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Ainsworth Tops the Irish Online Standings; Blain King of the Live Arena

Jude Ainsworth and Dermot Blain

For as long as I have compiled the online rankings article here at UK & Ireland PokerNews it has been Jude Ainsworth’s name at the top of the Irish standings. As I bash away at my laptop’s keys, it is still Ainsworth who leads the way in online poker tournaments in Ireland, but his reign has every chance of being cut short in the coming weeks by one of two players in the chasing pack.

Ainsworth may have found himself in second place this week had it not been for two great results on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday night, Ainsworth finished third in the High Roller for $9,257 and a bucket of leader board points, then on Monday the former Team PokerStars Pro won the $320 NL Hold’em 6-Max at PokerStars for almost $8,000 and even more points.

In second place this week is Gavin O’Rourke, who is now less than 300 points away from catching Ainsworth. O’Rourke may not play the same extensive schedule as the man he is tailing, but he does have a habit of putting together a string of deep runs whenever he does battle it out at the virtual felt.

Lithuania’s Tomas Geleziunas is the man occupying third place, some 590 points behind first-placed Ainsworth although that gap may not be as significant by the time the next set of updates roll out. Geleziunas is another player who puts in a ton of volume and as a result can go on massive upswings, upswings that could catch the long-time leader of the Irish leader board.

Irish Online Rankings

UK RankPlayerPoints
1Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth5762.25
2Gavin “gavonater” O’Rourke5373.66
3Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas5176.23
4Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen4714.65
5Steve “MrTimCaum” O’Dwyer4349.28
6Dan “NukeTheFish!” Wilson4282.67
7Michael “BIGMIKG” Graydon3616.78
8Cathal “shinerrr” Shine3346.62
9Dara “Doke” O’Kearney3318.31
10Paul “ros1987” Allen3259.73

Rankings courtesy of

A special mention has to go to Kevin Killeen who last Sunday came third in Full Tilt Poker’s $250,000 Guaranteed tournament for $26,924. That was Killeen’s second largest cash of his online career and will have given his confidence a massive boost. Congratulations, sir!

Dermot Blain Leads the Irish Global Poker Index

Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Dermot Blain is still way out in front in the Irish Global Poker Index (GPI) standings. The popular pro has a near 900 point gap between himself and second placed Eoghan O’Dea, a gap that is not going to be closed in the near future unless Mr O’Dea goes and wins two or three European Poker Tour Main Events in a row!

There has been some movement further down the pack as Andrew Sweeney first cashed in the Boyle Poker IPO Galway Main Event before helping himself to 11th place money in the Pot Limit Omaha event of the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships.

By the time the GPI is next updated we expect Marc “sluglife” MacDonnell to have improved his score be over 120 points thanks to a double cash at the World Poker Tour LA Poker Classic. MacDonnell finished 14/170 in a $350 buy-in side event and then 5/75 in a $1,600 bounty event. Both of those results do not count towards this week’s totals but will come into effect shortly.

Also climbing was Chris Dowling thanks to an 18th place finish at the UK Poker Championships Main Event, while Paul Delaney shot up the rankings to 16th place as a direct result of his third place finish in the same tournament. Delaney’s superb performance netted him a cool £50,000.

Ireland Top 20 Ranked Players (28/02/2014)

Irish RankWorld RankPlayerPoints
197Dermot Blain2139.14
2457Eoghan O’Dea1247.50
3615Andrew Sweeney1086.70
4632Marc MacDonnell1078.24
5744Peter Murphy1001.71
6804Andrew King965.04
7860Chris Dowling929.97
8910Jude Ainsworth900.05
8960Sean Prendiville870.25
10999John O’Shea849.90
111062Padraig Parkinson821.68
121166Michael Graydon780.13
131231David Lappin758.26
141285Jason Tompkins738.31
151475Fergal Nealon675.63
161476Paul Delaney675.48
171612Dara O’Kearney637.33
181723Michael Farrelly611.78
191850Rory Brown584.52
201879Daragh Davey579.37

In the Irish Player of the Year standings it is O’Dea who remains on top, with Andrew Sweeney, Jude Ainsworth and Fergal Nealon within touching distance of the former November Niner. Current holder, Dermot Blain, finds himself in 9th place but 2014 is still in its infancy and anything can and will happen before the year is out.

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