Determining who the best poker players in the world are can often be subjective. Unlike sports like tennis, football or darts, where it’s clear who the best team or player is over a season, poker is a little more subjective.

This is partly down to the luck factor that’s involved - a player with zero poker experience could hypothetically be the biggest winning player over a year. It’s also down to the fact that the highest level of poker doesn’t necessarily involve the best players, but rather just the richest people who can afford to play at the highest stakes.

The Global Poker Index (GPI) uses a specific formula to rate and subsequently rank poker players across the world in the GPI Rankings.

Player Country Sponsor Index Score
1st (5th)
Nacho Barbero Argentina
Nacho Barbero
Argentina
Argentina
3463.31 pts
2nd (1st)
Alex Foxen United States
Alex Foxen
United States
United States
3444.01 pts
3rd (4th)
Chad Eveslage United States
Chad Eveslage
United States
United States
3330.94 pts
4th (2nd)
Jeremy Ausmus United States
Jeremy Ausmus
United States
United States
3310.17 pts
5th (3rd)
Chris Brewer United States
Chris Brewer
United States
United States
3279.08 pts
6th
Sean Winter United States
Sean Winter
United States
United States
3238.93 pts
7th (10th)
Adam Hendrix United States
Adam Hendrix
United States
United States
3221.76 pts
8th
Justin Saliba United States
Justin Saliba
United States
United States
3212 pts
9th
Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom
Stephen Chidwick
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
3184.96 pts
10th (7th)
Chance Kornuth United States
Chance Kornuth
United States
United States
3158.35 pts
11th
Stephen Song United States
Stephen Song
United States
United States
3129.82 pts
12th
Jesse Lonis United States
Jesse Lonis
United States
United States
3112.62 pts
13th
Bin Weng United States
Bin Weng
United States
United States
3066.3 pts
14th
Brock Wilson United States
Brock Wilson
United States
United States
3039.29 pts
15th (16th)
Michael Wang United States
Michael Wang
United States
United States
3013.68 pts
16th (15th)
Sergio Aido Spain
Sergio Aido
Spain
Spain
3002.45 pts
17th (18th)
Ren Lin China
Ren Lin
China
China
2964.12 pts
18th (17th)
Brian Altman United States
Brian Altman
United States
United States
2944.74 pts
19th
Shaun Deeb United States
Shaun Deeb
United States
United States
2906.14 pts
20th
Mike Watson Canada
Mike Watson
Canada
Canada
2889.63 pts
21st (22nd)
Erik Seidel United States
Erik Seidel
United States
United States
2862.43 pts
22nd (23rd)
Dylan Linde United States
Dylan Linde
United States
United States
2855.88 pts
23rd (24th)
Farid Jattin Colombia
Farid Jattin
Colombia
Colombia
2855.69 pts
24th (21st)
Daniel Negreanu Canada
Daniel Negreanu
Canada
Canada
GGPoker 2820.88 pts
25th (27th)
Matthew Wantman United States
Matthew Wantman
United States
United States
2798.96 pts
26th (59th)
Jim Collopy United States
Jim Collopy
United States
United States
2791.14 pts
27th (26th)
Pavel Plesuv Moldova, Republic of
Pavel Plesuv
Moldova, Republic of
Moldova, Republic of
2785.16 pts
28th
Andrew Moreno United States
Andrew Moreno
United States
United States
2774.35 pts
29th (25th)
Joey Weissman United States
Joey Weissman
United States
United States
2765.28 pts
30th (31st)
Punnat Punsri Thailand
Punnat Punsri
Thailand
Thailand
2714.31 pts
31st (30th)
Benny Glaser United Kingdom
Benny Glaser
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2711.09 pts
32nd
Andrew Ostapchenko United States
Andrew Ostapchenko
United States
United States
2700.52 pts
33rd
Andy Wilson United Kingdom
Andy Wilson
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2699.02 pts
34th
Joe McKeehen United States
Joe McKeehen
United States
United States
2692.08 pts
35th
Roman Hrabec Czechia
Roman Hrabec
Czechia
Czechia
2690.44 pts
36th
Andrew Lichtenberger United States
Andrew Lichtenberger
United States
United States
2668.19 pts
37th
Cary Katz United States
Cary Katz
United States
United States
2659.37 pts
38th
Anthony Hu United States
Anthony Hu
United States
United States
2658.69 pts
39th (29th)
Shannon Shorr United States
Shannon Shorr
United States
United States
2655.23 pts
40th
Mitchell Halverson United States
Mitchell Halverson
United States
United States
2644.18 pts
41st
Julien Sitbon France
Julien Sitbon
France
France
2632.81 pts
42nd (46th)
Fabrice Bigot France
Fabrice Bigot
France
France
2628.19 pts
43rd (47th)
Yuval Bronshtein Israel
Yuval Bronshtein
Israel
Israel
2626.46 pts
44th (39th)
Jason Koon United States
Jason Koon
United States
United States
GGPoker 2622.99 pts
45th (44th)
Justin Liberto United States
Justin Liberto
United States
United States
2617.91 pts
46th (45th)
Aaron Massey United States
Aaron Massey
United States
United States
2615.04 pts
47th (43rd)
Seth Davies United States
Seth Davies
United States
United States
2601.75 pts
48th (60th)
David Peters United States
