The PocketFives.com online poker rankings are up-to-date and the latest update has seen four new faces enter the top 20 in the United Kingdom's standings. Three of the four players have featured in the top 20 previously, but it is the first time in several months since they did so.
Luke Fields has soared up the leader board this week and finds himself ranked 15th in the UK and 163rd in the world. The main catalyst behind Fields' meteoric rise is his fifth place finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million on November 16, a result that banked the popular pro $58,321 in prize money and almost 450 leader board points.
Fields has been enjoying plenty of solid results in the past month or so including a runner-up finish in the Full Tilt Tyrannosaurus Rex ($3,456), a deep run in the PokerStars Super Tuesday (22nd for $3,522), a fifth place in the PokerStars $109 NL Hold'em Turbo 1R1A ($5,319), a fifth place in the PokerStars Hot $55 ($3,663) and a sixth place in The Big $162 ($4,561) also at PokerStars.
Should Fields keep up this impressive form until the end of the year we see no reason for him not climbing higher than his previous best worldwide ranking of 67th.
The new face in the UK top 20 belongs to “vander9279” who débuts in 16th place. The Cambridgeshire-based grinder came third in the PokerStars Big $162 at the start of the month for $11,479 and has had seven more four-figure scores during November so far.
Back in April 2014, “vander9279” finished fourth in the Super Tuesday for $44,891 and should he have another score in a similar vein he would find himself knocking on the door of the current top 10.
The two players returning to the UK top 20 after a prolonged absence are Matas “bebaimis777” Cimbolas and William “BillyChat” Chattaway.
Cimbolas started November in top gear, finishing third in the Full Tilt Turbo Multi-Hundo and fifth in the PokerStars Bigger $55 for combined scores of almost $18,200 and while he's not played for a few days now – he's competing at the 2014 partypoker WPT UK as far as we know – his results have been weighty enough to push him amongst the British elite.
Unlike many of his peers, Chattaway focusses most of his attention away from the PokerStars and Full Tilt tables – although he does put some volume in at the former – instead preferring to grind on the iPoker Network and MPN sites where he has won in excess of $900,000. While Chattaway hasn't many recent huge scores, his continued consistency has seen him climb up the rankings.
UK Online Poker Rankings (November 19, 2014)
|1||Patrick “pleno1” Leonard||7605.99|
|2||Vincent “vincenfish” Delgado||6931.17|
|3||Rick “TheClaimeer” Trigg||6676.83|
|4||Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell||6245.67|
|5||Jareth “jareth3542” East||5998.33|
|6||Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson||5810.84|
|7||Chris “moorman1” Moorman||5765.67|
|8||Christopher “MAKKAPAKK” Johnson||5668.70|
|9||Rhys “floppinhel” Jones||5569.51|
|10||Tom “hitthehole” Middleton||5124.84|
|11||Charlie “chaz_man_chaz" Combes||5118.11|
|12||Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer||4880.34|
|14||Andy “andyh26” Holman||4807.45|
|15||Luke “LFmagic” Fields||4774.05|
|17||Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor||4636.53|
|18||Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford||4600.34|
|19||Matas “bebaimis777” Cimbolas||4486.25|
|20||William “BillyChat” Chattaway||4472.24|
When you look at some of the names outside of the top 20 it becomes apparent that the UK has a wealth of talent in the online tournament world.
Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis has slid out of the top 20 for the first time we can remember and is currently 21st according to the PocketFives.com system. Also lurking outside the top 20 are players such as Ludovic “ludovi333” Geilich, Sebastian “Seba29072” Saffari, Zimnan “Zimmy86” Ziyard, Andrew “stato_1” Hulme, Sam “The Squid” Grafton and Paul “pvas2” Vas Nunes.
Any of the players in the top 50 are only a couple of deep runs in the majors away from pushing into the top 20, which should make for an exciting end to 2014.