Posted on: January 5, 2023, 08:56h.
Last updated on: January 5, 2023, 08:56h.
Last year was a good year for several international poker stars, but perhaps most of all for Cherish Andrews and Stephen Song. The two ended the year in exceptional style, culminating in a Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year (POY) award for each.
Both players had successful years before turning up the heat in the final stretch. The GPI races were tight, but strong performances in December pushed them ahead and allowed them to punch their tickets to the top.
Poker fans can expect to see the two winners receive their awards at the Fourth Global Poker Awards ceremony. The PokerGO Studio at the Aria in Las Vegas will host that event, but the date hasn’t yet been revealed.
Andrews Beats Expectations
For several years, the GPI Female POY sounded like a broken record as Kristen Foxen (née Bricknell) took the title from 2017-2019. She then moved over for Alexis Gavin in 2020 and Nadya Magnus in 2021.
Andrews, who earned her first live tournament cash in 2008, didn’t even appear on the list until 2021. She moved up the charts through the year before settling in at 19th in the final standings.
This year has been much better. Andrews was in second place behind Angela Jordison as the December tournaments began, but quickly moved ahead.
Jordison was in front, with 2,483 points, when Andrews found her spark and found paydirt in three tournaments. Among these were a $259,200 payday for second place at the $10,100 NLHE High Roller in the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship and $131,912 for taking down the $1,100 NLHE WPT event.
Those wins came on back-to-back days and followed a $78,045 pot she won for sixth place at the $3,000 NLHE WPT event. With those results, she leapfrogged over Jordison in the GPI points leaderboard, beating her by about 200 points.
Andrews has now earned over $1.48 million in live poker events, according to Hendon Mob. $758,513 of that came in 2022 and, at that rate of improvement, 2023 is going to be an incredible year.
For her part, Foxen continues to perform extremely well at the tables. She finished seventh last year and fifth this year.
A Song And A Dance
Song has appeared on the GPI charts longer than Andrews and has consistently moved up. He made it as high as 25 last year, but his performances at the tables this year set him apart.
Most poker followers would have likely not paid any attention to Song when 2022 began, but that changed soon after. When his name began appearing repeatedly as he picked up cash one game after another, it was hard not to notice.
Last year, Song won over $2.2 million as he cashed in 44 live events. He claimed two first-place finishes – one in October at the Wynn Fall Classic and another in December at the WPT World Championship.
The race for the GPI POY award was extremely close, with Song battling Adam Hendrix, Jeremy Ausmus and Chad Eveslage. Between the four, the final separation in points was just 69.
Song also had another close race, the GPI Mid-Major POY. For that, he was up against Jordison, but his final push in December ensured he took that title, as well. Since his first cash, Song has earned over $5.5 million at live events.
Elsewhere, Stephen Chidwick took the Card Player POY award. In qualifying events last year, he picked up over $6 million in tournaments that saw him take first place on numerous occasions.
Chidwick joins Daniel Negreanu as the only two to win the Card Player POY award twice. However, Chidwick, with over $44 million in lifetime earnings, will always be known as the first English player to win the award. He accomplished that feat in 2019.
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