Roberto Romanello Still Number One in the UK; Dermot Blain is Ireland Premier Player
The Global Poker Index (GPI) is the most accurate way of ranking tournament poker players and the most popular too. The GPI uses a unique algorithm that allocated points based on finishing position and field size in tournaments commanding a buy-in of $1,000 or more. Unlike other ranking systems, the GPI gives more credit to recent results and less to historical results which many argue gives the poker community a better insight into who the best players are right now.
According the GPI the number one ranked player in the United Kingdom is still Roberto Romanello. The former European Poker Tour Prague and World Poker Tour Bratislava champion has 2,538.95 points to his name, which not only put him at the top of the UK rankings, but place him 17th in the world.
Romanello has been the number one UK player for a number of months now, but he will start too come under severe pressure in the coming weeks as some of his results age. Also, Romanello’s last points-awarding cash came 67 days ago when he finished 21st at EPT Prague, which means he will need to make it to the money at EPT London or its side events to prevent slipping down the table.
The current UK number two is Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis and his 2,167.12 points. Lewis picked up ranking points for his third place finish in the €1,000 buy-in Snowfest Main Event and for his deep run (17/1338) in the opening event of the 2013 Aussie Millions. The 24-year old is thought to be competing at the 2013 L.A. Poker Classic and the Bay 101 Shooting Stars in California, so watch out for results coming from the States.
Rounding out the top 10 are Christopher Brammer, Zimnan Ziyard who moved up six places to fourth, David Vamplew, JP Kelly, the eccentric Sam Razavi; Stephen Chidwick, Max Silver and the only Brit to win a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2012 Craig McCorkell.
The UK had a number of big movers this week thanks to deep runs in the EPT Deauville Main Event. Sam Grafton (up 10 places to 19th); Mathew Frankland (up 11 places to 21st); James Mitchell (up 18 places to 25th) and Gordon Huntly (up 15 places to 27th) all benefited from cashing in the Main Event. Jon Spinks’ outright win in the €2,000 side event so him rocket up 15 places to 22nd.
Topping the Irish charts is Dermot Blain and his 1,467.93 points. Like Romanello in the UK standings, Blain needs to bag a result in the coming weeks in order to prevent him sliding down the table. This is because he last ranking cash game 64 days ago when he won the €1,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Dealer’s Choice for €17,100. We would expect Blain to play a full schedule at the upcoming EPT London festival in a few week’s time.
Hot on Blain’s heels is Jason Tompkins who is starting to become a permanent fixture on the European live circuit. Tompkins cashed in an €800 buy-in side event at EPT Deauville and we believe he is playing in the PokerStars sponsored UKIPT Cork Main Event this week. Keep an eye out for his name in recaps.
Rounding out the top 10 places are Michael Graydon, Jude Ainsworth, John O’Shea, Sean Prendiville, Ronan Gilligan, former November Niner Eoghan O’Dea, Fergal Nealon and the legendary Padraig Parkinson.
The biggest riser in the Irish rankings was David Kilmartin Lappin who, thanks to a 38th place in the EPT Deauville Main Event, climbed 70 places to 14th. Lappin now leads the 2013 GPI player of the Year for Ireland.