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Dara O’Kearney Returns to Irish Poker Rankings Top 10

Dara O'Kearney

Dara “Doke” O’Kearney shone this week in what was an otherwise relatively quiet week for the Emerald Isle’s online tournament grinders.

O’Kearney helped himself to no less than six four-figure scores during the past week, including a $3,425 haul for his third place finish in the William Hill Sunday Prime. O’Kearney followed that impressive result up with a sixth place finish in the PokerStars Nightly Thirty Grand ($1,460), a fourth place in the PokerStars $109 NL Hold’em Turbo 2xChance ($2,169), a win in the William Hill €8,000 GTD Rebuy ($2,259), fourth place in the $82 NL Hold’em Hyper Turbo 6-Max at PokerStars ($1,762) and a third place in the Nightly Thirty Grand ($3,705).

As a result, O’Kerney climbs back into the Top 10 this week and would be even higher if the rankings took into account satellite tournaments, which O’Kearney is an expert at.

Also moving in the right direction this week was Daniel “danielt999” Tighe who jumped up one place to eighth. Tighe came close to a big score in the PokerStars $215 NL Hold’em Turbo last week but fell in eighth place for $1,230, then made amends for not closing that tournament out by winning the $215 Weekly Turbo NLHE for a cool $18,824.

Four big scores in four days helped propel David “NeonNutSac” Caffrey back into the top 10, 17th place to be exact. Caffrey has hit top form and his recent results include:

  • 2nd place in the iPoker Big Friday €25K GTD for $5,459
  • 1st place in the Poker Heaven Big Night In for $3,271
  • 2nd place in the PokerStars $11+R NL Hold’em for $5,365
  • 3rd place in the Ongame $500 buy-in for $4,733.37

Irish Online Poker Rankings Top 20 (31/05/2014)

UK RankPlayerPoints
1Gavin “gavonater” O’Rourke5625.71
2Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth5240.83
3Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas5028.76
4Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen4542.77
5Cathal “shinerrr” Shine4429.49
6Steve “MrTimCaum” O’Dwyer4312.38
7Michael “BIGMIKG” Graydon4170.95
8Daniel “danielt999” Tighe3830.75
9Dan “NukeTheFish!” Wilson3786.87
10Dara “Doke” O’Kearey3530.55
11Marc “sluglife” Macdonnell 3416.62 
13Dan “DatWillDoPig” Rankin3111.21
14Marc “Rowniwn” Radgen3077.37
15Clayton “Drk Confdant” Mooney3066.28
16Nicholas “YerSoLucky” Newport3065.88
17David “NeonNutSac” Caffrey2951.57
18Frank “Denman98” Lillis2725.29
19Greg “gregt18” Travers2709.44
20James “deyrzuited” Noonan2682.64

The changes mentioned in the above recap aside, the Irish top 20 is the exact same as last week with Gavin “gavonater” O’Rourke and Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth fighting it out for first place at the top of the tree.

Will we see a lot of movement in this coming week as players give it one last chance to boost their bankrolls before heading to Las Vegas for the remainder of the 2014 World Series of Poker? We will find the answer that that question soon!

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