Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen is closing in on the top spot in the Irish online poker rankings after narrowing the gap between himself and Sergio “EV4dGloryOMC” Garcia to 111.74 points.
Garcia made the number one spot in Ireland his own in 2015 and had a gap of more than 600 points at one stage, but his lofty position is now under threat from one of the Emerald Isle’s most popular grinders. While Garcia hasn't cashed since December 27, 2015, suggesting he’s taken a break, Killeen has been helping himself to several four and five-figure scores including the $14,801 runner-up prize in the PokerStars Sunday 6-Max.
Killeen has also improved his worldwide position and now occupies 75th place, the highest the Dubliner has ever been.
Like Killeen, Dan “NukeTheFish!” Wilson finished second in a Sunday 6-Max although this one was on PokerStars’s France-facing site; it netted him $5,244 and pushed him up one place to sixth in Ireland.
Another familiar Irish name, Michael “BIGMICKG” Graydon, helped himself to the $9,956 winner’s prize in the Hot $82 at PokerStars on January 13 so when PocketFives.com update their database next week he should climb higher than the ninth-place that he currently finds himself in.
Daragh “daragh999” Davey marched onwards and upwards this week with a brace of wins. Davey took down the Titanbet Poker €75,000 Big Sunday for $13,754 and followed that up by winning the Hot $55 at PokerStars on Monday for an additional $9,544. Thrown into the mix final table appearances in the Monday Night on Stars at PokerStars.fr for $2,441 and in the $82 NL Hold’em 6-Max Hyper-Turbo for $1,346 and it is easy to see why Davey has risen to 15th in Ireland.
Irish Online Poker Rankings Top 20 (January 14, 2016)
|1||Sergio “EV4dGloryOMC” Garcia||5002.43|
|2||Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen||4890.69|
|4||Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas||4181.73|
|5||Cathal “shinerrr” Shine||4144.18|
|6||Dan “NukeTheFish!” Wilson||3975.28|
|7||Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth||3838.08|
|9||Michael “BIGMIKG” Graydon||3541.12|
|10||Frank “Denman98” Lillis||3450.34|
|11||Conor “ccoonnoorr” O'Driscoll||3448.80|
|12||Dara “Doke” O’Kearney||3370.34|
|13||Daniel “danielt999” Tighe||3261.16|
|14||Toby “Jobytoyce” Joyce||3251.35|
|15||Daragh “daragh999” Davey||3210.95|
|16||John “gruaiggorm” Daly||3042.73|
|17||Andrew “UlDuffer” Sweeney||2919.81|
|18||David “Laois Hammer” Scully||2914.24|
|19||James “Jaymo” Noonan||2862.12|
|20||Dan “DatWillDoPig” Rankin||2802.75|
Ben Farrell Enters the Worldwide Top 100
It was a relatively quiet week for players calling the United Kingdom home, partly due to a large percentage of them being in the Bahamas for the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure or heading to Melbourne for the 2016 Aussie Millions.
Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell is still out in front, albeit by a mere 93 points. The Bristol-based Spaniard could extend his lead over second placed Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead when PocketFives next update their rankings because he finished second in the PokerStars $109 NL Hold’em Turbo for $4,727 on January 13, a result that came too late to be included on his profile.
The UK has another player ranked in the worldwide top 100 thanks to Ben “BenFaz” Farrell climbing to a career high of 98th place. Farrell has been in scintillating form of late and continued his purple patch on January 10 with 10 cashes including a third place finish in the PokerStars $27 NL Hold’em 6-Max Hyper-Turbo for $3,118 and a third place in the Bigger $162 for a chunky $17,452.
Satellite specialist Tom “Jabracada” Hall is up to 14th place in the UK following a handful of final table appearances. The biggest scores enjoyed at these finals weighed in at $2,727, which was Hall’s reward for finishing second in the PokerStars $82 NL Hold’em 6-Max Hyper-Turbo, and the $2,700 first place prize in the 888poker $8,000 Hurricane.
A special mention goes to Kent’s “carpediem200” who had a fourth-place finish in the partypoker $150,000 Gtd High Roller for $12,150 and moved up to 16th place in the UK rankings as a result.
UK Online Poker Rankings (January 14, 2016)
|1||Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell||5696.42|
|2||Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead||5603.25|
|3||Chris “moorman1” Moorman||5575.55|
|4||Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson||5507.67|
|5||Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor||5465.08|
|6||Patrick “pleno1” Leonard||5410.41|
|7||Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer||5386.76|
|8||Paul “Fold Machiii” Dando||4793.65|
|9||William “BillyChat” Chattaway||4767.81|
|10||Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford||4673.25|
|11||Ben “BenFaz” Farrell||4665.99|
|12||Phil “philroyal888” Mighall||4647.44|
|14||Tom “Jabracada” Hall||4622.68|
|15||Phill “Grindation” McAllister||4492.82|
|17||Sam “TheSquid” Grafton||4377.56|
|18||Rupert “ElRupert” Elder||4337.63|
|19||Rhys “floppinhel” Jones||4333.31|
|20||Sergio “zcedrick” Aido||4231.93|