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THIS WEEK’S NOTES ›› Two victories at the Triton Series in Montenegro sees former Global #1 Bryn Kenney (GPI #2) jump up 10 spots in the rankings ›› Daniel Tang (GPI #22) makes his Top 25 debut this week, moving up 8 spots to a career-best #22 ›› Congratulations go out to Anton Morgenstern (GPI# 176) and Wai Leong Chan (GPI #216), who make their GPI300 debuts this week ›› 2019 GPI PoY Race: Sean Winter remains on top with Kenney and Rainer Kempe hot on his tail GPI GLOBAL POKER RANKINGS TOP 25
RANK PLAYER NATION GPI SCORE LAST CHANGE
#1 William Alex Foxen (32 weeks) USA 3,952.43 1 =
#2 Bryn Kenney #1 USA 3,635.90 12 +10
#3 Rainer Kempe GER 3,617.78 2 -1
#4 Stephen Chidwick #1 UK 3,489.18 3 -1
#5 David Peters #1 USA 3,472.22 4 -1
#6 Manig Loeser GER 3,404.75 6 =
#7 Steve O’Dwyer #1 USA 3,367.56 5 -2
#8 Christopher Michael Soyza MAS 3,311.27 7 -1
#9 Ryan Riess USA 3,291.89 8 -1
#10 Jake Schindler USA 3,279.33 10 =
#11 Jason Koon USA 3,277.67 13 +2
#12 Justin Bonomo USA 3,276.27 11 -1
#13 Kristen Bicknell CAN 3,221.83 21 +8
#14 Benjamin Pollak FRA 3,216.16 9 -5
#15 Michael Addamo AUS 3,145.82 14 -1
#16 Bart Lybaert BEL 3,118.50 15 -1
#17 Nikita Bodyakovskiy BLR 3,106.48 18 +1
#18 Pavel Plesuv MDA 3,085.53 19 +1
#19 Nick Petrangelo #1 USA 3,081.07 23 +4
#20 Joseph McKeehen USA 3,058.33 16 -4
#21 Timothy Adams CAN 3,026.75 20 -1
#22 Daniel Tang CB HKG 2,990.07 31 NEW
#23 Dylan Linde USA 2,989.35 22 -1
#24 Isaac Haxton USA 2,986.32 25 +1
#25 Koray Aldemir GER 2,955.86 17 -8

Out of the Top 25: #31 Almedin Imsirovic (BHA) -7

SWIMMING UPSTREAM
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#111 Seng Yee Leow MAS 215 +104
#78 Milad Oghabian Langar CB IRI 178 +100
#180 Vladimir Troyanovskiy RUS 270 +90
#186 Daniel Dvoress CAN 255 +69
#90 Steffen Sontheimer GER 150 +60
#170 Jeffrey Hakim LIB 226 +56
#77 Igor Yaroshevskyy UKR 132 +55
#213 Blair Hinkle USA 265 +52
#187 Kenny Hallaert BEL 237 +50
#240 Nikolay Fal RUS 285 +45
DOWN THE LADDER
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#254 Jerry Wong USA 127 -127
#221 Diogo Veiga POR 149 -72
#242 Aymon Hata UK 176 -66
#201 Alexander Lynskey AUS 136 -65
#235 Cliff Josephy USA 173 -62
#245 Taylor Black USA 186 -59
#231 Marty Mathis USA 177 -54
#229 Adam Owen UK 182 -47
#259 Viliyan Petleshkov BUL 219 -40
#271 Joshua Reichard USA 232 -39
ON THE BUBBLE
RANK PLAYER NATION +/-
#301 Ben Heath UK -89
#302 Michael Rossitto CB ITA +151
#303 Mike Shin USA -19
#304 Michael Marder USA +2
#305 Peter Eichhardt SWE -2
WHO’S IN? / WHO’S OUT?
GPI300: IN ››› NATION GPI# ‹‹‹ GPI300: OUT NATION GPI#
Faraz Jaka USA 175 Ben Heath UK 301
Anton Morgenstern 300 GER 176 Mike Shin USA 303
Blake Whittington CB USA 193 Rex Clinkscales USA 308
Iori Yogo CB JPN 199 Ray Qartomy USA 309
Ben Lamb USA 202 Benjamin Tollerene USA 312
Wai Leong Chan 300 MAS 216 Alex Ziskin USA 324
Peter Jetten CAN 227 Chris Moorman UK 332
Henrik Hecklen DEN 228 Kevin Eyster USA 335
Vlad Darie ROU 239 Keven Stammen USA 351
Mike Takayama PHI 264 Filipe Oliveira POR 357
Alexander Denisov RUS 273 Dejuante Alexander USA 361
Georges Hanna LIB 296 Aaron Johnson USA 393
Scott Margereson UK 299 Chance Kornuth USA 395

CB: Career-best GPI ranking  |  300: Making GPI300 debut |  #1: Former GPI World #1

2019 GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE
RANK PLAYER NATION PoY SCORE CHANGE
1st Sean Winter USA 2,627.05 =
2nd Bryn Kenney USA 2,533.85 NEW
3rd Rainer Kempe GER 2,416.04 -1
4th James Romero USA 2,240.06 =
5th Sam Greenwood CAN 2,223.45 =
6th Brian Altman USA 2,218.96 -3
7th Kristen Bicknell CAN 2,067.32 NEW
8th William Alex Foxen USA 2,061.27 +2
9th Daniel Tang HKG 1,998.97 NEW
10th Christopher Michael Soyza MAS 1,952.72 -4

Full May 15, 2019 rankings:
http://www.globalpokerindex.com/rankings/2019-05-15/300/

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Alex Foxen, the reigning and defending GPI Poker Player of the Year isn’t making things easy for those hoping to take away his title in 2019. Foxen, who also ranks #1 on the GPI Global Poker Rankings, continued to add to his points totals in April with a trio of qualifying scores.

His scores at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood, Florida and at EPT Monte Carlo in Monaco were enough to earn him GPI Player of the Month honors for the second time in the past five months, finishing just two points ahead of Gavin O’Rourke, who scored points in four Seminole Hard Rock events in April, including a pair of victories.

Here’s a look at Foxen’s three qualifying results from April:

FROM FLORIDA …
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
Seminole Hard Rock Showdown High Roller $25,500 2nd/99 $545,000 327.80 Aaron Mermelstein (USA)
… TO MONTE CARLO
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
EPT Monte Carlo 25K NLH €25,000 5th/109 $174,650 243.58 Timothy Adams (CAN)
EPT Monte Carlo 50K NLH €50,000 2nd/58 $681,737 269.83 Matthias Eibinger (AUT)
WILLIAM ALEX FOXEN – APRIL 2019
RESULTS 5
WINS 0
TOP 10’s 5
EARNINGS $1,604,387
FLAGS 2
GPI PTS 841.21
GPI GLOBAL #1
GPI USA #1
2019 PoY #19
APRIL 2019 – TOP 10
RANK PLAYER NATION RESULTS WINS TOP 10 GPI PTS
1 William Alex Foxen USA 5 0 5 841.21
2 Gavin O’Rourke IRL 4 2 3 839.61
3 Timothy Adams CAN 2 1 2 772.96
4 James Romero USA 4 0 1 742.17
5 Seth Davies USA 7 1 5 725.45
6 Michael Tureniec SWE 5 0 2 716.74
7 Niall Farrell UK 4 0 1 711.35
8 Christopher Michael Soyza MAS 4 1 3 706.32
9 Aaron Mermelstein USA 3 1 1 699.09
10 Sonny Franco FRA 7 1 3 666.89
2019 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
Player of the Month - April 2019Alex Foxen

Alex Foxen, the reigning and defending GPI Poker Player of the Year isn’t making things easy for those hoping to take away his title in 2019. Foxen, who also ranks #1 on the GPI Global Poker Rankings, continued to add to his points totals in April with a trio of qualifying scores.

