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Toby Lewis Tops the GPI UK Rankings, Dermot Blain Leads the Irish

Dermot Blain and Toby Lewis

The Global Poker Index has performed its weekly update and it has resulted in two new faces in the United Kingdom Top 10.

It is still Toby Lewis and David Vamplew who are at the top of the UK Top 10 with Stephen Chidwick, Matthew Ashton and Chris Moorman making up the rest of the top five. European Poker Tour (EPT) Loutraki champion Zimnan Ziyard is the man in sixth place and immediately after Ziyard are the two newcomers to the GPI UK Top 10.

Niall Farrell finds himself in seventh place in UK and 127th in the world, a position bolstered by Farrell’s fourth career victory last week. Farrell took down the inaugural Isle of Man Cup at the UKIPT Isle of Man festival on November 3 for a cool £11,570.

Eighth place currently belongs to Birmingham’s Senh Man Ung who could be, with no disrespect intended, one of the best players you have never heard of! So far in 2013, Ung has amassed winnings of over $780,000 and is now rapidly approaching lifetime winnings of $1 million.

Ung had a trio of big scores at the 2013 EPT Grand Final:

  • 2nd place in the €5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Handed Turbo for €41,900
  • 6th place in the €10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-handed Turbo for €24,700
  • 2nd in the €10,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-handed Turbo for €67,600

More recently, Ung came 10th in the EPT London Main Event (£39,255) and even more recently, on November 2, Ung won the 2013 Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) in Macau for HK$4,086,700 or $527,016 depending on how you look at it.

If Ung continues in his current form a top five berth surely beckons.

Completing the top 10 are Roberto Romanello and Tom Alner.

Global Poker Index UK Top 10

UK RankGPI RankPlayerScore
133Toby Lewis2390.56
247David Vamplew2184.84
381Stepen Chidwick1887.48
482Matthew Ashton1885.09
5118Chris Moorman1693.92
6124Zimnan Ziyard1670.01
7126Niall Farrell1665.39
8171Senh Man Ung1524.38
9174Roberto Romanello1516.91
10179Tom Alner1505.26

A short trip across the Irish Sea finds Full Tilt Poker ambassador Dermot Blain at the top the Irish standings. The 29-year old from Sligo has been number one in Ireland for as long as we can remember and looks set to stay in that position for the foreseeable future unless one of the chasing pack can put together a string of results in the coming months.

A big shout out has to go to Padraig Parkinson who is currently third in the Irish standings. Last week, Parkinson won a €5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Triple Chance tournament at the world famous Aviation Club de France for €76,950 and as a result has climbed to 706th in the worldwide standings, which sp happens to be his highest position yet. Congratulations, sir.

Global Poker Index Ireland Top 10

Ireland RankGPI RankPlayerScore
1146Dermot Blain1587.55
2534John O’Shea944.98
3706Padraig Parkinson812.04
4715Michael Graydon803.87
5966Jason Tompkins666.98
61168Peter Murphy585.38
71198Marc MacDonnell570.36
81222Andrew Sweeney565.31
91268Jude Ainsworth554.97
101324Eoghan O’Dea539.36

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