Stephen Chidwick has overtaken Adrian Mateos for the number one spot in the GPI, and taken the lead for the Player of the Year race as well, both in GPI’s reckoning and that of Card Player.

May’s a busy month for online tournaments, with both PokerStars’ SCOOP and PartyPoker’s Powerfest now past their midway point and 888poker’s XL Inferno just getting underway. Whereas at one time PocketFives scores in excess of 10,000 points were a rarity, there are currently four players with five figures next to their names, and even so the legend himself Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson holds nearly a 1000 point lead on his closest competitor.

To get the full picture, read on; we’ve got all the ups and downs and ins and outs covered for you in this May update on world poker rankings.

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 Stephen Chidwick – 3,775.44 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 Adrian Mateos – 3,695.86 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 David Peters – 3,504.31 pts. (#4 last month)
#4 Justin Bonomo – 3,455.60 pts. (#3 last month)
#5 Alex Foxen – 3,418.33 pts. (#5 last month)
#6 Rainer Kempe – 3,363.28 pts. (#10 last month)
#7 Joe McKeehen – 3,260.93 pts. (#7 last month)
#8 Bryn Kenney – 3,184.01 pts. (NEW)
#9 Jan Scwippert – 3,133.76 pts. (NEW)
#10 Koray Aldemir – 3,116.41 pts. (#8 last month)


Ari Engel (#6 -> #11)
Stefan Schillhabel (#9 -> #12)

Stephen Chidwick had a great run in March to put him in contention for the top spot, and followed it up with two seven-figure cashes at the PartyPoker MILLIONS Barcelona. He’s got so many large cashes on his record that even taking second place for €1,100,000 in the €100K Super High Roller wasn’t enough to move the needle on his GPI rank, but third place in the Main Event was, due to the much larger field. That was good for 574.05 pts. and enough to establish about an 80 point lead over Adrian Mateos.

David Peters and Justin Bonomo also did a do-si-do, with the former overtaking the latter for third place after a fourth place finish in the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event. Rainer Kempe’s another player to have had a big month, moving up from tenth to sixth thanks to a second-place finish in the €25,000 High Roller at the PartyPoker MILLIONS Barcelona, followed by a smattering of smaller cashes at the WPT Amsterdam and EPT Monte Carlo.

The top ten welcomed a new name in Jan Scwippert this month. Like Chidwick, Schwippert added over 500 points to his score by final tabling the MILLIONS Main Event in Barcelona, although he finished fifth. That was still enough to move him into ninth, his personal career high. Also re-entering the top ten this month is Bryn Kenny, who held the number one spot through most of the latter half of 2017 until Adrian Mateos caught him in the final stretch.

Player of the Year

#1 Stephen Chidwick – 2,928.70 pts. (#4 last month)
#2 Rainer Kempe – 2,813.98 pts. (#5 last month)
#3 Justin Bonomo – 2,639.82 pts. (#7 last month)
#4 Sam Greenwood – 2,472.22 pts. (NEW)
#5 Joseph Cheong – 2,337.36 pts. (NEW)
#6 Adrian Mateos – 2,095.88 pts. (NEW)
#7 Ike Haxton – 2,094.39 pts. (#8 last month)
#8 Timothy Miles – 2,071.41 pts. (#9 last month)
#9 Dylan Wilkerson – 2,067.73 pts. (NEW)
#10 Brian Altman – 1,964.79 pts. (NEW)

We’ve now reached the point in the year when enough tournaments have run that single results, no matter how large, are not enough to put a player in the top ten for the Player of the Year race. The number of unfamiliar names on the list has diminished as a result, and an interesting race is shaping up.

Stephen Chidwick took the lead this month, and not only because of the final table in Barcelona. Because the Player of the Year race doesn’t have the same cap on number of separate scores counted as the GPI Rankings, his Super High Roller cash contributed significantly as well. So did a pair of smaller cashes at the EPT Monte Carlo.

Rainer Kempe and Justin Bonomo moved up as well, to second and third, also due to the events in Barcelona and Monte Carlo; Bonomo’s score was already so high that his results in Barcelona didn’t help him much in the rankings, but he piled on over 1000 points for Player of the Year in April.

