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WSOP: Grospellier leads One Drop, Obst, Bleznick hunt Lowball gold


Bertrand Grospellier takes a chip lead into the final table of the One Drop High Roller (Neil Stoddart photo / PokerStars)

There goes the first weekend at the 2017 World Series of Poker. No bracelets were awarded on Sunday, but a couple of tournaments did reach a one-table set up. That means there will be two final tables taking place today (Monday), and one of them is the biggest buy-in of them all.

A Look at Ireland’s Top Five All-Time Money Winners


We recently delved into the PocketFives rankings to give you a breakdown of Ireland’s top online tournament playersright now. We’re sticking in the Emerald Isle for this piece too.

While all-time money lists in live poker are often skewed by small field, high roller cashes, online all-time lists are a little different. Career earnings are usually built by grinding, rather than large one-off cashes.

For Ireland’s all-time money winner, though, it’s a bit both. Let’s take a look at the Ireland’s top five money winners.

5. Dan ‘NukeTheFish’ Wilson
Career earnings: $2,726,660

The first of two players to make both this list as well as the current top 10 list, Dan ‘NukeTheFish’ Wilson has been notching up online cashes for almost a decade. From his first cash of $9 in a $2 Titan Poker Freezeout back in 2008, Wilson has since won $2.72 million.

His three biggest online cashes all came in 2015, when he finished second ($58K) and first ($37K) in the Sunday 500, and finished third in an FTOPS event for $30K. Wilson also has victories in the Big $109 and Big $215 on his resume, as well as several partypoker High Roller wins.

4. Cathal ‘shinerrr’ Shine
Career earnings: $3,134,335

As we all know, online poker rankings change all the time. So much so that in just a few days since the Top 10 list was written, Cathal ‘shinerrr’ Shine has now entered that list at No. 9. With career earnings of $3.13 million, that comes as no surprise.

The 30-year-old from Kerry earned his biggest career score during the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker when he finished fifth in a Super Tuesday Special Edition for just shy of $77K. Other big cashes include a runner-up finish in the 2016 partypoker Powerfest Main Event for $74K.

3. Mick ‘BIGMICKG’ Graydon
Career earnings: $3,200,788

This 31-year-old from Ashbourne in Meath has also been in the game for a decade, in which time he’s won 189 MTTs, finished second in 166, and third in 169. Those impressive numbers have seen him earn $3.2 million throughout his career.

Mick ‘BIGMICKG’ Graydon has a CV boasting a $100K score in 2013 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) event, a Sunday 500 win for $52K, and a third-place finish at the 2014 WCOOP for $48K.

2. Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas
Career earnings: $4,344,240

Currently ranked fourth in Ireland, Lithuania’s Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas (also living in Ashbourne in Meath) has amassed more than $4.3 million throughout his nine-year career.

He finished second in a 2013 WCOOP event, which brought him his biggest score to date: $200K. He followed that up in the same year with a $63K cash in a WCOOP Challenge PLO event, while this year Geleziunas won his first SCOOP title in SCOOP-11-M ($55+R PLO [6-Max], $100K Gtd) for $30K.

1. Jude ‘j.thaddeus’ Ainsworth

Career earnings: $6,823,583

Coming in at no.1 on Ireland’s all-time online money list is none other than Jude ‘j.thaddeus’ Ainsworth. He’s won an incredible $6.82 million in his 11-year career, the highlight of which came during the 2009 SCOOP when he took down the $10,300 Main Event for a massive $963K.

Thaddeus’ resume is jam-packed with Super Tuesday wins, Sunday Million final tables, FTOPS titles, and even a win in the elusive Sunday Supersonic.

Needless to say, Ainsworth is a beast. It’ll be hard for anyone to catch him in the near future.

James ‘Jaymo’ Noonan Leads Ireland’s Top 10 Online Poker Players


‘The luck of the Irish’ is a saying that comes with a certain amount of ridicule. Created in the late 19th century, when many of the most successful gold miners in America were Irish, it suggests that it was pure luck, rather than brains and skill, that led the Irish to success.

For that reason, we would never use that saying when talking about online poker. Instead, through their brains and skill, many Irish poker players have been mining their fortunes online for years.

