It looked like it was going to happen last month, and now it’s official: the Global Poker Index has a new number on in William Alex Foxen, who has established a commanding lead over Stephen Chidwick. There is still nearly two months to go to determine an official winner for Player of the Year, but Foxen is out front there as well.
The World Series of Poker Player of the Year race is in the bags, however, with the WSOP Europe having reached its conclusion last week. There are no surprises there, however, as it is in fact strong favorite Shaun Deeb who claims the honors.
For more on these two stories as well as all the details of movement in the top ten of each race and leaderboard, read on. As always, we’re breaking it down for you in this monthly Poker 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 Alex Foxen – 4,007.17 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 David Peters – 3,605.23 pts. (#5 last month)
#3 Stephen Chidwick – 3,558.62 pts. (#1 last month)
#4 Justin Bonomo – 3,547.93 pts. (#3 last month)
#5 Jake Schindler – 3,461.71 pts. (#6 last month)
#6 Adrian Mateos – 3,454.71 pts. (#4 last month)
#7 Ryan Riess – 3,319.27 pts. (NEW)
#8 Joe McKeehen – 3,301.97 pts. (#7 last month)
#9 Nikita Bodyakovskiy – 3,280.12 pts. (#10 last month)
#10 Benjamin Pollak – 3,268.90 pts. (#8 last month)
Sam Greenwood (#9 -> #88)
Stephen Chidwick’s time at the top of the GPI heap is at an end, as he’s been unseated and in definitive fashion. William Alex Foxen, often known by his middle name, took second place in the £5,000+300 PartyPoker MILLIONS Live Main Event at Dusk Till Dawn, giving him the points he needed to become the latest player crowned best in the world. Not only that, but he’s 400 points ahead of any competition, so he should hold that spot for at least a few months, if not more.
Stephen Chidwick isn’t even Foxen’s closest competition. That honor goes to David Peters, got a big runner-up finish of his own in the WSOP Europe Super High Roller to move from fifth place in the GPI rankings to second. His lead over Chidwick is only 50 points, however, while Justin Bonomo is just over 100 points behind Chidwick, so some signficant movement in that part of the chart can be expected in coming months.
Last month’s newcomer to the top 10, Nikita Bodyakovskiy has moved up to ninth, while Ryan Riess has surged into seventh thanks to a very solid WSOP Europe, including a win in the €10k Single Day Turbo High Roller, and a fourth place finish in the Main Event.
Player of the Year
#1 Alex Foxen – 3,815.44 pts. (#6 last month)
#2 Stephen Chidwick – 3,691.67 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 David Peters – 3,677.32 pts. (#4 last month)
#4 Justin Bonomo – 3,660.28 pts. (#2 last month)
#5 Jake Schindler – 3,625.15 pts. (#3 last month)
#6 Adrian Mateos – 3,384.46 pts. (#5 last month)
#7 Shaun Deeb – 3,346.66 pts. (#7 last month)
#8 Ryan Riess – 3,284.31 pts. (NEW)
#9 Benjamin Pollak – 3,235.14 pts. (NEW)
#10 Christopher Soyza – 3,228.97 pts. (#10 last month)
Alex Foxen has likewise snagged the lead for Player of the Year from Stephen Chidwick. Here, however, Foxen was coming from much further behind – sixth place, last month – and so his new lead is not quite as large, just 125 points or so. Chidwick also remains in second for this race, though David Peters is not far behind.
Fourth, fifth and sixth are identical to the rolling rankings, held by Justin Bonomo, Jake Schindler and Adrian Mateos respectively. While it’s normal that the Player of the Year race resembles the overall rankings more and more the closer the year comes to reaching its conclusion, the latter does factor in results from the past 24 months, so that there is so little difference between the two suggests that all the top contenders in 2018 had very similar 2017 performances.
WSOP Player of the Year
About the rankings: Last year, WSOP parted ways with the GPI and elected to award Player of the Year honors according to its own system, although it has updated that system for 2018 to put greater emphasis on final table finishes than last year’s. GPI, meanwhile, has elected to continue awarding its own WSOP Player of the Year title, using the same system as for its overall Player of the Year.
