Stephen Chidwick has become Adrian Mateos’s closest competition for the top spot in the Global Poker Index after going on a heater at the Aria this month. Joe McKeehen made a big final table at the WPT Rolling Thunder and has achieved a personal all-time high of sixth place in the rankings.

The two Player of the Year races remain chaotic and hard to predict at this juncture, although the GPI’s is beginning to settle down somewhat. Georgios Zisimopoulos holds the lead for the time being, but will likely be overtaken by at least one of Joe McKeehen, Joao Simao, Stephen Chidwick and Ari Engel, who seem the most likely contenders. Card Player’s race is still anyone’s game, due to the focus on individual results rather than consistency, but for now Toby Lewis enjoys a huge lead.

Online, not much has changed up top, but several newcomers are storming their way up the leaderboard, while a couple of familiar names from Sweden have pushed their way back into contention.

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 – 3,751.66 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Stephen Chidwick – 3,466.10 pts. (#4 last month)
#3 Justin Bonomo – 3,407.68 pts. (#2 last month)
#4 David Peters – 3,354.68 pts. (#5 last month)
#5 Ari Engel – 3,304.57 pts. (#3 last month)
#6 Joe McKeehen – 3,250.83 pts. (NEW)
#7 Jason Koon – 3,210.56 pts. (#9 last month)
#8 Stefan Schillhabel – 3,200.36 pts. (#10 last month)
#9 Koray Aldemir – 3,176.93 pts. (#8 last month)
#10 Bryn Kenney – 3,158.80 pts. (#7 last month)


Rainer Kempe (#6 -> 12)

Although Adrian Mateos remains on top of the GPI world rankings, the rest of the top ten list has seen some significant shakeups over the last few weeks. Mateos made a deep run in the PartyPoker MILLIONS Germany Main Event to add a few more points to his score, but he has a new contender on his heels in Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick bas managed a truly remarkable run at the Aria, managing six cashes including two wins during the US Poker Open, followed by a runner-up finish in a $10k event to start March off on the right foot. That’s enough to put him ahead of Justin Bonomo, who didn’t manage to increase his score this month.

David Peters is also on the rise, snagging a win of his own at the US Poker Open to get ahead of Ari Engel. Meanwhile, Stefan Schillhabel managed two final tables at the PartyPoker MILLIONS Germany to move up to eighth; that’s not a personal best for him, but it does make him Germany’s #1 player for the first time, with Fedor Holz now out of the picture and Rainer Kempe dropping to 12th this month.

2015 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen is the month’s lone newcomer to the top ten, thanks to a final table in the WPT Rolling Thunder Main Event. That puts him sixth in the rankings which is a personal best.

Player of the Year

#1 Georgios Zisimopoulos – 1,631.11 pts.
#2 Nick Pupillo – 1,618.23 pts.
#3 Joe McKeehen – 1,478.17 pts.
#4 Joao Simao – 1,452.97 pts.
#5 Stephen Chidwick – 1,430.66 pts.
#6 Ari Engel – 1,426.10 pts.
#7 Timothy Miles – 1,411.31 pts.
#8 Toby Lewis – 1,383.74 pts.
#9 Justin Bonomo – 1,371.99 pts.
#10 Daniel Negreanu – 1,345.64 pts.

As we approach the year’s quarter-way point, the Player of the Year race is just starting to take some semblance of shape. Last month’s front-runner Justin Bonomo fell hard as he failed to improve his score, but he wasn’t quite ejected from the top ten, landing in ninth instead.

Now up top is Greece’s Georgios Zisimopoulos, who managed a couple of final tables at the PartyPoker MILLIONS Germany before going on a hot streak at the Merit Poker Top Guns in Cyprus, including two wins and a deep run in the Main Event. He’s closely followed by Nick Pupillo, an American mid-stakes grinder. Both men would have to be considered underdogs to be on top at year’s end, however.

From third to sixth, however, we have a clustering of four players all of whom are plausible contenders for the title: Joe McKeehen, Joao Simao, Stephen Chidwick and Ari Engel. McKeehen and Engel have consistency on their side, having been in the top 10 last month as well, but Chidwick, as a mixed games specialist, will likely rack up a lot of points at the WSOP over the summer.

Finally, squeaking into tenth, we have one person who definitely doesn’t need any more GPI awards, Daniel Negreanu.

Card Player

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.
#2 Justin Bonomo – 2,156 pts.
#3 Maria Lampropoulos – 2,100 pts.
#4 Koray Aldemir – 1,940 pts.
#5 Stefan Huber – 1,900 pts.
#6 Viktor Blom – 1,824 pts.
#7 Dennis Blieden – 1,800 pts.
#8 Adrian Mateos – 1,795 pts.
#9 Stephen Chidwick – 1,770 pts.
#10 Tim Rutherford – 1,760 pts.

The story according to Card Player is completely different. Toby Lewis, already leading the race, took second place in the the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Event at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic, earning him 1500 points and putting him way out in front. Meanwhile, Adrian Mateos’s in the PartyPoker MILLIONS Germany didn’t count for anything at all, as he failed to make the final table, which is required to earn points in the Card Player race unless the event draws a field of 2000 or more.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom has made a surprise entry into the top 10, having won the PartyPoker MILLIONS Germany Main Event; that was good for 1,824 pts, enough to put him in sixth despite those being his only points of the year.


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 – 10,688.73 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 lena900 – 9,768.92 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 European – 8,917.78 pts. (#6 last month)
#4 SvZff – 8,841.79 pts. (#4 last month)
#5 Romeopro – 8,591.74 pts. (#7 last month)
#6 hellohellohello – 8,515.18 pts. (#5 last month)
#7 probirs – 8,384.07 pts. (#3 last month)
#8 Ramiro – 8,024.70 pts. (NEW)
#9 Greenstone25 – 7,833.94 pts. (NEW)
#10 Ariados – 7,786.53 pts. (NEW)

The online rankings are seeing a shift in momentum, as last month’s new arrivals have continued to perform well and move up the rankings, while three new names have appeared. By contrast, the top dogs have been relatively stagnant; Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson continues to enjoy a comfortable lead, but his score is almost unchanged this month, while his countryman and frequent rival Niklas “lena900” Astedt has closed in a little.

Steven “SvZff” van Zadelhoff and Russia’s “hellohellohello” likewise held their ground, while Andras “probirs” Nemeth had a bad month and dropped from third to seventh.

Claiming the third-place spot is Finland’s “European”, who won two events during PokerStars’ Turbo Series, and also took down PartyPoker’s Sunday Super High Roller twice in the past month.

Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky was also new on the list last month, and has likewise continued to perform by putting in a lot of volume, managing numerous wins and final tables across not only the major dot-com sites, but those European sites open to foreign players, like Winamax and the PokerStars Europe network.

There’s one completely new name on the list this month in Argentina’s “Ramiro.” He’s currently in eighth, though he was briefly in seventh. A runner-up finish in the $1,050 PokerStars Turbo Series Main Event is largely responsible, worth 1,086.29 points on its own.

The other new additions to the top 10 this month are more familiar names: Sweden’s “Greenstone25” and “Ariados” are back in contention. Both were regular inclusions on the leaderboard during Sweden’s most dominant period last year.