2015 WSOP Asian Player of the Year

The Global Poker Index (GPI) is powering for the first time this year the prestigious WSOP Player of the Year Award. In partnership with the Global Poker Index, we are proud to introduce to you the 2015  WSOP Asian Player of the Year Award. Race is not over, ten events still need to be played in October during  the WSOP Europe in Germany.

1st – Terry Fan, Taiwan 972 Pts

After starting his 2015 WSOP with 262nd place in the Colossus event, Fan who is representing FulPot Poker finished 51st in a 6 handed Holdem event, followed by 214th in the Millionaire Maker event. After those deep runs in sizeable fields, he then went on to finish 16th place out of 1,844 in a $1,500 Holdem event. He then backed this result up with a final table and a 5th place finish in a $3,000 Holdem event, before his 330th place finish in the Little One For One Drop. His best score is still his victory in the 2013, he won the Red Dragon Event for $228,121. 

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Terry Fan – 1st

2nd – Aditya Agarwal, India 559 Pts

Agarwal only had two cashes this summer at the WSOP, but it's fair to say that his second was an important one. 64th out of 7,192 in the 'Monster Stack' event was a good result, but his 71st out of 6,420 in the Main Event was certainly the more profitable result. As a Pokerstars sponsored pro, he has shown this year that he has the ability to go deep in large field events.


Aditya Agarwal – 2nd

3rd – Andrew Gaw, Philippines 556 Pts

The Holdem 'Mix Max' event was arguably Gaw's best result this year. It always hurts for a player to come close to a bracelet and miss out, but his 3rd place finish in a field of 873 is an impressive result. He followed this up with 91st out of 1,244 in a $2,500 Holdem event, before a deep run in the Main Event saw him cash for $19,500 with his 499th place finish.

Andrew Gaw

Andrew Gaw – 3rd

4th – Tetsuya Tsuchikawa, Japan 540 Pts

Tsuchikawa is quickly become a well known player, and a few more solid results at this years WSOP won't have harmed his growing reputation. 88th out of 2,150 in a $1,000 Holdem event was followed by 62nd out of 1,655 in a $1,500 event. Finally, he made a small cash in the $777 Lucky 7's event where he finished 374th.

 5th – Pakinai Lisawad, Thailand 536 Pts

The 2015 WSOP was defined by one result for Lisawad. The $25,000 PLO High Roller attracts some big names and creates a big prize pool. Lisawad went all the way to the final table, and came agonisingly close to winning the bracelet, finishing 2nd place out of 175 for $693,533.

6th – Yosuke Sekiya, Japan 505 Pts

Sekiya put together a few good results at this years WSOP, starting with a 28th place out of more than 1,600 players in a $1,500 Holdem event. He followed that up with min cash in the Draft Kings 50/50. Another $1,500 Holdem event led to another deep run for Sekiya, with a 17th place finish from a field of 21,55.

7th – Takuya Suzuki, Japan 504 Pts

 Just one result of note this year for Takuya Suzuki. The Main Event is a great tournament to go deep in, and Suzuki did just that, finishing a creditable 250th place out of 6,420 runners for $34,157.

8th– Carlos Chang, Taiwan 476 Pts

Carlos Chang has notched up a few good runs during the WSOP this year, starting with a 324th in the $1,500 Monster Stack. 111th place in another $1,500 Holdem event followed, before a final table in the Little One For One Drop resulted in a 5th place finish.

9th – Yingui Li, China 446 Pts

Li had three good results at Holdem events during this year's series. 66th place out of 989 in Event 38 was followed by 158th out of 1,914. His best result came in the No Limit Holdem Bounty event, where he managed 38th place out of 2,178.

10th – Ping Lin, China 444 Pts

Three times in the money at this year's WSOP for Ping Lin. 406th place out of 6,420 in the Main Event was a great effort, and good for $24,622. He finished also 98th in a $1,500 No Limit Holdem Event and 277th in the Millionaire Maker Event

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Graduated in Media Communication at the University of Lausanne, Louis Hartman is a co-founder of He began his career in Cambodia as freelance journalist. In same time he was making his living by playing poker every night at that time. Intense learner, he read dozens of poker strategy books to improve his skills during many years. With a strong interest about poker "behind the scene" in Asia and his communication skills, Louis launched Somuchpoker in 2014.

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