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United Kingdom GPI: Stephen Chidwick Still Leads; Ben Heath Climbing

Stephen Chidwick and Ben Heath


  • Stephen Chidwick still reigns supreme in the United Kingdom Global Poker Index.

  • Ben Heath enters the top 10 of the UK Global Poker Index.

Stephen Chidwick is still the number one ranked British player in the Global Poker Index (GPI) at the last update. In fact, Chidwick now has a 543 point cushion between himself and second-placed Jack Salter.

Chidwick extended his lead thanks to three five-figure scores at the 2016 Aussie Millions. An eighth place in the AU$5,000 Pot Limit Omaha bagged Chidwick AU$18,330, with his 34th place finish in the Main Event netting him AU$30,000. Before those two result, Chidwick won the AU$2,500 Eight Game Mix for AU$47,520 and his first Aussie Millions ring.

Jack Salter cashed in four Aussie Millions event, his largest cash weighing in at AU$23,780, which was his reward for finishing sixth in the AU$5,000 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max event. Slater’s brother, Louis, returned to the top 20 of the United Kingdom GPI thanks to three Aussie Million cashes, including one worth AU$102,000 courtesy of his third place finish in the opening tournament, the AU$1,150 No Limit Hold’em.

Another player helping themselves to a six-figure score was Oliver Price, who bust in fifth place in the AU$25,000 Challenge. Price, who has been ranked as high as 26th in the world, added AU$190,320 to his lifetime winnings and climbed up to fifth in the UK (87th in the world.)

Before the Aussie Millions it was the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) and it was here that Toby Lewis enjoyed a massive score. Lewis’ run in the $5,300 buy-in Main Event came to an end in fourth place, a finish that netted the popular pro $267,340. Lewis is now only $40,000 shy of $3 million in live tournament winnings.

Joining Lewis in enjoying some PCA success was Ben Heath, who reached the final table of the $25,000 8-Handed High Roller. Sadly for Heath, he was the first player to bust from that star-studded stage, but not before locking up a career-best score of $140,940.

United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (February 5, 2016)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
19Stephen Chidwick3732.39
231Jack Salter3188.76
351Niall Farrell2873.42
453Simon Deadman2852.04
587Oliver Price2477.16
6134Tom Hall2211.87
7139Toby Lewis2186.07
8143Ben Heath2159.77
9144Craig McCorkell2154.67
10150Max Silver2136.07
11167Iaron Lightbourne2074.13
12174Senh Man Ung2036.59
13177Ludovic Geilich2027.04
14178Charlie Carrel2025.79
15180Kuljinder Sidhu2008.08
16197Ben Dobson1934.61
17210Liv Boeree1890.18
18251Roberto Romanello1783.37
19289David Vamplew1679.45
20304Louis Salter1650.78

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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