Jude Ainsworth wins SCOOP Main Event
Irishman Jude Ainsworth is the face behind the screen name that won the biggest single tournament of the Pokerstars.net SCOOP, the high rollers Main Event, earlier this week. j.thaddeus as he is known online raked in the massive $963,338 first prize in the $10,300 high rollers version of the main event, a two day affair that featured Chris Moorman at the final table. Ainsworth, from Galway, is no stranger to big tournament wins as he was the winner of the 2008 Irish Poker Championships in his home town where he won €180,000.
That single result made Ainsworth the biggest winner overall in the Pokerstars.net SCOOP and the online poker room has released a load of statistics following the event, which has been incredibly well received by all. Naturally America made the most final tables but the UK came a respectable joint third with 34. We also came 4th in the number of winners category with three wins and also came 4th in the overall money rankings with over $2 million. Sadly we didn't make the top ten of the player of the series leader board but the James 'Royal Flush' Dempsey (Known as MKKMOO on Stars) was the highest ranking Brit in 13th place, following his three big money final tables.
Jesse May to host Radio Poker Show
We are getting very excited about a new radio show hosted by the voice of poker, Jesse May. The imaginatively titled The Poker Show will be on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays (8pm-12am) and is being dubbed 'the soundtrack to your online poker evening'. The live show will be interactive, with players being able to ring in and air their views or just chat with some of the biggest players in the game, who will be coming on as guests. The show is co hosted by Matt Broughton and we have heard on the grapevine that Jesse's old buddy Padraig Parkinson will be a regular fixture on the show too.
"We want every poker junkie, sicko and freak involved, and we don't want you to just listen to us, we want to listen to you," said May. "This is no podcast; it's live and it's interactive – all call-in, all the time. We'll be watching, gossiping and sweating everything that's going on in the poker world."
It's about time the UK had a live poker radio show and it sounds like it will be worth the wait. We are hoping to be having a word with Jesse in the build up to the new show, which starts on Sunday the 26th.
UK Players Running Well at the Five Star World Poker Classic[/B]
A couple of the top young players in the UK are having a good run at the WPT Five Star World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas right now. Liv Boeree and Praz Bansi have both made two final tables each since the festival started earlier this month. Boeree made her 3rd and 4th final table of the year, coming 7th in the $1,500 event for $5,630 and 3rd in another $1,500 for $17,090. Bansi, who has been making most of his money in Vegas for the last couple of years, also made his 3rd and 4th final tables of the year, coming 9th in a $2,000 event for $2,485 and 3rd in a $5,000 event for $37,540.
Also representing the old school is none other than Dave the Devilfish Ulliott, who came 3rd in a $5,000 event for $32,190, taking his earnings for the year to over $280,000.