UK & Ireland GPI: Charlie Carrel and Dan Wilson Crowned 2016 POY

Charlie Carrel and Dan Wilson
  • Charlie Carrel wins the 2016 Player of the Year in the United Kingdom Global Poker Index rankings.

  • Dan Wilson wins the 2016 Player of the Year in the Irish Global Poker Index rankings.

Charlie Carrel and Dan Wilson are the United Kingdom and Ireland’s Player of the Year for 2016 according to the Global Poker Index ranking system.

2016 was a stellar year for Carrel whose meteoric rise through the ranks of poker has been a sight to behold. Carrel enjoyed two six-figure scores during February, winning the €10,200 High Roller and finishing third in the €25,750 High Roller at the European Poker Tour Dublin festival where he banked €164,500 and €234,100 respectively.

Less than three months later, Carrel won a €5,300 eight-handed event at the EPT Grand Final and returned to the UK with €172,300, then at EPT Malta, the talented youngster finished third in a €10,200 event for €170,754 and followed that up with a brace of final table in two other €10,200 side events for almost €90,000.

Five cashes at the Master Classic of Poker in Amsterdam, including three final table appearances, added €243,159 to Carrel’s lifetime winnings, before Carrel won more than €750,000 at EPT Prague courtesy of four cashes, including a runner-up finish in the €50,000 Super High Roller and a third place in the €10,300 8-Max.

The popular pro has started 2017 in a similar rich vein of form, finishing as runner-up in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas for $1,191,900.

UK POYWorld POYPlayerScore
111Charlie Carrel3088.76
215Jack Salter2941.18
322Niall Farrell2882.05
444Stephen Chidwick2652.30
558Max Silver2500.74
677Tom Middleton2387.94
779Tom Hall2379.87
883Kully Sidhu2365.66
985Ben Heath2359.67
1089Paul Newey2339.52

Dan Wilson Ends Gavin O’Rourke’s Reign in Ireland

When Gavin O’Rourke topped the Irish Player of the Year standings in 2015, it ended Dermot Blain’s run of consecutive titles; Blain won the award in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Now, Dan Wilson has become the 2016 Irish POY, edging our O’Rourke into second place.

Wilson, who is currently occupying the number one berth in the Irish online poker rankings, put a disappointing 2015 campaign behind him and enjoyed plenty of success during 2016.

A deep run in a €2,200 event at UKIPT Dublin in February set Wilson on his way and he won the €1,150 Irish Open Main Event in March for €150,000. A deep run in another €2,200 event, this time at the FPS Grand Final in Monte Carlo, set up Wilson for the 2016 World Series of Poker where he cashed in six tournaments.

In Barcelona, Wilson reached the final table of the €1,100 Estrellas Main Event before reaching the money places in two events at EPT Prague to secure his number one status.

Ireland POYWorld POYPlayerScore
1140Dan Wilson2128.22
2257Gavin O’Rourke1852.72
3292Dermot Blain1772.27
4390Marc MacDonnell1654.19
5531Dara O’Kearney1478.74
6685Mark Reilly1342.43
7737Cathal Shine1307.07
8873Daragh Davey1197.30
9937Stephen Malone1166.54
101084Rory Brown1088.13

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