Adrian Mateos continues to hold the number-one spot in the Global Poker Index rankings, but Stephen Chidwick and several others are rapidly closing in. Meanwhile, former #1 Bryn Kenney, who looked like he would take Player of the Year in 2017 until Mateos snagged it from him, has fallen out of the top 10.
The story for the 2018 Player of the Year race is starting to take shape, but there’s little consensus between GPI and Card Player at this point. Stephen Chidwick, Rainer Kempe and Justin Bonomo feature prominently in both races. However, the two frontrunners, Nick Pupillo for GPI and Toby Lewis for Card Player, are not even in contention in the other organization’s estimation.
Online, Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson is more dominant than ever, while Hungary’s Andras “probirs” Nemeth has surged into second. For more detail, read on; we’ll break all the details down for you in this April edition of the PartTimePoker Rankings Update.
Global Poker Index
About the rankings: The GPI World Poker Rankings rates the top players in the world according to a system which awards points for tournament cashes based on buy-in, field size and finish position. Tournaments over the past three years are considered, but the weight accorded to older results diminishes with time.
Current Top 10
#1 Adrian Mateos – 3,752.03 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Stephen Chidwick – 3,504.94 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 Justin Bonomo – 3,419.07 pts. (#3 last month)
#4 David Peters – 3,373.97 pts. (#4 last month)
#5 Alex Foxen – 3,307.41 pts. (NEW)
#6 Ari Engel – 3,276.24 pts. (#5 last month)
#7 Joe McKeehen – 3,257.60 pts. (#6 last month)
#8 Koray Aldemir – 3,176.79 pts. (#9 last month)
#9 Stefan Schillhabel – 3,153.14 pts. (#8 last month)
#10 Rainer Kempe – 3,145.90 pts. (NEW)
Jason Koon (#7 -> #12)
Bryn Kenney (#10 -> #11)
Very little has changed this month at the top of the rankings, except for one thing: the dramatic entry of rising star Alex Foxen into the top 10 for the first time. He managed a whopping 13 cashes at last summer’s WSOP, placing tenth for WSOP Player of the Year by GPI’s reckoning and seventh by the WSOP’s own. That also got him into the GPI Top 50, while a win in February’s LA Poker Classic got him into the Top 20.
Finally, it was a win in the APPT Macau Super High Roller which propelled him into fifth place, where he has now sat for three weeks, ahead of Ari Engel and just behind David Peters.
Aside from Foxen’s entry, the only significant development of the past month has been a little reshuffling of the German contingent towards the bottom end of the top 10; Rainer Kempe has made his way back into the tenth spot, displacing Bryn Kenney, while Koray Aldemir has reclaimed the title of Germany’s top player from Stefan Schillhabel. Very little separates the three men, however.
Player of the Year
#1 Nick Pupillo – 1,824.63 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 Ari Engel – 1,800.79 pts. (#6 last month)
#3 Georgios Zisimopoulos – 1,797.41 pts. (#1 last month)
#4 Stephen Chidwick – 1,762.53 pts. (#5 last month)
#5 Rainer Kempe – 1,714.53 pts. (NEW)
#6 Joe McKeehen – 1,601.68 pts. (#3 last month)
#7 Justin Bonomo – 1,595.25 pts. (#9 last month)
#8 Ike Haxton – 1,537.95 pts. (NEW)
#9 Timothy Miles – 1,474.85 pts. (#7 last month)
#10 Joao Simao – 1,452.97 pts. (#4 last month)
Going into the year’s second quarter, the Player of the Year race has grown quite tight. Only 110 points separate the top five players, and fewer than 30 separate the top three. Last month’s second place player, Nick Pupillo, add a few small cashes to his score sheet in March and managed to get ahead of the leader, Georgios Zisimopoulos. So did Ari Engel, who rocketed up from sixth to second with two low stakes wins at the WSOPC Los Angeles, plus a High Roller final table.
