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Can Stephen Chidwick Be The One To Topple Ole Schemion?

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German superstar Ole Schemion is the man at the very top of the Global Poker Index rankings, a position he has held for 17-weeks. Schemion’s lengthy reign in the GPI is only matched by Dan Smith who also occupied the top spot for 17-weeks.

Slightly further down the leader board, currently in fifth place, is the United Kingdom’s Stephen Chidwick and it is he who I think could topple the German youngster from his lofty perch, especially with the European Poker Tour Grand Final on the horizon and then the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) kicking off soon.

Chidwick is bound to play a busy schedule during the EPT Grand Final and while the four players above him in the GPI – Pratyush Buddiga, Scott Seiver, Davidi Kitai and the aforementioned Schemion – are also going to have their fingers in many pies, Chidwick is in good form having won a €2,200 buy-in side event at EPT Malta (€102,100), cashed in a €1,650 six-max side event (€3,040) and finished fifth in a €5,200 Six-Max Turbo (€27,600).

I don’t think Chidwick will be able to catch Schemion at the EPT Grand Final, but he’ll certainly close the gap. It’s at the WSOP where Chidwick’s natural poker talent will shine through and his ability to play a wide variety of games at the highest level will give him an edge over three of the four who are currently ahead of him.

It would be fantastic to have a live poker world number one from the UK as we’ve already had that on a number of occasions in the online world. With Chidwick at the helm, I think we have a legitimate chance of that happening.

United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (April 17, 2015)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
15Stephen Chidwick3664.09
226Jack Salter3009.74
335Oliver Price2903.72
442Simon Deadman2838.48
561Max Silver2592.02
673David Vamplew2457.49
790Tamer Kamel2371.07
8109Toby Lewis2243.48
9117Niall Farrell2200.95
10124Senh Man Ung2139.49
11126Craig McCorkell2129.86
12167Ludovic Gelich1952.12
13171Sam Trickett1936.57
14186Louis Salter1886.23
15193Alex Goulder1874.53
16212Tom Hall1821.73
18222Jake Cody1775.80
19254Liv Boeree1677.64
19272Simon Higgins1611.00
20297Ben Dobson1556.32

Dermot Blain Still Top Despite Downswing

Earlier this week, we looked at Dermot Blain’s blog about dealing with downswings and the popular Irish grinder revealed he is currently on the worse live tournament run of his career. That may be true, but it hasn’t stopped Blain from holding onto the number one spot in the Irish GPI.

Blain has been Ireland’s Player of the Year for the past three years and will need to turn his fortunes around if he wants to win a fourth consecutive award. Reading his musings reveals that he’s still managing to keep a level head so he and his legion of fans will be confident of him turning things around and mounting a charge up the leader board as the second half of 2015 approaches.

Kevin Killeen is one man who certainly isn’t in the middle of a downswing. Killeen is currently number one in Ireland for online poker tournament play and is up to fifth in the live poker stakes and a career-high of 828th in the world, thanks in part to his runner-up finish in the recent Paddy Power Irish Open Main Event, which netted him €192,500.

Another man in form is Declan Connolly who currently leads the Irish Player of the Year standings. Connolly has put in some impressive results throughout 2015 so far including a recent fourth place finish in the Irish Open that bagged him €82,750 – the largest score of his career.

We also doff our cap to Fergal Cawley whose sixth place in the Irish Open pushed him up both the Irish and worldwide rankings.

Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (April 17, 2015)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1279Dermot Blain1597.20
2441Marc MacDonnell1344.11
3680Peter Murphy1108.69
4681Daniel Wilson1108.22
5828Kevin Killeen1002.42
6908Eoghan O'Dea961.23
7955Chris Dowling925.71
81005Daragh Davey895.08
91101Andrew King848.81
101147David Lappin832.03
111211Gavin O'Rourke808.85
121302Rory Brown775.87
131398Sean Prendiville747.62
141419Declan Connolly740.86
151438Fergal Cawley732.92
161723Padraig O’Neill651.80
171750Fergal Nealon645.07
181880Tom Kitt616.38
192022Mark Reilly590.37
202070Jude Ainsworth581.05

To view both the 2015 Player of the Year and GPI overall rankings in their entirety, visit the official GPI website. While you’re at it, follow the GPI on Twitter and its Facebook page.

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