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Stephen Chidwick Starts 2014 Atop of the UK GPI Rankings

Stephen Chidwick

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 RankWorld RankPlayerScore
135Stephen Chidwick2196.16
247Toby Lewis2088.16
359David Vamplew1959.39
4108Zimnan Ziyard1643.50
5110Max Silver1630.96
6127Tom Alner1550.55
7130Tamer Kamel1546.54
8152Matthew Ashton1468.46
9153Christopher Brammer1462.00
10167Chris Moorman1423.59
11168Niall Farrell1420.32
12190Senh Man Ung1368.33
13216Jack Salter1307.21
14237Gordon Huntly1258.79
15246Steve Watts1236.97
116247Roberto Romanello1236.39
17258Tom Middleton1206.97
18297Craig McCorkell1113.36
19316Simon Deadman1088.95
20324John Eames1071.17

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 RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1107Dermot Blain1647.99
2596Peter Murphy813.84
3637Marc MacDonnell764.70
4666John O’Shea747.94
5780Padraig Parkinson691.44
6863Sean Prendiville650.33
7959Andrew King616.86
8967Eoghan O’Dea614.03
91018Michael Graydon593.18
101029Jason Tompkins586.32
111292Andrew Sweeney508.64
121534Rory Brown450.33
131737David Kilmartin Lappin410.95
141767Dara O’Kearney406.08
151803Jude Ainsworth402.05
161806Daragh Davey401.88
171842Michael Farrelly395.86
181858Chris Dowling393.77
191959Mark Davis377.54
201993Rory Rees Brennan372.64

To view the top 100 UK players, the top 100 Irish players or the top 300 worldwide players simply click any of those little links.

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