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Stephen Chidwick Enters GPI Worldwide Top 10; Jack Salter Now Ranked 3rd in UK

Stephen Chidwick and Jack Salter

Last week I wrote that Stephen Chidwick’s lengthy reign at the top of the UK Global Poker Index rankings could be coming to an end thanks to some excellent results from David Vamplew and Jack Salter. What I didn’t count on was Chidwick putting in a boss-like performance in the European Poker Tour Grand Final High Roller!

Chidwick finished in seventh place in the €25,000 buy-in High Roller at the EPT Grand Final, banking another €187,200 in prize money and almost 350 points towards the GPI leader boards. The man from Deal has not only extended his lead in the UK standings but has also entered the worldwide top 10 (at number 10) for the first time since the GPI’s creation.

Congratulations, sir!

Second placed Vamplew saw his points tally increase by almost 345 points thanks to his fourth place finish in the €5,300 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max event at the EPT Grand Final coming into effect. Like Chidwick, Vamplew has climbed to his loftiest global ranking since records began now that he occupies 37th place.

Salter, fresh from his runner-up finish in the EPT Grand Final Main Event, now finds himself in third place in the UK, up from seventh last week. Salter picked up 639.16 points for his second place finish, which netted the popular pro a career-best score of €765,000.

UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (May 9, 2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
110Stephen Chidwick3282.26
237David Vamplew2826.57
348Jack Salter2667.28
456Toby Lewis2530.24
568Max Silver2449.13
679Zimnan Ziyard2380.41
798Tom Hall2237.23
8117Chris Moorman2140.65
9130Simon Deadman2088.16
10138Tamer Kamel2040.00
11148Rhys Jones1984.69
12154Oliver Price1963.98
13157Senh Man Ung1954.29
14189Niall Farrell1852.70
15196Liv Boeree1841.88
16204Roberto Romanello1816.46
17252Steve Watts1691.94
18257Eli Heath1670.82
19270Christopher Brammer1639.00
20271Tom Alner1635.84

Returning to the Top 10 this week is Simon Deadman, who climbed two spots to ninth. Deadman cashed in the EPT Grand Final Main Event and then finished second – again – in the NL Hoold’em Turbo 7-2 Rule, although that particular result didn’t add any points to his GPI tally.

Climbing back into the Top 20 is Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree. Again, it was a cash at the EPT Grand Final festival that boosted Boeree’s points; her 12th place finish in the €5,300 No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed (the one that Dermot Blain won) netted Boeree 246.37 points which were enough to push her up to 19th place and into the Top 200 in the world.

Salter Takes The Lead in the Player of the Year

As expected, Jack Salter’s massive points haul has seen him propelled to the top of the UK’s Player of the Year race. Salter currently has 544.93 POY points, with Tom Hall closely behind on 508.50.

UK POYWorld POYPlayerPoints
114Jack Salter544.93
221Tom Hall508.50
326Simon Deadman477.61
427Oliver Price475.06
538David Vamplew426.77
641Stephen Chidwick421.13
744Liv Boeree408.31
885Eli Heath342.22
986Zimnan Ziyard341.18
10107Jeremy Nock320.78

With the 2014 World Series of Poker only weeks away there is the chance for anyone in or around the Top 20 to help themselves to huge scores and even larger GPI points hauls.

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