Here are the top 10 Irish players in the world right now.

10. Conor ‘ccoonnoorr’ O’Driscoll

In at number ten is Conor O’Driscoll, better known as ‘ccoonnoorr’ on PokerStars, ‘Hammmers’ on Full Tilt and ‘godfryjones’ on 888.com.

With more than $1.1 million in tournament earnings, O’Driscoll is clearly a force. What makes that amount more impressive, though, is that his biggest cash to date is just $17K, coming from a win in the Hotter $44 on PokerStars in January 2015.

9. Sean ‘monkeybudgie’ Prendiville

Next up is Sean Prendiville, aka ‘monkeybudgie’. His biggest cash came back during the 2013 Spring Championship Of Online Poker (SCOOP), when he finished third in a $1,050 event for $145K. Prior to that, Prendiville had taken down the Sunday Brawl for $106K in 2010.

All of his scores (which also include a Sunday Million final table and a SCOOP runner up finish) add up to the tune of $1.4 million. But Prendiville is also a great live player, with $630K in winnings.

8. danielt999

Yet another player with more than million in career winnings, danielt999 sits with just over $1.3 million right now.

The player from Dublin banked $48K in November 2015 when he finished fifth in the Sunday Million. His next most notable cashes come from third place finishes in both the Sunday 500 and the Bigger $162, and a February 2017 win in the Mini Sunday Million for $25K.

7. SuitedAcesBaby

SuitedAcesBaby is better known as ‘torino2000’ on PokerStars, where he’s amassed more than $1.8 million of his $2.7 million total winnings.

SuitedAcesBaby has also won an incredible amount despite no six-figure scores. His biggest results come from a runner up finish in the 2016 888.com Super XL or $42K, and a win in the WHALE for $34K. Recently, he took down the Big $109 for just over $10K.

6. FoxyLisa

FoxyLisa currently ranks second in Dublin with $1.8 million in online cashes. Of late, FoxyLisa finished second in the $55 Sunday Stack for $12K, and took down the Bounty Builder $109 for almost $9K (plus bounties). However, those results pale in comparison to the $148K he won on Full Tilt in a $1M GTD event back in 2010.

FoxyLady has been in the game for over a decade, having notched a $131K score (also on Full Tilt) back in 2006. But he’s clearly still at the top of the game, winning $106K in last year’s SCOOP in a $700 6-Max event.

5. Noogaii

Noogaii had a breakout year in 2016, when he took down a $320 World Championship Of Online Poker (WCOOP) event for $144K, his biggest cash to date. That year he also won the Sunday Warm-Up for $53K, the Sunday Kickoff for $32K, the $109 Bubble Rush for $14K, and final tabled the Sunday Million for $48K.

He’s carried that good streak into 2017, winning the Sunday Cooldown in February for $22K. However, Noogaii was winning big even when he was on the micro-stake grind. His biggest results also boast a MicroMillions $2 Rebuy event for $13K.

4. Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas

With $4.34 million in winnings, Tomas ‘luckymo32’ Geleziunas is clearly a beast. He’s also Lithuanian though, but as he’s based in Meath he’s on this list. He locked up a $201K score back during the 2013 WCOOP.

The result that’s put him this high in the rankings is surely his recent SCOOP win. Geleziunas took down the SCOOP-11-M ($55+R PLO [6-Max], $100K Gtd) for just shy of $31K.

3. Dan ‘NukeTheFish’ Wilson

One of Ireland’s most recognisable players currently on the live and online scene is Dan ‘NukeTheFish’ Wilson. Not only does he have $2.72 million from online results, but he has $650K in live winnings too, including victory in the 2016 Irish Open for $168K.

Wilson’s three biggest online cashes came in 2015, when he finished second ($58K) and first ($37K) in the Sunday 500, and finished third in an FTOPS event for $30K.

2. Toby ‘Jobytoyce’ Joyce

This player from Galway is not only second in Ireland, but is enjoying an all-time high worldwide position of 50. Toby ‘Jobytoyce’ Joyce has $1.9 million in winnings, bolstered by a recent win in the SCOOP-11-H ($530+R PLO [6-Max], $200K Gtd) for $87K – his biggest score to date.

