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.


Country Player Points

Argentina
Ezequiel Waigel
2,416.58

Australia
Lewis Murray 1,813.42

Austria
Daniel Rezaei 2,295.00

Azerbaijan
David Mzareulov 2,583.34

Belarus
Raman Afanasenka 1,754.10

Belgium
Thomas Boivin 2,545.92

Bosnia & Herzegovina
Ali Imsirovic 3,478.55

Brazil
Yuri Martins Dzivielevski 1,566.08

Bulgaria
Boris Kolev 2,845.12

Canada
Daniel Negreanu 2,917.94

Chile
Nick Yunis 1,512.62

China
Sen Mu 1,486.61

Colombia
Farid Jattin 1,372.62

Croatia
Ivan Zufic 2,194.39

Cyprus
Yiannis Liperis 1,734.27

Czechia
Jan Bednar 1,428.57

Denmark
Martin Stausholm 1,353.21

Finland
Joni Jouhkimainen 1,651.61

France
Johan Guilbert 3,020.66

Georgia
Giorgiy Skhuluhiya 2,471.43

Germany
Koray Aldemir 1,777.15

Greece
Georgios Sotiropoulos 1,526.79

Hong Kong
Chan Lok Ming 1,080.80

Hungary
Tamas Lendvai 1,062.49

India
Abhinav Iyer 1,646.17

Ireland
Alex Kulev 1,642.05

Israel
Uri Reichenstein 3,138.32

Italy
Michael Rossitto 2,694.69

Japan
Jun Obara 1,801.09

Kazakhstan
Darkhan Botabayev 1,235.08

Lithuania
Matas Cimbolas 2,698.40

Moldova
Pavel Plesuv 1,357.63

Morocco
Badr Imejjane 1,876.85

Netherlands
Zhong Chen 1,672.41

Philippines
Mike Takayama 1,120.71

Portugal
Joao Vieira 2,131.81

Puerto Rico
Fernando Rodriguez Vazquez 1,919.65

Romania
Vlad Darie 2,116.44

Russia
Artur Martirosyan 2,417.32

Serbia
Damjan Radanov 2,096.71

Singapore
Feng Zhao 1,012.17

Slovenia
Rok Gostisa 2,371.92

South Korea
Sung Joo Hyun 2,921.24

Spain
Sergio Aido 3,090.55

Sweden
Tomas Soderstrom 2,366.94

Switzerland
Emil Bise 1,305.25
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Taiwan
Eric Ting Yi Tsai 2,113.44

Thailand
Punnat Punsri 1,148.52

Tunisia
Moncef Karoui 1,256.47

Turkey
Selahaddin Bedir 2,188.95

Ukraine
Yuriy Kozinskiy 1,418.83

United Kingdom
Stephen Chidwick 2,926.50

United States
Chance Kornuth 3,225.11

Uruguay
Brian Barros Vazquez 1,010.46

Venezuela
Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon 2,220.64

Vietnam
Tony Tran 1,713.89

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.

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