Player of the Year Ladies: Sam Cohen Overtakes the Lead From Vanessa Selbst

sam-cohenAs the year draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at the Player of the Year Ladies (PoYL), The Global Poker Ladies 25 and the Women’s All time Money List. Since September, when we last took a look at the different rankings, the tournament schedule has been extremely busy: WSOP Asia-Pacific, UKIPT Isle of Man, EPT London, different WPT National events and Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) – just to name a few.

GPI Player of the Year Ladies
In contrast to the Global Poker Ladies where one player has been on top of the list for a very long time, the PoYL has seen different players take the lead over the year. In spring Ronit Chamani was in the lead, but when Vanessa Selbst won her third bracelet at the WSOP, she overtook Chamani for the lead. With just one and a half month left of the year, we have a new leader: Samantha Cohen aka Sam Cohen.

Since spring Cohen has kept climbing: In April she was in 5th place, in May in 3rd, in September in 2nd and now on top of the list with a good chance of finishing the year as the overall leader. Cohen has had an active schedule and spent a lot of time in Asia lately. First she traveled to the WSOP APAC, where she cashed twice for around $20k. Then she continued to the Asia Championship of Poker in Macau and min cashed in one event.

Vanessa Selbst, who’s playing WPT in South Africa at the moment, is in second place. In third place we find poker veteran JJ Liu. Liu wasn’t even in top 20 at the start of the year, but after winning the APPT High Roller she entered the list in June in 6th place. Just like Cohen Liu took the trip down under and finished in 13th place in WSOP APAC Main Event for $27,671. She continued to ACOP and min cashed in a turbo event.

Ronit Chamani is in 4th, Maria Ho in 5th and Loni Harwood in 6th (#3 in September). Victoria Coren, who had fallen out of the top 20, re-enters the PoYL in 16th place after a deep run in the High Roller at EPT London, where she took home $52,622 for her 11th place finish.

GPI, Ladies 25
If we take a look at the GPI Ladies 25, which tracks the live results over the past three years, Vanessa Selbst is still untouchable in first place with Sam Cohen in second. New in third is Kitty Kuo, who has overtaken the position from Loni Harwood, who has fallen down one spot to #4. JJ Liu is in #5 and Maria Ho in #6.

Christina Lindley, Mimi Liu and Isabel Balthazar are no longer in top 25, while Candace Collins (#18), Celina Lin (#22) and Xuan Liu (#25) are new names on the list.

Women’s All Time Money List
The Women’s All Time Money List looks more or less like a copy of last month. The order of players is identical, even though some of the players have added recent tournament earning to their total life earnings.

You can view the full list of GPI Player of the Year Ladies, GPI Ladies 25 and the Women’s All Time Money List here

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