With the summer’s WSOP action concluded, it’s Shaun Deeb leading the pack by a significant margin, though his claim to the Player of the Year title won’t be official until after WSOP Europe in the fall. His closest competitor is Benjamin Yu, but the latter’s odds of catching up depend on who you believe, the WSOP itself or the Global Poker Index.

Stephen Chidwick remains on top of of the global live poker rankings, and has overtaken Justin Bonomo for the general (non-WSOP) Player of the Year race. The story told by Card Player is similar, with Chidwick having displaced Bonomo in the past month.

Online, Niklas Astedt continues to hold the lead over his countryman and perennial title-holder Simon Mattsson. Meanwhile, the UK’s Jonathan Proudfoot has made his first ever entry into the top 10 following a month of crushing progressive knockout tournaments on PartyPoker and PokerStars.

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 – 3,818.26 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 Justin Bonomo – 3,555.69 pts. (#4 last month)
#3 Adrian Mateos – 3,552.71 pts. (#2 last month)
#4 Alex Foxen – 3,530.23 pts. (#5 last month)
#5 David Peters – 3,470.21 pts. (#3 last month)
#6 Joe McKeehen – 3,368.21 pts. (#6 last month)
#7 Jason Koon – 3,340.26 pts. (#9 last month)
#8 Sam Greenwood – 3,313.73 pts. (#7 last month)
#9 Nick Petrangelo – 3,292.86 pts. (NEW)
#10 Rainer Kempe – 3,274.56 pts. (#8 last month)


Bryn Kenney (#10 -> #12)

The second half of the WSOP resulted in some significant movement in the GPI top ten, though Stephen Chidwick remains comfortably in the number one spot. His closest challenger now is Justin Bonomo, who rose two spots. Interestingly, Bonomo won this year’s Big One for One Drop, but this has nothing to do with his upward movement, since the field is too small and, as an invitational, it wouldn’t have counted anyway.

Instead, it was his tenth-place finish in the $3,500 MSPT Event #89 at the Venetian which nudged him ahead of Adrian Mateos and Alex Foxen. He’s not ahead by much, however, leading Mateos by just three points and Foxen by five. With the way GPI scores fluctuate due to the “aging factor,” such a lead is essentially meaningless, as any of these three players could be ahead in a few days’ time depending on the exact dates of tournaments they cashed in previous years.

Jason Koon had a good WSOP and moved up a couple of ranks as a result. His most significant result in terms of points was a fifth-place finish in the Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller (Event #42).

Nick Petrangelo made his way back into the top ten with a third-place finish in the No-Limit Hold’em High Roller (Event #77). Meanwhile, the players who lost ranks over the summer were Adrian Mateos, David Peters, Sam Greenwood, Rainer Kempe and Bryn Kenney.

Player of the Year

#1 Stephen Chidwick – 3,670.42 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 Justin Bonomo – 3,660.42 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 Adrian Mateos – 3,096.99 pts. (#5 last month)
#4 Joe McKeehen – 3,086.82 pts. (#7 last month)
#5 Jake Schindler – 3,036.76 pts. (#4 last month)
#6 Anthony Zinno – 2,936.63 pts. (NEW)
#7 Benjamin Yu – 2,934.50 pts. (NEW)
#8 Rainer Kempe – 2,923.53 pts. (#3 last month)
#9 Shaun Deeb – 2,886.93 pts. (NEW)
#10 Kristen Bicknell – 2,725.14 pts. (NEW)

Although Justin Bonomo is closing in on Stephen Chidwick in the GPI rankings, the story’s different for the Player of the Year race. The two men were first and second respectively last month, but Chidwick’s fourth-place finish in a $5,225 event at the Venetian was enough to propel him to a narrow lead over Bonomo.

Nearly 600 points separate both those two from anyone else, but there’s another close race between the third, fourth and fifth-place players. Adrian Mateos moved up from fifth to third with a pair of runner-up finishes in $10,500 events at the Aria. Joe McKeehen trails him by just ten points, and Jake Schindler is a further 50 points back.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of new entries in the bottom half of the table. Anthony Zinno won a $5,225 event at the Venetian with 547 runners to pile on points and leap into sixth. Benjamin Yu is virtually tied with him thanks to winning the $50,000 WSOP No-Limit Hold’em High Roller. Shaun Deeb is also in the running now, and Kristen Bicknell has made her way back onto the list as the only female contender thanks to her four cashes at the WSOP.

