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The Global Poker Index is the leading scoring system for live poker players around the world. Using its own points and information from the Hendon Mob database, the GPI ranks players on a global level as well as by various regions and countries.

While there is some controversy about points awarded for high roller tournaments – those with high buy-ins that are prohibitive for the vast majority of poker players – the GPI remains the predominant rankings system by which to determine the best players in the world of live tournaments.

David Peters

He has been collecting live and online tournament results since 2006, with his first win at a World Series of Poker Circuit event in 2008 and other titles – Heartland Poker Tour, Festa al Lago, North American Poker Tour, Bellagio Cup, European Poker Tour, Asia Championship of Poker, Aria and Bellagio High Rollers, and a 2016 WSOP bracelet – through the years. Altogether, David Peters has accumulated more than $14.8 million through the end of 2016.

He may not be as popular among poker fans as names like Justin Bonomo, Erik Seidel, or even Fedor Holz due to his humble and quiet demeanor, but Peters has been a consistent force in the game for years. And he made a serious mark on the live tournament scene in 2016 with several big scores.

When 2016 came to a close, Peters had slid past top competitor Holz for the Player of the Year title by fewer than 22 points. And while he still trails Holz on the overall Top 100 rankings by several hundred points, Peters took the hard-earned 2016 POY title.

  • 1st place: David Peters (3666.31 points)
  • 2nd place: Fedor Holz (3644.80 points)
  • 3rd place: Justin Bonomo (3479.70 points)
  • 4th place: Chance Kornuth (3336.54 points)
  • 5th place: Adrian Mateos (3316.07 points)

In the Americas category, Peters dominated and took that title from second-place finisher Justin Bonomo by several hundred points.

  • 1st place: David Peters (3666.31 points)
  • 2nd place: Justin Bonomo (3479.70 points)
  • 3rd place: Chance Kornuth (3336.54 points)
  • 4th place: Ari Engel (3290.43 points)
  • 5th place: Paul Volpe (3192.88 points)

Holz, Luca, and Zhang

Holz didn’t walk away from the 2016 races without a victory, however. In addition to winning millions at the tables, he also topped the Europe GPI rankings, just as he did in 2015. He was several points ahead of Mateos, easily taking the back-to-back victory for all tournament players in Europe.

  • 1st place: Fedor Holz (3666.31 points)
  • 2nd place: Adrian Mateos (3316.07 points)
  • 3rd place: Charlie Carrel (3088.76 points)
  • 4th place: Jack Salter (2941.18 points)
  • 5th place: Dietrich Fast (2907.40 points)

As for the Asian region of the world, China and Hong Kong players dominated the 2016 POY list. Yang Zhang barely made the winner’s circle in 2016, but several final tables at the EPT Prague in December put him a few points ahead of Xixiang Luo for the year, though the latter still holds the top spot for overall Asia rankings.

  • 1st place: Yang Zhang (2446.98 points)
  • 2nd place: Xixiang Luo (2439.77 points)
  • 3rd place: Weiyi Zhang (2256.95 points)
  • 4th place: Quan Zhou (1986.57 points)
  • 5th place: Daniel Tang (1911.88 points)

Since Latin America is separated from the Americas category, it’s important to look at the rankings, as so many top players come from Latin America. Ivan Luca of Argentina was the solid leader for much of the year and did take down the POY for 2016 in that category.

Luca started his year with five final tables at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, the third place in the $50K High Roller being worth the most at nearly $500K. He went on to win the Eureka Poker Tour Rozvadov Main Event, final table numerous tournaments in Europe with tours like the EPT, and take home big winnings from his summer trip to Las Vegas, including several Bellagio Cup and Aria High Roller final tables. He now has more than $4 million in live earnings.

  • 1st place: Ivan Luca (2992.47 points)
  • 2nd place: Dorian Pavon (2683.90 points)
  • 3rd place: Farid Jattin (2596.89 points)
  • 4th place: Felipe Ramos (2328 points)
  • 5th place: Luis Filho (2326.87 points)

Cate Hall

One of the ways to categorize the GPI rankings is by traditional male and female gender labels. Since most of the players in the game are men – typically 95% or more in an average open tournament – it is interesting to view the female participants alone.

At the top of the category is Cate Hall with more than $800K in lifetime live tournament earnings. As she became more recognized on the tournament scene and her study of the game became more focused, her results were on the rise in 2016. She had ten cashes attributed to World Poker Tour events, six at the WSOP summer games, and four at EPT Malta. With numerous final tables, she bested her previous year and jumped from fourth on the 2015 GPI POY list to first.

  • 1st place: Cate Hall (2383.64 points)
  • 2nd place: Kristen Bicknell (1769.29)
  • 3rd place: Maria Lampropulos (1735.51 points)
  • 4th place: Maria Ho (1655.20 points)
  • 5th place: Loni Harwood (1602.49 points)

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.