Kristen Bicknell Top Female Player in the World
With the beginning of a new year, the Global Poker Index (GPI) rankings for 2018 are out and Kristen Bicknell scored a couple of victories for team Canada. In addition to edging out Mike Leah for the top Canadian spot on the list, Bicknell ended 2018 as the top female player of the year.
The Napean, Ontario resident's live poker career got off to a real start in 2013 when she won the Ladies event at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for the biggest score of her career at that time. While she'd had live scores prior to that win dating back to 2006, the WSOP Ladies Event bracelet represented her first career win and set the stage for more success.
In 2016 she managed to score her second career bracelet when she beat out 2,157 other competitors to win the WSOP No Limit Hold'em Bounty (Event #46), but it was in 2018 that she really started to shine. Though she only booked a single win in 2018, the HK$ 80,000 No Limit Hold'em - APPT National High Roller (Event #2) from Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Macau for US$279,549, she still managed to cash 28 times and rack up more than $1,000,000 in live earnings through the year.
While poker serves as her competitive outlet these days, Bicknell was never a stranger to competition. Growing up, she often hung around with her father as he built and raced dirt-track stock cars, and Kristen herself spent years racing go-karts competitively. She raced almost exclusivity against boys, which set her up for her future career in poker where she often finds herself competing against men.
Bicknell first made a poker name for herself in the online world, making PokerStars Supernova Elite status in 2011, and holding it until the program was cancelled in 2013. She maintains her presence on the virtual felt as well, now representing partypoker as a Team partypoker Ambassador. Just before Christmas, she showed she can still play behind a screen as well as the live felt when she took down the partypoker Super Sunday High Roller for more than $50,000.
Her 2018 point total of 2,860.24 meant she just barely missed the top 25 in the world, coming #26. With all the players above her in the list being men, however, she took down the prize of 2018 Female Player of the Year. Here's hoping 2019 is even better for the Canadian Player of the Year.
Lead image courtesy of Global Poker Index