Former world number eight Stephen Chidwick looks set for a return to the top 10 of the Global Poker Index thanks to two deep runs during the recent European Poker Tour Barcelona festival.
Chidwick bubbled the final table of the €2,150 No Limit Hold’em 8-Max almost a fortnight ago and collected €4,500 and 136.31 GPI points for that finish before finishing seventh in the €10,300 High Roller for an additional €125,600 and what should be around 420 GPI points once that result is added to his GPI profile.
Erik Seidel currently occupies 10th place in the worldwide GPI and has 3,204.12 points next to his name, a mere 56.89 more than our man Chidwick. If results of other players go his way, Chidwick could climb past eighth place, which would be his highest-ever ranking since the GPI began.
However, Olivier Busquet, who is 37 points ahead of Chidwick, won the €50,000 Super High Roller and is certain to improve on his current 12th place when the next update is rolled out. Here’s hoping Chidwick does beat his previous best and then goes on to mount a charge on the top spot.
Toby Lewis is another player who is moving the right way in the rankings, climbing to fifth in the UK and 86th in the world. Lewis, who has been ranked as high as 17th in the world, finished fourth in the €2,200 buy-in side event at EPT Barcelona and then had a 24th place finish in the €10,300 High Roller – the high roller result is yet to be uploaded to his profile.
Also on the rise is Sam Trickett who now finds himself in 13th place in the UK and 197th in the world. Trickett has some way to go before he reaches the dizzy heights of his highest ranking (5th place), but if he continues to put in results such as his fifth place in the €50,000 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller then it won’t be long before he’s knocking on the door of the single digit ranks.
UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (August 28, 2014)
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