There’s just less than a month to go before the Global Poker Index (GPI) announces the winner of its 2019 Player of the Year (POY) race. One of the few opportunities left for players this year to earn more points is at the European Poker Tour (EPT) which is currently underway in Prague, Czech Republic.
Leaderboard frontrunners are expected to take part in the EPT Main Event, which takes place on December 11-17, as well as some high roller events for a chance to capture the GPI POY title.
The GPI POY award is handed out each year to the player with the strongest live tournament performance over a 12-month period. The points are calculated according to the buy-in factor, field size, and the player’s finishing percentage; with each player’s best 13 scores throughout the year serving as the main determining factor for their final standings in the race.
Kahle Burns Maintains Lead
The latest GPI POY standings show Australia’s Kahle Burns (3599.67) holding on to the top spot, 18 points ahead of former leader Sean Winter (3581.45) who is currently at No. 2.
American poker pro Bryn Kenney, the present leader in Hendon Mob’s all-time money list, something he was able to achieve this year, sits at No. 3 with a score of 3570.84, but he is not that far from the title though, as he is just less than 30 points away from Burns.
The rest of the Top 10 are all highly-accomplished players and high-stakes regulars, including Britain’s No.1 poker player Stephen Chidwick who is currently at No. 4 with 3499.4 points, and German pride Manig Loeser who sits at No. 5 with 3434.91 points. Loeser is followed by fellow German Rainer Kempe at No. 6 with score of 3425.66, world champion Anthony Zinno at No. 7 with 3319.56 points, and Canadian poker pro Sam Greenwood at No. 8 with 3294.67 points.
Alabama native Shannon Shorr (No. 9 with 3269.37 points) and Korean-American poker pro Joseph Cheong (No. 10 with 3253.96 points) complete the Top 10.
Burns has led the race over the last two weeks after snatching the top spot from Winter. The Australian player captured two WSOP bracelets this year, a similar feat achieved by another Australian pro Robert Campbell, who was ultimately crowned the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year, after an error in the tabulation of results led to Daniel Negreanu being wrongly proclaimed as the winner.
To Close To Call
The European Poker Tour (EPT) is in full swing at the Hilton Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. The exciting poker festival kicked off on December 6, and will run through to December 17, which means there are still several big events that are about to take place, including the €5,300 Main Event  which is scheduled to run on December 11-17, as well as the EPT High Roller which is set to take place on December 15-17.
Players keen on winning the much-coveted GPI POY title should take their best shot at the festival as it serves as among their final opportunities to accumulate enough points for the 2019 POY award.
This year’s race is so tight, with less than 200 points separating the No.1 down to the No. 6 spot, which means that the 2019 GPI POY is still anyone’s game until the biggest qualifying tournaments this season finally conclude.
Overall GPI Standings
In the overall GPI rankings, not limited to the top 13 scores of the year, Chidwick is at No. 1 with 3687.58 points. Last year’s GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen follows Chidwick at No. 2 with 3595.96 points. Zinno occupies the No. 3 spot with a score of 3387.21, while Winter has earned 3379.65 points thus far to place him at No. 4. He is followed by Loeser at No. 5 with 3369.95 points.
Cheong sits at No. 6 with a score of 3339.81 points, while Kempe and Jeremy Ausmus occupies the 7th and 8th places respectively, with 3304.52 and 3277.13 points. High stakes pro Danny Tang also entered the Top 10 with 3211.35 points at No. 9, followed by Kristen Bicknell at No. 10 with 3185.05 points. Like her boyfriend Foxen, Bicknell also who finished off 2018 as the Female GPI Player of the Year.

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