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 Rank||World Rank||Player||Points|
|9||145||Senh Man Ung||1,901|
|20||296||Pal Vas Nunes||1,497|
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 Rank||World Rank||Player||Points|