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Race For Number One Spot Is Hotting Up in the UK Global Poker Index Rankings

Race For Number One Spot Is Hotting Up in the UK Global Poker Index Rankings 0001

The latest Global Poker Index rankings are up-to-date and although the current United Kingdom number one is still the same player, the race for that number one berth is well and truly on.

Toby Lewis is the name currently occupying the top spot having earned 2,563.61 ranking points. Lewis’ 18th place finish in the European Poker Tour Barcelona High Roller helped to keep him at the top of the leader board, but how long can he hold onto the coveted number one rank when he has some of the world’s best tournament players chasing him down.

Current UK number two is Scotland’s David Vamplew on 2,224.10 points. “Vamps” has managed to close the gap between Lewis and himself thanks to those two amazing results at the 2013 World Series of Poker where he finished second in Event #2 and was runner-up in Event #53. Vamplew’s third place finish in the €2,000 8-handed turbo side event at EPT Barcelona did his points tally no harm, either.

Stephen Chidwick’s 1,927.23 points mean you cannot right him out of the race to end 2013 on top of the UK GPI rankings. Chidwick doesn’t play many live tournaments outside of the WSOP so do not be betting too much money with your friends on him mounting a late charge. That said, should Chidwick decide to try and end 2013 with a bang, he could become a serious contender in the race for number one.

Rounding out the top 10 are Chris Moorman, WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship winner Matthew Ashton, Roberto Romanello, Zimnan Ziyard, Christopher Brammer, Niall Farrell and Jake Cody.

Romanello has slipped to sixth in the UK rankings and 122nd in the worldwide standings thanks 2013 being rather unkind to him. After winning more than $2,100,000 between 2010-12, Romanello has only cashed for $50,155 so far in 2013. Some of this is down to the popular Welshman cutting the number of tournaments he plays, but also because he has run terribly all year and is definitely on the wrong side of variance at the moment. We hope that with EPTs in London and Prague coming up before the end of 2013, Romanello can end 2013 on a high note and start to climb back towards the top of the GPI leader boards.

United Kingdom GPI Top 10 Rankings

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
120Toby Lewis2563.61
243David Vamplew2224.10
383Stephen Chidwick1927.23
490Chris Moorman1853.68
597Matthew Ashton1808.88
6122Roberto Romanello1702.68
7140Zimnan Ziyard1644.82
8145Christopher Brammer1621.26
9153Niall Farrell1605.75
10172Jake Cody1511.81

Outside the top 10 are a bunch of talented players who are one or two decent results away from breaking into the top 10 places. Players such as Red Dragon champion Tom Alner (1,490.75 points), Rhys Jones (1445.06), John Eames (1393.97) and Craig McCorkell (1366.13) find themselves knocking on the door of the top 10 and each of them is more than capable of bagging themselves plenty more points before 2013 is out.

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