For professional poker players, winning a tournament is just part of the game. They also seek to be recognized as one of the best. For this reason, the Poker Ranking Authority created the Global Poker Index which ranks the best poker rankings of players every year. The most important factor which affects the ranking of each player is the value of the prizes won within a year.
In 2017, 3 American, 3 German, 2 Spanish, 1 British and 1 Canadian players topped the player of the year rankings. The top position was taken by Spanish Adrian Mateos. American Bryn Kenney and British Stephen Chidwick took second and third place respectively. 23-year-old Mateos has won, to date, almost $14m.
In 2018 many more Americans took their position in the top 10 ranks. None of these six, however, took first or second place. British Stephen Chidwick topped the rankings with the runner-up, German Rainer Kempe. Similarly to Mateos, Chadwick has won just over $14m in prizes so far.Offer valid as of date published. T&Cs apply.