WSOP PoY (Official)
#1 Shaun Deeb – 5,073.92 pts. (#1 after summer WSOP)
#2 Benjamin Yu – 3,740.04 pts. (#2 after summer WSOP)
#3 Joe Cada – 3,531.86 pts. (#3 after summer WSOP)
#4 John Hennigan – 3,499.91 pts. (#4 after summer WSOP)
#5 Scott Bohlman – 3,155.88 pts. (#5 after summer WSOP)
#6 Michael Addamo – 3,028.79 pts. (NEW)
#7 Paul Volpe – 2,859.76 pts. (#6 after summer WSOP)
#8 Anthony Zinno – 2,593.34 pts. (#10 after summer WSOP)
#9 Eric Baldwin – 2,516.30 pts. (#7 after summer WSOP)
#10 Romain Lewis – 2,460.14 pts. (NEW)
WSOP PoY (GPI)
#1 Shaun Deeb – 3,274.00 pts. (#1 after summer WSOP)
#2 Benjamin Yu – 2,471.28 pts. (#2 after summer WSOP)
#3 Chris Ferguson – 2,417.13 pts. (NEW)
#4 Paul Volpe – 2,079.10 pts. (#3 after summer WSOP)
#5 John Hennigan – 2,078.79 pts. (#4 after summer WSOP)
#6 Scott Bohlman – 2,023.07 pts. (#5 after summer WSOP)
#7 Roland Israelashvili – 2,017.89 pts. (NEW)
#8 Romain Pierre Lewis – 1,870.26 pts. (NEW)
#9 Joe Cada – 1,866.95 pts. (#6 after summer WSOP)
#10 Manig Loeser – 1,791.05 pts. (NEW)
Nothing much significance was changed by the results of the WSOP Europe, which wrapped up last week. Shaun Deeb is the World Series of Poker’s Player of the Year, both according to the series itself and to the GPI. His closest competition is the same in both reckonings as well, as the margin of victor is similar: Deeb beat Benjamin Yu by 36% according to WSOP and by 32% according to GPI, having extended his lead with a second-place finish in Event #6 – €1,650 Mixed PLO/NLHE.
The closest thing to an upset which was seen was a late surge by last year’s PoY winner Chris Ferguson. He managed six cashes at the WSOPE, but all of them small. That was enough to put him in third according to GPI, just behind Benjamin Yu, though the lack of final tables meant those results didn’t do much for him in the official race.
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 Jake Schindler – 8,407 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Stephen Chidwick – 8,045 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 Justin Bonomo – 7,332 pts. (#3 last month)
#4 Alex Foxen – 6,739 pts. (#7 last month)
#5 David Peters – 5,288 pts. (#6 last month)
#6 Adrian Mateos – 6,137 pts. (#4 last month)
#7 Jason Koon – 5,427 pts. (#5 last month)
#8 Rainer Kempe – 5,037 pts. (#8 last month)
#9 Mikita Badziakouski – 4,686 pts. (NEW)
#10 Shaun Deeb – 4,610 pts. (#10 last month)
According to CardPlayer, Stephen Chidwick had already lost the lead for Player of the Year last month, but to Jake Schindler rather than Alex Foxen. Foxen and David Peters did climb the leaderboard this month, but only to fourth and fifth place respectively, while Schindler, Chidwick and Justin Bonomo hold first, second and third as they did last month. With a roughly 360-point deficit, Chidwick is considerably closer to reclaiming first place from Schindler than he is to lose his current position to Foxen, who trails him by around 1,250.
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 lena900 – 12,912.83 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 mczhang – 11,144 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 hellohellohello – 11,036 pts. (#3 last month)
#4 C Darwin2 – 10,982 pts. (#4 last month)
#5 Romeopro – 10,165.46 pts. (#5 last month)
#6 Ariados – 9,544 pts. (#8 last month)
#7 DamageAP – 9,425 pts. (#7 last month)
#8 probirs – 9,202 pts. (#6 last month)
#9 Ramiro – 9,199 pts. (NEW)
#10 pleno1 – 9,055 pts. (#9 last month)
October tends to be a quiet month for online poker as players recover from the excitement of the major tournament series of September, and accordingly, not very much changed in the PocketFives rankings this month. Former long-time leader Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson remains in fourth place, while fellow and frequently competitor Niklas “lena900” Astedt holds the top spot.
In fact, we have to go all the way down to sixth place to find the first change in the standings, where another Swedish player, “Ariados” has taken the place of Hungary’s Andras “probirs” Nemeth, who dropped to eighth. Meanwhile, Argentina’s Ramiro Petrone, who goes simply by “Ramiro,” has made it back into the top 10 with a series of wins in high-stakes bounty tournaments on PokerStars and PartyPoker. His personal best spot in the rankings was third place, which he hit earlier this year.