taken the worst of it over the summer, with only a single cash (albeit in the Main Event) to his name in the series, and several expired results to drop him all the way to 9th.
Interestingly, although the WSOP resulted in much movement in the ordering of the Top 10, its membership is virtually unchanged. Only Erik Seidel has dropped off the list, and then only to 11th, while Adrian Mateos has squeaked in thanks to a cash in the One Drop High Roller, but leads Seidel only by a narrow 60-point margin.
Player of the Year
#1 Fedor Holz – 3,389.32 pts.
#2 Adrian Mateos – 3,034.62 pts.
#3 Chance Kornuth – 3,016.86 pts.
#4 Paul Volpe – 2,871.85 pts.
#5 Jason Mercier – 2,812.00 pts.
#6 Dominik Nitsche – 2,799.02 pts.
#7 David Peters – 2,761.45 pts.
#8 Ivan Luca – 2,722.47 pts.
#9 Dietrich Fast – 2,622.28 pts.
#10 Bryn Kenney – 2,606.87 pts.
The Player of the Year race bears many resemblances to the rolling GPI rankings at the moment, with Fedor Holz dominating, and Mercier, Nitsche, Peters and Kenney all chasing him and in the same relative order, except for Nitsche, who is having a stronger 2016 than 2015. Adrian Mateos and Chance Kornuth are the most notable differences, sitting in 2nd and 3rd respectively; Kornuth is only 21st in the rolling rankings, so the fact that he’s so high in Player of the Year means we’re likely to see a surge in his ranking as well in the near future.
Global Poker League
About the league: The Global Poker League is a “sportified” professional poker league which builds on the Global Poker Index. In this first season, 12 teams are competing, divided into two conferences – Americas and Eurasia. Each team’s manager was selected by the league, and the managers then selected a total of 6 players each (including themselves, in most cases), at least 4 of whom had to be in the GPI 1000 and opt in to a formal draft. Each week of the regular season sees two 6-max matches for each conference, played by one representative from each team, followed by two days of heads-up matches during which each team plays one set of 3 games. The 6-max games award from 1 point (for 5th) to 7 points (for 1st), and the heads-up matches award 3 points per win.
Current top 10 GPL players by GPI Ranking
#1 Fedor Holz (Los Angeles Sunset)
#2 Jason Mercier (New York Rounders)
#3 Anthony Zinno (Las Vegas Moneymakers)
#4 Bryn Kenney (New York Rounders – MANAGER)
#5 Thomas Marchese (New York Rounders)
#6 Dominik Nitsche (Berlin Bears)
#7 Davidi Kitai (Paris Aviators)
#8 Chance Kornuth (Los Angeles Sunset)
#9 Dzmitry Urbanovich (Moscow Wolverines)
#10 Justin Bonomo (London Royals)
As usual, the New York Rounders have the most players represented in the Top 10 by GPI ranking, though you wouldn’t guess it from the team’s middle-of-the-pack standing in the league (4th in the Americas, 6th overall). The Los Angeles Sunset is doing well on both fronts, with the golden boy himself, Fedor Holz, plus Chance Kornuth. Meanwhile, first overall draft pick Mustafa Kanit for the Rome Emperors has dropped off the list entirely, having fallen all the way to 36th in the GPI.
Current standings – Americas
#1 Montreal Nationals – 145 pts.
#2 LA Sunset – 134 pts.
#3 Sao Paulo Mets -112 pts.
#4 New York Rounders – 108 pts.
#5 San Francisco Rush – 105 pts.
#6 Las Vegas Moneymakers – 95 pts.
Far from shaking anything up, the live-in-studio summer series has consolidated the standings in the Americas conference. The Montreal Nationals hold the same 11-point lead on the LA Sunset that they enjoyed going into the summer, but both have pulled away from the pack considerably, with the Sunset’s lead over the New York Rounders nearly tripling, from eight points to 22. The Sao Paulo Mets are doing slightly better, having moved into 3rd, but they too are trailing the Sunset by 18, a deficit that will be hard to overcome in the season’s third and final leg.
The summer series also represented the first cross-conference trials, and as many suspected, it appears that the Americas have the stronger teams overall. Both the Nationals and the Sunset are ahead of the entire Eurasian conference, and the Americas have four of the top six teams overall, while Eurasia has four in the bottom half.
Current standings – Eurasia
#1 Moscow Wolverines – 122 pts.
#2 London Royals – 109 pts.
