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Global Poker IndexMost of you have probably heard of the Mediarex Global Poker Index (GPI) that ranks current poker players by their composite scores in qualifying tournaments over the previous 36-month period. It also names the year’s Player of the Year (POY).

But did you know that there is also a Female GPI as well as POY separate from the overall GPI (which includes ALL qualified current players)?

Kristen BicknellAs of November 19th, the female poker star leading the pack is Canadian Kristen Bicknell with 3,054.13 points, followed by Maria Lampropulos, Maria Ho, Loni Harwood and Wendy Freedman. Bicknell has two WSOP bracelets to her credit and was last year’s POY, so she appears to be heading for back-to-back GPI POY titles, a significant accomplishment.

Alex Foxen and Kristen Bicknell

 

Not only that, but Bicknell’s partner Alex Foxen, is currently sitting on top of the overall 2018 POY race. Talk about a  poker “power couple” !

 

 

2018 Ladies GPI Player of the Year Standings

Rank Player 2018 GPI POY Score
1st Kristen Bicknell 3,054.13
2nd Maria Lampropulos 2,412.18
3rd Maria Ho 2,161.80
4th Loni Harwood 2,136.44
5th Wendy Freedman 1,845.79
6th Kelly Minkin 1,802.34
7th Anna Antimony 1,770.88
8th Hui “Kitty” Chen-Kuo 1,735.91
9th Gao Wenling 1,693.75
10th Maria Konnikova 1,673.26

You can follow the GPI Ladies races on the official GPI website. Also feel free to follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page. After you check it all out and it makes you want to participate, you need to practice. Just sit down to play at any of your favorite poker tables and tune up your poker skills.

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We been asked many time who we thought were the best WSOP poker players for a particular year. There are way too many players we have followed who are serious contenders to make our personal list. Nevertheless, we thought you would appreciate learning who has in fact made it to the top of the hill to be considered the best of the best WSOP Players over the last five years.

WSOP Player of the Year AwardSo here are the last six Players of the Year :

2013 — Daniel Negreanu roared mightily that year, winning two bracelets, making four final tables and cashing 10 times. (Negreanu also was POY in 2004.)

2014 — George Danzer outran a lot of players to earn three bracelets, hitting five final tables and cashing 10 times.

2015 — Mike Gorodinsky made it through even though he only grabbed one bracelet for the year, making three final tables and cashing out eight times.

2016 — Jason Mercier won two bracelets, playing strong enough to reach four final tables and cashing a whopping 11 times.

2017 — Chris Ferguson who has been around seemingly forever picked up just one bracelet, making four final tables and cashing an outstanding 23 times.

Shaun Deeb 2018 WSOP Player of the YearAnd that brings us to 2018 and Shaun Deeb. We have been watching Deeb for several years now, and have always appreciated his slo-roll playing style. This year he finally picked up what many consider to be the most coveted award in the world of poker. He also took with him two bracelets, cashing an outstanding 16 times, and banking $2.5 million this year, the most ever for the Player of the Year.

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the Global Poker LeagueI used to write extensively (as in 30 blogs) about the Global Poker League (GPL). It was something new and exciting, and watching its Inaugural (and only) Season is what turned me into a poker fan. I often praised the vision of the GPL’s innovative founder, Alex Dreyfus, who came up with the whole poker “team” concept, with team managers and a “Draft” just like in the big leagues. I bought into what I considered my poker “home” team: the LA Sunset, and rooted for them with almost as much passion as I had once felt for the NY Yankees. For a solid nine months, poker had been “sportified” and I was a self-proclaimed fan-girl.

I checked back in my archives and realized that the last time I wrote about the GPL was in December of 2017, almost a year ago. In it, I was speculating about what had happened to the promised and much anticipated Season Two. I still don’t know any more than I did back then and trust me – I have Googled it to death. For a brief moment, I thought I had struck gold this time when I clicked on “Global Poker League Second Season Waits While Expansion Occurs in China, Other Areas” but it turned out to be an article in Poker News Daily, written by Earl Burton on March 19th, 2017. I had covered the same information in my last blog. In another March 2017 post Americas Card Roomfrom Americas Cardroom, author Bob Garcia wrote a blog on the same topic, and ended with the statement: Fans of the season one show are reportedly expecting a date for the series to return.

Yes, Bob! You were right!! I’m not sure now whether or not your original intention was to be facetious, but in retrospect it sounds more and more likely that the joke is on us –the GPL’s once-devoted and highly disappointed fans.  I, for one, feel kind of foolish for devoting so much time and energy trying to win over fans to the Global Poker League; I guess I never expected it to be a one-hit wonder. Oh well, I’m on my way to put down my buy-in, get some poker chips and hit the tables.

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Most people in this country are eager to cast their votes on November 6th. Some are planning to vote for candidates they’re hoping will bring about substantive change, while others are voting to maintain the status quo. You all know which category you fit in.  But since this is a POKER column, I thought you might enjoy a brief election story about what’s at stake in the state of Nevada, where, surprisingly, the future of online poker is in danger.The Future of Online Poker

You have every right to scratch your head on that one. I mean,seriously? Didn’t they start the whole thing? Well, yes, but, their current governor, Brian Sandoval, a staunch advocate for online gambling, is ineligible to run again due to Nevada’s term limits law. So this is going to be quite a contest. Nevada’s current Attorney General, Adam Laxalt, won the Republican Party primary this past June and wants to be the state’s next governor. Laxalt is a die-hard anti-online gaming politician who has supported not only killing online poker in Nevada but also across the United States.

Laxalt’s opponent is Steve Sisolak, a pro-online poker Democrat. Nevada is known as a swing state, which means it has historically gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats in presidential elections. In fact, if Sisolak wins, it would be the first time a democrat would have been elected governor of Nevada in 20 years.  But it’s a very close race.

What’s the moral of this brief election tale? Sometimes you have to vote BLUE if you don’t want the issues you care about to move backwards!! (or move in the wrong direction) ??

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