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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.
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
Rank Player GPI Score
1 Alex Foxen 3806.09
2 Sean Winter 3679.19
3 Bryn Kenney 3647.81
4 Kahle Burns 3641.63
5 Stephen Chidwick 3637.94
6 Rainer Kempe 3499.77
7 Sam Greenwood 3487.10
8 Manig Loeser 3434.91
9 Timothy Adams 3377.88
10 Ali Imsirovic 3377.59
11 Anthony Zinno 3356.45
12 Shannon Shorr 3348.37
13 Jeremy Ausmus 3329.69
14 Joseph Cheong 3253.96
15 Dario Sammartino 3249.13
16 Adrian Mateos 3242.50
17 Matthias Eibinger 3217.14
18 Kristen Bicknell 3175.37
19 Danny Tang 3163.58
20 Ben Heath 3158.35
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.
🔹 It's official now!
🇺🇸 Alex @WAFoxen Foxen wins 2019 GPI Player of the Year!
— Global Poker Index (@gpi) January 1, 2020
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:
Year Player Name
2019 Alex Foxen
2018 Alex Foxen
2017 Adrian Mateos
2016 David Peters
2015 Byron Kaverman
2014 Daniel Colman
2013 Ole Schemion
2012 Dan Smith
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.
— Global Poker Index (@gpi) January 1, 2020
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.
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
Place Player Name Score
1 Abhinav Iyer 2,098.04 pts
2 Nipun Java 1,955.17 pts
3 Ankit Ahuja 1,816.59 pts
4 Yasheel Doddanavar 1,529.71 pts
5 Aditya Sushant 1,513.57 pts
6 Dhaval Mudgal 1,495.99 pts
7 Kartik Ved 1,489.36 pts
8 Sulabh Choudhury 1,437.74 pts
9 Akshay Nasa 1,423.79 pts
10 Ashish Ahuja 1,336.00 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 Title Winner
2019 GPI Player of the Year Americas Alex Foxen
2019 GPI European Player of the Year Stephen Chidwick
2019 GPI Player of the Year Asia Danny Tang
2019 GPI Player of the Year Latam Farid 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
Country Winner Points
Algeria Omar Lakhdari 2,144.77
Argentina Jose Nacho Barbero 2,573.01
Armenia Harut Arutyunyan 1,353.74
Australia Kahle Burns 3,641.63
Austria Matthias Eibinger 3,217.14
Azerbaijan Ramin Hajiyev 2,110.48
Belarus Vadzim Lipauka 1,785.04
Belgium Bart Lybaert 2,773.29
Bosnia & Herzegovina Almedin “Ali” Imsirovic 3,377.59
Brazil Joao Simao 2,356.93
Bulgaria Fahredin Mustafov 2,657.42
Canada Sam Greenwood 3,487.10
Chile Nick Yunis 1,833.32
China Yake Wu 2,630.24
Colombia Farid Jattin 2,870.37
Cyprus Yiannis Liperis 2,237.33
Czech Repulic Vojtech Ruzicka 2,147.80
Denmark Morten Mortensen 2,007.64
Egypt Ahmed Abdella 1,051.58
Estonia Markku Koplimaa 1,627.53
Finland Juha Helppi 2,043.92
France Julien Martini 3,151.04
Germany Rainer Kempe 3,499.77
Greece Ioannis Angelou-Konstas 1,966.16
Hong Kong Daniel Tang 3,163.58
Hungary Norbert Szecsi 2,695.27
India Abhinav Iyer 2,098.04
Iran Milad Oghabian Langar 2,201.39
Ireland Patrick Clarke 2,110.51
Israel Uri Reichenstein 2,460.62
Italy Dario Sammartino 3,249.13
Jamaica Emile Schiff 1,130.37
Japan Tsugunari Toma 2,055.90
Jersey Mark Hamilton 1,517.13
Latvia Vitalijs Zavorotnijs 2,339.92
Lebanon Nicolas Chouity 1,763.96
Lithuania Matas Cimbolas 2,894.64
Macau Huidong Gu 1,696.20
Macedonia Aleksandar Trajkovski 1,105.01
Malaysia Chin Wei Lim 2,876.93
Mexico Angel Guillen 1,514.97
Moldova Dragos Trofimov 2,406.63
Montenegro Vlado Bancevic 1,042.51
Morocco Ahmed Taleb 1,401.31
Netherlands Tobias Peters 2,729.32
New Zealand Hamish Crawshaw 2,242.28
Norway Preben Stokkan 2,127.94
Paraguay Horacio Chaves Cortes 1,282.12
Peru Felipe Davila 1,131.00
Philippines Mike Takayama 1,986.43
Poland Dzmitry Urbanovich 2,066.42
Portugal Joao Vieira 2,902.36
Puerto Rico Victor Figueroa 1,812.31
Romania Florian Duta 2,509.11
Russia Anatoly Filatov 3,081.28
Serbia Damjan Radanov 2,021.41
Singapore Graeme Siow 1,968.92
Slovakia Marek Blasko 1,460.76
Slovenia Casey Kastle 1,056.45
South Africa Ronit Chamani 1,437.06
South Korea Sean Yu 2,194.60
Spain Adrian Mateos 3,242.50
Sweden Michael Tureniec 2,679.04
Switzerland Francois Evard 1,612.73
Taiwan Pete Chen 2,324.51
Thailand Phachara Wongwichit 2,347.76
Turkey Orpen Kisacikoglu 2,807.82
Ukraine Igor Yaroshevskyy 2,509.03
UK Stephen Chidwick 3,637.94
USA Alex Foxen 3,806.09
Uruguay Pablo Cabrera 1,790.01
Venezuela Joseph Di Rosa Rojas 1,904.89
Vietnam Thai Ha 2,578.43