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UK & Ireland GPI Top 20: Chidwick and MacDonnell Out in Front

Stephen Chidwick and Marc MacDonnell
  • Stephen Chidwick is the only player from the UK and Ireland to be ranked in the top 10 of the worldwide GPI

  • UK Global Poker Index is tightly packed

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)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
15Stephen Chidwick3733.29
217Jack Salter3419.13
346Simon Deadman2946.64
479Max Silver2565.10
597Niall Farrell2428.82
6106Tom Hall2386.80
7128Craig McCorkell2227.42
8153David Vamplew2095.22
9155Toby Lewis2081.64
10159Oliver Price2071.73
11162Charlie Carrel2066.76
12178Alex Goulder1989.71
13203Ludovic Gelich1932.87
14212Louis Salter1917.63
15215Stuart Rutter1916.03
16228Liv Boeree1883.93
17239Jake Cody1857.55
18250Ben Heath1811.94
19258Charles Chattha1791.83
20266Ben Vinson1778.21

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)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1248Marc MacDonnell1819.62
2322Dermot Blain1642.37
3573Peter Murphy1344.39
4699Gavin O'Rourke1220.72
5778Jude Ainsworth1156.39
6850Kevin Killeen1111.36
7856Daragh Davey1108.14
81115Declan Connolly941.54
91150Sean Prendiville923.34
101280Dara O’Kearney862.65
111284Andy Black861.22
121347Mark Reilly839.21
131446Padraig O’Neill803.85
141460David Lappin797.84
151574Eoghan O'Dea764.22
161598Seamus Cahill755.47
171698Chris Dowling731.40
181726Daniel Wilson722.11
191760Fergal Cawley711.11
201813John O’Shea696.48

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.

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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