Global Poker Index: Winter Retains Hold on POY Lead, Chidwick Tops Overall

Sean Winter (left) and Stephen Chidwick (right)

Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player's results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Below we look at the 2019 Player of the Year race and overall GPI rankings as of November 6.

2019 GPI Player of the Year

RankPlayer2019 GPI POY Score
1Sean Winter3425.57
2Rainer Kempe3402.80
3Stephen Chidwick3385.95
4Manig Loeser3327.95
5Sam Greenwood3294.67
6Anthony Zinno3269.90
7Kahle Burns3261.65
8Bryn Kenney3254.17
9Shannon Shorr3251.53
10Dario Sammartino3186.18

It's a new month, which means it's time for another update of the Global Poker Index rankings. With just two months left in 2019, Sean Winter remains the player to beat in the 2019 GPI Player of the Year race, having now enjoyed frontrunner status for 13 straight weeks.

Indeed, the top three spots are all exactly as they were when we last looked in on the rankings in early October, with Rainer Kempe (No. 2) and Stephen Chidwick (No. 3) both holding steady. Like Winter, neither of those two added any GPI POY points to their totals during the last month.

Meanwhile Manig Loeser is now at No. 4, having moved up four spots in the rankings since a month ago. Four cashes at the World Series of Poker Europe in Rozvadov, Czech Republic — including a runner-up and a third-place finish — helped Loeser move up the POY rankings ahead of Sam Greenwood who slipped a spot to No. 5.

Charging fast behind those players to No. 6 is Anthony Zinno who was No. 15 just a week ago. Zinno's upward move came thanks to a strong WSOP Europe where he cashed four times and finished third in the WSOPE Main Event won by Alexandros Kolonias — good enough to land him in fourth place in the WSOP Player the Year race won by Daniel Negreanu.

Another WSOPE star was Kahle Burns who as a result is now No. 7 in the POY race. Burns earned two bracelets in Rozvadov, winning Event #8: €25,500 Platinum High Roller No-Limit Hold'em then just a few days later also taking down Event #13: €2,500 Short Deck No-Limit Hold'em.

Both Bryn Kenney (No. 8) and Shannon Shorr (No. 9) maintained spots in the Top 10 despite neither adding points in October. Rounding out the list is Dario Sammartino who added a WSOP Europe Main Event final table to his runner-up finish in the WSOP Main Event back in July.

Sammartino took fourth in the WSOPE Main Event, one of two cashes (and two final tables) he had at the WSOPE. Points from those finishes this week elevated Sammartino from No. 20 to No. 10.

Overall GPI Top 10

RankPlayerOverall GPI Score
1Stephen Chidwick3661.87
2Alex Foxen3492.61
3Anthony Zinno3356.67
4Rainer Kempe3324.12
5Joseph Cheong3290.07
6Bryn Kenney3285.33
7Manig Loeser3256.92
8Jeremy Ausmus3196.95
9Michael Addamo3188.65
10Danny Tang3159.98

The headline also remains the same as far as the overall GPI rankings go, as Stephen Chidwick has held onto the No. 1 spot for 13 straight weeks now.

Alex Foxen remains Chidwick's closest challenger, having been at No. 2 for 13 weeks as well since giving up the lead to Chidwick in August. Behind him now is Zinno, who catapulted to No. 3. In fact, this week marks the first time Zinno has been in the overall Top 10 since February 2017 as he endeavors to get back to the No. 1 spot he held for two weeks in July 2015.

Rainer Kempe remains high on the list at No. 4, while Joseph Cheong has made a move up to No. 5 thanks in large part to his recent third-place finish in the World Poker Tour Montreal Main Event won by Geoff Hum. Cheong's previous highest ranking has been No. 2 achieved in August 2013.

Bryn Kenney (No. 6) and Manig Loeser (No. 7) are still in the overall Top 10, followed by Jeremy Ausmus (No. 8) who returned to the list three weeks ago. Rounding out the Top 10 are Michael Addamo (No. 9) and Danny Tang (No. 10).

To view the GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

  • Sean Winter remains on top in @GPI POY race, Stephen Chidwick also continues at No. 1 overall.

  • Global Poker Index: Winter (POY) and Chidwick (overall) still tops; Zinno, Burns, Sammartino rising.

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