Kristen Bicknell Retains Title Of Female GPI Player Of The Year
Kristen Bicknell has definitely come a long way as a poker pro. The Canadian player has once again captured the Female Global Poker Index (GPI) Player of the Year (POY) 2018 title.
Bicknell has had a great run in the last few years winning the GPI POY in 2017 and 2018 and narrowly missing out in 2016 after she was topped by America Cate Hall.
This is a great achievement for Bicknell who spent the first few years playing online poker. She had success playing online poker and went on to reach PokerStars’ highest status – the prestigious Supernova Elite – which entitled her to huge rakes, as well as various benefits and rewards. She also occasionally played live poker and found that she was pretty good at live tournaments. One of her major accomplishments was in 2013, when she won the WSOP Ladies Event.
It was in 2015 when Bicknell finally decided to switch to live tournaments, following changes to online formats. Not long after the transition, she captured her second WSOP bracelet at the 2016 WSOP, winning a $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Bounty event.
Goal-driven and motivated to represent women in live poker tournaments; Bicknell strived to make a mark but has had a lot of disappointing finishes. However, they did not stop her from working hard and improving her skills at the table.
2018 Was Her Best Year
2018 was Bicknell’s best year yet, achieving her first ever seven-figure earnings of $1,095,611, after cashing in 28 events. She kicked off the year with a few small cashes at Aussie Millions and would go on to win big at a number of high-roller events, including winning the top prize at Asia Pacific Tour’s HK$80,000 National High Roller event, and a fourth-place finish in another HK$100,000 high roller.
Bicknell partly attributes her success to a strong relationship she currently shares with her boyfriend Alex Foxen, an equally competitive and accomplished poker professional. Foxen ended 2018 with a bang, also being recognized as the world’s top GPI player.
Huge Goals for 2019
Bicknell has no plans to slow down in 2018 and will push even harder. She is determined to significantly surpass her biggest earnings to date, and will work really hard in 2019 to achieve her first $1 million win.
The Global Poker Index (GPI) is one of the leading global live poker ranking systems and it a major achievement for Bicknell to once again take the top spot.