Rankings Roundup: Hendrix, Kornuth, Chidwick Shine as Battles Close in on End of Year 

October 27, 2022
Rankings Roundup: Hendrix, Kornuth, Chidwick Shine as Battles Close in on End of Year 

With 2022 entering the home stretch, some poker fans may be eyeing some of the game’s various rankings to see which players stack up. Adam Hndrix and Chance Kornuth continue showing big finishes at the top of the Global Poker Index rankings.

Stephen Chidwick has also surged to the top of the PokerGO Tour standings. Here’s a look at those races as well as some other leaderboards.

Global Poker Index

The GPI offers a look at some of the game’s best via several ranking systems. As of Thursday, Chance Kornuth held the spot as the No. 1 player in the world when it comes to the GPI continuous rankings. That remains unchanged since the last Rankings Roundup in August.

Kornuth has shown staying power after a nice summer at the World Series of Poker. That included a win in the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em Bounty event for $721,144. He also won the WPT Choctaw this year for $486,600.

In September, Kornuth also grabbed a win in PokerGO’s Stairway to Millions. Despite his big year, apparently even top players have some tough days, as Kornuth recently noted on Twitter.

In the POY race, Adam Hendrix has overtaken Jeremy Ausmus for the top spot. In September, he picked up a win in a $10,000 Poker Masters event for $192,400.

That followed a runner-up in the Stairway to Millions for $62,550. Hendrix is now only behind Kornuth in the overall rankings by about five points. The POY race is also close with Ausmus only about 20 points behind.

Ausmus recently won a bracelet and scored a runner-up in the WSOP Online at WSOP.com. He also grabbed a win in the Poker Masters for $204,000. Here’s a look at the top spots in the POY race.

GPI overall rankings

  1. Chance Kornuth – 3,420.48 points
  2. Adam Hendrix – 3,415.07 points
  3. Jeremy Ausmus – 3,310.17 points
  4. Sean Winter – 3,224.77 points
  5. William Alex Foxen – 3,209.64 points

GPI Player of the Year

  1. Adam Hendrix – 3,502.63 points
  2. Jeremy Ausmus – 3,482.20 points
  3. Sean Winter – 3,393.05 points
  4. Michael Watson – 3,361.18 points
  5. Stephen Chidwick – 3,323.61 points

The GPI also features two other major categories, the female POY and mid-major POY. On the women’s side, there has been some movement with Christina Gollins overtaken for the top spot by Angela Jordison.

The player from Oregon has found some nice finishes since August. That includes a win in a $1,100 event at the Legends of Poker for $84,400.

After recently winning a WSOP Online bracelet for $84,400, Pennsylvania’s Cherish Andrews slides into the second-place spot. Three-time female POY Kristen Bicknell Foxen also continues stalking the top spot and sits in fourth.

In the mid-major race, France’s Julien Alexan Sitbon claimed the No. 1 slot. In August, he won a €2,100 event on the PokerStars European Poker Tour for $48,138. That was followed by a win in early October in the €5,000 All Poker Open in Paris for $44,609. Here’s a look at the female and mid-major rankings.

GPI Female POY

  1. Angela Jordison – 2,211.19 points
  2. Cherish Andrews – 2,169.33 points
  3. Christina Gollins – 2,081.43 points
  4. Kristen Bicknell Foxen – 1,998.37 points
  5. Jessica “Lilith” Vierling – 1,991.83 points

GPI Mid-Major POY

  1. Julien Alexan Sitbon – 2,341.15 points
  2. David Erquiaga – 2,229.81 points
  3. Stephen Song – 2,228.16 points
  4. Yita Choong – 2,149.84 points
  5. Qing Liu – 2,142.95 points

World Poker Tour

Steve Buckner, WPT Five Damond runner-up. (photo courtesy WPT/Joe Giron)

The race for the WPT player of the year is down to the final stops on the tour. The $3,500 Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open kicks off on Nov. 25 with two starting flights and a $2 million guarantee

That’s followed by the $10,400 WPT World Championship at the Wynn Las Vegas from Dec. 12-18 with $15 million guaranteed. These last events could play a major role in the POY competition.

Steve Buckner took the lead after his second runner-up finish of the season at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic on Sunday. In a tournament record dating to 2006, he has more than $1.6 million in live tournament winnings. This summer Buckner also won a World Series of Poker Circuit ring and $25,363 at the Choctaw.

Ray Qartomy sits in the No. 2 position after finding runner-up and third-place finishes this season in the Legends of Poker and WPT Choctaw. Five Diamond winner Chad Eveslage lands in third in the standings. He also had two more cashes this season.

The POY winner scores a $15,000 WPT Passport, which can be used at any Season XXI live event. Second- and third-place winners earn $10,000 and $5,000 Passports Here’s a look at the top five players on the leaderboard.

WPT Player of the Year

  1. Steve Buckner – 2,150 points ($1,038,500)
  2. Ray Qartomy – 1,700 points ($615,000)
  3. Chad Eveslage – 1,475 points ($1,060,825)
  4. Mark Davis – 1,400 points ($1,000,300)
  5. Alexander Yen – 1,400 points ($975,240)

PokerGO Tour

Stephen Chidwick leads the pack on the PokerGO Tour. (photo courtesy PokerGO)

The PokerGO Tour (PGT) leaderboard tracks high roller players as they battle in big buy-in events throughout the year. In December, the top 21 players qualify for a winner-take-all freeroll with $500,000 going to the winner.

Starting chip stacks in that event are based on points in the standings, offering a bit of extra incentive to move up the standings. PokerGO will live stream the tournament.

Stephen Chidwick has stormed to the top of the leaderboard over the last couple months. That run included a massive September and October with a win, three runner-up finishes, two third-place scores, and a pair of fourths. Chidwick now has $44.5 million in live tournament winnings.

Phil Ivey retained his second-place spot after finding a win in the Triton Mediterranean Poker Party for $387,000. Here’s a look at the top players.

PokerGO Tour

  1. Stephen Chidwick – 3,274 points ($6,175,684)
  2. Phil Ivey – 3,083 points ($5,944,394)
  3. Jason Koon – 2,833 points ($6,231,848)
  4. Michael Duek – 2,400 points ($5,063,505)
  5. Sean Winter – 2,368 points ($3,599,071)

WSOP.com

On the online poker side, WSOP.com has offered plenty of action over the last few months. That included the WSOP Online with 33 bracelet events and regular Online Circuit Series with championship rings on the line.

The site is offering a POY race for the seventh year and the winner scores:

  • $10,000 in cash
  • a winner’s ring
  • $1,500 in online tournament tickets

There hasn’t been much movement at the top over the last couple months. Qinghai “011POKERDR” Pan remains the lead horse with Adrian “sacakewalk” Sacher still in second. Pan scored his first bracelet in the WSOP Online in mid-October for $36,148. He continues to show consistency.

Pan and Sacher will continue to battle for the win with just over two months left in the POY race. Here’s a look at the top-ranked players.

WSOP.com POY (Nevada/New Jersey)

  1. Qinghai“011POKERDR” Pan – 60,888.57 points
  2. Adrian “sacakewalk” Sacher – 58,793.78 points
  3. Angel “ChromeKing” Lopez – 49896.52
  4. Ryan “WhosYourDodd” – 47510.44
  5. Tony “Panoramic” Dunst – 46664.75
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