David Peters
United States
United States
2594.48 pts
49th (61st)
Boris Kolev Bulgaria
Boris Kolev
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
2560.67 pts
50th (42nd)
Joseph Cheong United States
Joseph Cheong
United States
United States
2558.07 pts
51st (54th)
Frank Lagodich United States
Frank Lagodich
United States
United States
2553.77 pts
52nd (51st)
Adrian Mateos Spain
Adrian Mateos
Spain
Spain
2546.38 pts
53rd (52nd)
Steve O'Dwyer Ireland
Steve O'Dwyer
Ireland
Ireland
2546.28 pts
54th (49th)
Nick Petrangelo United States
Nick Petrangelo
United States
United States
2540.22 pts
55th
Jack Sinclair United Kingdom
Jack Sinclair
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2536.09 pts
56th
Jared Ingles United States
Jared Ingles
United States
United States
2533.61 pts
57th
Dan Colpoys United States
Dan Colpoys
United States
United States
2531.33 pts
58th
Daniel Zack United States
Daniel Zack
United States
United States
2529.72 pts
59th (53rd)
Artur Martirosian Russian Federation
Artur Martirosian
Russian Federation
Russian Federation
2519.84 pts
60th (50th)
Justin Zaki United States
Justin Zaki
United States
United States
2503.32 pts
61st (63rd)
James Romero United States
James Romero
United States
United States
2500.19 pts
62nd (64th)
Jack Hardcastle United Kingdom
Jack Hardcastle
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
2499.03 pts
63rd (65th)
Martin Stausholm Denmark
Martin Stausholm
Denmark
Denmark
2494.67 pts
64th (66th)
Vikenty Shegal United States
Vikenty Shegal
United States
United States
2493 pts
65th (67th)
Andriy Lyubovetskiy Ukraine
Andriy Lyubovetskiy
Ukraine
Ukraine
2489.53 pts
66th (100th)
Isaac Kempton United States
Isaac Kempton
United States
United States
2481.01 pts
67th (69th)
Nick Pupillo United States
Nick Pupillo
United States
United States
2479.3 pts
68th (70th)
Henrik Hecklen Denmark
Henrik Hecklen
Denmark
Denmark
2468.46 pts
69th (68th)
Johan Guilbert France
Johan Guilbert
France
France
2465.28 pts
70th (71st)
Cherish Andrews United States
Cherish Andrews
United States
United States
2458.72 pts
71st (72nd)
Sam Grafton United Kingdom
Sam Grafton
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
PokerStars 2450.47 pts
72nd (73rd)
Michael Gathy Belgium
Michael Gathy
Belgium
Belgium
2443.97 pts
73rd (74th)
Angela Jordison United States
Angela Jordison
United States
United States
2441.35 pts
74th (75th)
Adrian State Romania
Adrian State
Romania
Romania
2439.57 pts
75th (102nd)
Lander Lijo Bereciartua Spain
Lander Lijo Bereciartua
Spain
Spain
2362.13 pts
75th (76th)
Frank Funaro United States
Frank Funaro
United States
United States
2438.31 pts
76th (79th)
Joao Vieira Portugal
Joao Vieira
Portugal
Portugal
2427.25 pts
77th (82nd)
Fahredin Mustafov Bulgaria
Fahredin Mustafov
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
2423.4 pts
78th (80th)
James Calderaro United States
James Calderaro
United States
United States
2423.04 pts
79th (81st)
Alex Kulev Bulgaria
Alex Kulev
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
2422.48 pts
80th (78th)
Jacob Ferro United States
Jacob Ferro
United States
United States
2414.39 pts
81st (547th)
Josh Arieh United States
Josh Arieh
United States
United States
2407.05 pts
82nd (77th)
Nick Schulman United States
Nick Schulman
United States
United States
2405.85 pts
83rd
Alex Livingston Canada
Alex Livingston
Canada
Canada
2405.69 pts
84th
Martin Jacobson Sweden
Martin Jacobson
Sweden
Sweden
2398.48 pts
85th (90th)
Mehdi Chaoui Morocco
Mehdi Chaoui
Morocco
Morocco
2386.53 pts
86th
Pedro Neves Portugal
Pedro Neves
Portugal
Portugal
2384.63 pts
87th
David Jackson United States
David Jackson
United States
United States
2375.04 pts
88th
Martin Zamani United States
Martin Zamani
United States
United States
2371.8 pts
89th (85th)
Francis Anderson United States
Francis Anderson
United States
United States
2371.75 pts
90th (89th)
Jared Jaffee United States
Jared Jaffee
United States
United States
2368.87 pts
91st (62nd)
Jonathan Jaffe United States
Jonathan Jaffe
United States
United States
2364.89 pts
92nd (93rd)
Philip Shing United States
Philip Shing
United States
United States
2353.93 pts
93rd (94th)
Brian Rast United States
Brian Rast
United States
United States
2353.62 pts
94th (96th)
Elio Fox United States
Elio Fox
United States
United States
2350.73 pts
95th (98th)
Jeffrey Trudeau United States
Jeffrey Trudeau
United States
United States
2349.44 pts
96th (101st)
Michael Rossitto United States
Michael Rossitto
United States
United States
2347.16 pts
97th (107th)
Eduard Barsegyan Russian Federation
Eduard Barsegyan
Russian Federation
Russian Federation
2346.49 pts
98th (97th)
Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Dorian Alejandro Rios Pavon
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
2343.57 pts
99th
Jake Schwartz United States
Jake Schwartz
United States
United States
2343.47 pts