His scores at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood, Florida and at EPT Monte Carlo in Monaco were enough to earn him GPI Player of the Month honors for the second time in the past five months, finishing just two points ahead of Gavin O’Rourke, who scored points in four Seminole Hard Rock events in April, including a pair of victories.

Here’s a look at Foxen’s three qualifying results from April:

FROM FLORIDA …
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
Seminole Hard Rock Showdown High Roller $25,500 2nd/99 $545,000 327.80 Aaron Mermelstein (USA)
… TO MONTE CARLO
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
EPT Monte Carlo 25K NLH €25,000 5th/109 $174,650 243.58 Timothy Adams (CAN)
EPT Monte Carlo 50K NLH €50,000 2nd/58 $681,737 269.83 Matthias Eibinger (AUT)
WILLIAM ALEX FOXEN – APRIL 2019
RESULTS 5
WINS 0
TOP 10’s 5
EARNINGS $1,604,387
FLAGS 2
GPI PTS 841.21
GPI GLOBAL #1
GPI USA #1
2019 PoY #19
APRIL 2019 – TOP 10
RANK PLAYER NATION RESULTS WINS TOP 10 GPI PTS
1 William Alex Foxen USA 5 0 5 841.21
2 Gavin O’Rourke IRL 4 2 3 839.61
3 Timothy Adams CAN 2 1 2 772.96
4 James Romero USA 4 0 1 742.17
5 Seth Davies USA 7 1 5 725.45
6 Michael Tureniec SWE 5 0 2 716.74
7 Niall Farrell UK 4 0 1 711.35
8 Christopher Michael Soyza MAS 4 1 3 706.32
9 Aaron Mermelstein USA 3 1 1 699.09
10 Sonny Franco FRA 7 1 3 666.89

Results:5

Wins:0

Top 10's :5

Earnings:$1,604,387

Flags:2

GPI Points:841.21

Country:USA

Player of the Month - March 2019Sean Yu
  • Results: 6
  • Wins: 2
  • Top 10’s: 3
  • Earnings: $272,422
  • Flags: 1
  • GPI Points: 986.78
  • Country: South Korea

Results:6

Wins:2

Top 10's:3

Earnings:$272,422

Flags:1

GPI Points:986.78

Country:South Korea

Player of the Month - February 2019Sean Winter
  • Results: 5
  • Wins: 1
  • Top 10’s: 5
  • Earnings: $747,400
  • Flags: 1
  • GPI Points: 1,123.47
  • Country: USA

Results:5

Wins:1

Top 10's:5

Earnings:$747,400

Flags:1

GPI Points:1,123.47

Country:USA

Player of the Month - January 2019Toby Lewis
  • Results: 7
  • Wins: 1
  • Top 10’s: 4
  • Earnings: $1,271,134
  • Flags: 3
  • GPI Points: 1,435.53
  • Country: UK

Results:7

Wins:1

Top 10's:4

Earnings:$1,271,134

Flags:3

GPI Points:1,435.53

United Kingdom:

2018 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
Player of the Month - December 2018Alex Foxen

DECEMBER 2018 – Alex Foxen (USA)

  • Results:4
  • Wins:1
  • Top 10’s:4
  • Earnings:$2,631,650
  • Flags:1
  • GPI Points:1,022.99
  • Country: USA

Results:4

Wins:1

Top 10's:4

Earnings:$2,631,650

Flags:1

GPI Points:1,022.99

Country:USA

Player of the Month - November 2018David Peters

2016 GPI Poker Player of the Year David Peters (World #2) is November’s Poker Player of the Month. With results in seven events, five of which counted for GPI points, Peters earns the monthly honor, collecting 950.14 points for the month.

Peters was certainly able to not only collect GPI points but frequent flyer miles as well. He began his November journey at the Aria on the Las Vegas trip, earning 1.3M USD in two events, neither of which met the 32-player minimum criteria to collect GPI points.

He then headed south to the Bahamas, earning two results at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Adventure in the Bahamas.

With many flights back from the Bahamas connecting in Florida, Peters made his way to the Seminole Hard Rock to play the WPT Rock N Roll Poker Open … while he only managed a 51st place finish in the WPT Main Event, Peters was able to win the 5K post-lim event – for the second consecutive year!

Finally, points were collected across the pond in London, where Peters would earn a result in the 888poker LIVE London Main Event.

FROM LAS VEGAS …
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
Aria Fall Madness High Roller $52,000 3rd/25 $200,000 Matthias Eibinger (AUT)
Aria Fall Madness High Roller $103,000 1st/24 $1,104,000 2nd: Rick Salomon (USA)
… TO THE BAHAMAS..
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THIS WEEK’S NOTES ›› Rainer Kempe (GPI #2) returns to the #2 spot on the Global Poker Rankings – he was last ranked 2nd earlier this year, in February ›› WSOP bracelet winner Julien Martini (GPI# 77) is the biggest mover inside the GPI300 this week moving up to a career-best #77 ›› Congratulations go out to Kazuhiko Yotsushika (GPI# 232) and Hakim Zoufri (GPI #268), who make their GPI300 debuts this week ›› 2019 GPI PoY Race: Sean Winter regains the top spot in the GPI PoY race after sitting in second for the past two weeks GPI GLOBAL POKER RANKINGS TOP 25
RANK PLAYER NATION GPI SCORE LAST CHANGE
#1 William Alex Foxen (30 weeks) USA 3,910.47 1 =
#2 Rainer Kempe CB GER 3,496.19 4 +2
#3 Stephen Chidwick #1 UK 3,491.28 3 =
#4 David Peters #1 USA 3,464.15 2 -2
#5 Steve O’Dwyer #1 USA 3,387.09 7 +2
#6 Justin Bonomo USA 3,367.97 6 =
#7 Bryn Kenney #1 USA 3,343.37 5 -2
#8 Christopher Michael Soyza MAS 3,297.32 8 =
#9 Jake Schindler USA 3,279.33 9 =
#10 Jason Koon USA 3,250.84 10 =
#11 Bart Lybaert CB BEL 3,117.13 17 +6
#12 Michael Addamo CB AUS 3,101.57 22 +10
#13 Joseph McKeehen USA 3,068.75 14 +1
#14 Pavel Plesuv MDA 3,064.22 15 +1
#15 Ryan Riess USA 3,032.78 11 -4
#16 Nick Petrangelo #1 USA 3,032.46 16 =
#17 Benjamin Pollak FRA 3,016.74 13 -4
#18 Manig Loeser GER 3,011.45 18 =
#19 Kristen Bicknell CAN 3,005.10 20 +1
#20 Dylan Linde CB USA 2,998.00 21 +1
#21 Dominik Nitsche GER 2,957.02 19 -2
#22 Nick Pupillo CB USA 2,953.96 26 NEW
#23 Almedin Imsirovic BIH 2,931.69 28 NEW
#24 Brian Altman USA 2,924.10 23 -1
#25 Benjamin Yu USA 2,922.35 29 NEW

