“Bert” Perry, Nikki Turner top 2023 Australian GPI Player of the Year rankings

John “Bert” Perry

The 2023 Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year rankings have been unveiled, with none other than John “Bert” Perry and Nikki Turner taking down the Australian Player of the Year titles.

Perry, a popular figure on the local poker scene, enjoyed the biggest year of his career to date on the live felt with almost US$600,000 (AU$897,000) in earnings – much of it during his travels across Asia.

His year began with victory in the WPT Prime Cambodia High Roller for US$105,487, followed by another High Roller win at U Series of Poker in Hanoi, Vietnam in April and yet another at U Series of Poker in Da Nang, Vietnam in November.

On Aussie soil he prevailed in the Poker Palace Winter Championships Main Event, an APLPT Albury MegaStack event and in the Hall of Fame Invitational at APT National Poker Championships.

Speaking with our friends at Australian Poker Schedule about his GPI honour, Perry said, “The GPI Player of the Year is not something I chased or even thought about throughout the year, but it’s a pretty cool reflection of the incredible year, so it’s nice to have it in that way … plus my Mum is pretty stoked!”

2023 AUSTRALIAN GPI PLAYER OF THE YEAR – TOP 10 RESULTS

Rank NamePoints
1Bert Perry2,458.01
2Josh McCully2,432.24
3Alan Pham2,400.71
4Yita Choong2,392.02
5Anton Lu2,361.03
6William Jia2,109.29
7Dylan Foster1,962.43
8Adam Kharman1,952.38
9Gary Lin1,893.17
10Danielle Noja1,890.04
Nikki Turner

The Gold Coast’s Nikki Turner has become an increasingly familiar face at major Australian events over the past year and, like Perry, enjoyed a career-best run in 2023.

She produced multiple final table finishes across most major tours, including a runner-up finish in the APLPT Gold Coast Jackstar in April for $47,010 – helping push her career earnings to US$150,000 (AU$225,000). 

Turner finished the year with a 3rd-place finish in The Grind at the APT National Poker Championships, setting herself up for another impressive run as we head into 2024.

2023 AUSTRALIAN GPI FEMALE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – TOP 10 RESULTS

Rank NamePoints
1Nikki Turner1,222.74
2Gina Vuksanovic1,162.34
3Aroha Ngata1,133.34
4Janet Wyvill1,095.43
5Michell Psarras1,044.25
6Hanna Azimai901.20
7Jade Mitchell811.22
8Ling Liu810.14
9Jennifer Cassell711.08
10Elise Depau686.47

In the Global GPI Rankings, Perry finished at #236 behind the official 2023 Player of the Year, Bin Weng, who became a household name after winning US$1 million in The Return at Atlantic City’s Borgata; making consecutive WPT Main Event final tables including victory in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown; and securing another win in the $25k High Roller at the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas in December.

Turner was ranked #2129 overall and #47 among the ladies, with none other than Kristen Foxen securing her place as the world’s top tanked female in 2023 – the fourth time she has done so.

Part of poker’s power couple alongside husband and high stakes crusher Alex Foxen, Kristen reached the final table of WPT Choctaw and enjoyed a deep run at the WPT World Championship in Las Vegas among multiple other strong finishes.

Congratulations to all on a stellar 2023!

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