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UK & Ireland GPI: Chidwick and Macdonnell Start 2016 on Top

Stephen Chidwick


  • Stephen Chidwick and Marc Macdonnell lead the UK & Ireland Global Poker Index.

  • Stephen Chidwick crowned 2015 UK Player of the Year.

  • Marc Macdonnell named 2015 Irish Player of the Year.

Stephen Chidwick is still the man to catch in the United Kingdom’s Global Poker Index and thanks to a deep run in the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, he looks set to increase his lead over second-placed Jack Salter.

Chidwick finished 14th from 928 entrants in the 2016 PCA Main Event for a $41,360 score and 335.65 GPI points, points that came too late to be included during the GPI’s latest update. Chidwick recently fell from the GPI worldwide top 10 – he currently resides in 15th place – and this result should help him claw his way back in.

One man to look out for in the coming weeks is Niall Farrell. The winner of Season 12 European Poker Tour (EPT) Malta is currently in Melbourne for the Aussie Millions, a festival he’s never played in. Farrell, ranked fourth in the UK, is hot on the heels of third-placed Simon Deadman and one decent score in Australia could see Farrell leapfrog Deadman.

Iaron Lightbourne has climbed to 14th in the UK standings following a strong end to 2015. Lightbourne won the partypoker World Poker Tour UK Main Event for £200,000 in November and followed that impressive result up with two cashes at EPT Prague. The Londoner also reached the final table of the $2,200 no limit Hold’em 8-handed Hyper Turbo at the 2016 PCA, falling in sixth for $7,440.

Two talented Brits set to rise at the next GPI update are Toby Lewis and Ben Heath. Lewis has been ranked as high as 17th in the world, but currently occupies the 251st spot. However, Lewis finished fourth in the 2016 PCA Main Event for $267,340 while Heath finished eighth in the $25,000 High Roller for $116,640 – Heath is currently 19th in the UK rankings.

United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (January 15, 2016)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
115Stephen Chidwick3434.43
230Jack Salter3185.32
346Simon Deadman2895.89
450Niall Farrell2846.72
5127Craig McCorkell2171.18
6157Kuljinder Sidhu2021.72
7158Oliver Price2014.08
8178Tom Hall1935.12
9179Senh Man Ung1934.78
10180Ben Dobson1934.61
11196David Vamplew1874.09
12201Liv Boeree1854.73
13208Max Silver1835.19
14222Ludovic Geilich1809.49
15227Iaron Lightbourne1794.92
16233Roberto Romanello1783.37
17251Toby Lewis1747.84
18286Charlie Carrel1650.95
19288Ben Heath1648.49
20289Charles Chatta1639.10

UK Player of the Year 2015

UK POYWorld POYPlayerScore
113Stephen Chidwick3792.63
242Jack Salter3046.15
356Niall Farrell2844.93
458Simon Deadman2806.04
5121Ben Heath2311.88

Stephen Chidwick has won the 2015 UK Player of the Year (POY) after finishing almost 750 points ahead of Jack Salter. The 2014 UK POY, Oliver Price, ended the year in 13th place. Making up the top five in the POY race were Niall Farrell, Simon Deadman, and Ben Heath.

Macdonnell Prevents Blain From Winning Fourth Consecutive POY

Marc Macdonnell leads the Irish GPI and was also the 2015 Irish Player of the Year, an accolade bestowed on Dermot Blain for the previous three years.

Macdonnell had some superb results in 2015 including a runner-up finish in Event #6 of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) for $155,876, a deep run (12/907) in the $5,250 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for $50,000, and a 13th place finish in the EPT Prague Main Event for €50,990.

Second-placed Gavin O’Rourke can’t have too many complaints either. O’Rourke cashed five times at the WSOP including a fifth place in Event #34 worth $55,981. Other sizeable scores include a $51,100 addition to his bankroll for finishing third in the $1,100 side event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, a fourth place finish in a €2,150 side event at EPT Prague for €26,030, and a 10th place finish in the EPT Prague Main Event worth €56,950.

Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (January 15, 2016)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1144Marc Macdonnell2076.10
2284Gavin O'Rourke1653.34
3322Dermot Blain1565.89
4535Dara O’Kearney1300.71
5666Jude Ainsworth1176.46
6670Peter Murphy1172.05
7769Kevin Killeen1084.82
8834Chris Dowling1044.06
9854Daragh Davey1031.21
101287Andy Black811.66
111352Declan Connolly784.36
121355Daniel Wilson784.20
131363David Lappin781.58
141465Andrew King753.43
151472Padraig O’Neill752.17
161521Rory Brown738.15
171716Sean Prendiville683.60
181733Mark Reilly679.09
191865Fergal Cawley644.18
202000Seamus Cahill614.27

Irish Player of the Year 2015

Irish POYWorld POYPlayerScore
1169Marc MacDonnell2035.55
2223Gavin O’Rourke1836.61
3393Dara O’Keanrey1434.33
4395Dermot Blain1430.23
5657Peter Murphy1146.86

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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