David Vamplew Climbs to Second Place in the UK GPI Rankings

David Vamplew

Former European Poker Tour London champion David Vamplew has climbed one place to second in the United Kingdom’s Global Poker Index rankings.

It has been a quiet year so far for the talented Scot, that statement despite the fact he has reached the money in four major live tournaments in 2014. Vamplew’s largest score of the year came from his sixth place finish in the €2,150 buy-in 8-handed turbo at EPT Deauville that netted him €9,020 and 158.39 GPI points.

More recently, “Vamps” came 46th in the €2,200 buy-in side event at EPT Vienna – the one that Tom Hall finished second in – for €4,050 and an additional 145.69 GPI points, although those points will not be added to the 26-year old’s points tally until the standings are updated next week.

Still out on top in the UK, and 39th in the world overall, is Stephen Chidwick. The man known as “stevie444” in online poker circles is yet to register a result in 2014, but that is all set to change in the next could of days because Chidwick finds himself in the final 36 of the EPT Vienna Main Event and guaranteed a nice chunk of change and a bucketful of GPI points to boot!

UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (March 27, 2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
139Stephen Chidwick2701.01
247David Vamplew2579.81
350Max Silver2535.18
461Zimnan Ziyard2468.42
579Chris Moorman2223.70
6115Toby Lewis2052.96
7130Jack Salter1978.53
8144Christopher Brammer1913.06
9147Simon Deadman1876.22
10152Tom Hall1863.26
11155Tamer Kamel1851.17
12159Liv Boeree1841.56
13161Senh Man Ung1835.15
14169Rhys Jones1825.95
15187Matthew Ashton1788.62
16196Steve Watts1765.67
17197Tom Alner1750.98
18199Craig McCorkell1748.79
19227Eli Heath1678.27*
20264Niall Farrell1610.28

There has been a small reshuffle in the top 10 spots; Zimnan Ziyard improved his GPI score and will do even further when his 19th place finish in the Eureka Poker Tour Vienna Main Event comes into effect, while Simon Deadman improved his UK ranking by one place and is now in ninth place.

Jumping into the top 10 this week is Tom Hall, who is set to climb into the top 8 following his second place finish in the €2,200 EPT Vienna side event. Hall also looks set to improve on his career-best GPI ranking of 149th in the world once his latest exploits are included in his ever-growing total.

It is not all about players climbing up the rankings, because as Isaac Newton once famously said: “what goes up must come down.” OK, he was talking about gravity but we can also apply it to the poker rankings, albeit very loosely indeed!

Tamer Kamel has slid out of the top 10 into 11th place, which is no wonder because he does not play as many tournaments as his peers, although that may change in the coming months with EPT Sanremo, EPT Grand Final and the 2014 World Series of Poker being on the horizon.

Also on the slide is Seng Man Ung who now occupies 13th place in the UK while Oliver Price has dropped out of the top 20.

With so many major live poker events taking place over the next three-to-six months, there should be plenty of movement in the GPI standings and, as usual, we will keep an ear to the ground and bring you any changes and developments.

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