What is the Global Poker Index Rankings?

The Global Poker Index (GPI) is a system for ranking the world’s best poker players. Players are ranked weekly based on their performance by finishing in cash positions in qualifying tournaments over the previous 36-month period. Qualifying tournaments are events with 32 or more players, a buy-in for at least $1, and open to the public. Selected audience events, such as women or seniors, are excluded from the list.

How are the Global Poker Index Rankings calculated?

The GPI Rankings are calculated using a weighted formula that takes into account tournament results over the past three years, attributing more value to the most recent results. The best five results in a six-month period are taken for a total of the previous 18 months. For the next 18 months, the best four results are taken in each six-month period.

A weighting is applied, giving more relevance to the most recent results. A buy-in factor also comes into play, ensuring rankings aren’t skewed by the higher buy-in results. Any tournament between $1 and $20,000 is taken into account. Results from any tournament with a larger buy-in will still count towards the rankings, but the score taken from it will be capped as if it was a $20,000 tournament.

The 300 players with the top score after all of these factors then make up the GPI Rankings for that week.

Who is the best poker player in the world?

This is largely subjective, and with the GPI Rankings changing each week, it’s difficult to pinpoint one player who people can unanimously agree is the best.

The 2021 Player of the Year, according to the GPI rankings, was Almedin Imsirovic. After a string of high-profile tournament victories that year, it’s difficult to argue with this result. Daniel Negreanu and Jason Koon were other notable names in the top 15.

However, away from the GPI Rankings, many people would agree that certain players are, and have been, at the top of the game for years. While they might not have the best recent results, nor be as active as they once were, the likes of Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Erik Seidel will always come up in the conversation due to their sheer presence at the very top of the game for so long.

Global Poker Index FAQs

Is the Global poker Index accurate?

While there will always be disagreement over how rankings in poker are formulated, it’s generally accepted that the GPI Rankings provide some of the most accurate results for who the current best poker players are in the world.

Which players do the GPI Rankings cover?

The GPI Rankings cover any player that’s involved in one of the qualifying tournaments that fall under the GPI criteria. With the lower limit of tournament buy-ins $1, the result of anyone playing a tournament at that buy-in will be taken into account, but it’s unlikely that micro-stakes players will feature in the top 300 rankings due to the buy-in weighting factor.

Who makes the GPI Rankings?

The GPI Rankings were created by the Global Poker Index. Founded in 2011, the index accumulates recent poker results and gives them a weighting based on the buy-in and how recently they were played. What’s left is a ranking of the best poker players.