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Stephen Chidwick Up To 22nd in the GPI; Tom Hall Leads UK POY

Stephen Chidwick and Tom Hall

Our friends over at the Global Poker Index have updated their rankings and they make great reading for a number players such as Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick and Tom “Jabracada” Hall.

Chidwick’s recent deep run in the European Poker Tour Vienna Main Event – he finished 22/910 – has seen his GPI points tally boosted to 2,952.77. What this means is he has opened up his lead over Scotland’s David Vamplew in the UK rankings.

Prior to this excellent result, Chidwck’s lead over Vamplew was a mere 121.80 points, but that gap is now wider at 364.52.

Another player who had a great time in Vienna was Tom Hall. A second place finish in the €2,200 No Limit Hold’em side event banked Hall his largest-ever live tournament score at €89,150 and the man from Shrewsbury followed that superb result up with a runner-up finish in a €1,100 Single Re-entry side event for an additional €46,750.

It has been quite the year for Hall who has seen his already glowing reputation bolstered. A 10th place finish in the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, a cash in the UKIPT Edinburgh Main Event, a deep run at UKIPT Dublin and those two aforementioned EPT Vienna results have resulted in Hall soaring up the UK leader board to 6th place and a career-high of 87th in the worldwide standings.

UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (April 3, 2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
122Stephen Chidwick2952.77
250David Vamplew2588.25
360Zimnan Ziyard2482.29
463Max Silver2464.36
584Chris Moorman2223.70
687Tom Hall2207.84
7121Jack Salter2098.94
8125Toby Lewis2064.96
9160Simon Deadman1876.22
10161Tamer Kamel1876.15
11177Senh Man Ung1835.15
12189Rhys Jones1818.22
13201Matthew Ashton1788.62
14205Christopher Brammer1781.04
15214Steve Watts1759.81
16216Craig McCorkell1755.11
17219Tom Alner1750.98
18221Liv Boeree1745.19
19241Eli Heath1678.27
20269Niall Farrell1610.28

With there being EPT Sanremo, the EPT Grand Final and, of course, the 2014 World Series of Poker taking place between April and July there is plenty of opportunity to bank a huge score and plenty of leader board points.

Players such as Ludovic Geilich, Ashley Mason, Jake Cody, Ben Dobson, Sam Trickett, Sam Grafton and Sky Poker’s Ryan Spittles are lurking outside of the UK’s Top 20, but a couple of deep runs should see them enter the limelight.

Hall Steals Player of the Year Top Spot

UK POYWorldwide POYPlayerPoints
18Tom Hall417.86
224Simon Deadman346.51
325Oliver Price344.57
426Eli Heath342.22
531Liv Boeree326.19
637Jeremy Nock320.78
741Zimnan Ziyard309.16
864Max Silver276.61
998Jenny Westerlund246.01
10111Sam Trickett232.63

Thanks to those impressive scores at EPT Vienna, Tom Hall climbs to the top of the UK’s Player of the Year standings. Hall’s meteoric rise knocks Simon Deadman down to second place and Oliver Price into third.

A new addition to the top 10 is the Everest Poker Ambassador Sam Trickett. The UK’s most winningest tournament player of all-time picked up plenty of points when he finished second to Andrea Dato in the World Poker Tour Venice Main Event and even more when he cashed in the EPT Vienna Main Event and High Roller.

Trickett plans on putting in plenty of volume at the WSOP and future EPTs so expect the Retford lad to continue his climb up the rankings. Don't forget, you can win 10% of Trickett's WSOP winnings thanks to a special promotion at Everest Poker.

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