The Global Poker Index (GPI) is the premier ranking system for major live poker tournaments around the world. It's unique and secret mathematical formula helps the GPI to paint a true picture of who the best live poker tournament players are in the world, and recently they launched their National rankings, allowing us to see who the highest ranked players are from countries around the world. Here's a look at the UK & Ireland rankings.
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Sat at the top of the UK leader board is everyone's favourite Welshman, Roberto Romanello. His 2,317.81 points are enough to keep the threat of Chris Moorman away for another few weeks at least. Third placed Stephen Chidwick has not had any major results his World Series of Poker exploits but fourth placed Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis is still in the hunt for the 2012 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event bracelet and that could massively alter the standings.
Rounding out the top 10 are JP Kelly, Sam Trickett (who is still in the €50,000 High Roller event), European Poker Tour Loutraki winner Zimnan Ziyard, former EPT London champion David Vamplew, Martins Adeniya and Triple Crown winner Jake Cody.
Hovering outside the top 10 places are a whole host of talented poker players who are just one result away from being propelled into top 10. Three of them will be joining the aforementioned Lewis in the final 24 of the WSOPE Main Event, Chris Brammer (currently 13th in the GPI), Liv Boeree (16th) and Max Silver (19th) could all see themselves catapulted towards the top of the leader board if they make it to the final table of the WSOPE Main Event. Exciting times are ahead.
GPI Top 10 For Ireland
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As you can see from the table, Dermot Blain is the only Irish player who has managed to crack into the top 300 places in the world rankings, though Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth and Mick Graydon are not a million miles behind; the latter recently finished fourth in the European Short-Handed Poker Championships, which will boost his score when the rankings are updated.
You can check out the UK rankings and the Irish rankings for yourself over on their dedicated GPI pages, where you can also find the worldwide rankings too. Follow the GPI on Twitter to stay up-t-date with all their latest news and whilst you are following them why not do the same with the UK & Ireland PokerNews Twitter feed?