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Vamplew Closes the Gap on Chidwick in the GPI Rankings

David Vamplew and Stephen Chidwick

Stephen Chidwick’s lead in the United Kingdom’s Global Poker Index (GPI) standings has been slashed to 68.75 points following second placed David Vamplew reaching the money twice during the ongoing European Poker Tour (EPT) Deauville festivities.

Chidwick has drawn a blank during EPT Deauville including stone-cold bubbling the €5,300 buy-in Main Event, something of a rarity for him. Vamplew on the other hand, finished 14th in a €1,100 NL Hold’em 8-Handed Turbo for €2,190 and followed that up with a 6th place finish in the €2,150 NL Hold’em Turbo 8-Handed event for €9,020.

Vamplew’s fellow Scot Niall Farrell leapfrogged over Senh Man Ung and is now ranked 8th in the UK. Farrell’s small but meaningful jump up the leader board is partly due to his 11th place finish in the EPT Deauville €1,100 NL Hold’em 8-Handed Turbo at the start of the week.

This week’s biggest climbers were Tom Hall and Simon Deadman. Hall moved up from 14th to 10th as his 10th place finish in the PCA Main Event and a cash in the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event came into play.

Deadman finds himself at his highest peak yet thanks to his amazing start to 2014, a start that you can read about here. Deadman is now ranked 190th in the world, again his highest ranking since the GPI’s inception.

A deep EPT Deauville Main Event run by Ludovic Geilich should see him vastly improve on his current 64th place position, while JP Kelly and Eli Heath both find themselves in the final 10 of the EPT Deauville Main Event as this article went live and should soar up the standings after the next update in a week’s time.

United Kingdom Top 20 Ranked Players (31/01/2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
134Stephen Chidwick2716.50
242David Vamplew2648.25
359Toby Lewis2459.36
475Max Silver2305.03
5105Zimnan Ziyard2049.13
6128Tom Alner1967.93
7130Tamer Kamel1952.92
8141Niall Farrell1915.83
9144Senh Man Ung1901.46
10154Tom Hall1865.05
11179Christopher Brammer1771.07
12189Chris Moorman1747.10
13190Simon Deadman1746.75
14192Jack Salter1740.76
15203Gordon Huntly1720.44
16208Matthew Ashton1663.25
17226Steve Watts1663.25
18246Roberto Romanello1592.02
19272Liv Boeree1534.70
20288Paul Vas Nunes1497.49

Dermot Blain Leads, Andrew King, David Lappin and Fergal Nealon Climb

Reigning Irish Player of the Year Dermot Blain is still the man to catch in Ireland’s Global Poker Index rankings and should push further ahead of the chasing pack when the rankings are next updated, thanks to him winning the €1,100 Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed freezeout at the European Poker Tour Deauville festival.

Blain’s closest rivals in the rankings are Marc MacDonnell and Peter Murphy who are yet to cash in 2014 and have therefore lost some ground on the popular Full Tilt Poker Ambassador.

One man who has closed the gap somewhat is Andrew King who climbs from seventh place to fourth thanks to his exploits in Cyrpus at the start of the year. King caught some winter sun at the Merit Poker Winterfest in January where he cashed three times, including a 6th place finish in the $1,500 Six Max Super Deepstack ($5,246 in prize money) and an 8th place finish in the $1,100 Turbo Deepstack ($4,433).

Also climbing thanks to cashing in some 2014 events are David Lappin and Fergal Nealon. Lappin banked two cashes at the recent UKIPT Edinburgh festival: (1) a 44th place finish in the £1,100 Main Event and (2) a 6th place finish in the £100+£100 Win the Button event.

Nealon’s rise is a direct result of his 3rd place finish in the €800+€100 No Limit Hold’em Random bounty at EPT Deauville that was won by the UK’s Eli Heath. Nealon picked up €12,750 for his efforts and a bagful of GPI leader board points. Nealon also finished 63rd in the EPT Deauville Main Event so expect him to climb even higher after the next update.

Ireland’s Top 20 Ranked Players (31/01/2014)

Ireland RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1106Dermot Blain2044.39
2518Marc MacDonnell1176.07
3598Peter Murphy1098.30
4652Andrew King1053.11
5832Sean Prendiville933.35
6852Jude Ainsworth917.49
7865John O’Shea909.55
8914Michael Graydon877.90
9962David Lappin854.75
10965Padraig Parkinson853.94
111017Jason Tompkins830.04
121019Chris Dowling829.08
131047Eoghan O’Dea817.53
141442Andrew Sweeney657.44
151503Dara O’Kearney654.50
161567Daragh Davey636.25
171610Michael Farrelly623.67
181804Rory Brown584.52
192081Fergal Nealon526.70
202312Trevor Dineen491.76

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