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Oliver Price up to 7th and Ryan Spittles 20th in the UK GPI Rankings

Oliver Price and Ryan Spittles

The 2014 World Series of Poker is entering its final stages and the boy and girls from the United Kingdom and Ireland have put in some superb results. Those results, big cashes and time spent in the limelight have resulted in a real reshuffle of the respective top 20 rankings in the Global Poker Index.

Sat atop of the UK’s standing is Stephen Chidwick who has also slipped out of the global top 10 for the first time in a while wand is now ranked 12th worldwide. Although Chidwick has cashed four times at the 2014 WSOP, he hasn’t been able to reproduce the magic he wielded in 2013. That said, his recent fifth place finish in the $1,500 Eight Game Mix netted him $30,488 and when the next GPI update take place he will have another 192.89 points added to his points total.

Soaring up the leader board on the back of his fifth place finish in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event is Oliver Price. The Londoner outlasted the majority of the 696-strong field to bank $158,064 and more than 380 precious GPI ranking points. Once those points, and his Player of the Year (POY) points become active on his account Price could knock the in-form Max Silver of the top spot in the POY race.

Roberto Romanello’s hat trick of cashes at the WSOP have seen him jump six places to 12th in the UK, while Sky Poker sponsored pro Ryan Spittles has shot up both the UK and worldwide rankings on the back of his own trio of WSOP cashes, but mostly his impressive eighth place finish in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event that banked the popular grinder $45,554 and a shade under 231 leader board points.

In addition to breaking into the UK top 20, Spittles is now ranked 276th in the world, which happens to be his loftiest position yet and with the WSOP Main Event yet to come he could be climbing even higher on the GPI ladder.

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

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
112Stephen Chidwick3203.57
223Max Silver2978.01
349Jack Salter2658.79
466David Vamplew2531.18
5104Zimnan Ziyard2208.23
6114Toby Lewis2163.07
7116Oliver Price2158.44
8128Tamer Kamel2092.11
9131Tom Hall2072.16
10135Simon Deadman2064.61
11165Steve Watts1953.33
12194Roberto Romanello1855.58
13198Niall Farrell1853.42
14200Tom Alner1845.99
15210Liv Boeree1829.57
16247Rhys Jones1754.26
17250Sam Trickett1748.99
18251Chris Moorman1746.28
19260Senh Man Ung1721.91
20276Ryan Spittles1686.12

Blain Still Reigns in Ireland Despite great Results From the Chasing Pack

Dermot Blain

Full Tilt Poker ambassador Dermot Blain is still the man to catch in the Irish rankings, but the chasing pack have put in some great results and Blain is facing plenty of pressure from them.

Blain has cashed twice at the WSOP so far, which initially opened an even larger gap at the top of the table, but Eoghan O’Dea’s three cashes, including an 18th place finish in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Low event have seen O’Dea climb to 437th in the world, his highest point yet.

Should O’Dea run good in the upcoming Main Event, something he has done in the past, O’Dea could come within touching distance of Blain and become the new number one tournament player in the Emerald Isle.

Hot on O’Dea’s heels are players such as Marc MacDonnell who has one WSOP and one Venetian Deepstack cash this summer, Jude Ainsworth, Chris Dowling, Peter Murphy and Sean Prendiville, the latter having had two really deep runs in WSOP events thus far.

Ireland Top 20 Ranked Players (July 3, 2014)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
1113Dermot Blain2167.01
2437Eoghan O’Dea1397.18
3438Marc MacDonnell1331.51
4519Jude Ainsworth1297.53
5607Chris Dowling1194.99
6653Peter Murphy1147.63
7742Sean Prendiville1077.04
8890Andrew King979.77
91123John O’Shea858.43
101141Gavin O’Rourke843.98
111155Daragh Davey837.94
121159Andrew Sweeney836.98
131223Paul Delaney812.98
141403David Lappin746.93
151834Mark Reilly628.78
161851Fergal Nealon625.76
171931Patrick Clarke605.33
182010Dara O’Kearney587.69
192025Larry Ryan585.62
202053Padraig Parkinson580.62

With the WSOP Main Event set to be a massive field, a deep run will result in a huge score being added to the total of whoever makes it. A top 100 finish should be worth around 380 points and a final table around double that. Here’s hoping plenty of our players end the WSOP with a bang and we have plenty to shout about for the next few months!

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