Stephen Chidwick Tops the GPI
The Global Poker Index (GPI) is the authoritative figure for live poker tournament rankings. GPI’s unqiue formula awards points based on a player’s finishing position, the tournament buy-in, and number of entrants. Although the GPI rankings does have its flaws, like all ranking systems, it is widely regarded as being the most accurate ranking system for poker tournaments.
Stephen Chidwick is the current number one live poker tournament player according to the GPI. The British pro is regarded as one of the best all-round poker players of all-time. Chidwick is a regular in the biggest buy-in tournaments around the world regardless of the format. No-Limit Hold’em is the game Chidwick has made most of his $31,148,615 earnings from, but he is also adept at Pot-Limit Omaha, Stud, and 2-7 Lowball.
Chidwick has topped the GPI for the past 16 weeks, although the chasing pack is hot on his heels.
Foxen Has All The Ingredients to Dominate the GPI
William Alex Foxen is the man clutching at Chidwick’s coattails and only trails the superstar by 197.27 points. Foxen may not play as high as Chidwick, but he seems to be in every $10K+ buy-in event that runs. The New Yorker is also a beast in the online poker world.
Foxen is yet to win a World Series of Poker bracelet, but it is only a matter of time before he changes that fact. He has almost 40 WSOP cashes to his name, 10 of those coming this year, including a 40th place finish in the 2019 WSOP Main Event.
Anthony Zinno climbed to third place in the GPI last week thanks to his WSOP Europe Main Event run. Zinno eventually ran out of steam to finish in third-place for yet another six-figure prize. The Las Vegas resident loves big bet games like NL Hold’em and PLO, and has two bracelets in the latter.
Florida’s Sean Winter, a super high roller specialist, comes in at number four in the GPI. Winter has amassed more than $14 million in winnings during his career to date, with his largest cash weighing in at $2,300,000, his reward for finishing second in a $250,000 Super High Roller Bowl in November 2018. There are few No Limit Hold’em players as good as Winter is; he is destined for stardom.
Rounding out the top five is Germany’s Rainer Kempe. Kempe left his native Germany and now resides in Brighton in the UK, his base for a glistening career. The German is almost $19.1 million in winnings helped by a $5 million score. Kempe collected that massive prize by winning the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl in May 2016. It gave him the bankroll and freedom to travel the world playing the biggest events going.
Global Poker Index Top 10 Ranked Players
The rest of the top 10 reads like a who’s who of world poker. Joseph Cheong is sixth, partly due to winning his first WSOP bracelet this summer. This writer has seen Cheong in action and loves how he takes control of the table. His loose-aggressive style and willingness to go with his gut has made him a fan favorite.
Another Germany in the shape of Manig Loeser occupies seventh-place. Loeser is another in long line of talented Germans. A $2,162,644 score in 2017 paved the way to play in bigger buy-in events. He won $3,902,718 in 2017, another $3,133,628 in 2018 and has $2,264,479 so far in 2019.
Jeremy Ausmus is the veteran player of the top 10 as he’s 40-years-old. Ausmus still has what it takes to battle with the young guns, however. Being in the GPI top 10 is a massive achievement for Ausmus as he only really plays MTTs in the United States.
The Top Female Player
Kristen Bicknell is the only female player in the top 10. In fact, Maria Ho is the only other woman in the GPI top 100! Bicknell is the long-term partner of the aforementioned Foxen with the pair being poker’s power couple. The Canadian used to be an online cash game grinder but made the transition to tournament poker. It is a move that’s worked out perfectly for Bicknell who now has $4.76 million in live earnings.
Completing the GPI top 10 is Australia’s Michael Addamo. The Melbourne native is fourth in Australia’s all-time money listing with $6.2 million in winnings. This impressive total is without a seven-figure score, although he does have one worth $973,360. Addamo is awesome online too, winning millions from online poker’s biggest events.