Out of the Top 25: #28 Nikita Bodyakovskiy (BLR) -16  //  #30 Joseph Cheong (USA) -5  //  #47 Sam Greenwood (CAN) -23

SWIMMING UPSTREAM
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#77 Julien Martini CB FRA 181 +104
#95 Sylvain Loosli FRA 172 +77
#241 Bas de Laat CB NED 299 +58
#251 Omar Lakhdari ALG 295 +44
#70 Shaun Deeb USA 108 +38
#101 David Rheem USA 132 +31
#83 James Romero CB USA 113 +30
#74 Matthias Eibinger CB AUT 101 +27
#65 Seth Davies USA 88 +23
#131 Igor Yaroshevskyy UKR 153 +22
DOWN THE LADDER
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#259 Vladimir Troyanovskiy RUS 80 -179
#221 Seng Yee Leow MAS 141 -80
#255 Darryll Fish USA 175 -80
#186 Michael Sklenička CZE 120 -66
#113 Jan Schwippert GER 53 -60
#266 Tommy Nguyen CAN 208 -58
#150 Taylor Black USA 97 -53
#249 Daniel Dvoress CAN 197 -52
#247 Daniel Wang AUS 198 -49
#138 Steffen Sontheimer GER 91 -47
ON THE BUBBLE
RANK PLAYER NATION +/-
#301 Yan Tsang HKG +88
#302 Ismael Bojang BEL -17
#303 Iori Yogo JPN +9
#304 Joni Jouhkimainen FIN +23
#305 Georges Hanna CB LIB +82
WHO’S IN? / WHO’S OUT?
GPI300: IN ››› NATION GPI# ‹‹‹ GPI300: OUT NATION GPI#
Kazuhiko Yotsushika 300 JPN 232 Ismael Bojang GER 302
Hakim Zoufri 300 NED 268 Dario Sammartino ITA 306
Brent Roberts USA 277 Jasthi Kumar USA 313
Nan Hong CHN 288 Tom Hall UK 314
Mihai Manole ROU 292 Craig Mason USA 317
Ryan Phan USA 293 Steve Sung USA 321
Danny Wong USA 294 John Andress USA 322
Scott Margereson UK 295 Matthew Stout USA 323
Evangelos Beichrakis GRE 296 Yunsheng Sun CHN 326
Scott Clements USA 297 Randy Lew USA 343
Byron Kaverman #1 USA 298 Joshua Kay USA 351
Michael Marder USA 299 Tomas Jozonis LIT 360
Vlad Darie ROU 300 Annand Ramdin USA 396

CB: Career-best GPI ranking  |  300: Making GPI300 debut |  #1: Former GPI World #1

2019 GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE
RANK PLAYER NATION PoY SCORE CHANGE
1st Sean Winter USA 2,447.24 +1
2nd Brian Altman USA 2,218.96 -1
3rd Rainer Kempe GER 1,891.32 =
4th James Romero USA 1,877.16 NEW
5th Sonny Franco FRA 1,790.53 NEW
6th Aaron Massey USA 1,772.45 -2
7th Bryn Kenney USA 1,767.30 -2
8th Nick Pupillo USA 1,741.92 NEW
9th Ari Engel CAN 1,737.08 -3
10th Ariel Celestino BRA 1,679.71 -3

Full May 1, 2019 rankings:
http://www.globalpokerindex.com/rankings/2019-05-01/300/

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THIS WEEK’S NOTES ›› Former GPI Global #1 Bryn Kenney (GPI #5) returns to the Global Top 5 for the first time in over a year. Kenney is off to a hot start to 2019 with wins in Melbourne and Las Vegas ›› Global Poker Award winner Maria Ho (GPI #95) is trending. Having already received 6th place points for qualifying for final table in the WPT Seminole Hard Poker Showdown (FT to be played in Vegas), she enters the Top 100 for the very first time of her career ›› Congratulations go out to Jerry Robinson (GPI #247), who enters the GPI300 for the very first time. Robinson is coming off back-to-back WPT Top 10 finishes ›› 2019 GPI PoY Race: With a pair of victories and five Top 10 finishes so far this year, Brian Altman leads the way in the 2019 PoY race GPI GLOBAL POKER RANKINGS TOP 25
RANK PLAYER NATION GPI SCORE LAST CHANGE
#1 William Alex Foxen (29 weeks) USA 3,888.88 1 =
#2 David Peters #1 USA 3,592.07 2 =
#3 Stephen Chidwick #1 UK 3,500.02 3 =
#4 Rainer Kempe GER 3,479.42 4 =
#5 Bryn Kenney #1 USA 3,362.36 6 +1
#6 Justin Bonomo USA 3,360.90 7 +1
#7 Steve O’Dwyer #1 USA 3,329.46 5 -2
#8 Christopher Michael Soyza MAS 3,297.32 8 =
#9 Jake Schindler USA 3,278.83 9 =
#10 Jason Koon USA 3,250.84 10 =
#11 Ryan Riess USA 3,188.07 11 =
#12 Nikita Bodyakovskiy BLR 3,131.96 13 +1
#13 Benjamin Pollak FRA 3,094.40 14 +1
#14 Joseph McKeehen USA 3,072.14 28 NEW
#15 Pavel Plesuv MDA 3,070.09 15 =
#16 Nick Petrangelo #1 USA 3,058.65 16 =
#17 Bart Lybaert BEL 3,052.16 18 +1
#18 Manig Loeser GER 3,037.73 17 -1
#19 Dominik Nitsche GER 3,036.88 19 =
#20 Kristen Bicknell CAN 3,027.60 20 =
#21 Dylan Linde USA 2,998.00 21 =
#22 Michael Addamo AUS 2,974.53 24 +2
#23 Brian Altman USA 2,973.83 25 +2
#24 Sam Greenwood CAN 2,963.17 12 -12
#25 Joseph Cheong USA 2,954.99 26 NEW

