The race to be the number one ranked player in the United Kingdom - as per the Global Poker Index - is tighter than ever before with fewer than 260 points separating the top four players.
Sat proudly at the top of the UK’s rankings is Toby Lewis and his 2107.58 points haul. The 24-year old Ivey Poker Pro has seen his lead at the top reduced to 130 points as he has not reached the money places in a qualifying tournament since his double cash at the Barcelona leg of the European Poker Tour in September.
Lewis is currently sunning himself in Mauritius so do not expect to see him tearing up EPT Prague over the next few days; his next major live events are most likely to be at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure or Aussie Millions.
David Vamplew and Matthew Ashton are the players currently occupying second and third place with 1977.16 and 1900.22 points. Vamplew recently won an FTOPS event at Full Tilt Poker and said via his Twitter account that he was planning on competing at the UKIPT Edinburgh festival and the 2014 PCA so expect the young Scot to be featuring in our headlines in the New Year.
Ashton on the other hand is likely to play a much reduced schedule as the 2013 ends. Ashton said in an interview shortly after winning the $50,000 Poker Players Championship at this year’s World Series of Poker that he probably would not play at all until the 2014 WSOP. Ashton did play a few events at the WSOP Europe festival, but do not expect him to be grinding a ton of events between now and the 2014 WSOP in Las Vegas.
Rounding out the top 10 are Stephen Chidwick, Zimnan Ziyard, Chris Moorman, Christopher Brammer, Niall Farrell, Craig McCorkell and Roberto Romanello.
Of those players, Brammer is the man who has climbed too seventh place in the UK rankings and a staggering 75 places in the GPI Top 300. The reasons for Brammer’s rapid rise are his second place in the UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max High Roller and his eighth place in the same festival’s Main Event.
Global Poker Index Top 10 UK Players
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Topping the Irish standings, as he has done all year, is Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain. The 29-year old is the only Irish player in the GPI Top 300 as he is currently ranked 141st in the world. Blain’s most recent cash came in the UKIPT Nottingham Six-Max High Roller where he finished fourth for £10,500.
John O’Shea, Padraig Parkinson and Mick Graydon keep hold of positions two through four, while Peter Murphy climbs into the top five places thanks to a handful of impressive results in the latter part of this year. Murphy cashed twice at the UKIPT Galway festival, before finishing 11th in the paddypowerpoker.com Irish Winter Festival. Buoyed by that result, Murphy headed to Amsterdam for the Master Classics of Poker where his run ended in 31st place.
Another player on the rise is Andrew King who currently occupies seventh place. In November 2013, King bought into the $2,200 World Poker Tour National Event in Cyprus along with 182 other hopefuls. Three days later, King was crowned champion and was awarded $126,628 for his victory.
Global Poker Index Top 10 Irish Players
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