Moorman and Ainsworth Start 2014 As Number One

Chris Moorman and Jude Ainsworth

The first online poker tournament rankings of the New Year are available on PocketFives and it is unsurprising to see little-to-no change in the United Kingdom or Ireland standings.

The vast majority of the big online grinders took time away from the virtual felt over the festive period after spending most of 2013 multi-tabling their way to vast sums of money. Some of the UK’s Top 10 logged some volume in the week between Christmas and the New Year, but only fifth placed Rhys “floppinhel” Jones has a cash to his name in 2014. Jones finished 18/642 in the PokerStars $44 No Limit Hold’em Turbo $15,000 Guaranteed, banking himself a cash of $205.44.

Chris “moorman1” Moorman starts 2014 as the number one ranked player in the United Kingdom and fifth in the world overall. Moorman has a substantial 611.60 point cushion between him and second placed Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer, which should be enough to see him hold onto the number one berth for at least the first few weeks of 2014.

The most interesting battle should be between Brammer, Charlie Combes and Jareth East as there are only 227.12 leader board points separating them.

Rounding out the top 10 are the aforementioned Jones, Sebastian Saffari, Toby Lewis, Scott Margereson, Jon Spinks and Andrew Hulme.

United Kingdom Top 10 Online Poker Tournament Rankings (01/01/2014)

UK RankWorldwide RankPlayerPoints
15Chris “moorman1” Moorman7202.86
216Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer6591.26
326Charlie “chaz_man_chaz" Combes6441.54
430Jareth “jareth3542” East6364.13
546Rhys “floppinhel” Jones6081.99
653Sebastian “Seba29072” Saffari5938.38
785Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis5521.57
887Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson5514.77
9125Jon “EMSBas” Spinks5209.26
10163Andrew “stato_1” Hulme4950.05

Jude Ainsworth is the man to catch in the Irish standings, although it may take some time and a large slice of luck to knock him from his lofty perch. Ainsworth starts 2014 with 6,515.39 points, some 1,016.49 more than his nearest rival Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas.

Five of the Irish top 10 have logged cashes since the start of the year, Geleziunas being one of them, in fact Geleziunas has eights cashes registered already in 2014. The other four Irishmen who have hit the ground running are Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen, dedicated grinder Michael “BIGMICKG” Graydon, Dara “Doke” O’Kearney and Nelius “danceofthefdead” Foley.

The Irish rankings are wide open and one significant score in one of the bigger online tournaments could see major changes take place in the top 10. Watch this space.

Ireland Top 10 Online Poker Tournament Rankings (01/01/2014)

UK RankWorldwide RankPlayerPoints
122Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth6515.39
288Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas5498.90
3247Gavin “gavonater” O’Rourke4506.85
4282Steve “MrTimCaum” O’Dwyer4355.08
5335Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen4146.38
6445Michael “BIGMIKG” Graydon3839.89
7473Dara “Doke” O’Kearney3754.20
8671Cathal “shinerrr” Shine3347.18
9826Clayton “Drk Confdant” Mooney3145.10
10836Nelius “danceofthefdead” Foley3134.85

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