The Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year race continues to gain momentum. Current rankings show Stephen Chidwick as the overall leader, with Rainer Kempe topping the 2019 Player of the Year leaderboard. Here is a look at the latest standings.
Kempe is doing great so far in the ongoing tournament action in Las Vegas. Over the last few weeks, the American poker pro has cashed in five events at the 2019 World Series of Poker and also placed seventh in partypoker MILLIONS Vegas which was won by Tom Marchese. He also scored three third-place finishes in the Aria Summer High Rollers.
Recent results gave Kempe enough points to knock Bryn Kenney off the No. 1 spot at the start of July. Kenney, who dominated the race in June has dropped one spot and to take the number 2 spot. Manig Loeser and Sean Winter hold the No. 3 and No. 4 spots respectively, having collected huge points even before the 2019 WSOP got underway.
Alex Foxen managed to move up to No. 5 after making it to the Top 10 a month ago. The 2018 GPI Player of the Year has cashed eight times thus far at the 2019 WSOP. Just behind Foxen at No. 6 is his girlfriend Kristen Bicknell who has scored seven WSOP cashes, including making it to one final table.
Anthony Zinno has had a great run jumping from number 27 to number 7 after winning his second bracelet at the 2019 WSOP. Ole Schemion stays in the Top 10, holding the No. 8 spot followed by Ali Imsirovic who has had several cashes in Vegas this summer, enough to put him at number 9. Completing the Top 10 list is Michael Soyza who had impressive results in June.
Stephen Chidwick Leads Overall GPI Rankings
Stephen Chidwick has pushed Foxen out of the top spot in the overall GPI rankings. The British poker pro captured his first-ever WSOP bracelet in Event #45: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller.
The rest of the Top 10 remain pretty much the same with Foxen (No. 2), Kempe (No. 3), David Peters (No. 4), Manig Loeser (No. 5), Bryn Kenney (No. 6), Ryan Reiss (No. 7), Ali Imsirovic (No. 8), Mikita Badziakouski (No. 9), and Benjamin Pollak (No. 10).
The GPI ranks the top poker players in the world by calculating their results over six half-year periods. Player standings are released each week, taking into account the players’ cash position and tournament performance as of the time the list is published. GPI uses a formula to calculate each player’s score based on individual event results which are being computed according to buy-in and finishing percentage factors.