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The Ladies GPI Rankings Recap will be a recurring monthly column (once live poker tournaments resume, of course) in which we will follow the women who are chasing top spot on the GPI leaderboard. We’ll chart their progress throughout the year as they race to win the 2020 GPI Female of the Year award.

The 2019 Global Poker Awards ceremony was held on March 6 at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. Kristen Bickenell was crowned the Female GPI Player of the year for the third time in a row, having won this honor before in 2017 and 2018. 

The yearly POY rankings include only a player’s best 13 scores from January 1-December 31 each calendar year. GPI scores are derived from a combination of a player’s finishing place percentage and buy-in factor. For GPI rankings, events must be open to the public, so Ladies Only events and senior events are not included. Full details and formulas can be found on the GPI website. The newest GPI scores are tallied every Friday.

Women from all over the world have stormed the felt this year and with tournaments like the 2020 Aussie Millions, WPT Fallsview, Rolling Thunder and Seminole, partypoker MILLIONS UK, and various WSOP Circuits both in the USA and internationally, there were many series to play to start earning points for the 2020 GPI Female of Year Leaderboard.

A first place finish in the NLH 6-Max the WPT LA Poker Classic and a second place at Bay 101 Shooting Stars has secured Kristen Bicknell the early lead in the 2020 Female POY race with 997.50 points, 200+ points more than 2nd place, Canadian Yuan Li

Maria Constanza Lampropulos is in third position after her two final table finishes at the partypoker MILLIONS UK. Maria is an accomplished player, who has more than $3.3 million in recorded earnings. She holds a PCA Main Event title and a partypoker Main Event title but has yet to win the Female GPI POY award.

Alexis “Lexy” Gavin’s win at the RunGood series, third place at the WPT LAPC, and tenth place at Bay 101 Shooting Stars Main event, yielded points that have her currently placed fifth on the leaderboard. Lexy finished 19th in the 2019 GPI Female POY Rankings.

Austria’s Jessica Teusl also made it into the top 10, which is mainly dominated by  Canadian and USA players. She had three final table appearances at the CAPT Seefeld, including winning the €550 NLH Snow Festival event, which contributed to her point total of 507.81, good for ninth place.

1 Canada Kristen “Krissyb24” Bicknell 997.50
2 Canada Yuan Li 788.62
3 Argentina Maria Constanza Lampropulos 704.45
4 USA Nadya Magnus 678.32
5 USA Alexis Gavin 669.19
6 Canada Louise Francoeur 612.14
7 USA Kathy Liebert 562.07
8 USA Lynn Griswold 533.70
9 Austria Jessica Teusel 507.81
10 USA Angel Velez 497.12

Source: Global Poker Index, accessed on March 24, 2020

If we look at the Asia Pacific Region, many tournaments scheduled for February and March were either canceled (e.g., APL Danang, WPTDeepstacks Vietnam), moved (e.g., APT Danang, WPT Taipei) or played out with reduced guarantees (e.g., WPT Manila, APT Taipei). The Aussie Millions, despite the Australian bushfires, took place as scheduled in January.

Interestingly, Hui Chen “Kitty” Kuo who finished fourth in the GPI Female POY race in 2019, has only one cash so far in 2020, from the APPT Taiwan, which is not enough for a top 200 ranking. According to her very active Twitter account, she skipped Bay 101 due to coronavirus fears. Naturally, if and when she’ll be able to put in the volume and make deep runs once more, we’re likely to see Kitty climb that leaderboard.

The international poker world continues to be shaken up with casino closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Hendon Mob has for all intents and purposes gone into “hibernation”, the last logged series results were from the Belarus Poker Tour and partypoker Sochi, but no women were in attendance. Other large series have either been cancelled, postponed, or moved online. As GPI points are not awarded for online poker tournament series, we will need to wait until live play begins anew for the next installment of the Ladies GPI Rankings Recap.

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