The Global Poker Index (GPI) has officially launched its Player of the Year races for 2022, incorporating poker tournament results from roughly the first ten weeks of the 2022 calendar. The overall 2022 GPI Player of the Year, the most prestigious of the three separate POY races that the GPI tracks, finds the United States’ Jeremy Ausmus atop the rankings at this early juncture.
Ausmus dominated the PokerGO cup series in February held at the Aria in Las Vegas. He posted four six-figure scores in that series, including one win, one runner-up showing, and two third-place finishes. Since the start of 2022, he’s logged 11 separate results that have earned him GPI POY points.
Brock Wilson is in second place at this early juncture, followed by 2021’s overall POY winner, Ali Imsirovic, in third. The early Player of the Year ranks are dominated by participants in 2022’s first run of PokerGO Tour events; five of Ausmus’s 11 results, for example, come from such tourneys.
Imsirovic continues to top the GPI’s overall global rankings. Unlike the just-launched 2022 POY races, the GPI Global Rankings incorporate a 12-month rolling average and still include a large number of results from Imsirovic’s dominant 2021.
The two other Player of the Year categories that GPI tracks and honors are the GPI Mid-Major Player of the Year and the GPI Female Player of the Year. Indonesia’s Ankit Ahuja holds the top spot in the Mid-Major POY race, with the top five players all jammed within 75 points at this early juncture.
In the GPI’s Female POY race, the U.S.’s Kristen Nyman and Christina Gollins hold the top two spots and are several hundred points ahead of the third-place woman, Germany’s Jessica Vierling. Last year’s GPI Female POY, Nadya Magnus, currently sits in tenth.
The winners in each of these three GPI Player of the Year races will be honored at the 2022 Global Poker Awards, which have yet to be scheduled but are likely to be held in Las Vegas in February of 2023.
Here are the current GPI category leaders:
GPI GLOBAL RANKINGS
Ali Imsirovic (BIH) 3,142.28Shannon Shorr (USA) 2,880.51Chance Kornuth (USA) 2,847.32Jeremy Ausmus (USA) 2,814.42Sean Perry (USA) 2,776.59
2022 GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jeremy Ausmus (USA) 2,318.30Brock Wilson (USA) 2,048.32Ali Imsirovic (BIH) 1,889.47Sean Perry (USA) 1,832.54Darren Elias (USA) 1,548.70
2022 GPI FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kristen Nyman (USA) 1,208.92Christina Gollins (USA) 1,122.09Jessica Vierling (GER) 867.27Thi Xoa Nguyen (VIE) 698.48Elanit Hasas (USA) 690.26
2022 GPI MID-MAJOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Ankit Ahuja (IND) 1,196.86Tuan Mai (USA) 1,158.57Scott Baumstein (USA) 1,142.40Aaron Massey (USA) 1,140.52Christina Gollins (USA) 1,122.09
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