The 2014 World Series of Poker is over for another year for players from the United Kingdom and Ireland. With over $8 million in cashes, plenty of final table appearances and one bracelet won, many deemed the series an overall success.
Some of our players had some amazing results at the WSOP and those results have left the UK’s Global Poker Index (GPI) wide open. The leaderboard of the top 20 ranked players is essentially the same as last week, but look outside of the top 20 and there are some fantastic players waiting in the wings, ready to burst into the limelight.
UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (July 18, 2014)
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Senh Man Ung is only 70 points away from replacing Chris Moorman in the top 20, and with Ung loving to play poker in Asia where the Beijing Millions is taking place, he could do just that in the next week or so.
Also within striking distance of the top 20 are Sky Poker’s Ryan Spittles, Craig McCorkell, Ludovic Geilich and Barny Boatman.
Spittles should play a full schedule at the upcoming Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships in a couple of weeks, which gives him plenty of opportunities to grab some GPI points and sacksful of cash! Spittles is full of confidence at the moment having had a fifth place in the UKIPT Nottingham Main Event, a deep run in a Wynn Summer Classic tournament, two deep runs in large-field WSOP events and an eighth place finish in Event #44 of the WSOP.
McCorkell’s 13th place finish in the WSOP Main Event – a result that banked him over $440,000 – was the deepest any of our players managed in “The Big Dance.” Whether or not having $440,000 in his back pocket will make McCorkell take some time away from the table or will spur him on to play more remains to be seen, but what is certain is if he does manage another deep run in a major live event, EPT Barcelona for example, he’ll fly up the leader board.
Like Spittles, Geilich is almost certainly going to play a busy schedule at the Sky Poker 6-Max UK Poker Championships, not least because the short-handed format suits Geilich’s highly aggressive style of play perfectly, but when we spoke to Boatman at the WSOP (where he cashed five times for a combined haul of $60,794) he said he was unsure about playing in the Sky Poker events, although he was really looking forward to playing at EPT Barcelona.
Others to look out for include Mitch Johnson, Matt Davenport, Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody, Sunny Chattha, Mathew Frankland and Ben Dobson.
It will be interesting to see how much volume the British players put in over the course of the next few months with Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT), Genting Poker Series (GPS), WSOP Asia-Pacific and the new season of the EPT all spreading plenty of events between now and the end of the year. Of course, UK & Ireland PokerNews will keep you up-to-date with any goings on regarding our players, here’s to having to write dozens of articles applauding their successes!