With WPT Five Diamond and PokerStars Championship Prague in the books, it feels safe to crown Kristen Bicknell as the 2017 best female player in the world.
It’s the first PoY title for Bicknell, who holds two WSOP bracelets in No Limit Hold’em Events, which she won in 2013 (the Ladies World Championship) and in 2016 ($1,500 Bounty Event). And even though Bicknell did not win a third bracelet this year, she came very close finishing in 6th place of the prestigious $10,000 6-Max Championship Event for nearly $100k.
Overall 2017 has been an incredible year for the Canadian poker pro. Bicknell has cashed in 75 live tournaments, gone deep in several and won two of them. In March she won a turbo event at the PokerStars Championship Panama and just two weeks ago she took down a $5,000 event at WPT Five Diamond for $199,840. Bicknell’s hot run this year has secured her more than $550,000 in live cashes.
Bicknell earns the top spot in front of Maria Lampropulos from Argentina, who has enjoyed a great year on the felt as well. In April Lampropulos won the Party Poker Millions for a cool £ 1,000,000 outlasting more than 1,200 entries. Loni Harwood who is always in contention for the top spot finishes in third place of the standings after taking #5 in 2016 and #7 in 2015. Maria Ho, who recently finished in 6th place in WSOP Europe Main Event, and Esther “E-Tay” Brady with impressive four final tables at this year’s WSOP, round up the top five.
Final Top 10 2017 GPI Player of the Year Ladies (as of December 18th)
1 Kristen Bicknell, 2,627 pts.
2 Maria Constanza Lampropulos, 2,196 pts.
3 Loni Harwood, 2,066 pts.
4 Maria Ho, 2,045 pts.
5 Esther “E-Tay” Brady, 1,987 pts.
6 Nadya Magnus, 1,983 pts.
7 Cate Hall, 1,882 pts.
8 Wendy Freedman, 1,668 pts.
9 Celina Lin, 1,636 pts.
10 Anna Antimony, 1,510 pts.
Huge Congrats to Kristen Bicknell and the rest of the top female crushers on their great results.