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Kristen Bicknell Remains First in 2018 GPI Canadian Player of the Year Ranking

Canadian female poker player Kristen Bicknell has remained among the top 3 of the Global Poker Index (GPI) Top 10 Canadian players for another week. For the time being, she also heads the 2018 GPI ranking for Canadian Player of the Year.

Bicknell, whose all-time live poker winnings are far smaller than the ones of other Canadian poker stars such as Daniel “Kid Poker” Negreanu and Sam Greenwood, has managed to remain on top of the competition for the best live tournament poker player in the country so far in 2018. Currently, the partypoker ambassador is closely followed by Sam Greenwood who has managed to claim the second place for the time being, while Mike “GoLeafsGoEh” Leah is third. Another all-time Canadian poker star – Daniel Negreanu – is fourth in the competition for the best GPI Canadian Poker Player of 2018.

Currently, Bicknell has all-time money earnings of $2,156,900 on her account, with her best live cash being estimated at $290,768.

Lately, Bicknell has taken part in the 49th edition of the World Series of Poker scooping overall winnings of US$82,790. Her best ranking during the 2018 WSOP was the eleventh position she reached in Event #54 US$3,000 NLHE, which brought her a prize of US$29,284.

Bicknell Faces Criticism over Possible Collusion at MSPT $5,000 Venitian Main Event

Most recently, Kristen Bicknell and her boyfriend Alex Foxen have faced some criticism and collusion accusations for their three-handed play against Kahle Burns at the MSPT $5,000 Venitian Main Event.

The “Power Couple” as they were called, managed to sent Burns home, after which Foxen and Bicknell had to face each other in a heads-up play, which ended up with Foxen claiming the event’s title and beating his girlfriend, sending her on the second place and scooping a prize of $239,000.

However, the two of them faced some collusion accusations, as at the time of the three-handed play both Foxen and Bicknell held a 45% stake of the chips in play, while Burns held 10% only. Of course, it makes a perfect sense for each of the two players with the larger stacks to avoid confronting each other and to focus on expelling the one who has the shortest stack first.

Such a play is not only common sense but kind of collusion which has kind of become acceptable when it comes to live poker tournaments. However, Bicknell and Foxen have a romantic relationship, so the Australian poker player Kahle Burns stood no chance against the two of them. In fact, the couple did not appear to do anything to indicate any kind of collusion at the time of the event apart from practices which were totally acceptable. Unfortunately, the rumors of collusion were inevitable in that situation, with three-handed play lasting for almost four hours.