While many people were glad to see the back of 2014, Tamer Kamel didn't want it to end. Kamel saw in the New Year while in scintillating form, form that has seen him climb to fifth in the United Kingdom's Global Poker Index (GPI) standings and a career best 64th in the worldwide rankings.
Kamel finished third in the partypoker World Poker Tour UK Main Event in Nottingham for a bankroll-boosting £92,000 and followed that excellent result up with a fourth place finish in the 2014 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Grand Final for an additional £33,100. A 15th place finish in the €5,300 buy-in European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague Main Event for €48,400 was the last result of the year for Kamel who is now rapidly approaching $1 million in live tournament winnings.
The London-based pizzeria owner has started 2015 as he ended 2014, in the money in a major tournament. Kamel collected $4,960 for finishing 19th in a $2,200 buy-in side event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and $5,520 for a 13th place finish in a $2,200 six-handed side event, also at the 2015 PCA.
This year should be an exciting one for Kamel and those around him; we'll be following his progress intently.
The top four places in the UK-focussed GPI are occupied by the same players as at the start of the year, with Stephen Chidwick leading from Jack Salter, Simon Deadman and Oliver Price, although Price should climb higher once his 99th place finish in the PCA Main Event is added to his points tally.
Another player waiting for some points to be added to his GPI profile is Scottish pro David Vamplew. The former EPT London champion signed off from the PCA by winning a $10,300 buy-in No Limit Hold'em 6-max turbo for a cool $239,500 and what should be around 440 GPI points, which will be enough to see Vamplew knock on the door of a top five place in the UK standings.
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree has jumped to 14th in the UK and thanks to his third place finish in the partypoker WPT UK High Roller and his 11th place finish in the Amsterdam Master Classics of Poker Stuart Rutter has entered the top 20 and finds himself in 18th place.
Finally, a shout out to the recently married Ben Dobson who has entered the top 20 and finds himself ranked a career-best 247th in the world. Like Kamel, Dobson ended 2014 on a real high, although the majority of his success came in the online world where it is safe to say he crushed!
United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (January 16, 2015)
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