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Kamel, Watts, McCorkell and Spittles Climb the UK GPI

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A quartet of the United Kingdom’s finest poker stars have climbed up the latest United Kingdom Global Poker Index.

There haven’t been many live tournaments results for our heroes to brag about of late, but that should all change with Season 11 of the European Poker Tour (WPT) kicking off this week and the opening event of the latest World Poker Tour (WPT) set to descend on North Cyprus in early September, giving them ample opportunities to bank huge scores and therefore GPI ranking points.

Stephen Chidwick, who is a mainstay on the EPT, is sure to be playing a busy schedule this season and is certainly one to look out for, especially in the main events, high roller and super high roller tournaments that the EPT is famed for.

Chidwick is still our number one player, with Max Silver, former EPT London champion David Vamplew, Jack Salter and Simon Deadman making up places two through five.

Climbing to sixth place in the UK this week is the popular Tamer Kamel. Although Kamel is often found sporting a serious look on his face, away from the felt he is one of the most friendly and personable players you will come across and one who everyone wishes continued success.

Kamel’s latest score was for £700, which he picked up for finishing 22/625 in the £250 buy-in Sky Poker 6-Max Mini at Dusk Till Dawn. Pizzeria-owner Kamel’s next cash should see him surpass $700,000 in live tournament winnings because he’s currently sat on $699,299.

Former professional footballer Steve Watts climbed to 11th place in the UK and to 180th in the world without registering a result, such is the way the GPI works. Older results age and carry less weight, so Watts’ win in the WPT National Marbella in April, ninth place in the $2,100 Venetian Deepstack and 37/1594 place in a $1,500 event at WSOP must be recent enough to be current after the latest update.

World Series of Poker bracelet winner Craig McCorkell flew up the rankings this week thanks in part to a superb result at the 2014 Sky Poker UK 6-Max Poker Championships last week. McCorkell finished second in the £3,000 High Roller for £35,000 and more than 260 GPI points.

You may recall that McCorkell was the last British player standing in the 2014 WSOP Main Event, eventually falling in 13th place for a $441,940 score. Watch out for him during the current EPT Barcelona festivities.

Last, but not least, of our movers this week was Sky Poker sponsored pro Ryan Spittles, who is another man who plays the game in great spirits and is a true ambassador of the game. Spittles returns to the top 20 this week, partly because of his 10th place finish in the same 6-Max Mini that Kamel cashed in. Spittles knows that he’s one big score away from mounting a charge for a top 10 spot.

UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (August 21, 2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
115Stephen Chidwick3129.88
232Max Silver2855.62
353David Vamplew2599.45
455Jack Salter2588.92
5123Simon Deadman2146.00
6124Tamer Kamel2143.10
7128Toby Lewis2124.35
8138Tom Hall2076.15
9155Zimnan Ziyard1990.46
10167Oliver Price1953.93
11180Steve Watts1899.43
12189Rhys Jones1878.73
13197Craig McCorkell1853.91
14212Tom Midddleton1825.79
15216Niall Farrell1811.88
16234Sam Trickett1769.94
17255Roberto Romanello1727.15
18257Chris Moorman1726.07
19259Richard Ashby1720.63
20275Ryan Spittles1670.60

As mentioned, if any of our players win big at EPT Barcelona they will soar up the rankings. Everest Poker Ambassador Sam Trickett’s fifth place finish in the €50,000 Super High Roller should add around 325 points to his current total and that should be enough to see him catapulted into the top 10 when GPI updates its vast database.

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