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Stephen Chidwick Returns Top Worldwide GPI Top 10, Matt Davenport Enter UK Top 20

Stephen Chidwick

Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick has re-entered the Global Poker Index’s (GPI) worldwide top 10 as we predicted in last week’s GPI round-up.

Chidwick earned €125,600 and 405.47 GPI points for his seventh place finish in the recent €10,300 High Roller at European Poker Tour Barcelona and those points were enough to see him climb to eighth in the world and put some distance between himself and Max Silver in the UK standings.

With EPT London taking place in October and that being followed up by the Prague and then the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), Chidwick – who is a regular in all of the EPT Main Events and side events – has ample opportunities to climb even higher in the worldwide standings, and we would not put it past him being in the top five or high by the time the PCA winds down.

Also moving in the right direction is Toby Lewis. The man known as “810ofclubs” in online poker circles finished 24th in the EPT Barcelona High Roller and added 271.93 points to his tally. Lewis is now up to fourth in the UK and 59th in the world.

Oliver Price is now sixth in the UK and a career-high of 101st in the world following two solid cashes at EPT Barcelona. Price reached the money places in the record-breaking Main Event, finishing 181st for €9,300 and 187,08 points, then followed that result up with a 48th place finish in the €10,300 High Roller for €18,900 and 196.80 points.

This week’s UK top 20 has a new entry in the shape of Matthew Davenport. Those of you who are regulars in the biggest tournaments held in the UK will no doubt be familiar with Davenport’s fearless style of play and his uncanny ability to grind his way into the money places on a regular basis. Keep your eye out for Davenport’s name in the coming months, especially if he starts taking shots at EPT London and Prague.

UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (September 4, 2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
18Stephen Chidwick3359.81
232Max Silver2912.47
349Jack Salter2608.08
459Toby Lewis2533.01
561David Vamplew2522.31
6101Oliver Price2264.17
7112Simon Deadman2201.54
8131Tom Hall2122.07
9134Tamer Kamel2110.25
10196Rhys Jones1880.34
11212Craig McCorkell1853.91
12219Sam Trickett1841.30
13238Niall Farrell1790.43
14248Zimnan Ziyard1775.87
15271Steve Watts1730.68
16273Barny Boatman1729.09
17279Richard Ashby1720.63
18301Matthew Davenport1658.49
19303Roberto Romanello1650.82
20304Senh Man Ung1649.45

Blain Still Boss of Ireland

The top 20 of the Irish GPI are almost unchanged from the last time we updated, mainly because the grinders from the Emerald Isle seem to be laying low since their exploits at the 2014 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

With the IPO Dublin, Irish Winter Festival and a couple of UKIPT events taking place in the coming months, the Green Army should be out in force and hopefully banking some cash and GPI points.

Ireland Top 20 Ranked Players (September 4, 2014)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
193Dermot Blain2324.85
2597Eoghan O’Dea1239.65
3672Jude Ainsworth1167.83
4694Marc MacDonnell1152.16
5707Peter Murphy1139.38
6726Chris Dowling1120.56
7791Gavin O’Rourke1058.56
8967Sean Prendiville953.49
91040John O’Shea912.68
101157David Lappin864.76
111219Andrew King836.32
121613Paul Delaney700.01
131801Daragh Davey654.56
141908Mark Reilly628.16
151913Andrew Sweeney626.94
161956Patrick Clarke618.25
171980Rory Brown613.17
181981Nick Heather612.98
191987Daniel Wilson611.61
201991Derek Murray611.07

To view at the entire list of 300, visit the official GPI website. While you're at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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