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Stephen Chidwick Tops the UK GPI; Dermot Blain Rules in Ireland

Stephen Chidwick and Dermot Blain

Stephen Chidwick and Dermot Blain are still the men to catch in the UK and Ireland Global Poker Index, although the chasing pack has started to exert more pressure on them and have bridged the gap, substantially in some cases.

Chidwick is yet to register a live cash in 2014 and that has resulted in his lead at the top of the UK Global Poker Index being cut to only 89 points. Those 89 point are all that stand between Chidiwck and second placed David Vamplew, whose three cashes at the recent Deauville stop on the European Poker Tour bagged him 255 precious points. With the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships being only days away, Vamplew has the opportunity to leapfrog Chidwick by the time the GPI next runs an update.

There has been little change in the positions of the top 20, but players such as Eli Heath (24th in the UK), Ludovic Geilich (34th in the UK) and Oliver Price (57th in the UK) have all climbed significantly thanks to their final table appearance in the EPT Deauville Main Event. Price should climb even higher once his win in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) London Main Event is added to his score.

Once that GUKPT title becomes valid, Price could overtake Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree at the top of the UK’s 2014 Player of the Year standings. Boeree currently has 223 POY points thanks to her 50th place finish in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event and her runner-up finish at UKIPT Edinburgh. Boeree also cashed twice at the Aussie Millions, but these scores have not added to her GPI points as they missed the cut off for the update.

United Kingdom Top 20 Ranked Players (13/02/2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
136Stephen Chidwick2,717
246David Vamplew2,628
354Toby Lewis2,549
471Max Silver2,412
584Zimnan Ziyard2,284
6131Tom Alner1,968
7133Tamer Kamel1,953
8142Niall Farrell1,916
9145Senh Man Ung1,901
10181Matthew Ashton1,789
11189Christopher Brammer1,764
12199Tom Hall1,750
13200Chris Moorman1,747
14202Simon Deadman1,742
15203Jack Salter1,741
16230Gordon Huntly1,674
17238Steve Watts1,663
18242Liv Boeree1,647
19262Roberto Romanello1,592
20296Pal Vas Nunes1,497

Blain’s Still The Boss in Ireland

Like the UK GPI rankings, there has been little change in the Irish standings, where Dermot Blain still leads. That said, former World Series of Poker Main Event November Niner Eoghan O'Dea has climbed up to second place thanks to his superb performance in the Aussie Millions Main Event. O’Dea eventually finished in eighth place despite starting Day 3 in 35th place from 36 players.

That result has propelled O’Dea to the top of the 2014 Ireland Player of the Year standings, too. O’Dea’s rise to the top has pushed Jude Ainsworth into second place in the POY leader board; Ainsworth was flying high thanks to a deep run (21st place) in the PCA Main Event.

Ireland Top 20 Ranked Players (13/02/2014)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
199Dermot Blain2,178
2470Eoghan O’Dea1,248
3640Marc MacDonnell1,079
4706Andrew Sweeney1,029
5738Peter Murphy1,002
6798Andrew King965
7881Sean Prendiville926
8889Jude Ainsworth917
9900John O’Shea910
101057Michael Graydon826
111067Padraig Parkinson822
121097Chris Dowling812
131177Jason Tompkins780
141230David Lappin761
151375Fergal Nealon702
161547Dara O’Kearney652
171733Michael Farrelly610
181845Rory Brown585
191912Daragh Davey572
202485Padraig O’Neill478

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