GPI’s Best Players of the Decade

  • Let's start the New Year big. For example, by looking at the best poker players in the last 10 years.

  • Happy New Year, everybody! We start off by looking at the best poker players in the last 10 years. So far, the names include Phil Ivey, JC Tran, ElkY and John Juanda.

    GPI Decade List

    The year has started with Global Poker Index (GPI) releasing a project called GPI Player of the Decade. Among Top 9-5 there are JC Tran, Phil Ivey, John Juanda, Bertrand Grospellier and Shannon Shorr.

    First up, it may seem like a weird time to release a “Best of the decade” list because the decade is neither beginning nor ending. But on the other hand, 10 years ago Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP and the poker boom started. So, it makes sense to look back at the most transformational 10 years in poker history.

    Top 9 on the Best of the Decade list is no other than Phil Ivey. Yes, I also expected to see Ivey, widely regarded as the best poker player in the world, much higher on the list but it’s all about the match. According to GPI, Ivey scored 5,422 points during 2004-2013. And let’s be honest, he hasn’t played that much live poker in a few recent years, skipping the whole WSOP in 2011.

    Top 8 of the Decade is this year’s WSOP Main Event November NinerJC Tran. These really have been his years with a great finish. During the last decade he has earned 99,9% of his overall $10 million in poker cashes even though he has been playing poker for much longer. His best years were obviously 2007 (1st and 2nd at WPT events for $1.8 million) and 2013 when he finished 5th in WSOP Main Event claiming $2.1 million to his name.

    Top 7 on the GPI’s Best of the Decade list is – Shannon Shorr with 5,578. Being only 28 years old he may be the most surprising addition among the Top 9. But like we said, it’s all about the math. Grinding live tournaments for 10 years he has raked over $5 million even without massive multi-million finishes. Consistency in poker matters much more than one time winners.

    Top 6 on the list is Bertrand ElkY Grospellier. Throughout last decade he ElkY has accumulated 5,778 points and all of this $10 million in tournament earnings. In 10 years (even less as his first live cash was in 2006) he has won 11 events including EPT, WPT and WSOP which makes him a member of Triple Crown Club with only 5 members players.

    Top 5 on Best of the Decade list according to GPI is poker legend John ‘Luckbox’ Juanda with 6,261 points in last 10 years. During 2004-2013 he has accumulated $12,4 million out of his total $15 million in tournament cashes. He has 5 WSOP bracelets but only two of which during the last decade including WSOPE £10,000 Main Event in 2008 and WSOP $10,000 2-7 Draw in 2011. In fact, each of the Juanda’s bracelets come from different poker variants!

    The remaining 4 spots will be released later this week but you might probably guess at least 3 out of 5 remaining names. Here is a hint – two of them are non-American.
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