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Ten Best Aussie Poker Players in 2019 Per GPI Rankings
As poker players become more skilled in live tournaments, they often watch their rankings on sites like the Global Poker Index and other ranking sites. Each have a unique system of awarding points for tournament finishes throughout each year and ultimately declaring a “Player of the Year.”
The 2019 rankings from the Global Poker Index (GPI) were revealed during the first week of 2020, and the top player from Australia is Kahle Burns. He had a very successful year in poker and finished fourth in the overall world rankings as well.
How Players are Ranked
The Global Poker Index is a ranking system for live tournament poker players around the world. Players are ranked in overall performances, as well as by country and gender.
Tournaments are ranked if they include at least 32 participating players requiring a buy-in of at least $1 and open to the public, not restricted by gender, age, or invitation-only status. And players must cash in the money of a tournament to garner points.
Tracking encompasses the past 36 months from the date of interest. The GPI limits results to five per half-year time periods for the most recent half of that 36 months and four results per half-year periods for the most distant 18 months.
The score plus the aging factor equals the GPI rank.
Now, let’s look at the top 10 Australian poker players from 2019!
Kahle Burns (3,641.63 points)
Kahle Burns had an amazing year in poker. By the end of November, he was actually ranked number one in the entire world, but he slipped to fourth place in December. But he held on to the top spot in the Australian rankings.
In 2019 alone, Burns earned more than $4.3 million in live tournaments, starting with a High Roller win at the Crown Poker Championships in May. He earned two WSOP gold bracelets at the WSOP Europe series in the Czech Republic in October, won a Poker Masters title in Las Vegas in November, and had numerous final tables in high-stakes tournaments from the Bahamas to Barcelona.
Already in 2020, Burns won a Super High Roller at the partypoker MILLIONS UK just last week for $350,000, so he’s already on his way to another amazing year.
Robert Campbell (2,274.67 points)
Campbell had a breakout year in 2019, his best year in live tournament earnings by far in his career with more than $753,667. He has been ranking since 2011 but had an impressive World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in 2019 with two gold bracelet event wins, not to mention several other final tables.
Michael Addamo (2,210.27 points)
One of Australia’s star poker players, Addamo had a solid year in 2019 with an Aria High Roller win in June and final tables of high-stakes events throughout the year totaling nearly $2.3 million. But 2018 was a better year for him with more than $2.8 million in winnings.
Michael Egan (2,067.48 points)
With nearly $488K in winnings in 2019, Egan did most of his best work in Aussie tournaments. However, his win in 2019 came at the WPT Cambodia in the High Roller event. Look for him in 2020, though, as he already scored more than $63K in the first 10 days on the calendar.
Vincent Huang (1,925.50 points)
A year of earnings totaling more than $344K put Huang in fifth place in the Aussie POY rankings. His year began with two wins at the 2019 Aussie Millions and stayed strong with final tables at The Star Sydney Champs and WPT events in Australia and Vietnam.
Andrian Chin (1,863.50 points)
This Perth player earned more than $282K in 2019, winning events at the Crown Poker Championship and Sapphire Series Poker Challenge.
David Wang (1,861.85 points)
With final tables from Las Vegas to Taiwan, Wang’s big win in 2019 came at The Star in the APL Million. All in all, he earned close to $259K in 2019.
Michael Seymour (1,858.96 points)
Winnings of more than $255K in 2019 started for Seymour with several final tables and a win at the 2019 Aussie Millions Poker Championship. He also final tabled events at WPT Vietnam, APT Philippines, and WPT Australia.
Hussein Hassan (1,843.63 points)
Calling Sydney home, Hassan had his best year yet in 2019 with more than $439K in tournament winnings. This sum included a win in the APL Million Main Event and one at the WPT Australia series.
Sam Higgs (1,785.14 points)
Another career best for an Aussie player happened for Higgs with more than $418K in winnings. Top finishes with the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Monte Carlo, ARIA Las Vegas, EPT Barcelona and Prague, and World Series of Poker Europe showed great promise for an even better 2020.