Hold on! What was everybody so upset about last week? I was browsing the Instagram comments regarding the Power Rankings and everyone seemed to be up in arm about Paul Pierce making it onto the list. Well, I’ve got news for you! Barcelona superstar Gerard Pique has made it this week and I’ll give a quick refresher on why these athletes and former athletes are included!

The Poker Central Power Rankings are not the Global Poker Index lists that give the perfect reflection of what goes on in the tournament world, nor are they SharkScope or PocketFives with regards to online results. Our Rankings are a blend of social media buzz, tournament & cash game results as well as a dose of drama mixed in there. So, if you don’t like fun, a bit of drama and controversy? Go look the aforementioned websites – which I do on a weekly basis as well – or you can take this for what it is, enjoy the content and let us know who we forgot and what this list should include from your perspective!

The Poker Central Power Rankings are voted on each week by five-panel members who use their own criteria to determine player relevance leading to a list of 25 players that score points from 65 down to 1. The criteria loosely include player results, social media influence, some good ol’ drama or other things of note that make ear perk up and our eyes grow bigger. Got beef with our decisions on a week-to-week basis? Hit us up on @PokerCentral on Twitter and jump into the conversation.

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Rob Yong 1 1

Putting together what could be the largest televised cash game inside the PokerGO Studio after two thrilling nights of GOAT Week on Poker After Dark has Rob Yong clearly in the crosshairs of the voting panel. Yong remains at No. 1 with his excitement for the game and his appetite for Twitter discussion about a variety of high stakes poker topics. Go Rob!

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Juan Pardo Unranked 2

What a week it’s been for Juan Pardo Dominguez! First, he won the €25k High Roller for $546k and he followed that up by winning the €50k High Roller for $1.1 million the following day! Pardo doubled his career tournament earnings with these two big scores and continues to add to his impressive year that now totals $2.3 million.

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Sergi Reixach Unranked 3

The Spain-Train keeps rolling as Sergi Reixach notched up the biggest score of his career by winning the massive EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for $2 million! Reixach beat out a field of 49 entries and Sam Grafton heads up.

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Gerard Pique Unranked 4

Big sports publications such as BeIN Sports, 90 Min, Sports BibleThe Sun, Marca, and the International Business Times all reported on Gerard Pique’s exploits at EPT Barcelona where he finished second in the €25,000 High Roller behind the aforementioned Juan Pardo. Pique’s teammate Arturo Vidal also made the final table to put poker in front of a massive soccer audience that caught wind of their big wins.

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Sam Grafton 22 5

Sam Grafton is working on an impressive year as he notched up the biggest score of his career by taking second in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller behind Sergi Reixach. Grafton took home $1.4 million for his efforts and bring his career total to $3.5 million and making this by far the biggest year of his live tournament career. Prior to 2019, Grafton had never cashed for more than $422k in a single year.

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Tom Dwan 2 6

Tom Dwan made waves on Poker After Dark when he played on GOAT Week and he also joined me and Brent Hanks on the Poker Central Podcast. I also caught up with Dwan to talk about the high stakes poker climate and you can read that feature interview right here.

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Bryn Kenney 4 7

It’s hard to find reasons to not rank Bryn Kenney at the top given his insane year and we might as well just keep ranking even though it doesn’t look like he’s going to add any results to his list just yet. Kenney has lately been seen chilling out in Barcelona during the EPT and we’re eyeing his return to a big final table during the British Poker Open that kicks off on Monday!

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Phil Hellmuth 5 8

He did it again! He calls himself the greatest for a reason and after a great showing on GOAT Week, Hellmuth was at it again in Los Angeles where he made a big final table of the Mega Millions event! Keep doing GOAT things Mr. 15 Bracelet!

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Alan Keating 2 9

Alan Keating’s debut on Poker After Dark resonated with fans all over the world as he drops from 2 to 9 this week on the Power Rankings. Keating will hopefully return to the PokerGO Studio with his exciting plays and massive stack but until then we will probably not see him in the Top 10. Oh, and you have to watch this video below where Hellmuth and Keating square off.

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Ali Imsirovic Unranked 10

Last but not least, Ali Imsirovic made his way back into the Top 10! Imsirovic was gone for a long time but a big final table in Barcelona in the €50,000 High Roller and the anticipation of his battle with Sam Soverel for the title of High Roller of the Year sparked the interest of our voting panel.

Tune in again next week for the latest Poker Central Power Rankings! Until then, listen to Brent Hanks and me discuss this week’s rankings on the Poker Central Podcast. Looking to watch the latest live and on-demand poker action? Subscribe to PokerGO right now. 

Bryn Kenney, Phil Hellmuth, Sergi Reixach, Ali Imsirovic, Tom Dwan, Sam Grafton, Alan Keating, Rob Yong, EPT Barcelona, Gerard Pique, Juan Pardo