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 – 4,334.06 pts.
#2 Benjamin Yu – 3,746.04 pts.
#3 Joe Cada – 3,531.04 pts.
#4 John Hennigan – 3,499.91 pts.
#5 Scott Bohlman – 3,155.88 pts.
#6 Paul Volpe – 2,859.76 pts.
#7 Eric Baldwin – 2,516.30 pts.
#8 Justin Liberto – 2,459.84 pts.
#9 Mike Leah – 2,354.13 pts.
#10 Anthony Zinno – 2,330.37 pts.


#1 Shaun Deeb – 2,628.39 pts.
#2 Benjamin Yu – 2,471.28 pts.
#3 Paul Volpe – 2,079.10 pts.
#4 John Hennigan – 2,078.79 pts.
#5 Scott Bohlman – 2,023.07 pts.
#6 Joe Cada – 1866.95 pts.
#7 Chris Ferguson – 1,846.09 pts.
#8 Steven Wolansky – 1,744.73 pts.
#9 Mike Leah – 1,726.91 pts.
#10 Yueqi Zhu – 1,639.54 pts.

Despite the differences in the two systems, WSOP and GPI are in agreement on the most important fact: That it’s Shaun Deeb who will be the favorite to take the Player of the Year award going into this fall’s WSOP Europe. Just how assured he should feel of victory depends on whose accounting you look at, however.

By the WSOP’s reckoning, Deeb is head and shoulders above any competition.

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 Justin Bonomo – 6,255 pts. (#2 last month)
#2 Stephen Chidwick – 5,766 pts. (#1 last month)
#3 Jake Schindler – 4,294 pts. (NEW)
#4 Rainer Kempe – 4,077 pts. (#5 last month)
#5 Toby Lewis – 3,780 pts. (#3 last month)
#6 Jason Koon – 3,772 pts. (NEW)
#7 Adrian Mateos – 3,659 pts. (#6 last month)
#8 David Peters – 3,208 pts. (#7 last month)
#9 Darryll Fish – 3,168 pts. (#4 last month)
#10 Bryn Kenney – 3,149 pts. (NEW)

This year, Card Player’s system seems to be producing a race very similar to GPI’s. Just as with the GPI race, Justin Bonomo has overtaken Stephen Chidwick. Third and fourth are close between Jake Schindler and Rainer Kempe, although Card Player has their order reversed.

In fifth, Toby Lewis is the first name included by Card Player but not GPI, and he’s on the decline. He was awarded a huge number of points by Card Player for a runner-up finish at the LAPC back in March and not quite so many by GPI, but unless he follows up on that with some more results this summer, the discrepancy will be moot.

Some more familiar names like David Peters and Darryll Fish made the top ten for Card Player but not for GPI, while Sam Greenwood and Joe McKeehen are there for GPI but not Card Player. With players of this caliber, however, one doesn’t expect them to be too far behind the pack in any system, so if they achieve results that put them on top of either race, it will surely put them at least in contention for the other.


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 – 12,123.86 pts. (#1 last month)
#2 C Darwin2 – 10,373.40 pts. (#2 last month)
#3 hellohellohello – 9,744.93 pts. (#4 last month)
#4 Romeopro – 9,605.54 pts. (#3 last month)
#5 GINS FINEST – 9,392.22 pts. (#6 last month)
#6 probirs – 9,162.59 pts. (#5 last month)
#7 Ramiro – 8,861.29 pts. (#7 last month)
#8 proudflop – 8,645.94 pts. (NEW)
#9 SixthSenSe19 – 8,477.91 pts. (NEW)
#10 pleno1 – 8,428.99 pts. (NEW)

Niklas “lena900” Astedt has not only held but expanded his lead over the usual king of the hill, his fellow Swede Simon “C Darwin2” Mattsson. His most significant results of the past month include wins in 888poker’s $1,000 Whale and PokerStars’ Hotter $109.

Some reshuffling of the rankings occurred a little further down the list, with Russia’s top player “hellohellohello” overtaking Ukraine’s Roman “Romeopro” Romanovsky for third place thanks largely to a PokerStars Sunday High Roller win at the beginning of the month, while Canada’s “GINS FINEST” snagged fifth place from Hungary’s Andras “probirs” Nemeth.

Fabricio “SixthSenSe19” Gonzalez and PartyPoker ambassador Patrick “pleno1” Leonard both made it back into the top ten this month, while the UK’s Jonathan “proudflop” Proudfoot made his first appearance on the list, rocketing straight into eighth. His specialty appears to be progressive knockout tournaments, as the majority of his points this month came from wins in the PartyPoker Big Bounty and PokerStars Bounty Builder, plus many other cashes in these and similar events.

Overall, rankings are quite stable at the moment because online poker is slow during the summer months as attention has been on the live scene in Las Vegas. September is coming soon, however, and with it WCOOP. A lot should change at that point.