Both the United Kingdom and Ireland online poker rankings have a new number one this week after Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead and Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen enjoyed huge Sunday’s at the virtual felt.
UK & Ireland PokerNews has sung the praises of Woodhead for several months now thanks to his almost unnatural ability to go deep in a major online event on a seemingly daily basis. On January 24, Woodhead secured his largest payday of the year so far, and his fourth-largest online cash of all-time, when he won the TCOOP-17: $215 NL Hold’em Re-Entry for almost $119,000. This excellent result not only pushed him to the top of the pile in the UK standings, but also propelled him to a career-high of 13th in PocketFives.com’s worldwide rankings.
Woodhead pushed Spanish grinder Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell into second place, albeit by a mere 12.75 points. Serradell also won big on Sunday, finishing second in the TCOOP-19: $215 NL Hold’em Hyper Turbo for a shade over $63,000.
Three more British stars improved their UK and global standings this week, with all three climbing to an all-time high in the world.
Ben “Fabaz” Farrell is enjoying the form of his life right now and secured the second-largest score of his career on Sunday when he won the TCOOP event that Serradell finished runner-up in. The $84,490 that Farrell won helped push him up to seventh in the UK and 57th in the world.
Leeds’ Jamie “ExGame89” O’Connor has been surging up the tables of late and now resides in 16th in the UK and 120th in the world.O’Connor won the PokerStars Big $109 for $13,406 a couple of weeks ago and followed that impressive win up with a victory in the PokerStars $27 NL Hold’em 6-Max Hyper for $3,159 and a runner-up finish in the Hot $55 for $9,071.
Last of the rising trio is Daniel “lucky_scrote” Carter. Three outright victories between January 13 and 16 were followed by a runner-up finish in the $320 Saturday Super-Knockout at PokerStars for $20,180, resulting in Carter claiming 17th place in the UK and 136th in the world.
UK Online Poker Rankings (January 28, 2016)
|1||Stephen “woody1234321” Woodhead||6081.46|
|2||Oscar “MendaLerenda” Serradell||6068.71|
|3||Chris “moorman1” Moorman||5943.43|
|4||Andy “wiisssppppaa” Taylor||5719.98|
|5||Scott “Aggro Santos” Margereson||5549.75|
|6||Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer||5387.41|
|7||Ben “BenFaz” Farrell||5161.25|
|8||Patrick “pleno1” Leonard||5126.75|
|10||Phil “philroyal888” Mighall||4835.74|
|11||Conor “1_conor_b_1” Beresford||4788.69|
|13||Tom “Jabracada” Hall||4745.27|
|14||Paul “Fold Machiii” Dando||4677.54|
|15||William “BillyChat” Chattaway||4641.34|
|16||Jamie “EzGame89” O’Connor||4573.51|
|17||Daniel “lucky_scrote” Carter||4464.17|
|18||Vicent “vicenfish” Delgado||4463.40|
|19||Phill “Grindation” McAllister||4424.86|
|20||Rhys “floppinhel” Jones||4369.64|
Killeen Reigns Supreme in Ireland
It has finally happened, Sergio “EV4dGloryOMC” Garcia has been knocked off top spot in Ireland after a year of making the rankings his own.
Garcia hasn’t registered a single cash online since December 27, 2015, which has obviously contributed to his downfall, but take nothing away from the new leader, Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen because he’s been playing out of his skin in an attempt to overtake his foe.
Killeen now has a near 200-point cushion between himself and Garcia thanks in part to his fourth place finish in the PokerStars Bounty Builder which netted him $6,460, and will push even further ahead once his recent runner-up finish in the 888poker $250,000 guaranteed opening event of the Super XL Series, worth a cool $42,803.22, is added to his points tally. Killeen is now ranked 72nd in the world, a career-high, and could break into the top 50 or beyond once his 888poker haul is credited to his PocketFives profile.
It was otherwise a relatively quiet week for the Irish contingent, with the other story of note being Nicholas “YerSoLucky” Newport returning to the top 20 in his country and 748th in the world, following a string of solid results in mid-stakes inline tournaments.
Irish Online Poker Rankings Top 20 (January 28, 2016)
|1||Kevin “SuitedAcesBaby” Killeen||4941.13|
|2||Sergio “EV4dGloryOMC” Garcia||4745.46|
|4||Cathal “shinerrr” Shine||4303.17|
|5||Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas||4098.01|
|6||Dan “NukeTheFish!” Wilson||4040.74|
|7||Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth||3712.47|
|8||Michael “BIGMIKG” Graydon||3691.59|
|9||Conor “ccoonnoorr” O'Driscoll||3434.14|
|10||Frank “Denman98” Lillis||3389.20|
|12||Dara “Doke” O’Kearney||3353.23|
|13||Daragh “daragh999” Davey||3291.02|
|14||Daniel “danielt999” Tighe||3189.97|
|15||John “gruaiggorm” Daly||3184.03|
|16||Toby “Jobytoyce” Joyce||3137.93|
|17||David “Laois Hammer” Scully||3047.56|
|18||Andrew “UlDuffer” Sweeney||2942.34|
|19||James “Jaymo” Noonan||2881.37|
|20||Nicholas “YerSoLucky” Newport||2820.33|