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UK & Ireland Global Poker Index: Chidwick and MacDonnell Lead

Stephen Chidwick and Marc MacDonnell

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 RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
114Stephen Chidwick3683.19
215Jack Salter3645.56
334Niall Farrell3194.70
444Max Silver3059.80
569Kuljinder Sidhu2723.63
673Simon Deadman2712.98
794Charlie Carrel2564.75
8119Ben Heath2380.32
9124Liv Boeree2367.80
10125Ludovic Geilich2362.34
11142Senh Man Ung2290.64
12158Oliver Price2195.88
13163Iaron Lightbourne2179.05
14195Craig McCorkell2079.92
15205David Vamplew2045.94
16233Alex Goulder1983.51
17242Scott Margereson1957.07
18251Ben Dobson1945.31
19258Keith Johnson1935.09
20273Tom Middleton1918.68

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 RankWorld RankPlayerScore
1188Marc MacDonnell2100.13
2267Gavin O'Rourke1922.50
3314Dermot Blain1805.88
4516Daniel Wilson1475.35
5542Peter Murphy1442.40
6660Dara O’Kearney1324.08
7663Jude Ainsworth1321.60
8774Kevin Killeen1219.17
9866Chris Dowling1152.32
10953Daragh Davey1097.64
111008Rory Brown1067.26
121050Mark Reilly1045.29
131176Padraig O’Neill989.71
141225Patrick Clarke967.72
151365Seamus Cahill911.01
161371Andy Black908.49
171764David Lappin779.01
182009Cathal Shine712.07
192200Dylan Kehoe663.24
202212Sean Prendiville661.47

To view the 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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  • Stephen Chidwick and Marc MacDonnell top the United Kingdom's and Ireland's Global Poker Index.

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