You are playing poker for a while or you are just a new player and you would like to know how the ranking works.
It is quite difficult to compare players because it exists a number of different tournaments with more or less of opponents. So there is a ranking rule for every tournament but if we want to know which one is the best, you just need to compare the total of rewards. At the end of the year or at the end of each tournament, a ranking is established and you will have an idea of the best poker player in the world through it.
I will list the ranking of every tournament and try to give you some statistics on each.
General ranking. As you can guess, most of the best players get it through the WSOP tournament and most of them are American. 15 on 20 best players in the world are American that it means that 75% of them are from USA. IT s quite easy to give an explanation, poker was born in USA and it became really popular for the rest of the world for the last 10 years but for America, they started it before.
|3||Joe Cada||$8,535,649 4|
|4||Jerry Yang||$8,250,000 5|
|6||Allen Cunningham||$6,717,545 7|
|9||Paul Wasicka||$6,217,738 10|
|10||Phil Hellmuth Jr||$5,961,355|
The SWOP ranking: This one depends of your victories at the WSOP. Hard, really hard ranking.
|1||Phil Ivey||$12,804,433 1|
|4||Phil Hellmuth Jr||$10,941,556|
|5||Joe Hachem||$10,856,216 7|
|6||Scotty Nguyen (VME)||$10,955,581|
These are the main ones but after that you have a number of different ranking. You have the World poker tour; one of the tournaments that the Americans don’t lead but, 7 on 10 players are still USA.
In Europe, you have the EPT, in this one, the variety of nationalities is more important but it is still 3 Americans in it among the best players.
You have also the Aviation Club de France. It is a specific one and most of the tournament is won by one of the members. And every country (or almost) have their own ranking. You have the one with only women which Kathy Liebert leads with a record reward of $5,643,539.
But of course, if you are not professional is it quite difficult to have your place in these kinds of ranking. These are a lot of other ranking. If you play in a pub in England or everywhere, you can get your name of this quite of ranking. This one can be local (the pub), regional if you are good enough and national. It is probably an online ranking as well but for today I will stop myself now and get some more details for the next time.