2016 was a great year for many Poker Players. The US player Jason Mercier had a standout year taking two WSOP Bracelets, those of the $10,000 2-7 No Limit Draw Lowball Championship and the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship, and he also starred in the Spring Championship of Online Poker, beating the field to take the $215 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo title. The year saw him take his WSOP Bracelet tally up to 5 and that's some achievement and the year also saw the 23 year old German player Fedor Holz do well.

Holz won his very first WSOP Bracelet when he took down the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop tournament, taking away a massive $4,981,775 in prize money, and he also scooped a huge $3,463,500 as he won the Triton Super High Roller event too. His career winnings rocketed to over $20 Million, putting him in the number 1 spot of German poker tournament players. Qui Nguyen was of course a name on everyones lips as the Vietnamese - American player won the WSOP Main Event and over $8 million to boot, and that was his very first WSOP success. Justin Bonomo and Chance Karnuth also did well however as the year came to a close, there can only be one player at the top of the Global Poker Index, and that player was Ohio born David Peters.

Peters may not be as well known as the players mentioned however after a stellar December he managed to outplay the field and make his mark on the year, winning his very first WSOP Bracelet to boot. His 2016 started on the right foot by winning the WPTN Super High Roller Tournament where he scored an outstanding $2.3 Million win, and he played solidly all year, however it was December in which he was placed 3rd at the EPT Prague Main Event and then he won the Aria High Roller 48 Tourney to skip past Holz and into first place on the GPI. His total winnings for the year was $7.6 Million, making him the top tournament player, and plenty wealthy too!