We have been so used to see Vanessa Selbst claim the top spots on every list, whether it’s Global Poker Ladies, The Women All Time Money List, The Global Poker Index or GPI Player of the Year Ladies. But this month the South African poker player Ronit Chamani took first in GPI Player of the Year Ladies, and kicked Vanessa Selbst one place down to #2.
But that’s not Ronit Chamani’s only accomplishment as she also enters the overall GPI Player of the Year race, where only six players have better rankings than Chamani:
1. Keven Stammen
2. Dominik Panka
3. Dan Heimiller
4. Mike “Timex” McDonald
5. Jason Mercier
6. Amichai Barer
7. Ronit Chamani
Ronit Chamani’s race for the top began in January, when she became 13th in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open Championship winning $31,344. At the same venue she took 11th in the NL Hold’em Six Max. In February she was runner-up in a PLO Event at WPT L.A. Poker Classic and in March she won the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars $1,900 NL Holdem Event for $152.080, beating Joe Kuether heads-up for the title. By the way, Ana Marquez placed 17th in the same event.
Even though Chamani has been playing for a couple of years now and had some nice results, the poker world first really noticed her in November 2013, when she won the High Roller at the WPT Emperors Palace Poker Classic for $70,779 in Johannesburg, South Africa. And from then on her impressive run has continued.
In an interview with CalvinAyre.com Chamani gave a lot of credit for her development as a poker player to her boyfriend Ryan D’Angelo: “I have learned a lot from my boyfriend Ryan D’Angelo, who is one of the best players in the world, and my game has definitely elevated through him. I owe him a lot. Being a South African female poker player nobody ever made me a part of any group during those first few years; where people discuss hands and feed off each other. So for me my poker career has always been very internal. I believe you can only get so far if you don’t have feedback from other people.”
You can listen to the whole interview here.
It will be interesting to see if Chamani can keep up with Vanessa Selbst, when the WSOP starts at May 27. Selbst has only played a few tournaments since the PCA in January, but is expected to play a tight schedule at WSOP in order to capture her third bracelet.