Over the 10 year history of the Global Poker Index (GPI), there have only been 20 players ranked #1. The most recent is 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion Joseph McKeehen, named last week when GPI reset the rankings for another season.
McKeehen takes over the top spot from Alex Foxen, who won it in back-to-back seasons. The only other player ranked #1 since April 18, 2018 is Stephen Chidwick, so McKeehen joins a rarified group as only one of three players to hold the #1 ranking in more than three years.
There was also a change on the women’s side of the board. Nadya Magnus took over the #1 spot from Kristin Bicknell, who spent an astonishing 144 consecutive weeks as #1.
The newest season of GPI kicked off on July 1st, and Ali Imsirovic is leading the pack so far for the 2021 GPI Player of the Year, with Magnus leading the women’s side. Stay tuned to GPI to find out if they can hold on for the titles.