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UK & Ireland GPI: Stephen Chidwick and Marc Macdonnell Lead

Stephen Chidwick and Marc Macdonnell


  • Stephen Chidwick and Marc Macdonnell top their respective leader boards in the Global Poker Index.

Stephen Chidwick and Marc Macdonnell are still the men to catch in the United Kingdom and Ireland Global Poker Index (GPI) rankings going into the penultimate week of 2015, and with no major tournaments on the calendar it is likely they will be number one in their respective countries as we welcome in 2016.

Chidwick has a cushion of more than 400 points between himself and Jack Salter in second place, a gap that is likely to widen at the next GPI update once Chidwick’s 23rd place in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Prague €10,300 High Roller is added to his tally; Salter is without a cash since early September.

Simon Deadman, EPT Malta champion Niall Farrell and Craig McCorkell make up the rest of the top five in the UK.

One man in hot form is Kuljinder “Kully” Sidhu, who now occupies eighth place in the UK and 166th in the world, the latter being the highest he’s ever ranked in the GPI. Sidhu has banked some big scores this year including a €640,000 addition to his bankroll when he finished second in the EPT Barcelona €10,300 High Roller, and €161,172 when he took down the €10,250 High Roller at the Master Classics of Poker in Amsterdam.

United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (December 20, 2015)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
19Stephen Chidwick3628.48
231Jack Salter3213.98
346Simon Deadman2942.28
447Niall Farrell2936.70
598Craig McCorkell2405.70
6109Oliver Price2326.93
7118Max Silver2294.17
8166Kuljinder Sidhu2046.55
9170Toby Lewis2020.23
10187David Vamplew1981.14
11197Liv Boeree1949.52
12199Tom Hall1947.18
13201Roberto Romanello1944.47
14204Ben Dobson1935.05
15215Charlie Carrel1885.42
16230Ben Heath1836.31
17257Stuart Rutter1784.11
18262Senh Man Ung1772.93
19297Alex Goulder1722.79
20301Charlie Carrel1711.50

Macdonnell Way Out In Front In Ireland

Marc “sluglife” Macdonnell extended his lead in the Irish GPI top 20 this week on the back of his deep run in the EPT Prague Main Event. Macdonnell fell short of a final table appearance, busting in 13th place for €50,990 and 362.78 GPI points.

Macdonnell’s fellow countryman, Gavin O’Rourke, had an excellent time in Prague and now finds himself in third place in Ireland and a career-high of 328th in the world. O’Rourke finished fourth in a €2,150 turbo for €26,030, went deep in the EUREKA €2,200 High Roller, and finished 10th in the EPT Prague Main Event for €56,950. Throw into the mix him winning $100,000 for being on the $1 million Spin & Go table earlier in the week, and it is safe to say it’ll be a merry Christmas in the O’Rourke household.

Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (December 20, 2015)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1164Marc Macdonnell2049.76
2288Dermot Blain1733.42
3328Gavin O'Rourke1656.42
4538Peter Murphy1366.23
5688Dara O’Kearney1226.82
6700Jude Ainsworth1218.59
7831Kevin Killeen1116.18
8894Chris Dowling1078.27
9933Daragh Davey1049.47
101104Andy Black951.76
111267Declan Connolly868.89
121284Daniel Wilson859.04
131479David Lappin781.58
141576Padraig O’Neill754.27
151583Andrew King752.59
161677Sean Prendiville727.65
171687Mark Reilly724.54
181727Seamus Cahill712.75
191913Eoghan O'Dea665.13
202005Fergal Cawley644.18

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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