The Global Poker Index (GPI) updated its vast database for the final time in 2014 on New Year's Eve, bringing the curtain down on another exciting 12 months. With all the figures collaborated it was Oliver Price who topped the United Kingdom Player of the Year standings and by quite a margin.
Price finished the year with 3,444.07 points, beating Stephen Chidwick (3,063.69) by almost 400 points. It was a three-horse race to the finish for who would claim second place with Jack Salter (3,003.73) and Simon Deadman (2,997.74) being pipped to the runner-up spot by the aforementioned Chidwick.
It is these four exciting players who will represent the UK in the inaugural Global Poker Masters that is set to take place during the first quarter of 2015. While some of the other countries have some exceptional talent flying their flags, here at UK & Ireland PokerNews HQ we're confident that our quartet of stars will hold their heads high and do us proud.
As you would expect after finishing as the UK Player of the Year, 2014 was a superb 12 months of poker for London's Price. He kicked off the year with a third place finish in the European Poker Tour Deauville Main Event for €271,200 and followed that huge score with a win in the opening leg of the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) in London for an additional £86,400. Price's cashes in 2014 can be seen below:
|Jan 2014||EPT Deauville Main Event||€5,300||3rd||671||€271,200|
|Feb 2014||GUKPT London Main Event||£1,080||1st||323||£86,400|
|Mar 2014||WPT L.A. Poker Classic||$10,000||28th||534||$36,400|
|Apr 2014||EPT San Remo||€2,200||4th||203||€32,100|
|Apr 2014||EPT Grand Final||€2,200||32nd||305||€4,100|
|Jun 2014||WSOP Event #49||$5,000||5th||696||$158,064|
|Aug 2014||EPT Barcelona Main Event||€5,300||181st||1,496||€9,300|
|Aug 2014||EPT Barcelona High Roller||€10,300||48th||295||€18,900|
|Sep 2014||WPT Cyprus Main Event||$4,400||11th||404||$22,500|
|Sep 2014||WPT Cyprus||€1,100||16th||136||€1,995|
|Sep 2014||WPT Cyprus||€10,500||3rd||55||€120,953|
|Oct 2014||UKIPT London High Roller||£2,200||34th||233||£3,700|
|Dec 2014||EPT Prague Main Event||€5,300||108th||1,107||€10,740|
|Dec 2014||EPT Prague High Roller||€10,300||30th||233||€23,620|
Quite a spectacular year for Price, I'm sure you'll agree and one that puts him on a great footing for the coming 12 months.
2014 Global Poker Index UK Player of the Year Top 10
|UK Rank||World Rank||Player||Points|
Stephen Chidwick Starts 2015 as the UK's Number One
In the UK's GPI standings, Stephen Chidwick finished 2014 with his name at the top of the leader board, ranking him as the best live poker tournament player in the UK, an accolade that nobody would argue is deserved. Chidwick ended the year with 3,184.92 points to his name, which weren't enough to see him in the worldwide top 10, instead he bubbled that and starts 2015 ranked 11th in the world.
Like the Player of the Year standings, there was a three-horse race to claim the bridesmaid spot with Jack Salter (2,872.34) eventually bagging it, pipping Simon Deadman (2,829.52) and Oliver Price (2,814.62) to the post.
The rest of the top 10 was made up of Sam Trickett, the in-form Tamer Kamel, Max Silver, former EPT Vilamoura champion Toby Lewis, last Brit standing in the 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Craig McCorkell and the popular Scotsman Niall Farrell.
Thanks to superb finishes to 2014, Alex Goulder, Ben Warrington and Iaron Lightbourne all broke into the top 20 and will be looking to climb the ranking during the coming year. Goulder won the partypoker WPT Prague Main Event for €105,000 in December, while Warrington banked £140,000 for his runner-up finish in the partypoker WPT UK Main Event and you may recall Lightbourne took down the Unibet Open London Main Event at Aspers for a £70,000 score.
United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (January 1, 2015)
|UK Rank||World Rank||Player||Points|
|18||229||Senh Man Ung||1734.39|