The eagerly anticipated Irish Poker Awards took place over the weekend at the Regency Hotel, Dublin, where they featured alongside the International Poker Open.
The coveted Player Of The Year award went to former November Nine member Eoghan O’Dea. The Dubliner was already regarded as a top poker talent, one who had a runner-up finish in the 2009 World Poker Tour Marrakech main event before his sixth place finish at the 2011 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Picking up the award for the Best Tournament Player was Jason Tompkins, who almost went all the way in the recent European Poker Tour Sanremo main event, falling just short and busting in fifth place for a career-best live score of €171,000. UK & Ireland PokerNews believe it is only a matter of time before Tompkins takes down a live major and it appears the Irish poker community is of the same school of thought.
Team PokerStars Pro Jude Ainsworth collected the gong for Best Online Player, whilst Dara O’Kearney helped himself to two awards, one for Best Blogger and the other for Best Social Media User.
The full list of the Irish Poker Awards can be found below:
|Best Cash Game Player||Chris Dowling|
|Best Tournament Player||Jason Tompkins|
|Best Breakout Player||Niall Smyth|
|Best Online Player||Jude Ainsworth|
|Best Poker Personality||Phil Baker|
|Best Blogger||Dara O’Kearney|
|Best Tournament Director||JP McCann|
|Best Social Media User||Dara O’Kearney|
|Player of the Year||Eoghan O’Dea|
|Best Cardroom||Fitzwillam Club|
There was also an award given out to the player voted the Irish Poker Legend by their peers. This accolade was bestowed on Padraig Parkinson who picked up his third award in two years.
Congratulations to everyone who picked up an award at the Irish Poker Awards.