Stephen Chidwick and Marc MacDonnell are the players to catch in the United Kingdom and Ireland Global Poker Index top 20, and with European Poker Tour Barcelona on the horizon, both could lose their top spot if results go against them.
Chidwick’s lead in the UK standings is a mere 37.63 points, a gap easily bridged with the stakes the top 20 players usually play for. The man known as “stevie444” online cashed four times at the recent World Series of Poker, and was 5/35 in the $25,000 Bellagio Cup XII for combined scores of $100,826.
Jack Salter is the second placed British player, and is hot on Chidwick’s heels following his fourth place finish in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop, which netted him $1,536,666, while Niall Farrell’s $742,707 worth of WSOP cashes see him keep tabs with the leading pair.
Max Silver could leapfrog Farrell once his 33rd place in the WSOP Main Event, worth $216,211, is added to his score, with Kully Sidhu’s $599,440 score for winning the $10,400 Bellagio Cup XII should see him put some distance between himself and Simon Deadman in the race for a top five spot.
United Kingdom Global Poker Index Top 20 (August 2, 2016)
|UK Rank||World Rank||Player||Points|
|11||142||Senh Man Ung||2290.64|
O’Rourke Chasing Top Irish Position
Marc MacDonnell may be the current number one in Ireland, but Gavin O’Rourke should close the gap when his 173rd place finish in the WSOP Main Event ($42,285) registers on his GPI points total. We’d expect both players to be at EPT Barcelona, and a deep run for O’Rourke could see him crowned king of Ireland.
Cathal Shine has soared up the rankings after his epic runner-up finish in Event #56 of the WSOP, a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. That result netted Shine $254,890 in cash, and pushes him up to 18th in Ireland’s GPI rankings.
Irish Global Poker Index Top 20 (August 2, 2016)
|Irish Rank||World Rank||Player||Score|