We may only be a week into the New Year, but already the Global Poker Index has updated its rankings; it appears that both time and the GPI wait for no man.
As there were no major live events of note over the festive period, the rankings have hardly changed as players were unable to accumulate any precious GPI leader board points. Instead, any alterations to the standings were the result of older scores decaying or no longer being counted towards a player’s grand total.
The name at the top of the United Kingdom’s leader board is that of Stephen Chidwick. Here at UK & Ireland PokerNews HQ we think that Chidwick stands a good chance of being number one come the end of 2014 due to his excellent results in the latter half of 2013.
Although older results hold less weight as time drifts by, Chidwick’s results at the World Series of Poker were unmatched by any of his fellow Brits – some may argue David Vamplew’s double runner-up finishes were equally as impressive – plus Chidwick has a WSOPE final table appearance and his two third place finishes in the Eureka Poker Tour Prague and European Poker Tour Prague Main Events to help keep his score buoyant should he go through a dry spell at the start of 2014.
We may be ever so slightly biased here at UK & Ireland PokerNews, but we feel that 2014 is going to be one of the most exciting from a British poker point of view and we cannot wait to watch on as the players battle to become the number one ranked player in the Global Poker Index standings.
United Kingdom Top 20 Ranked Players (08/01/2014)
|UK Rank||World Rank||Player||Score|
|12||190||Senh Man Ung||1368.33|
2013 was a tough year for Ireland’s top poker tournament talent as the majority of them went through dry spells and there weren’t many of Irish players who bagged what we would classify as a large score.
Dermot Blain helped himself to plenty of low five-figure scores during the year, yet it wasn’t enough to see the popular Full Tilt Poker Ambassador slide out of the Top 100 in the worldwide rankings.
One of the largest scores had by an Irish player last year topped the scales at €76,950. This was the amount won by Padraig Parkinson when he took down the €5,000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Triple Chance during the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris.
After relatively quiet years on the tournament circuit, we would not be surprised to see John O’Shea of Eoghan O’Dea back in the thick of it during the next 12 months.
Ireland’s Top 20 Ranked Players (08/01/2014)
|Ireland Rank||World Rank||Player||Score|
|13||1737||David Kilmartin Lappin||410.95|
|20||1993||Rory Rees Brennan||372.64|