January 05 2022, by Hans Kleinsman


  • Imsirovic goes the distance
  • Magnus stops the streak 
  • Mzareulov wins newest PoY 
  • 56 players named National PoYs


LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2022 – The Global Poker Index (GPI) have released the names of all of their Player of the Year race winners for 2021.

Global Poker Index – Player of the Year

Ali Imsirovic went wire to wire, beginning the 2021 GPI Player of the Year race ranked #1 and ending at #1 without ever losing to lead to any other player. Imsirovic, the Breakout of the Year trophy winner at the 1st Global Poker Awards, wins his first GPI PoY title while also earning the PokerGO Tour title for 2021.

Imsirovic finished 253 points ahead of Chance Kornuth and 337 points ahead of Shannon Shor while back-to-back GPI PoY Alex Foxen finished 11th in the race.

2021 GPI PoY Top 5:

  1. Almedin “Ali” Imsirovic (BIH)
  2. Chance Kornuth (USA)
  3. Shannon Shorr (USA)
  4. Uri Reichenstein (ISR)
  5. Sergio Aido (ESP)

Global Poker Index – Female Player of the Year

The GPI Female Player of the Year race saw a new winner for the first time since 2017 as Nadya Magnus won the title, taking over from Kristen Bicknell, who had held the title for three straight GPI PoY seasons.

Magnus outlasted Kyna England in the race with Katie Lindsay finishing 3rd. The aforementioned Bicknell would finish in 7th position.

2021 GPI Female PoY Top 5:

  1. Nadya Magnus (USA)
  2. Kyna England (USA)
  3. Katie Lindsay (USA)
  4. Sonia-Veronika Shashikhina (RUS)
  5. Vanessa Kade (CAN)

Global Poker Index – Mid-Major Player of the Year

The GPI introduced a new PoY race for 2021, the Mid-Major Player of the Year, recognizing players involved in events with buy-ins up to $2,500 USD.

A very heated race ended with David Mzareulov picking up the victory, outlasting Logan Hewett, Michael Rossitto and Jesse Lonis in a very tight race.

2021 GPI Mid-Major PoY Top 5:

  1. David Mzareulov (AZE)
  2. Logan Hewett (USA)
  3. Michael Rossitto (ITA)
  4. Jesse Lonis (USA)
  5. Justin Zaki (USA)

Global Poker Awards

All three players will receive trophies at the Global Poker Awards ceremony, set for Friday, February 18, 2022, live from the PokerGO Studio at ARIA in Las Vegas – exclusively on PokerGO.

Meanwhile, 56 players received GPI National Player of the Year honors. Country leaders must collect a minimum of 1,000 PoY points throughout the year in order to be selected. A full list of those players can be found on the following page.

Congratulations to all of our PoY winners from 2021, let’s hope that 2022 provides some entertaining races – best of luck to all players!

2021 GPI Players of the Year

2021 GPI PoY Ali Imsirovic 3,478.55
2021 Female PoY Nadya Magnus 2,435.43
2021 Mid-Major PoY David Mzareulov 2,361.21

2021 GPI National Players of the Year

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
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
USA 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


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