A little further down, Sam Greenwood and Joseph Cheong have made their first entry into the top ten for this year’s race, while Adrian Mateos has re-entered the picture. Cheong’s inclusion is interesting, in that he was a big name a few years ago, reaching 2nd in the GPI rankings in 2013, but then had several lackluster years and ended up taking 2017 off; he’s now trying to stage a comeback and is currently 42nd in the GPI Rankings and fifth in the Player of the Year race.

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 Stephen Chidwick – 4,815 pts. (#4 last month)
#2 Justin Bonomo – 4,299 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 Toby Lewis – 3,780 pts. (#1 last month)
#4 Darryll Fish – 3,168 pts. (NEW)
#5 Rainer Kempe – 3,097 pts. (#3 last month)
#6 Adrian Mateos – 2,677 pts. (#5 last month)
#7 David Peters – 2,578 pts. (NEW)
#8 Francois Billard – 2,550 pts. (NEW)
#9 Dominik Nitsche – 2,525 pts. (NEW)
#10 Brian Altman – 2,464 pts. (#6 last month)

There’s also starting to be greater consensus between the Card Player and GPI systems for determining Player of the Year. Notably, Stephen Chidwick leads the pack in Card Player’s reckoning as well. Much of his competition also looks similar, though there are differences in terms of who is closest to catching him and how much ground they have to make up.

In both cases, Justin Bonomo and Rainer Kempe are among the biggest threats, though Kempe is very close according to GPI and much more of a long-shot according to Card Player, while Bonomo is moderately close in both cases.

Toby Lewis and Darryll fish are strong contenders according to Card Player, but haven’t yet made the picture according to GPI, whereas Sam Greenwood and Joseph Cheong are the reverse, making the top five in the GPI race and not even the top 10 for Card Player.

Adrian Mateos is in sixth in both cases, and shouldn’t be counted out in either, as he’s the sort of player likely to have a good WSOP this summer.


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 – 11,398.47 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Romeopro – 10,640.28 pts. (#9 last month)
#3 probirs – 10,304.94 pts. (#2 last month)
#4 hellohellohello – 10,105.47 pts. (#4 last month)
#5 lena900 – 9,836.99 pts. (#3 last month)
#6 girafganger7 – 9,528.18 pts. (NEW)
#7 1_conor_b_1 – 8,982.60 pts. (#8 last month)
#8 lovefee – 8,913.95 pts. (NEW)
#9 SvZff – 8,874.10 pts. (#6 last month)
#10 Ramiro – 8,745.44 pts. (#7 last month)

Sweden’s Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson continues to hold his usual spot atop the online tournament rankings, but thanks to the major spring series at PokerStars and PartyPoker, he’s got a lot more competition than usual. No less than three other players have joined him in the 10,000-plus club this month: Ukraine’s Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky, Hungary’s Andras “probirs” Nemeth and Russia’s “hellohellohello,” real name unknown.

Romanovsky has been crushing the nosebleed tournaments at SCOOP, winning SCOOP-02-H ($1,050 NLHE 8-Max) and SCOOP-16-H ($5,200 NLHE 6-Max Turbo), and coming second in SCOOP-14-H, the $25,000 NLHE 8-Max High Roller. Not coincidentally, the person who won that letter was none other than Nemeth; he hasn’t had as many other big results as Romanovsky, but that one was worth a whopping 1,581.14 pts. on its own (not to mention $576,000 in cash). For his part, “hellohellohello” hasn’t yet made it to the podium in either SCOOP or Powerfest, but has been grinding like crazy and making up for it with sheer volume of cashes.

Interestingly, Belgium’s “girafganger7” is back in the top 10. This mystery player managed to grab the top spot in the rankings just about this time last year, only to ask that his name be removed from the list the following month. It seems he’s changed his mind, as he’s now back in sixth, though we have no way of knowing how he’s been doing in the interim.

Meanwhile, Guntis “lovefee” Aleskins has made it into the top ten for the first time, sitting in eighth. His entry is largely due to a win in SCOOP-14-M ($2,100 NLHE 8-Max High Roller), good for 1,181.52 pts.