UK & Ireland Global Poker Index: Chidwick Locks Up UK POY

Stephen Chidwick

There may be two weeks remaining of 2018 but Stephen Chidwick has locked up his third Global Poker Index United Kingdom Player of the Year title in four years thanks to having an unassailable lead over Aymon Hata.

Chidwick finds himself ranked number one in the United Kingdom by more than 800 points, a gap that will only widen when the rankings are updated next week to include his recent third-place finish in the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl that banked Chidwick a massive $1,512,000 score.

It has been a phenomenal year at the live poker tables for Chidwick. The man from Deal, Kent who now resides in Mexico, has amassed almost $11 million in winnings during the current year, more than three-times more than his previous best annual total. The only thing missing from a perfect year is a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet, surely one of those will be adorning Chidwick’s wrist come the end of 2019?

This incredible year at the felt has given Chidwick a lead in the UK Player of the Year leaderboard that is impossible to catch. Hata has enjoyed his best-ever year, like Chidwick, thanks in part to a third-place finish in the $100,000 High Roller at the WSOP that banked Hata $1,247,230.

The Global Poker Index will make its final update of the 2018 rankings on Dec. 26, but they should read very similar to the tables below.

UK Global Poker Index Top 10 (Dec. 20, 2018)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
13Stephen Chidwick3600.43
239Niall Farrell2763.48
357Jack Sinclair2567.82
469Jack Salter2501.58
579Adam Owen2441.59
685Ludovic Geilich2426.72
7109Ben Heath2322.77
8136Chris Moorman2249.08
9141Aymon Hata2237.08
10146Tom Hall2228.34

UK Global Poker Index Player of the Year Top 10 (Dec. 20, 2018)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
12Stephen Chidwick3786.91
247Aymon Hata2735.43
350Jack Sinclair2705.38
456Niall Farrell2663.81
576Adam Owen2545.09
6115Ludovic Geilich2327.13
7132Chris Moorman2253.46
8168Jack Salter2175.01
9219Ben Dobson2032.99
10264James Rann1925.39

Marc MacDonnel Tops the Irish Charts Again

Marc MacDonnell
Marc MacDonnell

Like Chidwick, Marc MacDonnell is ending the year as the number one in his country and by securing his third Irish Player of the Year title in four years. 2018 has seen MacDonnell win almost $1.6 million in the live arena, by far his best year at the tables.

MacDonnell travelled to Los Angeles in Feb. and finished fourth in the $10,000 WPT L.A. Poker Classic for $319,310 before enjoying another six-figure score when he won the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em side event at the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open; the man known as “Sluglife” netted $119,465.

The best was yet to come because MacDonnell navigated his way to a third-place finish in the partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party Main Event, a result that saw MacDonnell walk away with a career-best score of $1,000,000.

Patrick Clarke is the only player in the Irish Player of the Year standings that could have caught MacDonnell, but he has run out of time as there are no big buy-in tournaments scheduled for the remainder of the year. Clarke, the 2014 Irish Poker Open champion, broke through $1 million in live poker tournament winnings when he finished eighth in the European Poker Tour Barcelona Main Event for €155,000.

Ireland Global Poker Index Top 10 (Dec. 20, 2018)

Ireland RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
135Marc MacDonnell2790.59
2276Patrick Clarke1928.03
3282Gavin O’Rourke1916.07
4326Dan Wilson1844.11
5757Dermot Blain1404.59
6778Michael Foley1392.32
7941Dara O’Kearney1296.98
8996Cathal Shine1273.12
91034Mark Buckley1252.43
101437Michael O’Sullivan1095.49

Ireland Global Poker Index Player of the Year Top 10 (Dec. 20, 2018)

Ireland RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
143Marc MacDOnnell2792.57
2161Patrick Clarke2190.38
3305Gavin O’Rourke1838.46
4432Dan Wilson1658.49
5812Mark Buckley1335.84
6855Mark Buckley1309.67
71000Dara O’Kearney1232.27
81147Cathal Shine1169.90
91270Sam Baneham1111.73
101290David Lappin1100.12

It has been an exciting year for poker players from the United Kingdom and Ireland and we cannot wait for 2019 to get underway. With a little luck, our elite players from the UK and Ireland will shine at both the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the 2019 Aussie Millions and kick the new year off in style.

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  • Nobody can catch Stephen Chidwick in the UK Global Poker Index Player of the Year race.

  • Marc MacDonnell locks up third Irish Player of the Year title in four years.

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