British high stakes tournament specialist Stephen Chidwick has returned to the worldwide top 10 after the latest update to the Global Poker Index. The man from Deal now occupies the number seven spot and is within touching distance of a top 5 berth.
Than man known as “Stevie444” in online poker circles ended 2014 with two cashes in the Czech Republic's capital, Prague. A 20th place finish in the partypoker WPT National Prague Main Event for €4,600 was followed by a third place finish in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Super High Roller (€355,070) to end the year on a high note.
Chidwick already has two major cashes to his name in 2015. After finishing 11th in the $5,200 buy-in NL Hold'em 8-handed event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure ($11,100), he flew across the world to compete at the Aussie Millions. Here, Chidwick banked AU$250,000 by finishing fourth in the AU$25,000 Challenge. The points earned from those last big scores have put some distance between himself and second placed Jack Salter in the UK rankings and mean Chidwick is a mere 67.27 points away from entering the global top 5.
Also enjoying some early 2015 success is David Vamplew. The Scottish grinder rounded off a PPCA trip with a win in the $10,300 NL Hold'em Turbo 6-handed for a cool $239,500. That result alone has seen Vamplew climb from 10th place in the UK GPI to fifth.
Returning to the UK's top 20 this week is Senh Man Ung on the back of a 12th place finish in the $10,300 PCA event that Vamplew took down. Ung doesn't put in masses of volume, but thanks to having a penchant for the high roller events, any in the money finish he enjoys usually awards him a ton of ranking points.
United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (January 30, 2015)
|UK Rank||World Rank||Player||Points|
|16||191||Senh Man Ung||1824.90|
Marc MacDonnell Closes The Gap On Dermot Blain
Dermot Blain has topped the Irish GPI standings for as long as we can remember, but he now faces a realistic threat from Marc MacDonnell for his number one spot. MacDonnell is one of a number of Irish players who have headed to Australia for the Aussie Millions and although he didn't secure a massive payday, a 20th place finish in the AU$1,150 buy-in NL Hold'em six-handed event netted him AU$5,100 and more than 90 ranking points.
Known as “sluglife” online, MacDonnell finished 2014 on a high with a final table appearance during the Belgian poker Challenge and then a hat trick of cashes during the Eureka / EPT Prague festival. Watch out for MaDonnell's name appearing in a winner's report soon because he looks to be focussed on his game right now.
One of the biggest movers in the Irish standings was Gavin O'Rourke who climbed from tenth place up to third. O'Rourke's climb is mostly down to his 24th place finish in the $3,000 LAPT Bahamas Main Event, held at the PCA, that netted him $10,500 and 215.52 GPI points.
Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (January 30, 2015)
|Irish Rank||World Rank||Player||Score|