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Who Are the Current GPI Top 20 in the UK and Ireland?

Stephen Chidwick

It feels like months have passed since we last saw any British or Irish stars battling it out in a live poker tournament because that’s exactly how long it has been. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of casinos and cardrooms around the world back in March.

Almost exactly three months have now passed and venues are, slowly, starting to reopen. Nobody is sure when live poker tournaments will resume, but the players in the tables below will be hoping it’s sooner rather than later.

There’s been a shake-up in the Global Poker Index (GPI) rankings despite a lack of action at the tables. This is because of the how the GPI points work. Points earned for older events decay over time, making those results less relevant and giving recent scores more relevance.

Let’s check out the current top 20 players in the UK and Ireland according to the GPI.

UK Global Poker Index Top 20 (June 18, 2020)

Stephen Chidwick has long been the British number one and that is still the case. “Stevie444” is also the number one player in the world using the GPI system. Not only is Chidwick top dog, but he enjoys a 217.15 lead over the talented American Alex Foxen.

Chidwick last cashed on March 15 at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Sochi Super High Roller Series, one of the last tournaments to run before the global shutdown. He finished third in a $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament for $248,000.

Jack Salter, Jack Sinclair, Sam Grafton, and Ben Farrell make up the rest of the UK top five. Farrell, in particular, will be keen for live poker to resume because he enjoyed a fantastic 2019 that saw him win more than $900,000.

Carl Shaw is a new name in the British top 20; he’s currently occupying 12th place in the UK and 238th in the world. Shaw somehow went under the radar in 2019 despite winning $742,963, when he’d only managed $45,248 across the previous six years. A huge chunk of those 2019 winnings, $606,562, stemmed from him winning the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the World Series of Poker where he defeated Tony Dunst heads-up for the bracelet.

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
11Stephen Chidwick3385.33
218Jack Salter2552.39
332Jack Sinclair2396.18
458Sam Grafton2194.05
562Ben Farrell2174.26
666Ben Heath2167.55
799Ludovic Geilich2023.93
8110Ben Winsor1979.04
9170Louis Salter1775.42
10210Toby Lewis1693.69
11211Andrew Hills1693.13
12238Carl Shaw1650.67
13284Niall Farrell1556.65
14290Scott Margereson1551.73
15291Simon Burns1551.25
16302Benny Glaser1527.17
17307Tom Hall1524.49
18308Charlie Carrel1523.60
19323Chris DaSilva1504.43
20324Conor Beresford1502.00

Ireland Global Poker Index Top 20 (June 18, 2020)

Patrick Clarke is the man to catch in the Irish rankings, he and second-placed Toby Joyce are the only players from the Emerald Isle to find themselves in the GPI top 300. Both Clarke and Joyce’s last live cashes came many miles from their Irish homes. Clarke cashed twice in Taipei City, Taiwan with Joyce flexing his muscles in Lincoln, California.

The 2019 Irish Open champion Weijie Zhang only has six results on his resume but two of those weigh in at five figures and two are for six-figures, including a sixth-place finish in the $10,300 MILLIONS UK event for $170,000. He’s now 15th in Ireland.

Carl Cullen’s excellent results in low stakes events have seen him enter the Irish rankings in 19th place, a similar story to Darren Harbinson who no finds himself in 20th place.

UK RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
1226Patrick Clarke1675.13
2278Toby Joyce1576.08
3456Aidan Hynes1365.17
4694Marc MacDonnell1206.10
5804Eoin Starr1140.75
6811Dara O’Kearney1137.45
71122Gavin O’Rourke1016.02
81449Mark Gruendemann916.63
91465Sam Baneham911.76
101526David Lappin894.16
111535Michael O’Sullivan891.68
121942Cathal Shine807.80
132220Jason Tompkins763.19
142377Keith Brennan740.49
152567Weijie Zheng714.93
162778Gary Stokes687.52
172949Kevin Killeen665.84
183193Andy Black641.37
193212Carl Cullen640.01
203349Darren Harbinson627.17

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