April 19 2018, by Hans Kleinsman

PR: Poker Pro Stephen Chidwick becomes first British player to reach #1 on the GPI World Poker Rankings

LAS VEGAS, NV – April 18, 2018 – Poker superstar Stephen Chidwick, from Deal in Kent, has reached the pinnacle of live tournament poker, becoming the first UK player to reach the top position on the Global Poker Index (GPI).

After spending nine of the past 10 weeks ranked second in the World, Chidwick finally surpassed Spanish star Adrian Mateos in the rankings following a strong showing in this week’s partypoker Live Millions Grand Final in Barcelona. Mateos had spent 20 weeks at the top of the league.

“Today I became the #1 ranked poker player in the world,” said Chidwick. “Anyone close to me knows how long this has been a goal of mine and to finally get there is a great feeling. I owe a lot to the family, friends, study partners, investors whose unwavering support and belief pushed me to never give up and keep chasing my dreams.”

Chidwick has remained one of the most consistent players on the live tournament circuit for many years. His most recent run of success comes as no surprise to many fellow poker professionals, who already consider Chidwick to be one of the best – if not the best – in the world.

Chidwick is the 18th player to achieve this accolade since 2011.


  • #1 Stephen Chidwick (UK)
  • #2 Adrian Mateos (ESP)
  • #3 William Alex Foxen (USA)
  • #4 David Peters (USA)
  • #5 Justin Bonomo (USA)

Chidwick has also taken over the top spot in the 2018 GPI Player of the Year race, moving up five positions to #1, leading Germany’s Rainer Kempe.


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About GPI/THM The Global Poker Index (GPI) is live Poker’s leading ranking authority – classifying more than 500,000 active players from almost 100 countries across 200,000 events. GPI’s Hendon Mob Database has archived over 350,000 live poker tournaments and over 2.3 million individual results, and is continually updated via real-time data collection from over 1,440 partner venues. GPI’s mission – to ‘sportify poker’- is driven from a focus on platform, media and event innovations within the Poker world. GPI runs an array of industry-wide Poker initiatives including the American Poker Awards & Conference, the European Poker Awards & Conference, and the Global Poker Masters. The Global Poker Index and The Hendon Mob are trading names of Mediarex Group, a global sports and entertainment organisation, founded in Malta in 2012. Global Poker Index, Global Poker League, ‘We Sportify Poker’, and ‘The Cube’, are registered trademarks of Mediarex Group in the U.S. and other territories.

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