Our friends over at Global Poker Index (GPI) have done the necessary magic to update the rankings with the latest round of poker tournament data. While the United Kingdom’s top four places are occupied by the same people as in last week’s, Simon Deadman has climbed five places to a career-high of fifth in the UK and 99th in the world.
Being awesome aside, the main reason for Deadman’s climb up this week’s leaderboard is his outright victory in the $2,500 buy-in Hollywood Poker Open that was held at The M Resort in Las Vegas during the last week of June.
The Hollywood Poker Open took place alongside the 2014 World Series of Poker festival and as a result attracted some superb players including Greg Ostrander, Chris Hunichen, Andrew Lichtenberger, Alex Goulder, Brian Hastings, Chris De Maci, Mike Sowers, and Kitty Kuo – and those were only a selection of players who reached the money places.
Deadman went into the heads-up battle with Michael Wang with a 10,835,000 to 6,465,000 chip lead, but with six runner-up finishes in 2014 alone, it was far from a done deal for Deadman. Wang managed to draw level, but then Deadman opened a lead for himself before the final hand of the tournament took place.
Wang opened to 450,000 with and then called when Deadman three-bet him all-in with the . The board ran [KcTs7sKd7j], doubling pairing the board, counterfeiting Wang’s hand and leaving Deadman to revel in the glory of becoming a live poker tournament champion.
Also soaring up the UK’s GPI leader board this week were Sam Trickett and Richard Ashby. Trickett is now 12th in the UK after his 11th place finish in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Eight-Handed event and should climb a little higher once the points for his 18th place finish in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship come into effect.
Ashby is now up to 13th in the UK after an amazing run of results at the 2014 WSOP. Ashby’s cashes at this year’s series are as follows:
- 2/178 in the $10,000 Limit Omaha Hi/Lo for $274,019
- 4/200 in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. for $150,625
- 72/743 in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $2,798
- 7/452 in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha Six-Handed for $48,011
- 10/102 in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud for $26,299
The points Ashby earned from his 10th place finish in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship haven’t been added to his tally yet, but they could see him propelled into the top 10 once they are.
UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (July 10, 2014)
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Those of you who checked out last week’s article will have noticed that Tom Middleton is now in 14th place thanks in part to a brace of cashes at the WSOP. The man affectionately known as “Middy” is also now ranked 228th in the world, which happens to be his loftiest position yet.
Middleton is one of many British players still in the hunt for the $10,000,000 first place prize on offer in the WSOP Main Event and if he makes it into the money places and beyond, he should climb even higher in the UK and worldwide standings.
To keep tabs on Middleton and the rest of the British players’ progress in the 2014 WSOP Main Event head over to our live reporting pages.