When we entered the last week of December 2019, it was clear that Alex Foxen was going to win the 2019 Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year (POY) title. However, the GPI released a statement and said that it would officially confirm its POY on the 1st of Jan as it did not want to jump the gun and make an announcement at the end of the 2019.
The GPI adopted this cautious approach after the WSOP made a mess of things due to the fact that it calculated its POY points wrong and announced Daniel Negreanu as its 2019 POY and then later issued a public apology for getting it wrong. The WSOP POY eventually went to Robert Campbell and Negreanu had to settle for third place. The GPI decided to take the extra week in December to recalculate its POY ratings and has now confirmed that Foxen is its 2019 POY.
Foxen Wins Back to Back Titles
The GPI is one of the most prominent ranking systems in the world and takes into consideration the accomplishments of poker players and their achievements all around the world. It is a big accomplishment for any poker player to win the GPI POY title and an even bigger accomplishment when a poker player manages to win back to back GPI POY titles.
This is exactly what Alex Foxen as he was also the GPI POY in 2018. By winning his second GPI POY title in a row, he has created a new record as it has never been done before. Foxen had an outside chance entering December 2019 of winning the GPI POY title as Kahle Burns had the lead. Foxen knew that he had to finish in second place at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic to secure enough points to win the GPI POY.
He went on to win the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic which ensured that he not only secured a prize of over $1.6 million but also received enough points (3806.09) to clinch his second GPI POY title.
Sean Winter finished in second place on the GPI POY table with 3679.19 points followed by Bryn Kenney in third place with 3647.81 points. Kahle Burns who had a great chance to win the 2019 GPI POY did not get enough points in December to maintain his lead and finished in fourth place with 3641.63 points. The UK’s Stephen Chidwick finished held the fifth spot with 3637.94 points.
Foxen Wins Over $6 Million In Consecutive Years
The argument as to whether poker is a game of chance or a game of skill continues to be debated fiercely. Foxen’s track record in 2018 and 2019 is a great argument as to why poker is a game of skill as he has demonstrated great consistency of being one of the best poker players in the world.
Foxen ended up winning close to $6.6 million in prize money during 2018. He had another good year in 2019 and finished the year with $6.3 million in prize money, to bring his total career prize money up to over $15 million. While Foxen took home a little less in 2019, he had more cashes in 2019. The New York poker pro recorded a total of 24 cashes in 2018 and went on to have as many as 40 cashes in 2019. This included winning 2 titles and reaching 22 final tables.
Kristen Bicknell Wins 2019 GPI Female POY
Kristen Bicknell who is Foxen’s girlfriend also created a new record after she won the 2019 GPI Female POY. This made it the third consecutive GPI POY title for Bicknell. She finished the year with 36 cashes and collected $2.4 million in prize money. Foxen and Bicknell have established themselves as the number one poker power couple with their continued success.
Stephen Chidwick won the 2019 GPI European POY while Danny Tang won the 2019 GPI Asia POY and Farid Jattin won the 2019 GPI LATM POY.

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