Each week, the Global Poker Index releases a list of the top tournament poker players in the world using a formula that takes into account a player’s results over six half-year periods. For a look at the entire list, visit the official GPI website. Here’s a look at the rankings as of October 9, 2015.
United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (October 9, 2015)
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As you can see, Stephen Chidwick is still the man to catch in the United Kingdom’s top 20 and is also the only British players in the worldwide top 10, with the man from Deal currently occupying fifth place. While Chidwick is some way behind current world number one, Byron Kaverman, he’s less than 200 points behind Scott Seiver in fourth place, and with the European Poker Tour (EPT) Malta festival right around the corner, Chidwick should have plenty of opportunities to earn some GPI points.
Jack Salter is the man closest to Chidwick in the UK standings. He trails the leader by 314.16 points but has 472.49 point cushion between himself and third placed Simon Deadman, who is currently participating in the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) so could close that gap before the next GPI update.
Only 200 points separate David Vamplew in eighth place and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody in 17th place, so any decent result by the likes of Toby Lewis, Oliver Price, Ludovic Geilich, Charlie Carrel or Ben Heath could see them improve their ranking by half a dozen positions or more. Interesting times are ahead as 2015 rapidly draws to a close.
MacDonnel the Man to Catch in Ireland
Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (October 9, 2015)
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Marc MacDonnell is 177.25 points in front of Dermot Blain and time is running out for the latter to catch his fellow countryman. Blain has been the Irish Player of the Year for three consecutive years, but now looks likely to hand over his crown to MacDonnell unless he can pull something out of the bad during the last three months of the year.
Daragh Davey’s runner-up finish in the UKIPT Isle of Man High Roller added 128.48 points to his tally and he climbed to seventh in Ireland as a result. Davey is a regular feature on the UKIPT circuit and with the Edinburgh leg taking place in November, Davey has a chance of breaking into the Irish top five before the end of the year.
Also look out for Dara “Doke” O’Kearney who finished one place behind Davey in the High Roller. O’Kearney should also be in Edinburgh for the final UKIPT of the year, but before then you’ll find him grinding in Berlin where he’s playing a busy schedule at the WSOPE.