#3 Hong Kong Stars – 106 pts.
#4 Paris Aviators – 104 pts.
#5 Rome Emperors – 96 pts.
#6 Berlin Bears – 92 pts.
The biggest story of the summer for the GPL was the Moscow Wolverines, who managed to rack up enough points to capitalize on a disappointing performance by the London Royals in order to claim the conference lead (3rd place overall). The Royals, for their part, did just enough to stay ahead of the Hong Kong stars, but there’s so little separating the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams that the whole middle of the standings could be rearranged by a single match.
The Global Poker League has been on break for nearly a month now, following the final heat of the summer series, which concluded on July 8. Online play will resume two weeks from now, on August 16, following the same schedule as the first leg: four six-max games each Tuesday, followed by three heads-up series (of three games each) on Wednesday for the Eurasia conference and another three on Thursday for the Americas.
About the rankings: Card Player unfortunately does not have a rolling leaderboard to compete with the GPI’s, but it does provide an alternative Player of the Year leaderboard. This year’s system is different from previous years’, but still differs dramatically from GPI’s in that its honors are largely awarded based on the number of important titles and final tables had by a player, rather than their consistency of cashing in high buy-in events. Comparing the two often provides interesting insight into players’ performance.
Player of the Year
#1 Fedor Holz – 5,738 pts. (#8 last month)
#2 Justin Bonomo – 4,470 pts. (NEW)
#3 David Peters – 4,331 pts. (#5 last month)
#4 Tony Dunst – 3,740 pts. (#10 last month)
#5 Joseph McKeehen – 3,738 pts. (NEW)
#6 Chance Kornuth – 3,730 pts. (#3 last month)
#7 Paul Volpe – 3,671 pts. (NEW)
#8 Dan Smith – 3,629 pts. (NEW)
#9 Cary Katz – 3,320 pts. (NEW)
#10 Ari Engel – 3,302 pts. (#1 last month)
Anthony Gregg (#2 -> #11)
Bryn Kenney (#4 -> #15)
Dietrich Fast (#6 -> #23)
Steve O’Dwyer (#7 -> #25)
Igor Kurganov (#9 -> #17)
Holz’s performance has been dominant enough of late to put him in the lead for both Player of the Year races, and the lead he holds for Card Player’s is impressive indeed. He’s 1,232 points ahead of second place Justin Bonomo (who has himself surged out of nowhere due to three top-3 finishes at the WSOP, including 2nd place in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship). That’s a bigger margin than separates Bonomo from former #1, now tenth place Ari Engel, who failed to put up any points since our last update.
It’s a real logjam from 4th through 8th, meanwhile, with no more than 60 points separating any two of the players in that range: Tony Dunst, Joseph McKeehen, Chance Kornuth, Paul Volpe and Dan Smith.
About the rankings: Pocket Fives rankings are the equivalent of the GPI for the online poker world. It considers only the past year’s worth of results, with older results decaying in value and only the best 40 results for each player being counted. Needless to say, this system and the fast pace of online play make this leaderboard quite volatile.
The current Top 10
#1 C Darwin2 – 7,868.10 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 1_conor_b_1 – 7,377.05 pts. (#4 last month)
#3 veeea – 7,285.10 pts. (NEW)
#4 NoPlanB – 7,284.46 pts. (#8 last month)
#5 lena900 – 7,214.66 pts. (#3 last month)
#6 Pot4teUS – 7,008.45 pts. (NEW)
#7 joaomathias – 6,997.16 pts. (NEW)
#8 joaosimaobh – 6,945.92 pts. (#1 last month)
#9 JMolloy – 6,769.25 pts. (NEW)
#10 Greenstone25 -6,723.11 pts. (NEW)
As usual, it is a good month to be Swedish if you play online poker. Some of the names have changed – Swedish Player of the Year Christian “eisenhower1” Jeppsson is gone, while Johanas “Greenstone25” Korsar is in – but there are still four Swedes among the top 10, including Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson back in the top spot.
If you’re not Swedish, Russian would be a good second choice, with Artem “veeea” Vezhenkov and Aleksandr ‘NoPlanB’ Mordvinov occupying the 3rd and 4th place spots respectively. Brazil would also work, but only if your name is Joao.
Generally speaking, the summer months in general and WSOP time in particular are slow for online poker, but WCOOP is coming up next month, which should shake up the online rankings much the same way the WSOP does for the GPI.