Peters Reels In Holz at the Wire for Player of the Year Honors
However, when the smoke cleared at the end of December, David Peters shocked the world by winning both the CardPlayer and the Global Poker Index Player of the Year titles.
While Holz's results over the summer and fall are still incredible, Peters put together his own career year in 2016 with over $7.5 million in earnings.
It was his $3 million run in the last two months of the year - and Holz's decision to play much less poker - that allowed him to wrestle both titles from the young German superstar.
Final Two Months Allows Peters to Clinch POY Titles
David Peters proved in 2016 that you have to start and finish strong if you want to win a Player of the Year title.
After starting the year near the top of the CardPlayer POY leaderboard, Peters and the rest of the poker world watched as Fedor Holz began to run away with the title.
Entering the final two months of the year, most assumed that Holz would be Player of the Year and began looking forward to 2017.
That's when Peters shifted gears and put together $3 million worth of results and collected over 2,900 POY points to allow him to not only leapfrog over Holz but finish the year with a 1,543-point lead.
Peters won three times in the final two months, including a victory in an Aria High Roller on December 28th to lock up the title. His third place finish in the EPT Prague Main Event was the event that put him over the top. He earned 1,280 POY points to take the lead and the title.
EPT Prague Finish Gives Peters GPI POY Title By Just 21.51 Points
The Global Poker Index POY race was much tighter than the CardPlayer one but Peters managed to eek out the win at the last minute.
Based on how the GPI awards points for the Player of the Year, Peters had to finish in the top three at the EPT Prague in order to win the POY title.
He did just that and his 3rd-place finish at EPT Prague gave him 482.29 POY points and put him ahead of Holz by just 21.51 points to finish the year.
Not only did his EPT give him the GPI POY title but it also moved him up to #2 on the GPI 300. Peters has 4,435.53 points, just 287.07 points behind Holz.
With Peters' recent Aria High Roller victory, he's showing no signs of slowing down. The question now remains whether he can continue his hot streak in 2017.
If so, it will be more of a matter when, not if he will take over Holz for #1 on the GPI 300.