Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis has overtaken Roberto Romanello in the United Kingdom’s Global Poker Index rankings and is now ranked number one the country. Just across the Irish Sea, Dermot Blain remains on top of the Emerald Isle rankings.
Lewis’ climb to the top was helped by two recent cashes. The first was his impressive sixth place finish at the 2013 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic that bagged him $193,560. Lewis managed to outlast the majority of the 517-strong field and everyone back home was hoping the 23-year old could bring back to a WPT title to add to the European Poker Tour gong he picked up in 2010.
The second of Lewis’ cashes was his 36th place finish in the EPT London Main Event. This netted him an additional £12,500 in prize money and took his lifetime live tournament cashes to $1,787,313.
Romanello finds himself in second place despite three cashes at EPT London. Although he picked up almost £15,300 in prize money, the events the Welshman cashed in were £1,000 and £2,000 buy-in events, which do not carry as many GPI points as the higher buy-in tournaments that are available. With EPT Berlin and the EPT Grand Final just on the horizon, we would expect Romanello to mount a serious attempt to claim his number one spot back.
Rounding off the top 10 are Christopher Brammer, Zimnan Ziyard, Chris Moorman, David Vamplew, Sam Razavi, JP Kelly, Craig McCorkell and Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree.
United Kingdom GPI Top 10
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Dermot Blain is a regular on the major European poker tours, there is hardly a WPT or EPT without his presence! He was in London during March where he finished second in the £1,500 No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed event for a score of £11,000. He then jetted back home and competed in the Irish Open, but could not bag the title, falling in 54th place for €4,350.
Blain’s nearest rival in the Irish rankings are a trio of players who have just 15 points between them! Second plce is currently occupied by “Big” Mick Graydon and hot on his heels are Jude Ainsworth and Jason Tompkins. As in the case of Romanello, we would fully expect these gentlemen to be playing packed schedule in the next few weeks, so expect some interesting changes.
Making up the top 10 are John O’Shea, former November Niner Eoghan O’Dea, Andrew King, Sean Prendiville, Fergal Nealon and Andy Black.
Ireland GPI Top 10
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