Out of the Top 25: #26 Nick Pupillo (USA) -3  //  #28 Almedin Imsirovic (BIH) -6

SWIMMING UPSTREAM
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#96 Max Silver UK 278 +182
#95 Maria Ho CB USA 209 +114
#145 Shankar Pillai USA 255 +110
#188 Chad Eveslage USA 291 +103
#105 James Carroll CB USA 205 +100
#152 Brett Bader USA 249 +97
#180 Spencer Champlin CB USA 267 +87
#97 Taylor Black USA 181 +84
#212 David ‘ODB’ Baker USA 284 +72
#131 Jerry Wong USA 201 +70
DOWN THE LADDER
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#285 Ismael Bojang GER 210 -75
#260 Ralph Wong USA 200 -60
#108 Shaun Deeb USA 51 -57
#237 Ray Qartomy USA 182 -55
#273 Viliyan Petleshkov BUL 218 -55
#293 Mike Shin USA 244 -49
#296 Aaron Johnson USA 252 -44
#228 Richard Kirsch USA 185 -43
#300 Victor Ramdin USA 263 -37
#261 Yunsheng Sun CHN 225 -36
ON THE BUBBLE
RANK PLAYER NATION +/-
#301 Mihai Manole ROU -3
#302 Alexandre Santo BRA -3
#303 Michael Marder USA -8
#304 Ryan Phan USA -2
#305 Byron Kaverman #1 USA -2
WHO’S IN? / WHO’S OUT?
GPI300: IN ››› NATION GPI# ‹‹‹ GPI300: OUT NATION GPI#
Aaron Mermelstein USA 168 Mihai Manole ROU 301
David Jackson USA 214 Alexandre Santo BRA 302
Will Failla USA 233 Michael Marder USA 303
Ryan D’Angelo USA 235 Wei Guo Liang CHN 312
Alexander Rocha USA 236 Andrey Konopelko BLR 321
Jerry Robinson 300 USA 247 Ben Heath UK 325
Patrick Clarke IRL 251 Dominique Mosley USA 329
Brian Yoon USA 268 Matt Glantz USA 333
Ryan Olisar USA 284 Kyle Cartwright USA 341
Omar Lakhdari ALG 295 Yan Tsang HKG 389
Dan Wilson IRL 297 James Collopy USA 399
Bas de Laat NED 299 Maria Lampropulos ARG 403

CB: Career-best GPI ranking  |  300: Making GPI300 debut |  #1: Former GPI World #1

2019 GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE
RANK PLAYER NATION PoY SCORE CHANGE
1st Brian Altman USA 2,218.96 =
2nd Sean Winter USA 2,107.89 =
3rd Rainer Kempe GER 1,891.32 +2
4th Aaron Massey USA 1,772.45 +6
5th Bryn Kenney USA 1,767.30 -2
6th Ari Engel CAN 1,737.08 -2
7th Ariel Celestino BRA 1,679.71 -1
8th Pete Chen TAI 1,655.24 -1
9th Joseph Cheong USA 1,649.27 -1
10th Sean Yu KOR 1,590.40 -1

Full April 24, 2019 rankings:
http://www.globalpokerindex.com/rankings/2019-04-24/300/

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WSOP Circuit Los Angeles Main Event Champion Sean Yu (GPI #231) is the GPI Poker Player of the Month for March 2019. Yu, born in South Korea, added a second circuit ring in LA, earning the W in a $400 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event. He would leave LA with four scores under his belt and headed to Las Vegas.

While in Vegas, Yu added two results, including a 9th place finish at the inaugural WPT at Venetian Main Event.

FROM LOS ANGELES …
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
WSOP Circuit LA NLH Event #5 $400 1st/143 $13,225 83.86 Phong Nguyen (USA)
WSOP Circuit LA NLH Event #7 $1,125 15th/146 $2,465 84.99 Kevin Eyster (USA)
WSOP Circuit LA NLH Event #9 $600 16th/224 $1,475 63.50 Massoud Eskandari (IRI)
WSOP Circuit LA Main Event $1,700 1st/678 $210,585 385.15 2nd: Andrew Moreno (USA)
… TO LAS VEGAS
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
WPT at Venetian Main Event $3,500 9th/734 $41,665 265.95 Ben Palmer (USA)
WSOP Circuit Bally’s LV Main Event $1,700 58th/607 $3,007 103.34 Asher Conniff (USA)
SEAN YU – MARCH 2019
RESULTS 6
WINS 2
TOP 10’s 3
EARNINGS $272,422
FLAGS 1
GPI PTS 986.79
GPI GLOBAL #231
GPI KOR #1
2019 PoY #10
MARCH 2019 – TOP 10
RANK PLAYER NATION RESULTS WINS TOP 10 GPI PTS
1 Sean Yu KOR 6 2 3 986.79
2 Matas Cimbolas LIT 2 0 2 913.50
3 Ankush Mandavia USA 7 0 2 866.64
4 Mark Babekov USA 14 4 12 862.24
5 Jason Koon USA 4 2 4 821.78
6 Mohsin Charania USA 4 0 1 773.29
7 Fahredin Mustafov BUL 4 0 2 728.11
8 Marty Mathis USA 2 1 1 715.94
9 Adam Swan USA 7 0 1 689.33
10 Soukha Kachittavong USA 6 3 4 682.11
2019 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
Player of the Month - March 2019Sean Yu
  • Results: 6
  • Wins: 2
  • Top 10’s: 3
  • Earnings: $272,422
  • Flags: 1
  • GPI Points: 986.78
  • Country: South Korea

Results:6

Wins:2

Top 10's:3

Earnings:$272,422

Flags:1

GPI Points:986.78

Country:South Korea

Player of the Month - February 2019Sean Winter
  • Results: 5
  • Wins: 1
  • Top 10’s: 5
  • Earnings: $747,400
  • Flags: 1
  • GPI Points: 1,123.47
  • Country: USA

Results:5

Wins:1

Top 10's:5

Earnings:$747,400

Flags:1

GPI Points:1,123.47

Country:USA

Player of the Month - January 2019Toby Lewis
  • Results: 7
  • Wins: 1
  • Top 10’s: 4
  • Earnings: $1,271,134
  • Flags: 3
  • GPI Points: 1,435.53
  • Country: UK

Results:7

Wins:1

Top 10's:4

Earnings:$1,271,134

Flags:3

GPI Points:1,435.53

United Kingdom:

2018 PLAYERS OF THE MONTH
Player of the Month - December 2018Alex Foxen

DECEMBER 2018 – Alex Foxen (USA)

  • Results:4
  • Wins:1
  • Top 10’s:4
  • Earnings:$2,631,650
  • Flags:1
  • GPI Points:1,022.99
  • Country: USA

Results:4

Wins:1

Top 10's:4

Earnings:$2,631,650

Flags:1

GPI Points:1,022.99

Country:USA

Player of the Month - November 2018David Peters

2016 GPI Poker Player of the Year David Peters (World #2) is November’s Poker Player of the Month. With results in seven events, five of which counted for GPI points, Peters earns the monthly honor, collecting 950.14 points for the month.

Peters was certainly able to not only collect GPI points but frequent flyer miles as well. He began his November journey at the Aria on the Las Vegas trip, earning 1.3M USD in two events, neither of which met the 32-player minimum criteria to collect GPI points.

He then headed south to the Bahamas, earning two results at the partypoker Caribbean Poker Adventure in the Bahamas.

With many flights back from the Bahamas connecting in Florida, Peters made his way to the Seminole Hard Rock to play the WPT Rock N Roll Poker Open … while he only managed a 51st place finish in the WPT Main Event, Peters was able to win the 5K post-lim event – for the second consecutive year!

Finally, points were collected across the pond in London, where Peters would earn a result in the 888poker LIVE London Main Event.

