The 2015 World Series of Poker has begun in Las Vegas, Nevada and scores of players from the United Kingdom and Ireland are heading there sharing one common goal: win a coveted WSOP bracelet.
With the field sizes, and therefore prize pools, being huge at the WSOP, going deep in any of the events can and will have a major effect on the leader boards at the Global Poker Index (GPI) so we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the UK and Ireland’s standings before the WSOP really mixes them up.
Still leading in the UK is Stephen “stevie444” Chidwick, who is also our only representative in the worldwide top 10 where he currently occupies seventh place. UK & Ireland are expecting big things from Chidwick this summer thanks to his ability to play all poker variants to a ridiculously high standard. Could he finish the WSOP as the world number one? We wouldn’t put it past him.
In recent week, Ludovic Geilich has been climbing the UK standings and is currently sat in sixth place. Geilich has just cashed in the first open event of the 2015 WSOP so expect him to leapfrog Max Silver and enter the top five in the UK by the time the next update of the GPI database is complete.
The likes of David Vamplew, Simon Deadman, Craig McCorkell, Toby Lewis, Sam Trickett, Chris Moorman and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody are already in Las Vegas and look to be set to play a full and busy schedule so watch out for those stellar names in our nightly WSOP reports.
United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (May 29, 2015)
|UK Rank||World Rank||Player||Points|
|11||143||Senh Man Ung||2083.03|
The Irish standings have remained rather static over the past few months with no massive score effecting the rankings of the players from the Emerald Isle. The GPI has the phenomenal talent that is Charlie Carrel at the top of the Irish leader board but we’ve removed him from here and placed him in his rightful UK rankings where he sits in 15th place.
Like the British boys and girls, we have high hopes for the Irish contingent at the 2015 WSOP this year with Marc “sluglife” Macdonnell playing well plus it is only a matter of time before Dermot Blain starts running well again and when he does he is sure to make an impact.
We expect popular pros Kevin Killeen, Daragh Davey, David Lappin, Fergal Nealon, Sean Prendiville, Dara O’Kearney and plenty of others to brighten up various fields during the series and all are more than capable of returning home with some poker bling.
Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (May 29, 2015)
|Irish Rank||World Rank||Player||Score|