With the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) now a distant memory, it is time to take a look at the effect the longest-running and richest live tournament festival in the world has had on the Global Poker Index rankings of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Stephen Chidwick continues to hold onto top spot and thanks to a near 650 point gap between him and Jack Salter in second place, it is unlikely the man from Deal will be toppled from his lofty perch any time soon, especially with the new European Poker Tour (EPT) season on the horizon, a tour that Chidwick is a regular on.
As mentioned, Jack Salter now occupies second place in the UK having leapfrogged Simon Deadman. Salter ended his Las Vegas trip with a 24th place finish in the $10,400 Bellagio Cup for $21,898 and the GPI points earned from that result were enough to nudge Deadman down one place.
Up to fourth place at the latest update is Toby Lewis. It wasn’t the greatest of WSOPs early on for Lewis, but a 13th place finish in a $1,500 event for $13,081 and a 33rd place finish in the Hollywood Poker Open for $8,483 kept his bankroll ticking over while he put together a deep run in the WSOP Main Event, eventually falling in 53rd place for $137,300 to end the series on a high note.
Oliver Price’s three Las Vegas cashes, totalling $8,519, resulted in him slipping to fifth place in the UK standings, and if Max Silver, Niall Farrell, Tom Hall or Craig McCorkell have a solid result at EPT Barcelona in the next few weeks, Price could slide further. He’s a talented player and sure to be playing plenty of events in Spain so we doubt he’s worried much about this small blip.
Returning to the top 20 is Team PokerStars Pro, Jake Cody, who finished 113th in the WSOP Main Event for $46,890 while Sam Trickett’s renewed love for high stakes cash games has seen him drop out of the top 20 for the first time in several months.
United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (July 31, 2015)
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Dermot Blain’s Reign in Ireland is Under Threat
Dermot Blain has been the Irish Global Poker Index number one for as long as we can remember, but that long reign could soon be over as his lead over the rest of the field is a mere 16.97 points. Marc MacDonnell is the man keeping tabs on Blain and he closed the gap this summer with four WSOP cashes, including a runner-up finish in Event #6: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Hyper Turbo that netted him $155,876.
A number of Irishmen have vastly improved their positions in the GPI on the back of some solid results in Las Vegas this summer.
Peter Murphy now occupies third spot in Ireland following four cashes in Sin City. In-the-money finishes in at Planet Hollywood and in the Hollywood Poker Open were topped off with a cash in a $1,000 buy-in WSOP event and a final table appearance, which ended in ninth place, in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Bounty event.
Up to fourth place is Gavin O’Rourke who helped himself to five WSOP cashes – including a fifth place for $55,981 – and a top 5% finish in a $1,100 Venetian Deepstack event, while Declan Connolly and Chris Dowling jumped to sixth and seventh respectively.
Four cashes in Vegas for Mark Reilly see him climb to 13th but the biggest improvement is that of Andy Black who is now 11th in Ireland thanks, in part, to five WSOP cashes including his fourth place in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $156,759.
Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (July 31, 2015)
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