Rankings Roundup takes a look at how things are stacking up in various poker ranking systems and tours. Some big names are finding success in recent months and moving up the leaderboards including Chance Kornuth, Jeremy Ausmus, and Jake Schindler. Here’s a look at some of the players rising to the top.
The GPI keeps a running ranking system in various categories. As of Thursday, Chance Kornuth held the spot as the No. 1-ranked player in the world. This summer, he scored a runner-up finish in the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em Bounty event at the WSOP for $721,144. That came right after winning the WPT Choctaw for $486,600.
In the Player of the Year race, Jeremy Ausmus is ranked No. 1 after several nice wins this year at the WSOP and on the PokerGO Tour. Here’s a look at the standings in these two races.
GPI overall rankings
- Chance Kornuth – 3,417 points
- Adam Hendrix – 3,290 points
- Almedin Imsirovic – 3,158 points
- Stephen Song – 3,126 points
- Jeremy Ausmus – 3,096 points
GPI Player of the Year
- Jeremy Ausmus – 3,277 points
- Christopher Brewer – 3,209 points
- Chance Kornuth – 3,193 points
- Farid Jattin – 3,116 points
- Stephen Chidwick – 3,115 points
In the female POY race, California’s Christina Gollins has vaulted into the top spot. She found some consistency on the tournament scene in recent months. That included third- and 11th-place finishes at the WSOP for a total of more than $116,000.
Cherish Andrews, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, sits in second. Another familiar name moves into the top five, Kristen Foxen. The Canadian finished fifth in May in the WPT Choctaw for $135,000. Bicknell finished as GPI Female POY in 2017, 2018, and 2019.
In the Mid-Major POY race, Connecticut’s Stephen Song finds himself leading the pack. Song has scored some big finishes recently including a runner-up at the WSOP for $476,990.
GPI Female POY
- Christina Gollins – 1,974.82 points
- Cherish Andrews – 1,970.33 points
- Kristen Foxen – 1,867 points
- Thi Xoa Nguyen – 1,731 points
- Valerie Novak – 1,708 points
GPI Mid-Major POY
- Stephen Song – 2,113 points
- Qing Liu – 2,082 points
- Jared Ingles – 2,039 points
- Raul Garza – 1,983 points
- Yita Choong – 1,978 points
This tour ranks some of the best players in the world based on their success in high roller events. This year, the series includes the addition of the PokerGO Tour Championship in December.
The top 21 players in the standings qualify for the winner-take-all freeroll with $500,000 going to the winner.
Players’ chip stacks will be based on their points in the standings and the action will stream on PokerGO.
As of Thursday, Jake Schindler held the top position on the leaderboard. It’s been a massive year for Schindler, who scored a win and a runner-up in WSOP high rollers for a total of more than $2.2 million.
In April, he also won the Super High Roller Bowl Europe for $3.2 million.
Just behind Schindler is Phil Ivey. The Poker Hall of Famer has also seen a big year, taking a runner-up finish as well as a third-place score at the WSOP for almost $1.3 million.
Ivey also notched a win in April in the Triton Series Cyprus and Super High Roller Series Europe for $1.8 million. Here’s a look at the top five in the standings.
PokerGO Tour leaderboard
- Jake Schindler – 2,751 points
- Phil Ivey – 2,742 points
- Stephen Chidwick – 2,675 points
- Ali Imsirovic – 2,328 points
- Michael Duek – 2,294 points
The action is certainly heating up at the online site of the WSOP. The site’s POY race is held in the New Jersey and Nevada markets, but also offers ringed-in platforms in Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Along with bracelet events all summer, the site and partner GGPoker are running the WSOP Online this month as well. WSOP.com is also hosting the WSOP Online Circuit Series beginning Friday with 12 championship rings up for grabs.
This is the seventh year the site has run a POY race with the winner earning $10,000 in cash, a winner’s ring, and $1,500 in online tournament tickets. Qinghai “011POKERDR” Pan leads the pack with Adrian “sacakewalk” Sacher just behind him.
WSOP.com POY (Nevada and New Jersey)
- Qinghai“011POKERDR” Pan – 40,835 points
- Adrian “sacakewalk” Sacher – 39,812 points
- Ryan “WhosYourDodd” Dodd – 33,084 points
- Tony “Panoramic” Dunst – 31,854 points
- Krista “Pollux” Gifford – 30,452 points
World Poker Tour
At the WPT, Mark Davis slid into the top spot after winning the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship in April for $1 million. Alexander Yen sits in second after winning the Lucky Hearts Poker Open for $975,240. Both have the same point totals, but David is just ahead in total money won.
Some other big names also find slots in the top five. Robert Mizrachi, winner of the WPT Venetian in July for $894,100, is in third place. Chance Kornuth sits fourth after winning the WPT Choctaw and also finding a couple other cashes this season.
Another big name looms just outside the top five. Four-time WPT champion Darren Elias sits in sixth after taking runner-up in the Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $660,000.
The player of the year takes home a $15,000 WPT Passport with second and third earning $10,000 and $5,000 Passports. The next tour stop is the $5,250 Legends of Poker, set for Aug. 27 – Sept. 1. The $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa follows that on Sept. 2-7. Here’s a look at the current POY standings.
WPT Player of the Year
- Mark Davis – 1,400 points, $1 million
- Alexander Yen – 1,400 points, $975,240
- Robert Mizrachi – 1,300 points, $894,100
- Chance Kornuth – 1,275 points, $502,450
- Anton Wigg – 1,250 points, $672,980