Rankings Roundup: A Look at Poker Players Scoring Big So Far in 2022

March 11, 2022
Rankings Roundup: A Look at Poker Players Scoring Big So Far in 2022

Live poker is back in force as players battle it out in major events each month around the world. The World Series of Poker is right around the corner and big action continues on other tours as well as in the legal US online poker markets.

With the poker world seeing normalcy again, USPoker takes a look at some of the leading players across various leaderboards with another edition of Rankings Roundup. Here’s a look at some of the players finding some big success in 2022.

Global Poker Index

The third annual Global Poker Awards returned last Friday with poker superstar Ali Imsirovic earning Player of the Year.
Ali Imsirovic is having a big year and leads the GPI standings. (photo courtesy PokerGO)

A familiar name sat atop the open GPI standings as of Friday. Ali Imsirovic remains one of the hottest players in poker. This year alone he has four wins in high roller events and one runner-up finish.

The best of those came in February when he took down a $25,000 event for $365,500. Just this week, Imsirovic won a $10,000 Wynn high roller for another $180,000.

Chance Kornuth and Shannon Shorr are chasing Imsirovic in second and third. Here are the top five in the standings.

GPI Top 100

  1. Ali Imsirovic – 3,063.07 points
  2. Chance Kornuth – 2,847.32
  3. Shannon Shorr – 2,819.71
  4. Jeremy “TheTaker” Ausmus – 2,613.57
  5. Matas Cimbolas – 2,603.31

GPI Top 100 – Female

On the ladies’ side of the standings, 2021 Female Player of the Year Nadya Magnus again sits in the top spot followed by Kyna England.

Magnus has several cashes so far this year. Three-time POY Kristen Bicknell is also lurking in fourth. 

  1. Nadya Magnus – 1,959.96 points
  2. Kyna England – 1,736.03 pts
  3. Katie Lindsay – 1,553.92 pts
  4. Kristen Bicknell – 1,443.47 pts
  5. Jessica Vierling – 1,414.30 pts

PokerGO Tour

Nick Petrangelo shows off his trophy from the Stairway To Millions championship. (photo courtesy PokerGO)

Considering his penchant for big runs in high roller events, it’s no surprise that Imsirovic is high in

these standings as well. That’s true, but Nick Petraneglo actually leads the pack on this high roller leaderboard.

It’s been a great start to 2022 for Petrangelo. He has more than $2.1 million in winnings so far this year including two massive wins in the PokerGO Stairway to Millions for almost $1.7 million. Petrangelo also scored a runner-up and fifth-place finish in that series.

Players on the PokerGO Tour have quite a bit to play for this year. The company recently announced the top 21 players on the leaderboard qualify for the winner-take-all PokerGO Tour Championship. The winner takes home an extra $500,000. Here’s a look at the top five in the standings.

  1. Nick Petrangelo – 1,066 points, $2,137,000
  2. Ali Imsirovic – 1,020 points, $1,433,500
  3. Sean Perry – 881 points, $1,349,500
  4. Jeremy Ausmus – 716 points, $882,900
  5. Brock Wilson – 636 points, $826,250

World Poker Tour

The WPT recently announced some interesting changes to the tour for 2022. The company is celebrating its 20th anniversary and has some big things planned.

The tour is phasing out WPTDeepStacks and rebranding that tour into WPT Prime. Any of those events also now qualify on the Main Tour POY standings.

Alex Yen after winning the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open. (photos courtesy WPT)

The winner adds a $15,000 WPT Passport, which can be used in any Season XXI global live event. Second- and third-place finishers score $15,000 and $10,000 WPT Passports.

The Main Tour has seen only one event run so far this year, with Alex Yen taking down the Lucky Hearts Poker Open in January for $975,240. He also currently leads in the POY standings.

No WPTDS events have been run yet this year, but three more remain beginning in March. The Main Tour’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is also set for April and Choctaw in May. Here’s a look at the standings so far.

  1. Alexander Yen – 1,400 points
  2. Anton Wigg – 1,150 points
  3. Daniel Lazrus – 900 points
  4. Nicholas Verderamo – 700 points
  5. Josh Kay – 550 points

WSOP.com – New Jersey and Nevada

Plenty of awards await players in some of the legal US online poker platforms as well. At WSOP.com, the site awards leaderboard winners in Nevada and in New Jersey.

The standings are now in their seventh year and the top player earns an extra $10,000, an exclusive POY championship ring, and $1,500 in WSOP.com tournament tickets.

Adrian “sacakewalk” Sacher leads the field with some online regulars like Ryan Dodd and Frank Funaro also chasing. Here’s a look at the standings so far.

  1. Adrian “sacakewalk” Sacher – 13,314.72 points
  2. “011POKERDR” – 11,665.61
  3. Ryan “whosyourdodd” Dodd – 10,665.88
  4. Frank “thewholefunk” Funaro – 10,236.76
  5. “Macallan25” – 10,090.09
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