Global Poker Index Names 56 Top Players by Country for 2021

Putting the “global” in Global Poker Index, the GPI awarded Player of the Year honors to rounders from 56 countries around the world based on their performances in various poker tournaments throughout 2021. 

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Daniel Negreanu is GPI’s Player of the Year for Canada (Image: Mark Gorman/PokerCentral)

There are a few names that rose to the top in 2021 that shouldn’t be a surprise to poker fans anywhere. Daniel Negreanu is the 2021 POY for Canada even though he’s been a US citizen since 2016.  He finished third in this year’s WSOP overall POY contest after four finals tables and 18 cashes.

Las Vegas’s Chance Kornuth, who finished runner-up to GPI’s overall POY Ali Imsirovic, earned enough points to top all American players. Shannon Shorr finished only 88.66 points behind Kornuth in the US POY race. Imsirovic was also named the POY for Bosnia & Herzegovina, even though he moved to Vancouver, Washington at a young age.

Stephen Chidwick, who made three WSOP final tables this fall, is UK’s POY while this year’s WSOP Main Event champion, Koray Aldemir, is Germany’s POY. The Main Event win gave him 824.26 points of the 1,777.15 points he earned playing tournaments in 2021. The $8 million top prize pushed him over the $20 million mark for lifetime cashes, according to GPI’s partner, The Hendon Mob.

David Mzareulov, who won GPI’s inaugural Mid-Stakes POY for players playing tournaments with buy-ins less than $2,500, also pulled in the POY for Azerbaijan. Born in the Eastern European country, he’s now based out of Texas. 

GPI uses a points formula that takes the cost of buy-ins and the number of entries an event draws to determine how many points players earn for their finishes.


CountryPlayerPoints

Argentina
Ezequiel Waigel
2,416.58

Australia
Lewis Murray1,813.42

Austria
Daniel Rezaei2,295.00

Azerbaijan
David Mzareulov2,583.34

Belarus
Raman Afanasenka1,754.10

Belgium
Thomas Boivin2,545.92

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Ali Imsirovic3,478.55

Brazil
Yuri Martins Dzivielevski1,566.08

Bulgaria
Boris Kolev2,845.12

Canada
Daniel Negreanu2,917.94

Chile
Nick Yunis1,512.62

China
Sen Mu1,486.61

Colombia
Farid Jattin1,372.62

Croatia
Ivan Zufic2,194.39

Cyprus
Yiannis Liperis1,734.27

Czechia
Jan Bednar1,428.57

Denmark
Martin Stausholm1,353.21

Finland
Joni Jouhkimainen1,651.61

France
Johan Guilbert3,020.66

Georgia
Giorgiy Skhuluhiya2,471.43

Germany
Koray Aldemir1,777.15

Greece
Georgios Sotiropoulos1,526.79

Hong Kong
Chan Lok Ming1,080.80

Hungary
Tamas Lendvai1,062.49

India
Abhinav Iyer1,646.17

Ireland
Alex Kulev1,642.05

Israel
Uri Reichenstein3,138.32

Italy
Michael Rossitto2,694.69

Japan
Jun Obara1,801.09

Kazakhstan
Darkhan Botabayev1,235.08

Lithuania
Matas Cimbolas2,698.40

Moldova
Pavel Plesuv1,357.63

Morocco
Badr Imejjane1,876.85

Netherlands
Zhong Chen1,672.41

Philippines
Mike Takayama1,120.71

Portugal
Joao Vieira2,131.81

Puerto Rico
Fernando Rodriguez Vazquez1,919.65

Romania
Vlad Darie2,116.44

Russia
Artur Martirosyan2,417.32

Serbia
Damjan Radanov2,096.71

Singapore
Feng Zhao1,012.17

Slovenia
Rok Gostisa2,371.92

South Korea
Sung Joo Hyun2,921.24

Spain
Sergio Aido3,090.55

Sweden
Tomas Soderstrom2,366.94

Switzerland
Emil Bise1,305.25
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Taiwan
Eric Ting Yi Tsai2,113.44

Thailand
Punnat Punsri1,148.52

Tunisia
Moncef Karoui1,256.47

Turkey
Selahaddin Bedir2,188.95

Ukraine
Yuriy Kozinskiy1,418.83

United Kingdom
Stephen Chidwick2,926.50

United States
Chance Kornuth3,225.11

Uruguay
Brian Barros Vazquez1,010.46

Venezuela
Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon2,220.64

Vietnam
Tony Tran1,713.89

The GPI Awards will take place at PokerGo’s Las Vegas Studio in the Aria on Feb. 18, where awards will be given to 26 poker players and industry members for their performance in 2021.

Written by
Bob Pajich
Bob Pajich is a poker news reporter, creative writer, and poker player who never met suited connectors he didn't like. If you liked what he is writing about, give him a follow on Twitter: @PondHockey2.

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