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Toby Lewis Tops the UK Global Poker Index; Dermot Blain Number One in Ireland

Toby Lewis

Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis is one of the most respected and feared online poker tournament specialists in the world, but it is not only at the virtual felt that he terrorises opponents, he’s a beast in the live arena too.

According to the Global Poker Index, Lewis is the number one ranked player in the United Kingdom and 19th in the world overall. Lewis managed to keep hold of the number one spot despite David Vamplew, Matthew Ashton and Stephen Chidwick having some immense results at the 2013 World Series of Poker.

Speaking of Vamplew, the 25 year old Scot finds himself ranked second in the UK and 54th in the world thanks to an amazing summer in Las Vegas. “Vamps” finished second in not one, but two WSOP bracelet events, bagging himself an impressive $755,607 in the process. Those huge scores were Vamplew’s first six-figure cashes since he came fourth in a $1,500 event at the 2011 WSOP. With the new season of the World Poker Tour underway and the Season 10 of the European Poker Tour only weeks away, PokerNews would not bet against Vamplew adding another six-figure cash to his already impressive results.

Completing the top 10 players in the UK standings are everyone’s favourite Italian-Welshman combination Roberto Romanello, the aforementioned Chidwick and Ashton, online legend Chris Moorman, Christopher Brammer, EPT Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody and a new comer to the top 10, Tom Alner.

Alner has some fantastic results on his CV, including a 202nd place finish in this year’s WSOP Main Event, and 8th place finish in the Asia Championship of Poker Main Event and a final table appearance at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event.

United Kingdom GPI Top 10

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
119Toby Lewis2543.27
254David Vamplew2123.48
380Roberto Romanello1937.24
481Stephen Chidwick1933.80
598Matthew Ashton1808.88
6115Chris Moorman1702.19
7124Christopher Brammer1667.36
8133Zimnan Ziyard1646.66
9137Jake Cody1604.83
10153Tom Alner1532.38
Dermot Blain
Dermot Blain

Across the Irish Sea, it is the Full Tilt Poker UKIPT Ambassador Dermot Blain who is still the number one ranked player in Ireland. Blain has been number one for over a year and it does not look like he is going to be overtaken any time soon.

Blain bolstered his position at the top of the Irish rankings with a third place finish in €2,200 buy-in High Roller at the recent UKIPT Galway Festival.

The two players closest to Blain, in terms of GPI points, are John O’Shea and “Big” Mick Graydon. O’Shea could possibly have caught Blain had he managed to go all the way in Event #46 of the WSOP. However, O’Shea’s remarkable run came to an end in 12th place.

Graydon also had a deep run in Las Vegas, but like O’Shea, Graydon fell short of a huge payday.

Completing the Irish top 10 are Jason Tompkins, Jude Ainsworth, Andrew Sweeney, Marc Macdonnell, Sean Prendiville, Daragh Davey and Michael Farrelly.

Ireland Top 10 Ranked Players

Ireland RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1155Dermot Blain1526.25
2528John O’Shea936.75
3531Mick Graydon933.61
4745Jason Tompkins768.18
5765Jude Ainsworth758.45
6917Andrew Sweeney678.19
71042Marc Macdonnell627.29
81145Sean Prendiville586.31
91328Daragh Davey531.96
101345Michael Farrelly527.82

Check out the Top 100 UK players and Top 100 Irish players by clicking on the respective links. You can also discover who the top 300 ranked players in the world are by heading over to the Global Poker Index site.

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