It seems like every week when I sit down and look through the United Kingdom’s biggest winners I always find the aliases of Patrick Leonard. There isn’t a week goes by that I don’t have to sing Leonard praises, be it for his online exploits or a deep run in a live event somewhere.
A couple of weeks ago, Leonard climbed to the top of the UK online poker rankings, but his reign was short-lived. Now he has returned to the top of the UK’s tree and has a 324 point cushion between him and his nearest rival Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis. Not only is he the UK’s number one right now, Leonard has soared to number three in the worldwide standings, his loftiest position yet.
Leonard is now only $86,300 in winnings away from surpassing $1 million in online tournament earning, which at his current win rate will occur by the end of August! Leonard’s latest big win weighed in at 32,317.82, his reward for chopping and then going on to win The Bigger $109 on Sunday.
Since then, Leonard has won the PokerStars $33+R NL Hold’em for $3,173, come second in the €33 NL Hold’em Turbo at pokerStars.fr for $1,530, and finished fourth in the PokerStars $109 NL Hold’em 1R1A for $4,378.
If you look up the word “ridiculous” in a dictionary, do not be surprised to see Leonard staring back at you.
Rick Trigg has hit form once again and will be putting Leonard under significant pressure at the top of the pile, especially as I believe Trigg doesn’t have any Las Vegas plans as yet. Trigg has recently finished third in the Betfair Sunday Special for $17,804, finished third in the PokerStars $215+R NL Hold’em for $8,450, won the PokerStars $109+R NL Hold’em for $9,867 and is on for another PocketFives.com Triple Crown having won the Full Tilt Poker Tyrannosaurus Rex for $6,521.
The majority of the top20 has stayed the same, although Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford has climbed from 18th to 15th on the back of his win in the PokerStars $019 NL Hold’em Turbo for $9,310 and his fourth place in the PokerStars $215 Sunday Second Chance that banked him $16,963.
Beresford only has his PokerStars name listed in his profile and I am certain he would rank much higher if he added screen names from other sites.
A special mention has to go to Magnus “Giffordonian” Martin who came third in the Sunday million for a $108,320 score, which pushed him through the $1 million in earnings barrier and into the UK top 20 rankings.
UK Online Poker Rankings (June 4, 2014)
|1||Patrick “pleno1” Leonard||7731.93|
|2||Toby “810ofclubs” Lewis||7407.94|
|3||Rick “TheClaimeer” Trigg||7155.19|
|4||Chris “moorman1” Moorman||6663.50|
|5||Charlie “chaz_man_chaz" Combes||6494.28|
|6||Jareth “jareth3542” East||6049.70|
|7||Niall “firaldo” Farrell||6027.80|
|8||Zimnan “Zimmy86” Ziyard||5818.91|
|9||Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer||5812.39|
|10||Tom “hitthehole” Middleton||5810.49|
|11||Rhys “floppinhel” Jones||5618.11|
|12||Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson||5553.05|
|13||Ben “jenbizzle” Jones||5511.63|
|14||Christopher “MAKKAPAKK” Johnson||5410.65|
|15||Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford||5393.27|
|16||Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell||5259.78|
|17||Paul “pvas2” Vas Nunes||5177.91|
|19||Magnus “Giffordonian” Martin||4949.55|
|20||Jon “EMSBas” Spinks||4913.62|
All data courtesy of our friends at PocketFives.com