FROM LAS VEGAS …
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
Aria Fall Madness High Roller $52,000 3rd/25 $200,000 Matthias Eibinger (AUT)
Aria Fall Madness High Roller $103,000 1st/24 $1,104,000 2nd: Rick Salomon (USA)
… TO THE BAHAMAS …
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
partypoker Caribbean Party SHR Champs $250,000 3rd/34 $1,420,000 196.18 Steffen Sontheimer (GER)
partypoker Caribbean Party Finale $1,100 10th/926 $8,500 182.93 Christopher Bolek (USA)
… TO FLORIDA …
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
WPT SHR Rock N Roll Open Main Event $3,500 51st/898 $9,895 153.85 Pavel Plesuv (MDA)
WPT SHR Rock N Roll Open 5K NLH $5,000 1st/95 $143,159 307.60 2nd: Guillaume Diaz (FRA)
… TO LONDON
EVENT BUY-IN PLACE PRIZE GPI PTS WINNER
888poker LIVE London Main Event £1,100 41st/656 $3,834 109.58 James Williams (UK)
DAVID PETERS – NOVEMBER 2018
RESULTS 7
WINS 2
TOP 10’s 5
EARNINGS $2,889,388
FLAGS 3
GPI PTS 950.14
GPI WORLD #2
GPI USA #2
2018 PoY #2
NOVEMBER 2018 – TOP 10
RANK PLAYER NATION RESULTS WINS TOP 10 GPI PTS
1 David Peters #1 USA 7 2 5 950.14
2 Steve O’Dwyer #1 USA 4 1 2 856.06
3 Paul Tedeschi FRA 2 0 1 779.24
4 Stephen Song USA 6 1 4 749.26
5 Marc MacDonnell IRL 3 1 1 739.32
6 Bryan Sneed USA 10 0 3 739.31
7 Julien Sitbon FRA 6 0 3 722.82
8 Pavel Plesuv MDA 2 1 1 720.21
9 Maxwell Young USA 5 2 3 677.39
10 Filipe Oliveira POR 1 1 1 664.25

Results:7

Wins:2

Top 10's:5

Earnings:$2,889,388

Flags:3

GPI Points:950.14

Country:USA

Player of the Month - October 2018Ryan Riess

It’s 2013 all over again! Five years ago this week the man known as “The Beast”, Ryan Riess won the WSOP Main Event, and he’s once again in the poker spotlight, earning the title of GPI Poker Player of the Month for October 2018.

Riess’ European Adventure took him to England first – at the partypoker MILLIONS in Nottingham. The Michigan man would final table a star-studded field in the process, adding the England flag to his THM.

It was off to Rozvadov next: After a victory in the WSOP Europe Turbo High Roller, Riess would go on to feature in his second final table of the month, hoping to add another WSOP Main Event title, this time in the Czech Republic.

Alas, it was a fourth place finish for “The Beast” – but that’s exactly what he needed, fourth or better, to move ahead of Martin..

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THIS WEEK’S NOTES ›› GPI Global #1 Alex Foxen has his sights set on Fedor Holz and the consecutive weeks at #1 streak. Foxen (27 straight weeks) is now just four weeks away from making history and taking over from Holz and his 30 consecutive week streak

›› WPT Five Diamond Champ Dylan Linde (GPI #22), who was on hand this past Friday at the Global Poker Awards, moves up to a career-best #22 this week ›› Igor Yaroshevskyy (GPI #170), who represented the Ukraine at the 2015 GPI World Cup in Malta, is the highest mover inside the GPI300. The reigning National Player of the Year is coming off a trip of Top 15 finishes at the Merit Poker Top Guns event in Cyprus ›› No new entries into the GPI300 this week, however there are six players returning to the 300, including Joshua Kay, Blair Hinkle and Rex Clinkscales ›› 2019 GPI PoY Race: With 13 Top 10 finishes so far this season, former GPI Top 10 player Ari Engel moves up to 4th in the PoY standings GPI GLOBAL POKER RANKINGS TOP 25
RANK PLAYER NATION GPI SCORE LAST CHANGE
#1 William Alex Foxen (27 weeks) USA 3,817.56 1 =
#2 Stephen Chidwick #1 UK 3,713.54 2 =
#3 David Peters #1 USA 3,595.06 3 =
#4 Rainer Kempe GER 3,483.27 4 =
#5 Steve O’Dwyer #1 USA 3,453.89 5 =
#6 Bryn Kenney #1 USA 3,369.82 7 +1
#7 Justin Bonomo USA 3,360.90 6 -1
#8 Sam Greenwood CAN 3,245.43 8 =
#9 Jason Koon USA 3,236.86 9 =
#10 Christopher Michael Soyza MAS 3,226.14 10 =
#11 Ryan Riess USA 3,190.92 11 =
#12 Dominik Nitsche GER 3,176.89 12 =
#13 Nikita Bodyakovskiy BLR 3,154.21 13 =
#14 Benjamin Pollak FRA 3,143.56 14 =
#15 Jake Schindler USA 3,080.46 17 +2
#16 Bart Lybaert BEL 3,077.69 16 =
#17 Pavel Plesuv MDA 3,070.09 18 +1
#18 Nick Petrangelo #1 USA 3,062.27 15 -3
#19 Manig Loeser GER 3,056.33 19 =
#20 Kristen Bicknell CAN 3,027.53 21 +1
#21 Joseph Cheong USA 3,016.99 22 +1
#22 Dylan Linde CB USA 2,993.87 24 +2
#23 Nick Pupillo USA 2,991.01 25 +2
#24 Almedin Imsirovic BIH 2,984.27 27 NEW
#25 Michael Addamo AUS 2,974.53 20 -5

Out of the Top 25: #26 Adrian Mateos #1 (ESP) -3

SWIMMING UPSTREAM
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#170 Igor Yaroshevskyy UKR 273 +103
#64 Ben Palmer CB USA 153 +89
#73 Fahredin Mustafov BUL 144 +71
#232 Mike Shin USA 297 +65
#197 Mykhalio Gutyi CB UKR 259 +62
#167 Phachara Wongwichit CB THA 225 +58
#127 Ian O’Hara USA 180 +53
#234 Byron Kaverman #1 USA 287 +53
#151 Ivan Zhetchev CB BUL 199 +48
#221 Joseph Couden USA 263 +42
DOWN THE LADDER
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#278 Victor Chong MAS 223 -55
#233 Chance Kornuth USA 181 -52
#189 Matthew Affleck USA 151 -38
#139 Ludovic Geilich UK 104 -35
#190 Ravi Raghavan USA 156 -34
#276 Eric Blair USA 244 -32
#294 Lander Lijo Bereciartua ESP 262 -32
#141 Scott Stewart USA 114 -27
#209 Matthew Stout USA 183 -26
#220 Sorel Mizzi CAN 195 -25
ON THE BUBBLE
RANK PLAYER NATION +/-
#301 Filipp Khavin USA -54
#302 Mihai Manole ROU -2
#303 Kyle Cartwright USA -22
#304 Ryan Phan USA +29
#305 Lucas Greenwood CAN -1
WHO’S IN? / WHO’S OUT?
GPI300: IN ››› NATION GPI# ‹‹‹ GPI300: OUT NATION GPI#
Joshua Kay USA 265 Filipp Khavin USA 301
Blair Hinkle USA 277 Mihai Manole ROU 302
Rex Clinkscales USA 280 Kyle Cartwright USA 303
Vlad Darie ROU 284 Guo Dong CHN 320
Claudio Di Giacomo ITA 286 Scott Clements USA 321
Omar Lakhdari ALG 296 Evangelos Beichrakis GRE 336

