2021 World Series of Poker

Trio Of Jacks Get 2020 Off To a Flying Start

Jack Salter, Jack Hardcastle, and Jack Sinclair

What’s in a name? Probably not much when it comes to poker prowess, to be honest, but the three early front runners for the 2020 Global Poker Index Player of the Year title all call themselves Jack.

Jack Salter, Jack Sinclair, and Jack Hardcastle are the trio of Jacks setting the pace for the POY title as the first month of 2020 draws to a close.

Salter already has nine live tournament cashes to his name and we’re only 30 days into the year. The popular Brit stopped off in South Korea before heading to the Aussie Millions. Salter racked up six cashes in the Japan High Roller Festival, including a fifth-place finish in the Main Event for the equivalent of $7,780.

He managed another three in-the-money finishers in Melbourne at the 2020 Aussie Millions. His biggest score weighed in at A$15,580 ($10,762), his reward for a 77th place finish in the Main Event.

Former World Series of Poker Europe Main Event champion Sinclair has three cashes this year. Two of those cashes came at the 2020 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS UK festival, including a $33,000 score for a 44th place finish in the Main Event. Sinclair then headed to Australia where he finished fourth in the A$25,000 Challenge for A$172,380 ($118,962).

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Hardcastle’s brace of deep runs at Dusk Till Dawn in the MILLIONS UK festival see him end January in third-place in the POY standings. Hardcastle finished 20th in the $1,100 Mini for $6,000 and followed that up with a $130,000 prize for navigating his way to seventh-place in the Main Event.

Hardcastle is currently in London for the GUKPT London festival and has already won an event, the £165 Omaha for £3,912.

Sam Grafton ends the month in fourth-place courtesy of a trio of cashes. The talkative grinder cashed for $37,000 at the recent MILLIONS UK festival before netting A$370,440 ($254,050) for his sixth-place finish in the A$100,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions.

Stephen Chidwick rounds off the current top five, the player likely odds on to win yet another POY title. The man with the most live poker tournament winnings in the UK, and the seventh-most in the world, has two cashes this year, both worth six-figures.

Chidwick finished fifth in the A$25,000 Aussie Millions PLO for A$113,280 ($78,194) and then second in the A$25,000 No Limit Hold’em Australian Poker Open event for an additional A$269,500 ($182,271). The Australian Poker Open has several more events to run but any cashes Chidwick may help himself to will likely be credited to his GPI profile after January ends.

United Kingdom 2020 GPI Player of the Year Standings (Jan. 30)

PlaceGlobal PlacePlayerPoints
127Jack Salter577.02
242Jack Sinclair532.57
354Jack Hardcastle484.33
469Sam Grafton457.54
584Stephen Chidwick436.65
6121James Clarke403.77
7131Ludovic Geilich394.99
8143Simon Burns383.91
9152Daniel Ross373.84
10172John Mooney355.44

An honourable mention has to go to James “Raggy” Clarke who won a live satellite to the MILLIONS UK Main Event and turned that into a $311,000 haul.

Team partypoker pro Ludovic Geilich broke through the $3 million in winnings barrier with a $60,000 score in the MILLIONS UK Main Event, while both Simon Burns and Daniel Ross banked three cashes each at the Aussie Millions.

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