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Power Couple Alex Foxen & Kristen Bicknell Top 2019 GPI POY Rankings, WSOP Star Abhinav Iyer Bags India POY Title

Power Couple Alex Foxen & Kristen Bicknell Top 2019 GPI POY Rankings, WSOP Star Abhinav Iyer Bags India POY Title
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  • RUPAM THAKUR January 3, 2020
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The 2019 Global Poker Index Player of the Year race went all the way down to the wire! While Kahle Burns was leading the race at the start of December, in the end, it was last year’s GPI POY Alex Foxen, who successfully defended his 2018 title after a dramatic victory in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic. With this victory, Foxen scripted history by becoming the first player ever to secure back-to-back POY wins.

The Global Poker Index uses a player’s top 13 scoring results for the calendar year when calculating the ‘Player of the Year’ points total.

On the other hand, Foxen’s girlfriend and partypoker ambassador Kristen Bicknell defied all odds by winning her third straight GPI Female Player of the Year award.

Meanwhile, Young Gun Abhinav Iyer, who entered the history books by becoming the first Indian to win a solo WSOP bracelet last summer, deservedly won the 2019 GPI POY India title!


Alex Foxen Wins Back-to-Back GPI POY Titles

2019 was a breakout year for Alex Foxen, who achieved the unprecedented milestone of winning the GPI Player of the Year title two years running. No player to-date had ever won the POY race in consecutive years before Foxen.

He was the only player to earn over 4,000 points in 2018, finishing with 4,095.52 pts, after winning over $6.6 million in live tournaments. In 2019, the New Yorker recorded 40 cashes and won over $6.3 million to accumulate 3,806.09 pts. This included two title wins and an impressive twenty-two final table finishes.


2019 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayerGPI Score
1Alex Foxen3806.09
2Sean Winter3679.19
3Bryn Kenney3647.81
4Kahle Burns3641.63
5Stephen Chidwick3637.94
6Rainer Kempe3499.77
7Sam Greenwood3487.10
8Manig Loeser3434.91
9Timothy Adams3377.88
10Ali Imsirovic3377.59
11Anthony Zinno3356.45
12Shannon Shorr3348.37
13Jeremy Ausmus3329.69
14Joseph Cheong3253.96
15Dario Sammartino3249.13
16Adrian Mateos3242.50
17Matthias Eibinger3217.14
18Kristen Bicknell3175.37
19Danny Tang3163.58
20Ben Heath3158.35

Alex Foxen was sitting in twelfth place on the GPI POY leaderboard before the start of WPT`s season-ending series behind pros like Stephen Chidwick, Adrian Mateos, Sean Winter, and Anthony Zinno. But his victory in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event in Las Vegas last month for $1,694,995 fetched him enough points to win the 2019 GPI POY title outright.

He started the year with some solid finishes at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) in the Bahamas. He finished second and third in two of the $50K buy-in events at the PCA. As the year progressed, he made final tables at series like the US Poker Open, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, EPT Monte Carlo, Triton Poker Super High Roller Series, EPT Barcelona, and Poker Masters.

At the 2019 WSOP in Las Vegas, Foxen finished ITM in ten events and added two more ITM scores at the WSOP Europe, including a sixth-place finish in the Platinum High Roller tournament.

Besides Foxen, only three other players from last year’s GPI POY Top 20 made it again on the list in 2019.

Stephen Chidwick returned once again to hunt down the title before ultimately placing fifth. Last year, Chidwick had finished runner-up in the POY race, and in 2017 he had finished third.

The 2017 GPI POY winner Adrian Mateos made this list again at 16th place after finishing eighth a year ago.

Rainer Kempe, who took 18th place last year, improved upon that finish to land in sixth place in 2019.

Here’s a look at GPI POY winners:

YearPlayer Name
2019Alex Foxen
2018Alex Foxen
2017Adrian Mateos
2016David Peters
2015Byron Kaverman
2014Daniel Colman
2013Ole Schemion
2012Dan Smith

Kristen Bicknell Wins GPI Female POY Title Thrice in a Row

partypoker ambassador, Kristen Bicknell, had a darn good year that culminated with her winning the 2019 GPI Female POY. Bicknell topped the Female POY rankings for a record third year in a row. She also ended the year in 16th place for the overall 2019 POY rankings. She now ranks 18th on Canada’s all-time tournament earnings list.

She cashed 36 times during 2019 and collected over $2.4 million in prize money. This included three title wins and 17 final table appearances.

Bicknell’s started the year with two scores at the PCA and a final table finish in the Aussie Millions $100K Challenge. She would go on to make final table finishes at the US Poker Open, LA Poker Classic, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, before winning a title at the EPT Monte Carlo. She final tabled the Merit Poker Classic Main Event, won an Aria Summer High Roller, and final tabled the partypoker MILLIONS Europe Triton Super High Roller. She closed out the year in style by winning a title at the Poker Masters before making final table appearances at the WPT Montreal and partypoker MILLIONS World Bahamas.


WSOP Bracelet Winner Abhinav Iyer Wins GPI India POY Title

Young Gun Abhinav Iyer topped the 2019 GPI India POY race with 2,098.04 pts. Iyer edged past Nipun Java, who was the undisputed winner of the GPI India POY rankings four times before this.

