UK & Ireland GPI: Stephen Chidwick Closing in on Worldwide Number One Spot
Stephen Chidwick’s incredible performances at the US Poker Open have resulted in him climbing to the number two spot in the worldwide Global Poker Index and it is surely only a matter of time before the popular British pro takes over at the summit of the leaderboard.
Chidwick was the star of the US Poker Open with two wins, a runner-up finish, a third-place and a fifth-place for cashes weighing in at an impressive $1,256,650. Chidwick’s US Poker Open results were:
- $10,500 NL Hold’em - Fifth-place for $54,400
- $25,100 NL Hold’em - First-place for $374,000
- $25,100 NL Hold’em - Third-place for $183,750
- $25,100 NL Hold’em - Second-place for $262,000
Niall Farrell is currently in third-place in the UK rankings, but could climb higher when the points from his brace of cashes at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany festival are added to his account. Farrell finished fourth in a €25,500 Super High Roller for €225,900 and then cashed in the €5,300 Main Event for €7,500.
Three other Brits also enjoyed a solid MILLIONS Germany festival. partypoker ambassador Patrick Leonard finished fifth in the €25,500 Super High Roller for €85,000 and then cashed in the Main Event for €15,000 more. Ludovic Geilich also cashed in the Main Event for €22,500 while Michael Chi Zhang enjoyed a min-cash in the Main Event for €10,300 but by that time has already won the €51,000 Super High Roller for a career-best score of €800,000.
Toby Lewis soared up the rankings after his victory in the 2018 Aussie Millions Main Event, a result that netted Lewis AU$1,458,198. Lewis is currently 11th in the UK, 202nd in the world and will need some more results like the massive score in Australia if he is to touch the dizzy heights of 17th in the world, his highest-ever ranking.
Another players with a growing reputation is Jack Sinclair whose reputation was boosted by him winning an Aussie Millions ring when he triumphed in the AU$2,500 NL Hold’em event for AU$126,240.
UK Global Poker Index Top 20
|UK Rank||World Rank||Player||Points|
|8||112||Michael Chi Zhang||2225.73|
Three Irish Stars in the GPI 300
Three of Irish poker’s brightest star find themselves in the GPI 300, the top 300 live poker tournament players in the world according to the Global Poker Index’s ranking system.
Marc MacDonnell tops the Irish standings and also occupies 155th place on a global level. MacDonnell, known as “sluglife” online, has amassed almost $1.4 million in live cashes to date and has enjoyed at least one large cash in the previous few editions of the World Series of Poker. With the 2018 WSOP around the corner, MacDonnell will be hoping to push further up the worldwide standings.
Second-placed Gavin O’Rourke is the 191st placed player on a global scale, which is slightly less than his career all-time high of 150th. O’Rourke cashed twice in the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in January and will be looking to add to his $886,959 in live tournament winnings during the coming months.
The third and final Irish player to be part of the GPI 300 is Conor Beresford who is also ranked 11th in the world for online poker tournaments. Beresford’s live game came on leaps and bounds in 2017 and he ended the year with €81,700 worth of cashes at the PokerStars Championship Prague festival.
Patrick Clarke climbed to sixth-place in Ireland and a career-high of 843rd in the world on the back of two excellent results. Clarke won the €570 European Deepstack Main Event for €33,050 on Feb. 1 and then finished fourth in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany €2,500 Warm-Up for an additional €69,000.
Ireland Global Poker Index Top 20
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Check out the full rankings over at the Global Poker Index website.