Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY

Kristen Bicknell

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player's results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Here's a look at the rankings as of July 4.

GPI Top 10 Canadians

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
18
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 101
Sam Greenwood3,336.15
218
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 102
Mike Leah2,991.52
322
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 103
Kristen Bicknell2,968.06
423
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 104
Ari Engel2,961.08
537
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 105
Timothy Adams2,754.05
655
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 106
Chris Kruk2,554.85
779
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 107
Daniel Negreanu2,429.66
890
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 108
Francois Billard2,373.76
9201
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 109
Ryan Yu2,056.33
10227
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 110
Mike Watson2,000.85

Sam Greenwood continues to lead Team Canada after toppling Ari Engel from the captain's seat last month. The biggest change comes from Mike Leah jumping three spots from No. 5 to No. 2 after some great WSOP results this summer.

2018 GPI Canadian Player of the Year

Canadian RankGlobal Rank PlayerTotal Score
17
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 111
Kristen Bicknell2,684.50
213
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 112
Mike Leah2,520.17
314
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 113
Sam Greenwood2,472.22
426
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 114
Daniel Negreanu2,216.40
552
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 115
Ari Engel1,919.01
6146
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 116
Thomas Taylor1,580.55
7156
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 117
Michael Benko1,555.72
8219
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 118
Chris Kruk1,406.15
9286
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 119
Ryan Yu1,281.06
10288
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 120
Timothy Adams1,279.16

The best live tournament poker player of the year is currently Kristen Bicknell! She and Mike Leah both overtook Sam Greenwood who was No. 1 last month. The biggest improvement was Thomas Taylor who went from No. 9 to No. 6, while the biggest loss was Timothy Adams who went from No. 5 to No. 10.

2018 GPI Player of the Year

Rank Player2018 GPI POY Score
1 Justin Bonomo3660.28
2 Stephen Chidwick3415.46
3 Joe McKeehen3086.82
4 Jake Schindler2959.53
5 Rainer Kempe2923.53
6 Adrian Mateos2696.48
7
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 121
Kristen Bicknell2684.50
8 Joseph Cheong2650.81
9 David Peters2635.56
10 Bryn Kenney2631.34

He's earned the most in tournament winnings during the first six months 2018 — by a lot. No surprise, then, to see Justin Bonomo has now climbed into the top spot in the 2018 Global Poker Index Player of the Year rankings.

When we last looked at the race a month ago, Bonomo was in second position behind Stephen Chidwick after having led the POY race earlier in the year. But Bonomo retook the No. 1 spot shortly after winning Event #16: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship for his second career bracelet, and he's remained in the lead for the last four weeks.

Bonomo has earned more than $14.8 million in tournaments already in 2018, with Jason Koon the nearest challenger on this year's money list with about $9.6 million so far.

Chidwick — who has earned just over $7 million in 2018 — is still high in the POY rankings at No. 2, with Joe McKeehen (No. 3), Jake Schindler (No. 4), Rainer Kempe (No. 5), and 2017 GPI Player of the Year Adrian Mateos (No. 6) all also still in the top 10 as they were a month ago.

During June, Kristen Bicknell moved up into the Top 10 and is presently at No. 7 after cashing five times at the WSOP plus twice more in the Mid-States Poker Tour DeepStack Championship Poker Series at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

Rounding out the current Top 10, Joseph Cheong (No. 8) has been holding steady for the last month, David Peters (No. 9) recently moved up after cashing five times at the WSOP, and Bryn Kenney (No. 10) has slipped a few places after cashing three times early in the series but not since.

Overall GPI Top 10

Rank PlayerOverall GPI Score
1 Stephen Chidwick3753.12
2 Adrian Mateos3593.58
3 Alex Foxen3584.80
4 David Peters3482.92
5 Joe McKeehen3432.67
6 Justin Bonomo3398.74
7 Jason Koon3389.26
8
Global Poker Index: Kristen Bicknell Leads Canadian POY 122
Sam Greenwood3336.15
9 Rainer Kempe3308.79
10 Bryn Kenney3247.08

Meanwhile there's no change at the top of the GPI overall world rankings as Chidwick extends his streak at No. 1 to 12 weeks.

In fact, these are the same 10 players in this list as was the case at the start of June, with Mateos (from whom Chidwick seized the overall rankings lead) still at No. 2.

Alex Foxen has moved up, however, and in fact was as high as second in the rankings himself at one point during June (a career-high). His upward move was helped in part by a victory in a MSPT DeepStack Championship Poker Series $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Venetian in which Bicknell finished second.

To view the GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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