Iyer recorded 22 cashes last year worth a cumulative $775.47K to accumulate 2,098.04 pts. This included two title wins and nine final table appearances.

He started the year by championing the Asian Poker Tour (APT) Kickoff Vietnam Main Event and then placed second in the Monday MegaStack event at Crown Casino Recurring Tournament in Melbourne. He went on to make deep runs in the PPPoker World Championship in Manila, WPT Vietnam, Asia Poker League (APL) in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam, and in two events at the MSPT DeepStack Championship Poker Series.

It was at the 2019 WSOP that Iyer truly flourished. He finished ITM in seven events that included his iconic victory in Event#84 The Closer for $565,346. He went on to post two ITM scores in Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila, including a final table finish. He final tabled both the Main Event and the High Roller at the Baazi Poker Tour (BPT) before wrapping up the year with scores at WPT India and WPT Cambodia.

2019 GPI India POY

PlacePlayer NameScore
1Abhinav Iyer2,098.04 pts
2Nipun Java1,955.17 pts
3Ankit Ahuja1,816.59 pts
4Yasheel Doddanavar1,529.71 pts
5Aditya Sushant1,513.57 pts
6Dhaval Mudgal1,495.99 pts
7Kartik Ved1,489.36 pts
8Sulabh Choudhury1,437.74 pts
9Akshay Nasa1,423.79 pts
10Ashish Ahuja1,336.00 pts

There were several other categories that GPI tracks players in throughout the year. Now that 2019 is complete, GPI has announced the following winners.

Other GPI POY Winners

GPI TitleWinner
2019 GPI Player of the Year AmericasAlex Foxen
2019 GPI European Player of the YearStephen Chidwick
2019 GPI Player of the Year AsiaDanny Tang
2019 GPI Player of the Year LatamFarid Jattin

The Global Poker Index also awards National Player of the Year for every country tracked by GPI.

2019 GPI National Players of the Year

AlgeriaOmar Lakhdari2,144.77
ArgentinaJose Nacho Barbero2,573.01
ArmeniaHarut Arutyunyan1,353.74
AustraliaKahle Burns3,641.63
AustriaMatthias Eibinger3,217.14
AzerbaijanRamin Hajiyev2,110.48
BelarusVadzim Lipauka1,785.04
BelgiumBart Lybaert2,773.29
Bosnia & HerzegovinaAlmedin “Ali” Imsirovic3,377.59
BrazilJoao Simao2,356.93
BulgariaFahredin Mustafov2,657.42
CanadaSam Greenwood3,487.10
ChileNick Yunis1,833.32
ChinaYake Wu2,630.24
ColombiaFarid Jattin2,870.37
CyprusYiannis Liperis2,237.33
Czech RepulicVojtech Ruzicka2,147.80
DenmarkMorten Mortensen2,007.64
EgyptAhmed Abdella1,051.58
EstoniaMarkku Koplimaa1,627.53
FinlandJuha Helppi2,043.92
FranceJulien Martini3,151.04
GermanyRainer Kempe3,499.77
GreeceIoannis Angelou-Konstas1,966.16
Hong KongDaniel Tang3,163.58
HungaryNorbert Szecsi2,695.27
IndiaAbhinav Iyer2,098.04
IranMilad Oghabian Langar2,201.39
IrelandPatrick Clarke2,110.51
IsraelUri Reichenstein2,460.62
ItalyDario Sammartino3,249.13
JamaicaEmile Schiff1,130.37
JapanTsugunari Toma2,055.90
JerseyMark Hamilton1,517.13
LatviaVitalijs Zavorotnijs2,339.92
LebanonNicolas Chouity1,763.96
LithuaniaMatas Cimbolas2,894.64
MacauHuidong Gu1,696.20
MacedoniaAleksandar Trajkovski1,105.01
MalaysiaChin Wei Lim2,876.93
MexicoAngel Guillen1,514.97
MoldovaDragos Trofimov2,406.63
MontenegroVlado Bancevic1,042.51
MoroccoAhmed Taleb1,401.31
NetherlandsTobias Peters2,729.32
New ZealandHamish Crawshaw2,242.28
NorwayPreben Stokkan2,127.94
ParaguayHoracio Chaves Cortes1,282.12
PeruFelipe Davila1,131.00
PhilippinesMike Takayama1,986.43
PolandDzmitry Urbanovich2,066.42
PortugalJoao Vieira2,902.36
Puerto RicoVictor Figueroa1,812.31
RomaniaFlorian Duta2,509.11
RussiaAnatoly Filatov3,081.28
SerbiaDamjan Radanov2,021.41
SingaporeGraeme Siow1,968.92
SlovakiaMarek Blasko1,460.76
SloveniaCasey Kastle1,056.45
South AfricaRonit Chamani1,437.06
South KoreaSean Yu2,194.60
SpainAdrian Mateos3,242.50
SwedenMichael Tureniec2,679.04
SwitzerlandFrancois Evard1,612.73
TaiwanPete Chen2,324.51
ThailandPhachara Wongwichit2,347.76
TurkeyOrpen Kisacikoglu2,807.82
UkraineIgor Yaroshevskyy2,509.03
UKStephen Chidwick3,637.94
USAAlex Foxen3,806.09
UruguayPablo Cabrera1,790.01
VenezuelaJoseph Di Rosa Rojas1,904.89
VietnamThai Ha2,578.43

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