CB: Career-best GPI ranking  |  300: Making GPI300 debut |  #1: Former GPI World #1

2019 GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE
RANK PLAYER NATION PoY SCORE CHANGE
1st Sean Winter USA 1,919.38 =
2nd Bryn Kenney USA 1,767.30 =
3rd Rainer Kempe GER 1,719.07 =
4th Ari Engel CAN 1,706.88 +4
5th Ariel Celestino BRA 1,679.71 =
6th Joseph Cheong USA 1,649.27 -2
7th Pete Chen TAI 1,584.81 -1
8th Brian Altman USA 1,560.90 -1
9th Aaron Massey USA 1,554.38 NEW
10th Sean Yu KOR 1,511.76 -1
11th Hamid Izadi USA 1,509.59 NEW
12th Nick Pupillo USA 1,496.66 NEW
13th David Peters PoY USA 1,467.91 -3
14th Chino Rheem USA 1,463.92 -3
15th Jack Salter UK 1,463.21 -3

Full April 10, 2019 rankings:
http://www.globalpokerindex.com/rankings/2019-04-10/300/

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NOMINEES REVEALED FOR INAUGURAL GLOBAL POKER AWARDS

The Global Poker Awards are presented by PokerStars and broadcast live from Las Vegas on PokerGO Friday, April 5th, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV – March 18, 2019 – Representatives from 10 different Nations will battle it out as 20 trophies are expected to be handed out at the inaugural Global Poker Awards next month in Las Vegas.

Over 130 Nomination Panel members from around the globe voted to determine this year’s official nominees in 13 categories.

While this is the very first edition of the Global Poker Awards, there are several former American and European Poker Award winners up for trophies this year including: Lance Bradley, Mori Eskandani, Joe Ingram, Cary Katz, Lon McEachern, Andrew Neeme, Daniel Negreanu, Matt Savage, Nick Schulman, Jason Somerville, Jaime Staples, Remko Rinkema and several events and organizations.

Bradley and Rinkema join Justin Bonomo and Lex Veldhuis as the only people to be nominated in two categories at this year’s Awards.

Two Award winners are already known as poker power couple Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell will receive the GPI Player of the Year and GPI Female Player of the Year trophies on Awards night. For Bicknell, this will be her second consecutive year picking up the PoY trophy.

Here is the list of nominees, in alphabetical order:

TOURNAMENT PERFORMANCE

  • Justin Bonomo (Super High Roller Bowl IV)
  • John Cynn (WSOP Main Event)
  • Maria Lampropulos (PCA Main Event)
  • Dylan Linde (WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic)

BREAKOUT PLAYER

  • Almedin “Ali” Imsirovic
  • Maria Konnikova
  • Ping Liu
  • Christopher Michael Soyza

STREAMER OF THE YEAR

  • Jeff Gross
  • Jason Somerville
  • Jaime Staples
  • Lex Veldhuis

VLOGGER OF THE YEAR

  • Marle Cordeiro
  • Joe Ingram
  • Andrew Neeme
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Doug Polk

PODCAST

  • LFG Podcast (Chad Holloway, Jamie Kerstetter)
  • PokerCentral Podcast (Brent Hanks, Remko Rinkema)
  • PokerNews Podcast (Sarah Herring, Jeff Platt)
  • The Chip Race Poker Podcast (David Lappin, Dara O’Kearney)
  • The Fives a PocketFives.com Podcast (Lance Bradley, Donnie Peters)

BROADCASTER

  • Maria Ho
  • Lon McEachern
  • Nick Schulman
  • Lex Veldhuis

POKER JOURNALIST

  • Drew Amato
  • Sarah Herring
  • Remko Rinkema
  • Christian Zetzsche

MEDIA CONTENT

  • Drew Amato (photo: Brunson bids farewell to WSOP)
  • Lance Bradley (book: The Pursuit of Poker Success)
  • Haley Hintze (article: Vayo v. PokerStars)
  • PokerCentral/GO (Super High Roller Club: Schulman featuring Nejad)

INDUSTRY PERSON

  • Angelica Hael (World Poker Tour)
  • Cary Katz (Poker Central)
  • Matt Savage (WPT, TDA, more)
  • Ty Stewart (World Series of Poker)
  • Rob Yong (Dusk Till Dawn, partypoker)

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

  • Tony Burns (Seminole Hard Rock)
  • Paul Campbell (ARIA)
  • Jack Effel (WSOP)
  • Kenny Hallaert (Unibet Open)

MID-MAJOR TOUR/CIRCUIT

  • 888poker Live
  • RUNGOOD Poker Series
  • Unibet Open
  • WPTDeepStacks
  • WSOP Circuit

EVENT OF THE YEAR

  • partypoker Caribbean Poker Party Main Event
  • Super High Roller Bowl IV
  • WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic
  • WSOP Main Event

MOMENT OF THE YEAR

  • Jeremy Hilsercop receives PSPC Platinum Pass (with help from Joe Ingram, Arlie Shaban, PokerStars and the poker community) as video of wife gifting him trip to WSOP on Christmas day goes viral
  • Joe Cada wins WSOP The Closer; registering for the event moments after remarkable 5th place finish in WSOP Main Event
  • Doyle Brunson plays his final WSOP event
  • Justin Bonomo wins Big One for One Drop, completing Super High Roller Streak (SHRBChina, SHRBIV, One Drop)

OTHER TROPHIES TO BE PRESENTED AT THE GLOBAL POKER AWARDS:

  • 2018 GPI Poker Player of the Year (Alex Foxen)
  • 2018 GPI Female Player of the Year (Kristen Bicknell)
  • Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poker
  • Charitable Initiative
  • Jury Prize
  • PocketFives Legacy Award
  • People’s Choice Award for Poker Personality of the Year

For media inquiries, contact the GPI Awards team:

awards@mediarex.com

About GPI/THM

Global Poker Index (GPI) is live tournament poker’s ranking authority – classifying more than 500,000 active players from almost 100 countries across 200,000 events. GPI’s Hendon Mob Poker Database (THM) has archived over 380,000 live poker tournaments and over 2.7 million individual results, and is continually updated via real-time data collection from over 1,440 partner venues. Global Poker Index and The Hendon Mob are trading names of Mediarex Group, a global sports and entertainment organization, founded in Malta in 2012.

About Poker Central®

Poker Central is the ultimate destination for fans of poker tournaments, cash games, and lifestyle away from the tables. Poker Central delivers poker’s most premier live events around the world via PokerGO, its direct-to-consumer OTT subscription service, as well as through network television distribution. PokerGO delivers over 100 days of live poker on an annual basis alongside a video-on-demand library that features original series and classic poker programming. Streaming and televised tournaments include its owned tournaments, such as Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and U.S. Poker Open, along with The World Series of Poker, ARIA High Roller Series, and WPT final tables, among others. For more information, visit www.pokercentral.com and www.pokergo.com.

