UK Global Poker Index Race Heats Up; Tamer Kamel Enters Top 10

Tamer Kamel

There are only a few weeks left of 2014 and only a handful of major live tournaments remaining where players can accumulate points for the Global Poker Index (GPI) rankings. With the WPT National Prague festival, the PokerStars EUREKA Prague and European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague festivities taking place before 2014 is done and dusted, both the UK GPI Top 20 and the 2014 Player of the Year race should be an amazing climax.

Stephen Chidwick is still on top in the UK, but is under the most pressure he's faced for a while. Without a cash since the EPT London festival in October, Chidwick has seen his lead at the top of the UK standings cut to around 300 points. However, Chidwick excelled in the Prague-based tournaments at the end of 2013 and should he do so again this year he would secured top spot in the UK ankings and probably claim the Player of the Year crown, too.

Following his win in the £2,000 buy-in Six-Max event at WPT UK at Dusk Till Dawn, Max Silver has climbed into second place in the UK, but only just because Jack Salter is less than 70 points behind him, although maybe not for long. You see, Salter recently finished 25/298 in the Masters Classics of Poker in Amsterdam, a result that netted him 197.93 points, which are yet to be added to his points tally.

As mentioned in the title of this article, Tamer Kamel is back in the top10 following his impressive third place finish in the 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event. Kamel will climb even higher after the next GPI update because his fourth place finish in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final is yet to be awarded any points. According to the points calculator on the GPI site, Kamel should collect 262.43 points for this fourth place finish, which would be enough for sixth place in the UK standings.

Like Kamel, Ben Warrington had a superb result at Dusk Till Dawn where he finished second in the 2014 partypoker WPT UK Main Event. Warrington collected £140,000 for his runner-up finish and almost 400 GPI points, which resulted in him soaring into 13th place in the UK and a career-best 180th in the world.

Shout-outs also to Louis Salter who won an €880 buy-in bounty tournament at the Master Classics of Poker for €46,919 and to Ben Vinson who enjoyed two deep runs at the 2014 partypoker WPT UK festival before finishing in third place in the GUKPT Grand Final – once that score is taken into account, Vinson should be ranked much higher than his current 18th place.

United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (December 4, 2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
114Stephen Chidwick3172.75
231Max Silver2887.16
343Jack Salter2817.99
446Oliver Price2755.67
568Simon Deadman2504.76
685Toby Lewis2386.02
795Sam Trickett2313.62
8106Niall Farrell2255.36
9110Craig McCorkell2227.29
10116Tamer Kamel2189.34
11142Jake Cody2106.11
12161David Vamplew2015.36
13180Ben Warrington1926.68
14196Roberto Romanello1875.33
15217Chris Moorman1809.36
16221Tom Middleton1800.15
17229Louis Salter1778.20
18276Ben Vinson1677.28
19279Richard Ashby1674.51
20285Ludovic Geilich1663.16

Oliver Price On Top in the UK Player of the Year Race

It's not only the top 20 where the action is heating up, the race is well and truly on to become the UK's 2014 Player of the Year.

Currently, it is Oliver Price who leads the way with Jack Salter his closest rival followed by Stephen Chidwick, Simon Deadman and Sam Trickett. With such little time remaining of 2014, Price is certainly the favourite to win the POY race, yet something tells me that it is going to go right down to the wire.

United Kingdom Global Poker Index Player of the Year (December 4, 2014)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerScore
116Oliver Price3087.04
228Jack Salter2832.53
337Stephen Chidwick2679.16
442Simon Deadman2585.88
547Sam Trickett2519.32
649Max Silver2463.82
797Alex Goulder2057.88
8102Louis Salter2030.00
9117Niall Farrell1959.30
10144David Vamplew1856.18

To view 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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