2021 World Series of Poker

Chidwick and Clarke Crowned UK & Ireland POY

Stephen Chidwick and Patrick Clarke

Stephen Chidwick and Patrick Clarke are the Global Poker Index 2019 Player of the Year for the United Kingdom and Ireland respectively.

Chidwick enjoyed his biggest-ever year, finishing with $13,146,265 in live poker tournament cashes, surpassing his fantastic 2018 where he won almost $10.2 million, his first eight-figure year.

The man from Deal finished atop of the UK’s GPI rankings and second in the worldwide standings. Only Alex Foxen finished above Chidwick in the global standings and he leapfrogged Chidwick in the final event of 2019.

His largest score of 2019 weighed in at the equivalent of $5,368,947 (£4,410,000), Chidwick’s reward for finishing fourth in the £1,050,000 buy-in Triton Million for Charity event in London. Chidwick’s favourite result, however, was likely his victory in the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event at the World Series of Poker that secured Chidwick his first bracelet.

Ben Heath
Ben Heath

Ben Heath also won his first bracelet this year and finished second in the UK’s POY leaderboard for 2019. Heath won more than $5 million during the past 12-months, thanks in part to two monster scores.

Heath walked away with $1,484,085 when he won his bracelet in the $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the WSOP plus an additional $1,642,935 (£1,350,000) for a third-place finish in the £100,000 buy-in Triton London Main Event.

Making up the top five in the POY race were Ben Farrell, Jack Salter, and Sam Grafton.

Farrell rode a heater in the United States to finish with more than $900,000 in winnings. Victory in the WPT500 yielded $155,000 with $162,400 finding its way to Farrell’s bankroll when he won the $1,700 GOLIATH Main Event at Planet Hollywood. He also finished sixth for $139,705 in a $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open event and rounded the year off with a third-place finish in a $5,300 buy-in event at The Wynn Winter Classic for $239,789.

Grafton excelled in 2019 and locked up his first seven-figure year, one worth $2,529,418. The popular pro added several high roller and super high roller events to his schedule. Grafton finished second to Sergi Reixach in the €100,000 Super High Roller at EPT Barcelona and won $1,453,517 (€1,303,950) for his incredible effort.

UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (Jan. 7, 2020)

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
12Stephen Chidwick3674.16
229Ben Heath2953.55
339Jack Salter2786.93
447Ben Farrell2688.92
549Ludovic Geilich2682.34
677Sam Grafton2501.39
790Jack Sinclair2429.92
8130Charlie Carrel2280.65
9145Scott Margereson2243.06
10169Niall Farrell2165.06
11183Adam Owen2113.94
12187Simon Deadman2111.61
13191Tom Hall2097.69
14198Conor Beresford2079.04
15210Benny Glaser2056.71
16235Max Silver2016.94
17255Louis Salter1965.57
18279Chris Moorman1931.77
19285Toby Lewis1921.35
20291Andrew Hills1908.28

2019 UK Player of the Year

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
15Stephen Chidwick3637.94
220Ben Heath3158.35
331Ben Farrell2927.39
443Jack Salter2859.27
550Sam Grafton2816.54

Patrick Clarke Takes Down Irish POY

Two victories in the final third of 2019 were enough to see former Irish Open champion Patrick Clarke win Ireland’s Player of the year award.

Clarke put together a deep run in the $888 Crazy Eights event at the 2019 WSOP, eventually running out of steam in sixth-place for a $177,888 prize. Two months later, Clarke turned €1,100 into €160,300 ($179,589) at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Europe festival before winning the €1,000 Winamax Poker Open High Roller in Dublin in September for another €40,640 ($44,700). Clarke also finished top of the irish GPI standings and is the only Irish player in the coveted GPI 300.

Gavin O'Rourke
Gavin O'Rourke

Gavin O’Rourke finished behind Clarke in the POY standings, his fourth runner-up finish in the past five years. 2019 was void of six-figure prizes for O’Rourke, although he banked $86,850 for his victory in the $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em 8-Handed event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

Aidan Hynes, Marc MacDonnell, and Mark Gruendemann make up the top five in Ireland’s POY.

Hynes cashed for $134,746, his best-ever tally, while MacDonnell endured a tough time at the tables and failed with win at least six-figures for the first time in five years. Gruendemann cashed in 37 events, all in Asia and mostly in Taipei City to climb to a career-high eighth in Ireland’s GPI rankings.

Ireland Global Poker Index Top 20 (Jan. 7, 2020)

Ireland RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
1160Patrick Clarke2196.17
2322Marc MacDonnell1844.95
3673Gavin O’Rourke1508.71
4909Aidan Hynes1355.21
51038Dara O’Kearney1290.03
61312Cathal Shine1176.86
71497Keith Brennan1113.87
81552Mark Gruendemann1092.16
91625Dan Wilson1072.90
101785David Lappin1028.75
111815Eoin Starr1021.25
121849Kevin Killeen1009.30
131963Sam Baneham980.87
142100Michael O’Sullivam949.30
152183Rory Liffey930.98 
162220Michael Foley924.07
172696Jason Tompkins844.96
182811Daragh Davey829.73
193000Rory Brown799.53
203047Richie O’Neill796.95

2019 Ireland Player of the Year

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
1210Patrick Clarke2110.51
2303Gavin O’Rourke1925.05
3543Aidan Hynes1653.83
41012Marc MacDonnell1320.29
51023Mark Gruendemann1314.91

  • Stephen Chidwick is the UK GPI Player of the Year while Patrick Clarke came out on top in Ireland.

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