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.
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 Rank||World Rank||Player||Score|
|13||157||Senh Man Ung||1954.29|
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 POY||World POY||Player||Points|
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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