Irish Online Poker Rankings See Change in Leadership
Jude “j.thaddeus” Ainsworth has been knocked off the top of the Irish online poker leaderboard after his previous domination. His successor at the top is Gavin “gavonator” O’Rourke who triumphed in the 888 poker Whale winning a prize of $60,750 in addition to almost 500 points to help his climb up the leaderboard. He followed this success with a fourth place finish over at Full Tilt Poker in The Sunday Brawl. This earned him another 223 points as well as an $18,673 cash prize. The change in leadership has taken months to happen but now a new prince of poker is in place.
The New Leader
Irishman O’Rourke thanked followers for their congratulations on Twitter in text speak. Although he seemed to have some doubts about his ability to remain on top when he again tweeted in text speak, in reply to congratulations from the man he replaced;
“tnx m8.ah il enjoy it while I have it.which won’t b long with u on my heels :-)”
It appears as though he thinks Ainsworth will make it a hard task for him to stay ahead.
O’Rourke is by no means a novice at bringing home the tournament places and prizes though. He is ranked in the world top 100 with an online screen name of “gavonator”. His casino wins also run into thousands of euros. He won’t be easy to displace.
The Man Who Lost the Lead
Galway born Jude is not just successful in poker but in the world of academia too, with a PhD in biochemistry. Ainsworth’s first big score on the poker circuit came in his home city in the 2008 Irish Poker Championships where he walked away with a €145,000 prize. His success continued leading him to be named Irish Player of the Year in 2009. Online, Ainsworth is a member of Team PokerStars playing under the name “j Thaddeus”.
The Competition Continues
With two such successful and competitive individuals the battle for dominance in the Irish ratings is sure to continue. As of 9 May 2014 O’Rourke’s points tally is 5660.45, with second place Ainsworth on 5136.43, and Tomas “luckymo32” Geleziunas in third place with 5012.31 points.
Further down the list Cathal “shinerrr” Shine is doing just that at the moment. His recent runner-up position in the PokerStars Big $109 brought him a prize of $16,500 and continued his run of success.
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