With almost two months complete in 2023, poker’s various ranking systems are starting to take shape after numerous tournaments to start the year. That includes Jeremy Ausmus continuing to make waves on the Global Poker Index and Cary Katz rising to the top on the PokerGO Tour.
Online, some familiar names are also making nice runs already and climbing on the WSOP.com standings. Once again USPoker takes a look at some of the top players across the poker world.
The GPI may be handing out Global Poker Awards in March, including 2022 players of the year, but the race is already on in the 2023 standings. As of Thursday, Ausmus (pictured in lead image, courtesy PokerGO) finds the top spot in the 2023 POY rankings. That comes after a win and third-place finish at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) for more than $300,000.
Ausmus also found a 13th-place finish in the PokerStars Players Championship at the PCA for $238,700. Tony Lin sits just behind him in second. Also at the PCA, Lin finished runner-up in the $25,0000 High Roller for $619,200. He also recorded a third-place finish in the $10,200 PCA Warm-up for $164,100.
In the GPI rolling rankings determining the world’s top players at any one time, Ausmus also finds the top spot. Chad Eveslage sits in second with some recent nice finishes, including winning the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in October for $1.1 million. Here’s a look at the top players in these standings.
Player of the Year 2023
- Jeremy Ausmus – 1,887.98 points
- Tony Lin – 1,770.94
- Justin Saliba – 1,610.33
- Anthony Hu – 1,517.70
- Jesse Lonis – 1,355.12
GPI Overall Standings
- Jeremy Ausmus – 3,378.20 points
- Chad Eveslage – 3,343.50
- Alex Foxen – 3,310.65
- Adam Hendrix – 3,306.89
- Chance Kornuth – 3,234.98
🏆♣️ GPI Players of the Year Announced ♣️🏆
— Global Poker Index (@gpi) January 4, 2023
In the GPI mid-major player of the year race, Florida’s Blake Whittington leads the way. At a recent WSOP Circuit stop in Pompano Beach, he finished seventh in the $1,700 Main Event for $39,981. He also finished third in a $1,000 bestbet Jacksonville event for $13,080.
In the female POY race, France’s Cecile Ticherfatine sits in first. She scored a win and a runner-up at the recent WSOP Circuit stop in Dakar, Senegal, for a total of $110,000.
GPI Mid-Major POY
- Blake Whittington – 1,020.02 points
- Daniel Noja – 988.29
- Jonathan Moschel – 971.58
- Idir Haiche – 960.80
- Eric Baldwin – 952.41
- Cecile Ticherfatine – 676.81 points
- Nadya Magnus – 667.73
- Tracey Nguyen Hill – 652.02
- Kathy Liebert 640.96
- Kristen Foxen – 624.15
Following a string of events already this year, Cary Katz sits atop the PokerGO standings. The platform’s founder took down the PokerGO Cup overall championship after winning a total of $655,800 and the $50,000 championship bonus.
Anthony Hu is just behind him after a win and a runner-up in the PokerGO Cup for almost $470,000. Alex Foxen finds third place after his own win and runner-up finishes in the same series.
The PLO Series is next on tap for the PGT, with nine Omaha events beginning March 11 with buy-ins ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.
The top player on the PGT season leaderboard earns the player of the year honor and an extra $50,000. The top 40 players also qualify for the season-ending $1 million freeroll with $500,000 going to the winner and chip stacks determined by a player’s points in the standings. Here’s a look at the tour standings so far.
- Cary Katz – 543 points ($739,000)
- Anthony Hu – 454 points ($454,200)
- Alex Foxen – 393 points ($470,040)
- Isaac Haxton – 359 points ($598,000)
- Dan Zack – 352 points ($524,700)
The online poker action continues to heat up at WSOP.com with Michael “myGAMEW” Lavenburg taking an early lead on the leaderboard. He’s followed by Adrian “sacakewalk” Sacher, who took the top spot in 2022. Quinghai “011POKERDR” Pan is stalking the leaders in third after finishing in the same spot last year.
The end of year winner scores an extra $10,000, a player of the year ring, and $1,500 in online tournament tickets. Here’s a look at the top five players.
WSOP.com Player of the Year
- Michael “myGAMEW” Lavenburg – 11259.30 points
- Adrian “sacakewalk” Sacher – 9942.55
- Quinghai “011POKERDR” Pan – 9455.95
- Anthonhy “boom81boom” Chin – 8800.14
- Josh “YoelRomero” King – 8025.37
While the first WPT Main Tour isn’t on tap until April, there has been a Prime event. These tournaments now also figure into the tour’s POY standings.
The WPT Prime Paris played out in January with Fabrice Bigot coming out on top in the city of lights. The Frenchman bagged $194,390 for his third cash on the tour. The runner-up in that event, Sabare Atmani, sits in second after scoring $123,934.
A trifecta of Prime events await players in March including stops on the Gold Coast in Australia as well as Cambodia and Amsterdsam. The 2023 POY secures a $15,000 WPT Passport with second place awarding $10,000 and $5,000 for third place. Here’s a look at the current tour standings.
WPT Player of the Year
- Fabrice Bigot – 900 points ($194,390)
- Sabare Atmani – 700 points ($123,934)
- Alexandre Le Vaillant – 550 points ($92,128)
- Federico Cirillo – 450 points ($69,096)
- Antoine Labat – 350 points ($51,548)