Stephen Chidwick becomes First British Player to Top the GPI
Stephen Chidwick has become the first British poker player to reach the pinnacle of live tournament poker and have his name sit proudly atop the Global Poker Index rankings.
Chidwick, known online by his alias “stevie444”, has long been the number one ranked live poker tournament players in the United Kingdom, yet the top spot in the worldwide rankings had eluded him until this week.
Having spent nine of the past 10 weeks in the number two spot behind Spain’s Adrian Mateos, Chidwick can finally lay claim to being the current best poker tournament player in the world.
One of the most consistent players of his generation, even Chidwick must be taken aback by the form he has shown throughout 2018. The man from Deal, Kent crushed the US Poker Open in Las Vegas, winning two events, and finishing second, third and fifth for combined scores of $1,256,650.
The popular grinder then finished second in a $10,500 buy-in event at Aria, Las Vegas for an additional $78,400 before a sixth-place and a third-place in high buy-in events in Macau saw him add HK$12,053,000 ($1,535,765) to his lifetime winnings.
At the recent partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona, Chidwick finished second in the €100,000 Super High Roller for €1,100,000 and was the third-place finisher in the €10,300 Main Event for a further €1,000,000.
Chidwick has won $4,173,731 during 2018 and we have not yet even finished April. Chidwick now has $14,188,244 in live tournament winnings.
A delighted Chidwick took to social media when he learned he was now ranked first by the GPI.
“Today I became the #1 ranked poker player in the world,” said Chidwick. “Anyone close to me knows how long this has been a goal of mine and to finally get there is a great feeling. I owe a lot to the family, friends, study partners, investors whose unwavering support and belief pushed me to never give up and keep chasing my dreams.”
All Chidwick needs to do now is finally win a World Series of Poker bracelet so he can shake off the unwanted title of “best player to have not won a bracelet.” On this current form, we would not bet against Chidwick securing at least one piece of poker bling before the 2018 WSOP draws to a close this summer.