Exciting times are ahead for the players competing for the number one spot in the United Kingdom’s Global Poker Index as the action continues to hot up as the 2014 World Series of Poker approaches. Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick still has the number one UK ranking to himself, but he is under intense pressure from the chasing pack, particularly David Vamplew and Jack Salter.
As things stand, Chidwick holds a 277.41 point advantage over Vamplew and an even larger 759.61 lead over Mr Salter. While this sounds like a massive difference, Vamplew’s total is due to have 344.93 points added to it during the next database update thanks to his fourth place finish in the €5,300 No Limit Hold’em 8-Handed side event that took place at the 2014 EPT Grand Final.
Which brings us to Salter who somehow managed to turn less-than-10 big blinds on Day 4 of the EPT Grand Final Main Event into a final table leading stack. Should Salter complete a remarkable comeback and win the whole shebang, he should see around 600 points added to his total – based on the 512 that Steve O’Dwyer collected for his Grand Final win in 2013 – and that would see Salter catapulted up the standings into at least third position.
That said, Chidwick is going to be due some GPI points himself as at time of writing he is in the final eight of the €25,000 buy-in EPT Grand Final High Roller. Exciting stuff indeed.
Also moving in the desired direction, that is upwards, is Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis. A fifth place in the €2,200 France Poker Series High Roller netted Lewis €36,650 and 260.37 points, which resulted in him climbing from eighth in the UK to fifth.
Like Chidwick, Vamplew and Salter, Lewis is due some more points adding to his already impressive tally at the next update as he finished fourth in a €2,200 EPT Grand Final side event for €32,250 and 247.14. The man from Southampton is currently grinding a €10,000 Turbo so could add even more points by the time the weekend is done and dusted.
Climbing into the Top 10 is London’s Oliver Price thanks to his 32nd place in the France Poker Series High Roller earning him enough points to squeeze past serial runner-up Simon Deadman.
There was a second consecutive jump up the leaderboard for the Welsh wizard Roberto Romanello who banked two cashes at the EPT Grand Final festival to see him mount a charge up to 12th place.
The points totals are so close together in positions 11 through 20 that a decent result in any major tournament is going to see the pack reshuffled. For example, FTOPS Main Event winner Niall Farrell now finds himself in 16th place courtesy of a min-cash in the FPS High Roller, while Jake Cody returned to the top 20 thanks to a cash at the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Showdown and a min-cash in the FPS Main Event in Monte Carlo.
With the £1 million guaranteed UKIPT Nottingham Main Event only a few days away and the 2014 WSOP starting at the end of this month, there are plenty of opportunities for big scores and massive points increases.
UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (May 2, 2014)
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|14||232||Senh Man Ung||1707.50|
Dermot Blain Set To Extended His Lead In Ireland
There has been some rejigging of the rankings in the Emerald Isle, but it is a familiar name who is at the top of the pile and one that looks set to stay there for some time.
Dermot Blain, the Full Tilt Poker Ambassador, already has a massive 657.11 point gap between him and second placed Chris Dowling, but that doesn’t take into account the points owed to him for his amazing victory in the €5,300 NL Hold’em 8-Handed event at the EPT Grand Final.
Blain not only picked up a comedy cheque for €200,900, he also added 469.30 points to his personal total. Other results permitting, those GPI points should see Blain propelled into the worldwide Top 100 – possibly even the top 80 – and that is a superb achievement.
Chris Dowling climbs one place to second thank to a deep run in the recent PaddyPower Poker Irish Open. Downloing eventually fell in 24th place, good for €3,800 and a plenty of GPI leaderboard points.
Two other players who have improved their Irish ranking are Andrew King and Dara O’Kearney. King moved up one place to seventh as a result from a Prague-based event came into play, while O’Kearney’s in-the-money finish in an Irish Open side event saw his position improved by three places to 14th.
Like the UK rankings, the Irish Top 20 has a new addition. Out goes Jason Tompkins and in comes Rory Brown.
Ireland Global Poker Index Top 20 (May 2, 2014)
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