Poker has returned and players continue betting and bluffing each week live and online. Various poker tours and organizations are now ranking players again to see who’s the top dog.
As players battle it out for big bucks and hope to climb the standings, USPoker offers readers the first edition Rankings Roundup. This new feature takes a look at some of the major poker ranking systems and where players stack up each month.
Global Poker Index
The GPI resumed ranking players this year and added a mid-major race as part of the standings. The index not only features player of the year races, but also constantly updated rankings to determine who might be the top player at any given time.
Poker phenomenon Ali Imsirovic sits in the top spot currently in the GPI Top 100 after seemingly continuous big scores. That includes two recent PokerGO Cup wins as well as another victory in an Aria high rollers.
Imsirovic remains one of the hottest players in the game. But 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe McKeehen is just behind him in second.
In the 2021 Player of the Year (POY) race, Imsirovic leads as well. On the female side of the race, Florida’s Nadya Magnus sits in first. Three-time Female POY and Team partypoker member Kristen Bicknell in second.
In the Mid-Major POY race, New York’s Jesse Lonis leads the pack. Here’s a look at the top five in each GPI ranking. For the complete rankings, click here.
GPI Top 100 Rank Player Points
1 Almedin "Ali" Imsirovic 2,284.25 pts
2 Joseph McKeehen 2,280.40 pts
3 Viet Van Vo 2,249.35 pts
4 Adam Hendrix 2,231.32 pts
5 Nick " " Pupillo 2,183.64 pts
Player of the Year 2021 Rank Player Points
1 Almedin "Ali" Imsirovic 3,173.78 pts
2 William Alex Foxen 2,674.61 pts
3 Sam Soverel 2,632.48 pts
4 Sean Perry 2,554.79 pts
5 Jesse Lonis 2,553.65 pts
Mid-Major POY 2021 Rank Player Points
1 Jesse Lonis 2,194.39 pts
2 Scott Baumstein 1,926.65 pts
3 Jordan Cristos 1,851.99 pts
4 Tuan "Twannybo" Mai 1,830.49 pts
5 Aaron Thivyanathan 1,820.84 pts
Female POY 2021 Rank Player Points
1 Nadya Magnus 1,927.14 pts
2 Kristen "Krissyb24" Bicknell 1,476.17 pts
3 Kyna England 1,446.34 pts
4 Louise Francoeur 1,112.17 pts
5 Gloria Jackson 1,082.84 pts
This ranking system uses a series of 150 qualifying tournaments around the world to determine the top high stakes players. That also includes PokerGO’s own events like the Poker Masters, US Poker Open, and Super High Roller Bowl.
As one might expect, Imsirovic leads on this front as well. Sean Perry sits in second after a few big finishes in high roller events at the Aria, Venetian, and Seminole Hard Rock.
PokerGO launched the tour this year and plenty of action remains to determine this year’s winner. This tour is designed as a global professional poker player ranking system with some extra winnings for top performers.
The PokerGO POY scores an extra $100,000 with second and third place also earning $50,000 and $25,000. Here’s a look at the top players in the standings. For the complete rankings, click here.
PokerGO Tour 2021 Rank Player Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1 Almedin "Ali" Imsirovic 2,673 9 22 $3,378,460
2 Sean Perry 2,021 5 18 $2,890,698
3 Sam Soveral 1,646 3 17 $2,446,251
4 Sean Winter 1,614 2 16 $2,633,320
5 Cary Katz 1,505 2 18 $2,517,330
World Poker Tour
Tournament poker has returned to the WPT and a new season is underway. Three-time Champions Club member Brian Altman grabbed the Season XVIII POY title after scoring one win and two third-place finishes.
Chad Eveslage leads this season’s standings after winning the WPT Venetian for $910,370. Altman sits second after already notching a win in the new season as well. In June he won the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa for $613,225 to capture his third tour title. Each season’s POY winner is awarded:
- a $15,000 WPT Passport to use in tour events
- complimentary accommodations at WPT events
- ground transportation for WPT events
- food and beverage credits in WPT events
The second- and third-place finishers earn WPT Passports of $7,500 and $2,500. Here’s a look at the top players in the standings. For complete rankings, click here.
WPT Season XIX Rank Player Points WPT Earnings Cashes Titles
1 Chad Eveslage 1,400.00 $910,370 1 1
2 Brian Altman 1,250.00 $625,735 2 1
3 Mike Liang 1,200.00 $606,890 1 1
4 Dapo Ajayi 1,200.00 $558,610 1 1
5 Christian Rudolph 1,200.00 $487,443 1 1
Online players at the WSOP.com also have something extra to play for. The site and competition are available to players in both Nevada and New Jersey.
Both states pool players and prize pools along with 888poker in Delaware and New Jersey. The competition is now in its seventh year and the winner takes home:
- $10,000 cash prize
- exclusive POY championship ring
- $1,500 in online tournament tickets
Michael “BrockLesnar” Holtz holds a hefty lead in the standings with Krista “Pollux” Gifford in second. 2020 POY winner Yong “LuckySpewy1” Kwon sits in third. Here’s a look at the leaders and point totals.
WSOP.com POY 2021 Rank Player Points
1 BrockLesnar 64729.88
2 Pollux 44250.12
3 LuckySpewy1 41814.51
4 Basile28 40162.99
5 011POKERDR 39015.64