Sean Winter Owns Lead in GPI Player of the Year Race

Sean Winter holds a slim lead in the GPI Player of the Year race

Sean Winter holds a slim lead in the POY standings, heading into the 2nd quarter of the GPI Player of the Year race. The GPI POY leader’s point lead is mostly attributable to his success in February’s US Poker Open.

During the US Poker Open, Sean Winter placed in 5 of the 10 events. He collected $151,200 for his 1st place finish in the $10,000 Short Deck No-Limit Hold’em event (No. 4).

The GPI Player of the Year leader’s success goes beyond the US Poker Open, though. In January, he won $495,201 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) event.

Due to those successes, Sean Winter holds a small advantage in the POY race over Bryn Kenney and Rainer Kempe.

Just Getting Started

The GPI Player of the Year race still has a long way to go. The World Series of Poker hasn’t launched yet, so players are jockeying for early position at the moment. Major League Baseball has a saying: you can’t win the pennant in April, but you can lose the pennant in April.

That logic holds in poker’s player of the year races. A player can’t seize control of the standings in the 1st quarter of the year. Still, players sure as heck can put themselves into an unsurmountable hole. Sean Winter’s in the best position he could be at the moment — nothing more.

To find an example, Justin Bonomo appeared to have nailed won the POY title in the first six months of 2018, but eventually lost to Alex Foxen. The same thing happened in 2016, when Fedor Holz appeared to have 1st place in the GPI standings, only to lose in December 2016 to a surging David Peters.

About Sean Winter

Sean Winter is 51st on the all-time money list with $12,265,485 in tournament winnings. Winter’s total is made more impressive because it isn’t swelled by a single cash in the WSOP Main Event or a Big One for One Drop event.

Instead, Sean Winter’s biggest live cash is $2.43 million for his 2nd place finish in the 2018 Partypoker $250,000 No Limit Hold’em Super High Roller Championships. Mr. Winter also finished 2nd in the 2018 WSOP High Roller to collect $1,020,253 in winnings.

His 2019 season promises to be even better. He has 10 cashes in 2019 and he collected 6-figure prizes in six of those ten events. The Jacksonville native won his first poker tournament prize in 2011, but became a steady winner in 2013 and 2014. Since 2016, Sean Winter’s game has become world class.

Sean Winter boasts a few 2nd place finishes, but has yet to win a WSOP bracelet. He has 8 career victories and 84 career cashes. Cardplayer ranks Sean Winter in 8th place in its POY standings with 2464 points.

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller has been an online writer for more than a decade. He worked for Small World Marketing for years, where he covered topics like gaming, sports, movies, and how-to guides. He's covered US and international gambling news on,, and since 2014.


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