UK & Ireland Global Poker Index: Chidwick Claims Overall Top Spot
Stephen Chidwick has long been the number one ranked player in the United Kingdom Global Poker Index (GPI), but now he has reclaimed the overall number one spot after some incredible results.
Chidwick secured his first World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet in June when he won the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller 8-Handed. The man known as “Stevie444” online not only grabbed some poker jewellery, he also netted $1,618,417.
A first and second-place in $10,000 High Rollers at Aria added $163,600 to Chidwick’s lifetime winnings before a third-place finish in the $5,000 Card Player Poker Tour Main Event saw Chidwick’s bankroll swell by $245,199. The best was yet to come.
London was the venue for the partypoker LIVE Triton Poker Super High Roller Series, which saw the biggest buy-in tournament ever. Costing £1,050,000 to enter, Chidwick outlasted all but three opponent to finish in fourth-place for £4,410,000. Chidwick then cashed in three more super high rollers for combined prizes of £973,800. The superstar now has live tournament winnings worth $30,421,857.
Ben Heath is another player who won his first WSOP bracelet before competing in the shenanigans in London. Heath won the $50,000 High Roller in Las Vegas for $1,484,085 and enjoyed four more cashes, including one worth $135,395 and another weighing in at $85,915.
Heath then cashed in a £25,000 buy-in event in London for £43,100 before busting third in the £100,000 Triton London Main Event for a £1,350,000 score. Just last week, Heath was the third-place finisher in the €100,000 Triton 100K Super High Roller at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe festival for an additional €455,000. Heath now has $6,972,958 in earnings and is ranked 40th in the world overall.
Charlie Carrel a good friend of Heath, returned to the top 20 in the UK GPI after his victory in the £50,000 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London event that bagged him £1,321,000, not bad from someone who effectively retired a while ago.
Also returning to the UK top 20 is Team partypoker Pro Patrick Leonard. Leonard cashed 10 times in Las Vegas, mostly in non-hold’em events, for a total haul worth $207,647.
A special mention has to go to Ben Farrell who got it quietly this summer. Farrell cashed four times at the WSOP, including a sixth-place finish in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout for $37,342, before topping a 1,932-strong field in the $565 Zynga Poker WPT500 for $155,000. Another two WSOP cashes followed before a victory in the $1,700 buy-in GOLIATH Main Event at Planet Hollywood for $162,400.
Farrell wasn’t done there because he cashed twice at The Venetian, including a runner-up finish in a $400 event for $33,453 and then another two cashes followed at theSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, one of which netted Farrell $139,705.
UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (Jul. 17, 2019)
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MacDonnell Still Reigns In Ireland, But For How Long?
It is far to say the 2019 WSOP was one to forget for the Irish contingent who made their was to Las Vegas. Save for a couple of deep runs late in the series, the WSOP was a relative washout for the Green Army who will no doubt be looking to make amends at the upcoming WSOP Europe in Rozvadov.
Marc MacDonnell is still the man to catch in the Irish GPI and is the only Irishman in the global top 150. Gavin O’Rourke (185th) is lurking just outside after a $10,630 and a $18,535 score in Sin City over the summer.
Former Irish Open champion Patrick Clarke came close to locking up a bracelet but ultimately finished in sixth-place in the Crazy Eights event for $177,888. Clarke also finished third in a $550 event at The Wynn Summer Classic for $23,286 and triumphed in a €1,100 MILLIONS Open event at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe festival for €160,300. That last prize is yet to be added to his GPI profile so there is a chance Clarke could claim the number one berth in Ireland.
Seven WSOP cashes and a trio of Daily Deepstack money finishes saw Dara O’Kearney cement his fifth-place rankings while Cathal Shine climbed to seventh in the Emerald Isle following six WSOP cashes, including a $30,780 score for his 438th place finish in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event.
Aidan Hynes soared to eighth-place after seven cashes in the U.S. Three of those occurred at the WSOP but two of the largest came at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open where Hynes cashed for $29,785 and $18,050.
Lastly, Eoghan O’Dea ended his quest for a WSOP bracelet with two deep runs in $10,000 buy-in events. O’Dea finished sixth in the Pot Limit Omaha 8-Handed Championship for $169,173 then finished 535th in the Main Event for another $27,390.
Ireland Global Poker Index Top 20 (Jul. 17, 2019)
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