Rainer Kempe is also suddenly in contention after a trio of cashes, including a High Roller win, at the APPT Macau. Ike Haxton is the month’s other new addition to the top 10, but unlike Kempe, who is within striking distance, Haxton still needs a couple of big scores if he wants to join the front runners.
About the rankings: Card Player unfortunately does not have a rolling leaderboard to compete with the GPI’s, but it does provide an alternative Player of the Year leaderboard. This year’s system is different from previous years’, but still differs dramatically from GPI’s in that its honors are largely awarded based on the number of important titles and final tables had by a player, rather than their consistency of cashing in high buy-in events. Comparing the two often provides interesting insight into players’ performance.
Player of the Year
#1 Toby Lewis – 3,780 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Justin Bonomo – 3,122 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 Rainer Kempe – 2,632 pts. (NEW)
#4 Stephen Chidwick – 2,610 pts. (#9 last month)
#5 Adrian Mateos – 2,509 pts. (#8 last month)
#6 Brian Altman – 2,284 pts. (NEW)
#7 Maria Lampropoulos – 2,100 pts. (#3 last month)
#8 Koray Aldemir – 1,940 pts. (#4 last month)
#9 Stefan Huber – 1,900 pts. (#5 last month)
#10 Viktor Blom – 1,824 pts. (#6 last month)
Toby Lewis and Justin Bonomo hold the top two spots as they did last month, but there’s now much less separating them, as Bonomo added nearly 1000 points to his total with a win in the Super High Roller Bowl China and a final table at the PartyPoker MILLIONS Barcelona, while Lewis’s score is unchanged.
Rainer Kempe’s run at the APPT Macau counted for a lot in CardPlayer’s estimation, and he’s gone from having fewer than 1000 points to 2,632, good for third place at the moment. Stephen Chidwick and Adrian Mateos are also on the rise, while Brian Altman also piled on some points at the Foxwoods Poker Classic and WPT DeepStacks Thunder Valley, putting him in sixth despite not even having made the GPI’s radar.
Although there’s very little resemblance between the GPI’s Player of the Year Race and Card Player’s, we’ve seen in the past that by year’s end, the strongest contenders for each are usually players who figure at least in the top ten of the other. The most likely ones to watch, then, are Bonomo, Chidwick and Kempe.
About the rankings: Pocket Fives rankings are the equivalent of the GPI for the online poker world. It considers only the past year’s worth of results, with older results decaying in value and only the best 40 results for each player being counted. Needless to say, this system and the fast pace of online play make this leaderboard quite volatile.
The current Top 10
#1 C Darwin2 – 12,195.42 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 probirs – 9,557.71 pts. (#7 last month)
#3 lena900 – 9,282.40 pts. (#2 last month)
#4 hellohellohello – 9,197.15 pts. (#6 last month)
#5 European – 9,165.75 pts. (#3 last month)
#6 SvZff – 8,960.30 pts. (#4 last month)
#7 Ramiro – 8,623.40 pts. (#8 last month)
#8 1_conor_b_1 – 8,442.25 pts. (NEW)
#9 Romeopro – 8,333.50 pts. (#5 last month)
#10 Greenstone25 – 8,326.96 pts. (#9 last month)
There was a time that seeing a player crack 10,000 points on the PocketFives leaderboard was a rarity, but Sweden’s Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson practically lives there. March was a great month for him even by his own standards, including a win in Event #7 of PokerStars’s High Rollers series, which was worth over 1,100 points on its own. As a result, he’s now sitting on 12,195 points and a lead of more than 2,500 points over his closest competition.
The player in question is Hungary’s Andras “probirs” Nemeth, who’s been shooting up the rankings thanks to strong performance in PartyPoker and PokerStars high roller events, despite not putting in nearly as much volume as many other players in the top 10. He doesn’t look to have played at all in the first half of March, for instance, but made up for lost time in the second half, leading up to a win in the PokerStars Sunday High Roller on April 1.
The rest of the top ten line up is much as it was last month, with just a little rearrangement of the order, and the addition of the UK’s Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford in eighth.