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UK & Ireland GPI: Warburton and Sidhu Climb to All-Time Highs

Steven Warburton and Kuljinder Sidhu


  • Steven Warburton climbs to 21st in the UK following his EPT Barcelona Main Event second place finish

  • Jack Salter closes the gap on Stephen Chidwick in the UK rankings

  • Marc MacDonnell is the man to catch in the Irish GPI

Steven Warburton and Kuljinder Sidhu have climbed to career-highs in the Global Poker Index (GPI) rankings following their excellent performances at the European Poker Tour Barcelona festival.

Sidhu finished as runner-up to the seemingly unstoppable Mustapha Kanit in the €10,300 High Roller but not before he secured €640,000 after a three-way deal. It was a result that also bagged Sidhu 573.33 GPI points, which has catapulted him to 26th in the United Kingdom and 408th in the world.

Stephen Chidwick is still the man to catch in the UK standings, although that could change in the next few weeks because Jack Salter is hot on his heels.

Following his second place finish in the EPT Barcelona Main Event, a result that netted him €941,613, Warbuton has soared to 21st place in the UK GPI and has entered the GPI Top 300 for the first time, making his debut in 259th place. Warburton is only a handful of points away from breaking into the UK top 20 and with the Pokerfest Live Main Event, two Genting Poker Series festivals and a Grosvenor UK Poker Tour festival taking place this month we wouldn’t bet against the Mancunian climbing even higher.

Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree third place finish in the €25,500 High Roller 8-Max sees he climb to 18th in the UK, two places above Charles Chattha and one above Senh Man Ung. Chattha has three cashes in Barcelona, the biggest of which weighed in at €18,750, his reward for a sixth place finish in a €2,200 buy-in deepstack side event.

Stephen Chidwick is still the man to catch in the UK standings, although that could change in the next few weeks because Jack Salter is hot on his heels.

Salter had a very profitable trip to Barcelona, winning a €1,100 side event for €44,910 and then finishing second in a €2,200 event for €132,054. Not content with scooping those sums, Salter went on to finish 16th in the €10,300 High Roller for an additional €47,100 and now finds himself 240.23 points behind Chidwick and with the stakes and volume the elite players play, that gap could be close with one deep run.

United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (September 4, 2015)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
17Stephen Chidwick3592.90
220Jack Salter3352.67
341Simon Deadman3022.12
472Max Silver2661.20
594Oliver Price2498.41
6103Tom Hall2454.98
7106Niall Farrell2441.28
8111Toby Lewis2419.13
9127Craig McCorkell2257.94
10136David Vamplew2209.79
11158Ludovic Gelich2100.05
12178Charlie Carrel2013.27
13188Alex Goulder1974.17
14202Ben Vinson1925.01
15209Louis Salter1918.33
16210Stuart Rutter1916.03
17232Jake Cody1857.55
18235Liv Boeree1847.56
19239Senh Man Ung1838.35
20250Charles Chattha1804.38

Marc MacDonnell Still Reigns in Ireland

Marc MacDonnell, who had a runner-up finish at the 2015 World Series of Poker, is the man at the top of the Irish GPI and now has a gap of more than 200 points over former number one, Dermot Blain.

It has been a difficult year for Blain – he’d previously spoken about being on the worst downswing of his career – while MacDonnell’s year has been the complete opposite. MacDonnell chopped the PokerStars Sunday Million online, had that aforementioned runner-up finish in the WSOP event for $155,876 and recently finished deep in the money in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for $50,000.

Climbing this week thanks to his 34th place finish in the EPT Barcelona Main Event is Jude Ainsworth. The 36-year old now occupies fifth place in the Irish standings and is now only 50.50 points behind fourth placed Peter Murphy.

Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (September 4, 2015)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1244Marc MacDonnell1832.13
2355Dermot Blain1606.14
3585Gavin O'Rourke1326.54
4622Peter Murphy1296.38
5684Jude Ainsworth1246.08
6722Kevin Killeen1211.36
7968Daragh Davey1039.45
81026Declan Connolly1008.55
91104Sean Prendiville959.23
101332Andy Black847.08
111334Padraig O’Neill846.65
121356Fergal Cawley836.75
131389Chris Dowling823.82
141471Mark Reilly790.16
151574Eoghan O'Dea764.22
161578Dara O’Kearney762.84
171606Seamus Cahill755.47
181609Rory Brown754.67
191613David Lappin753.94
201621Daniel Wilson752.02

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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