About PokerStars

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world. More than 182 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site

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THIS WEEK’S NOTES ›› A successful run at the Triton Poker Series in South Korea sees Jason Koon (GPI #11) move back up in the rankings. Koon is up seven spots this week ›› Nick Pupillo (GPI #24) moves into the GPI Global Top 25 for the very first time of his career ›› Australia’s David Wang (GPI #139) is the biggest mover inside the Top 300 this week ›› 2019 GPI PoY Race: Bryn Kenney moves up yet again in the 2019 GPI Player of the Year race. The former American Player of the Year is now second in the 2019 race GPI GLOBAL POKER RANKINGS TOP 25
RANK PLAYER NATION GPI SCORE LAST CHANGE
#1 William Alex Foxen (23 weeks) USA 3,920.80 1 =
#2 Stephen Chidwick #1 UK 3,754.95 2 =
#3 Rainer Kempe GER 3,633.42 4 +1
#4 David Peters #1 USA 3,620.17 3 -1
#5 Justin Bonomo USA 3,557.69 5 =
#6 Steve O’Dwyer #1 USA 3,479.65 6 =
#7 Bryn Kenney #1 USA 3,423.41 8 +1
#8 Jake Schindler USA 3,335.45 7 -1
#9 Sam Greenwood CAN 3,308.90 9 =
#10 Ryan Riess USA 3,285.01 10 =
#11 Jason Koon USA 3,280.45 18 +7
#12 Christopher Michael Soyza MAS 3,221.38 11 -1
#13 Dominik Nitsche GER 3,198.73 12 -1
#14 Nikita Bodyakovskiy BLR 3,167.27 13 -1
#15 Kristen Bicknell CAN 3,145.06 14 -1
#16 Benjamin Pollak FRA 3,144.39 15 -1
#17 Bart Lybaert BEL 3,103.82 16 -1
#18 Nick Petrangelo #1 USA 3,096.59 17 -1
#19 Ali Imsirovic BIH 3,062.26 19 =
#20 Pavel Plesuv MDA 3,054.28 20 =
#21 Michael Addamo AUS 3,048.12 21 =
#22 Adrian Mateos #1 ESP 3,015.25 22 =
#23 Manig Loeser GER 3,009.12 23 =
#24 Nick Pupillo CB USA 2,981.56 26 NEW
#25 Sean Winter USA 2,978.66 25 =

Out of the Top 25: #26 Isaac Haxton (USA) -2

SWIMMING UPSTREAM
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#139 David Wang CB AUS 253 +114
#94 Dan Smith #1 USA 157 +63
#159 Jacob Bazeley USA 204 +45
#227 Joseph Serock USA 271 +44
#261 Spencer Champlin USA 298 +37
#163 Ryan Hughes USA 199 +36
#247 Blake Bohn USA 278 +31
#138 Jonathan Abdellatif BEL 166 +28
#97 Jared Griener USA 124 +27
#258 Hamid Izadi CB USA 285 +27
DOWN THE LADDER
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#271 Samuel Panzica USA 212 -59
#255 Stanley Lee USA 227 -28
#273 Scott Baumstein USA 246 -27
#114 Jared Jaffee USA 91 -23
#240 Wei Guo Liang CHN 217 -23
#188 Sorel Mizzi CAN 167 -21
#244 Omar Lakhdari ALG 223 -21
#161 Vadzim Lipauka BLR 143 -18
#89 Ioannis Angelou-Konstas GRE 72 -17
#66 Aleksandr Gofman RUS 50 -16
ON THE BUBBLE
RANK PLAYER NATION +/-
#301 Loni Harwood USA -4
#302 Robin Hegele GER -2
#303 Shannon Shorr USA -2
#304 Ben Lamb USA -1
#305 Evangelos Beichrakis GRE +1
WHO’S IN? / WHO’S OUT?
GPI300: IN ››› NATION GPI# ‹‹‹ GPI300: OUT NATION GPI#
Mohsin Charania USA 225 Loni Harwood USA 301
James Carroll USA 278 Robin Hegele GER 302
Brett Bader USA 284 Blake Whittington USA 318
Allen Kessler USA 298 Daniel Negreanu #1 CAN 351

CB: Career-best GPI ranking  |  300: Making GPI300 debut |  #1: Former GPI World #1

2019 GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE
RANK PLAYER NATION PoY SCORE CHANGE
1st Sean Winter USA 1,919.38 =
2nd Bryn Kenney USA 1,767.30 +1
3rd Rainer Kempe GER 1,610.25 -1
4th David Peters PoY USA 1,467.91 +5
5th Jack Salter UK 1,463.21 -1
6th Stephen Chidwick UK 1,461.56 -1
7th Toby Lewis UK 1,435.53 -1
8th Ariel Celestino BRA 1,393.44 +7
9th Pete Chen TAI 1,377.91 +3
10th Chino Rheem USA 1,351.81 -3
11th Sam Greenwood CAN 1,302.08 -3
12th Brock Wilson USA 1,275.52 NEW
13th Daniel Tang HKG 1,266.64 -3
14th Kristen Bicknell CAN 1,222.77 -3
15th James Romero USA 1,209.62 -2

Full March 13, 2019 rankings:
http://www.globalpokerindex.com/rankings/2019-03-13/300/

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POKER GOES WORLDWIDE WITH THE GLOBAL POKER AWARDS

The first-ever Global Poker Awards, presented by PokerStars, will be streamed exclusively on PokerGO

LAS VEGAS, NV – March 7, 2019 – In 2019, the celebrations of poker excellence worldwide will come together at the Global Poker Awards. Poker Central and the Global Poker Index (GPI) today announced that the poker industry’s finest from around the world will be recognized in the first-ever Global Poker Awards, held at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas.

The event merges multiple awards programs, including the GPI’s American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards, into one star-studded ceremony to celebrate excellence both on and off the felt. The ceremony will bring together the world’s most successful poker players, industry leaders, and members of the media.

Twenty awards will be handed out to this year’s top contenders. A full list of categories and nominations will be announced at a later date. In the weeks prior to the ceremony, a nomination panel will determine the finalists in each category through a voting process. Award winners will then be selected by a jury made up of industry representatives. The Global Poker Awards ceremony will be broadcast live exclusively on PokerGO on April 5th.

“We’re thrilled to deliver streaming coverage of the first-ever Global Poker Awards show live from the PokerGO Studio,” said Sam Simmons, president of Poker Central. “We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the industry’s best and brightest while providing PokerGO subscribers a front row seat for all the festivities.”

“Our global initiatives behind the European Poker Awards and the American Poker Awards come together starting this year,” said Eric Danis, GPI president. “We’re excited to bring recognition to the poker world’s best players and most prominent industry contributors on an unprecedented scale.”

The Global Poker Awards is presented by PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room with more daily tournaments than anywhere else and some of the biggest guarantees and fields available online.

