Earlier this week, UK & Ireland PokerNews published an article showing some exciting data from the PokerStars World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP). During that article we promised to showcase some of the players that we believe could and should have a successful WCOOP. Some of them are obvious, other less so. Let us know your thoughts in the comments box.
Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth
Online tournament winnings: $4,869,525
There is no way on this planet that you can mentioned Irish online poker tournament players without talking about Jude Ainsworth. The former Team PokerStars Pro is currently the number one ranked Irish player and he is also ranked fifth in the entire world.
Ainsworth’s largest WCOOP score weighs in at $15,056, his reward for a 133rd place finish in the 2012 WCOOP Main Event. Although Ainsworth hasn’t exactly set the WCOOP alight, the Galway man has some remarkable results in the high stakes Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP).7
In 2009, Ainsworth won the $10,300 SCOOP Main Event for a massive $963,338 – the largest cash of his career so far. Ainsworth also has a $104,312 and a $63,012 score in other SCOOP events, which leads us to think Ainsworth is due a big WCOOP score.
Dan “danloulou” Smyth
Online tournament winnings: $2,470,730
Dan Smyth is currently ranked 4th in Ireland and 407th in the world, although he has been ranked as high as 66th in 2012. Playing as “danloulou” at PokerStars, Smyth has won over $1,700,000 from tournaments, with his largest cash being an impressive $225,000.
In March, Smyth won Event #26 of the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS for $45,770 adding to the $29,184 score he picked up in February when he won the PokerStars Wednesday Hundred Grand. Although Smyth may not play a full schedule, but he is bound to play some of the events and if he does, he could help himself to a large score.
John “dagunman” O’Shea
Online tournament winnings: $370,719
John O’Shea may prefer to play his trade in Pot Limit Omaha cash games and may be stronger in the live arena than online, but he will not be able to stop himself from playing a decent number of the upcoming WCOOP events.
Deep runs in the European Poker Tour London Main Event (24th), and the $3,000 PLO Hi/Lo at the WSOP (12th) will have boosted O’Shea’s confidence. Keep an eye out for him in the Main, the High Roller and any Omaha events.
Jason “Blaaaaaah666” Tompkins
Online tournament winnings: $451,334
In January 2013, Jason Tompkins finished third in the PokerStars Sunday Million for a career best score of $114,195 and we wouldn’t bet against him helping himself to another similar cash haulby the end of the WCOOP.
Tompkins finished eighth in the $2,100 buy-in SCOOP event in May 2013, which proved he can rub shoulders with the big boys. Tompkins should be playing around 20 events at least during WCOOP and we believe it is this festival that he will return to the blistering form he showed at the turn of the year.
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