After a supremely difficult race to win the World Series Player of the Year, eventually decided by Robert Campbell’s success at the Czech / German border in Rozvadov, you might have thought the final poker race of the year was over, but it’s not.
The Global Poker Index has its own Player of the Year race, and with less than a month of poker action to go and few chances for players to post big scores, at least all of the top six will think they have a great chance to add the feather to their cap that the title of the Year’s GPI Player might be theirs.
This is how the current ranking stands:
The GPI uses a formula based on six-month intervals for poker players with a slightly complex way to work out points. The GPI Player of the Year competition is calculated by taking each player’s best 13 performances over the past 12 months (or two six-month spans if you prefer) with Sean Winter’s recent lead stolen in the last fortnight by two-time 2019 WSOP bracelet winner Kahle Burns.
Both players travelled to the Baha Mar Resort and the recent Caribbean Poker Party, with two cashes each for the two men combining to keep things as close as they were before, with just less time left to change that for anyone.
Winter and Burns were separated by just and 18-point swing, with matters far closer to the United Kingdom’s political events if polls are to be believed. But while the forthcoming General Election will pit the voting adults of the country against each other, only the players will be able to change the race to become the 2019 GPI Player of the Year.
The Top 5 is closed by three of the best poker players ever and the in-form Manig Loeser, who starts in fifth place in the final four weeks, with only 166 points off the lead. In fourth place, Britain’s best-ever tournament poker player, Stephen Chidwick, has just over 100 points to make up on the overall lead, while all-time money list leader Bryn Kenney is even closer, with 30 points preventing him from taking the lead in a year in which he would claim to have been the bets irrespective. Kenney, of course, took the lead in this year’s money list and will be assured that he will be able to close any race like this in any competitive poker his recent record. The man is a legend already, and winning can only give the Long Islander more confidence.
Here’s a look at the current GPI ratings, not confined to the year’s top 13 cashes, so it doesn’t impact the POY battle, but it’s still very relevant.
Global Poker Index latest rankings:
With just four weeks to claim the title, it goes without saying that the EPT Prague Main Event and high rollers will be of enormous importance to any challenger. While we may need a combination of Daniel Negreanu, 2 + 2 forum posters and maybe no input from the World Series of Poker to work out the ramifications on the run-in for each result, one thing is certain.
No players in the race, and if they are so close to breaking the tape, they will give up.
Be sure to follow our eventual winner reporting and how they have achieved what so many players dream of accomplishing.