About GPI/THM

Global Poker Index (GPI) is live tournament poker’s ranking authority – classifying more than 500,000 active players from almost 100 countries across 200,000 events. GPI’s Hendon Mob Poker Database has archived over 380,000 live poker tournaments and over 2.7 million individual results, and is continually updated via real-time data collection from over 1,440 partner venues. Global Poker Index and The Hendon Mob are trading names of Mediarex Group, a global sports and entertainment organization, founded in Malta in 2012.

About Poker Central®

Poker Central is the ultimate destination for fans of poker tournaments, cash games, and lifestyle away from the tables. Poker Central delivers poker’s most premier live events around the world via PokerGO, its direct-to-consumer OTT subscription service, as well as through network television distribution. PokerGO delivers over 100 days of live poker on an annual basis alongside a video-on-demand library that features original series and classic poker programming. Streaming and televised tournaments include its owned tournaments, such as Super High Roller Bowl, Poker Masters, and U.S. Poker Open, along with The World Series of Poker, ARIA High Roller Series, and WPT final tables, among others. For more information, visit www.pokercentral.com and www.pokergo.com.

About PokerStars

PokerStars operates the world’s most popular online poker sites, serving the global poker community. Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of players all over the world. More than 182 billion hands have been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site

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THIS WEEK’S NOTES ›› A broken arm couldn’t keep Michael Soyza from making a return to the winner’s circle, this time at the Triton Poker Series in South Korea; Soyza returns to a career-best #11 in the rankings ›› Staying with the Triton Poker Series, 1st and 2nd place prelim event finishers Justin Bonomo (GPI# 5) and Sam Greenwood (GPI #9) each make a return to the Global Top 10 ›› Congratulations go out to Filipp Khavin (GPI #240), David Wang (GPI #253) and Hamid Izadi (GPI #285), who all make the GPI300 debuts this week ›› 2019 GPI PoY Race: Sean Winter maintains his lead while 2017 GPI American Player of the Year Bryn Kenney makes the move up to 3rd in the race for 2019 PoY GPI GLOBAL POKER RANKINGS TOP 25
RANK PLAYER NATION GPI SCORE LAST CHANGE
#1 William Alex Foxen (22 weeks) USA 3,919.98 1 =
#2 Stephen Chidwick #1 UK 3,754.95 2 =
#3 David Peters #1 USA 3,676.48 3 =
#4 Rainer Kempe GER 3,644.85 4 =
#5 Justin Bonomo USA 3,557.69 11 +6
#6 Steve O’Dwyer #1 USA 3,464.72 5 -1
#7 Jake Schindler USA 3,359.10 6 -1
#8 Bryn Kenney #1 USA 3,341.45 7 -1
#9 Sam Greenwood CAN 3,308.90 21 +12
#10 Ryan Riess USA 3,285.01 9 -1
#11 Christopher Michael Soyza CB MAS 3,264.77 15 +4
#12 Dominik Nistche GER 3,181.84 12 =
#13 Nikita Bodyakovskiy BLR 3,167.27 23 +10
#14 Kristen Bicknell CAN 3,145.06 13 -1
#15 Benjamin Pollak FRA 3,144.39 10 -5
#16 Bart Lybaert BEL 3,103.82 14 -2
#17 Nick Petrangelo #1 USA 3,096.59 18 +1
#18 Jason Koon USA 3,082.93 19 +1
#19 Ali Imsirovic CB BIH 3,058.64 22 +3
#20 Pavel Plesuv MDA 3,054.28 16 -4
#21 Michael Addamo AUS 3,048.12 17 -4
#22 Adrian Mateos #1 ESP 3,015.25 8 -14
#23 Manig Loeser GER 3,009.12 20 -3
#24 Isaac Haxton USA 2,987.13 26 NEW
#25 Sean Winter USA 2,978.66 31 NEW

Out of the Top 25: #27 Benjamin Yu (USA) -2  //  #29 Joseph McKeehen (USA) -5

SWIMMING UPSTREAM
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#119 Viet Van Vo CB USA 225 +106
#168 Lance ‘Cord’ Garcia USA 256 +88
#202 Kyle Cartright CB USA 287 +85
#200 Dan Shak USA 282 +82
#91 Jared Jaffee USA 150 +59
#211 Joshua Reichard CB USA 270 +59
#207 Scott Margereson UK 257 +50
#194 Ismael Bojang GER 242 +48
#108 Anthony Spinella USA 153 +45
#230 Steve Sung CB USA 264 +34
DOWN THE LADDER
RANK PLAYER NATION LAST CHANGE
#259 Dario Sammartino ITA 168 -91
#241 Ramin Hajiyev AZE 176 -65
#153 Yan Tsang HKG 90 -63
#234 Richard Kirsch USA 183 -51
#254 Benjamin Zamani USA 207 -47
#252 Ivan Luca ARG 208 -44
#290 Zhong Chen NED 251 -39
#288 Andrey Konopelko BLR 250 -38
#134 Fahredin Mustafov BUL 99 -35
#255 Byron Kaverman #1 USA 220 -35
ON THE BUBBLE
RANK PLAYER NATION +/-
#301 Shannon Shorr USA -84
#302 Jasthi Kumar USA =
#303 Ben Lamb USA +140
#304 Allen Kessler USA -3
#305 David Jackson USA -8
WHO’S IN? / WHO’S OUT?
GPI300: IN ››› NATION GPI# ‹‹‹ GPI300: OUT NATION GPI#
Filipp Khavin 300 USA 240 Shannon Shorr USA 301
David Wang 300 AUS 253 David Jackson USA 305
Alan King Lun Lau HKG 262 Richard Bai USA 308
Gao Wenling CB CHN 267 Peter Eichhardt SWE 323
Jesse Yaginuma USA 279 Hon Cheong Lee HKG 324
Iori Yogo JPN 284 Christian Harder USA 338
Hamid Izadi 300 USA 285 Nan Hong CHN 345
Blake Whittington USA 287 Jack O’Neill UK 396
Guo Dong CHN 299 Norbert Szecsi HUN 403

CB: Career-best GPI ranking  |  300: Making GPI300 debut |  #1: Former GPI World #1

2019 GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR RACE
RANK PLAYER NATION PoY SCORE CHANGE
1st Sean Winter USA 1,919.38 =
2nd Rainer Kempe GER 1,610.25 =
3rd Bryn Kenney USA 1,515.26 +5
4th Jack Salter UK 1,463.21 -1
5th Stephen Chidwick UK 1,461.56 -1
6th Toby Lewis UK 1,435.53 -1
7th Chino Rheem USA 1,351.81 -1
8th Sam Greenwood CAN 1,302.08 NEW
9th David Peters USA 1,281.05 -2
10th Daniel Tang HKG 1,266.64 -1
11th Kristen Bicknell CAN 1,222.77 =
12th Pete Chen TAI 1,199.58 NEW
13th James Romero USA 1,177.27 NEW
14th Nick Pupillo USA 1,160.69 NEW
15th Ariel Celestino BRA 1,134.23 NEW

Full March 6, 2019 rankings:
http://www.globalpokerindex.com/rankings/2019-03-06/300/

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