January 04 2023, by Hans Kleinsman



›› Song captures two titles

 ›› Andrews wins the crown

 ›› 79 players named National PoYs


LAS VEGAS, January 4, 2022 – The Global Poker Index (GPI) have released the names of all of their Player of the Year race winners from the 2022 poker season.

Stephen Song was the last player standing in one of the most entertaining GPI Player of the Year races in history. Several players would hold on to the #1 PoY rank throughout the year but Song waited until the very end to take the lead, winning the WPT Prime Championship at Wynn Las Vegas in one of the final tournaments of the season, taking the lead from his friend, Adam Hendrix, who was at or near the top of the table for most of the season.

Collecting a total of 3,543.72 GPI PoY points, Song finished just 17.24 points ahead of Hendrix in the race and just 46.25 points ahead of Jeremy Ausmus, who kicked off 2022 grabbing the early lead in the PoY race.

2022 GPI PoY Top 5:

  1. Stephen Song (USA)
  2. Adam Hendrix (USA)
  3. Jeremy Ausmus (USA)
  4. Chad Eveslage (USA)
  5. Farid Jattin (COL)


Cherish Andrews arrived at the Wynn for the WPT World Championship Festival trailing Angela Jordison in the race for the GPI Female Player of the Year title. She would leave Las Vegas leaving no doubt she should win the race following an incredible performance in three WPT events during her stay, including a victory and a trio of Top 6 finishes.

Three-time (and back-to-back-to-back) GPI Female PoY Kristen Bicknell would finish third in the race while reigning Female PoY Nadya Magnus finished a very respectable 14th on a reduced schedule.

2022 GPI Female PoY Top 5:

  1. Cherish Andrews (USA)
  2. Angela Jordison (USA)
  3. Kristen Bicknell (CAN)
  4. Jessica Vierling (GER)
  5. Christina Gollins (USA)

Amazingly, Song also wins the Mid-Major Player of the Year race, recognizing players involved in events with buy-ins up to $2,500 USD, becoming the very first person to ever win a pair of GPI PoY title in one year.

Song had such an impressively strong year overall, excelling in events with wide-ranging buy-ins.

The aforementioned Jordison also battled hard in this race, holding the lead heading into December, dropping to 3rd and finally ending up in the runner-up position.

Inaugural GPI Mid-Major PoY winner David Mzareulov finished 142nd in this year’s race.

2022 GPI Mid-Major PoY Top 5:

  1. Stephen Song (USA)
  2. Angela Jordison (USA
  3. Julien Sitbon (FRA)
  4. Jared Ingles (USA)
  5. Donovan Dean (USA)

Both Song and Andrews will be invited to accept their trophies at the Global Poker Awards ceremony at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA in Las Vegas – broadcast exclusively on PokerGO. An official announcement on the date for the 4th Global Poker Awards is expected next week.

Meanwhile, 79 players received GPI National Player of the Year honors. Familiar faces such as Mikita Bodyakovsky, Davidi Kitai, Farid Jattin, Koray, Aldemir, Sergio Aido, Stephen Chidwick once again collect National titles, joining a slew of first-time winners including Song and 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Espen Uhlen Jorstad.


2022 GPI Players of the Year

2022 GPI PoY Stephen Song (USA) 3,543.72
2022 Mid-Major PoY Stephen Song (USA) 2,580.18
2022 Female PoY Cherish Andrews (USA) 2,835.14


2022 GPI National Players of the Year

*Minimum 1,000 GPI PoY points required to be recognized as National PoY

Algeria Omar Lakhdari 2,011.04
Argentina Jose “Nacho” Barbero 2,661.64
Armenia Aren Bezhanyan 1,820.39
Australia Yita Choong 2,507.16
Austria Daniel Rezaei 2,295.40
Azerbaijan David Mzareulov 2,114.36
Belarus Mikita Bodyakovsky 3,006.73
Belgium Davidi Kitai 2,481.23
Brazil Yuri Martins Dzivielevski 3,017.11
Bulgaria Simeon Spasov 2,529.47
Canada Mike Watson 3,429.44
Chile Nick Yunis 1,951.72
China Sen Mu 1,535.99
Colombia Farid Jattin 3,466.67
Croatia Sverko Gregor 2,047.97
Cyprus Yiannis Liperis 2,357.79
Czechia Roman Hrabec 2,399.92
Denmark Henrik Hecklen 2,868.66
Dominican Republic Francis Cruz 1,708.51
Ecuador Pablo Valdivieso 1,124.16
Egypt John Adel Fouad Basta 1,135.21
Estonia David Comeron Carrasco 1,641.45
Finland Toni Kaukua 1,612.08
France Julien Sitbon 3,024.71
Georgia Giorgiy Skhuluhiya 1,919.03
Germany Koray Aldemir 2,435.11
Greece Symeon Alexandridis 2,473.96
Hong Kong Daniel Chi Tang 2,966.24
Hungary Laszlo Bujtas 2,266.40
India Ankit Ahuja 2,150.10
Iran Milad Oghabian Langar 2,005.09
Ireland Stephen Kehoe 2,168.90
Israel Yuval Bronshtein 2,677.03
Italy Michael Rossitto 2,265.29
Japan Tamon Nakamura 2,199.77
Jordan Sultan Khair 1,130.17
Kazakhstan Dauren Zhaparov 1,063.70
Kyrgyzstan Kubanychbek Abakirov 1,328.94
Latvia Aleksejs Ponakovs 2,059.70
Lebanon Gabriel Akiki 2,087.83
Lithuania Vladas Tamasauskas 1,670.71
Luxembourg Felix Michel Weis 1,235.12
Malaysia Paul Phua 2,836.28
Mexico Jose Andres Guzman 1,610.50
Moldova Pavel Plesuv 2,608.77
Montenegro Vlado Banicevic 1,245.43
Morocco Mehdi Chaoui 2,682.46
North Macedonia Ilija Savevski 1,642.47
Netherlands David Hu 2,459.16
Norway Espen Uhlen Jorstad 2,566.63
Panama Jorge Hou Huang 1,452.63
Philippines David Erquiaga 2,436.25
Poland Jakub Michalak 2,568.61
Portugal Pedro Marques 2,310.53
Puerto Rico Ricardo Velasco 1,258.24
Romania Danut Chisu 2,466.86
Russia Artur Martirosyan 2,604.27
Serbia Aleksandar Tomovic 2,033.32
Singapore Andy Xueyan Li 1,393.82
Slovakia Marek Blasko 1,694.23
Slovenia Rok Gostisa 2,134.00
South Africa Ahmed Karrim 1,780.44
South Korea Jinho “YellOw” Hong 2,908.87
Spain Sergio Aido 2,763.94
Sweden Anton Wigg 2,795.90
Switzerland Alexandre Vuilleumier 2,473.19
Taiwan Pete Chen 2,124.18
Thailand Punnat Punsri 3,172.78
Tunisia Maher Nouira 2,224.54
Turkey Koray Korkmaz 2,601.06
Ukraine Andrey Lyubovetskiy 3,069.49
United Arab Emirates Basel Khabazeh 2,054.47
United Kingdom Stephen Chidwick 3,323.61
USA Stephen Song 3,543.72
Uruguay Francisco Benitez 2,241.00
Uzbekistan Aleksandr Pak 1,474.98
Venezuela Dorian Rios Pavon  2,109.42
Vietnam Tony Tran 2,370.73

Congratulations to all of our 2022 PoY winners!



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