Next up on his highest cashes is a runner up in the 2013 MiniFTOPS Main Event for $79K, and a 2016 Sunday Warm-Up win for $53K. Joyce also has a FCOOP title to his name, plus $115K from the live felt.

1. James ‘Jaymo’ Noonan

Ireland’s top online player right now is James ‘Jaymo’ Noonan, known as ‘deyrzuited’ on PokerStars. Despite no massive scores in recent months, it’s been Noonan’s consistency in his grind that puts him in the no.1 spot.

He’s amassed $2.2 million throughout his career, with his biggest result coming in December 2016 when he placed fourth in the Million Dollar Sunday for $63K. Noonan has won an impressive total of 193 tournaments, so it’s no surprise to see him top this list.

Troy ‘teckidtq’ Quenneville Turns Confidence Boost Into Results


Troy ‘teckidtq’ Quenneville and his girlfriend Paulina

Back in November 2016, when Canadian Troy ‘teckidtq’ Quenneville turned up to play some live poker at the World Poker Tour partypoker Million festival in Punta Cana, the regs probably didn’t think anything of him. After all, he had just two live cashes to his name, combined to the tune of $559. But Troy was something of a Trojan horse.

He ended up winning $220K for a runner-up finish in the $5K World Poker Tour main event, followed by victory in the $2,500 partypoker Million for $400,000. This Trojan horse won $620,000 in just a few days.

Doug Polk Releases ‘Best Heads Up Course of All Time’ on Upswing


Doug Polk believes he’s the best Heads Up No Limit Hold’em player in the world – and now he’s willing to teach everybody else how to be better (WPT photo)

The man once known only as ‘WCGRider’ has been a busy guy of late. Not only has Doug Polk managed to create a YouTube channel with close to 70,000 followers that’s jam-packed with original content; he’s also found the time to get back to his roots of Heads Up No Limit Hold’em cash games. However, he hasn’t been playing. Now he’s turned his attention to teaching.

Polk happily calls his Upswing Poker Advanced Heads-up Mastery the “best heads-up course of all time” and thinks players will learn a great deal from this course.

All The Winners From The 3rd Annual GPI American Poker Awards


The Third Annual American Poker Awards featured a total of 18 winners – including a PocketFives legend.

The third annual GPI American Poker Awards took place last night (Thursday 23rd Feb) at the Sofitel in Beverly Hills, California. So, without further ado, here are all the winners from the night.

‘Pappadogg’ Learns New Tricks and Breaks Into Top 10


Germany’s ‘Pappadogg’ has his sites set on being the #1-ranked player in the world.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but even when you’ve been playing poker for years you always need to be learning and improving, both on and off the tables. Just ask ‘Pappadogg‘ – a player who has just broke into the worldwide top ten rankings for the first time, currently sitting in the #7 spot.

“I have been on a pretty crazy run for about the last six months,” says ‘Pappadogg’, who asked for his real identity to be kept secret.

UK Grinder Conor Beresford: “I’m really just here for the money”


Conor Beresford has a one-track mind – not a #1 track mind (PokerStars photo)

On PocketFives.com, player rankings are obviously pretty darn important. But while some players revel in the glory of a high ranking, for others – like Conor ‘1_conor_b_1’ Beresford – it’s really just a by-product or something far more important.

“I don’t really follow my rank that much to be honest,” Beresford says.

The young player, who has more than $3.8 million in online winnings, currently sits at the #2 spot in the United Kingdom, and #14 in the world. He’s been crushing so far in 2017, and only a day or two ago was at the top of the UK rankings. Things change quickly, though; something Beresford knows well.

Bryan Paris Becomes Second Player to Reach $10 Million in Earnings


Bryan Paris is now just one of two players with million in lifetime online tournament earnings (PokerStars photo)

A few weeks ago, we told you that several players were fast approaching $10 million in online winnings; none more so than Bryan ‘bparis’ Paris, who led the pack in the race to join Chris ‘moorman1’ Moorman in that elusive club.

After finishing second in a PokerStars Turbo Championship of Online Poker event for $52K on January 22, Paris was only $50K away from reaching the goal.

Just two weeks later, he did it.

EPT Founder John Duthie appointed President of partypoker LIVE


John Duthie brings over a decade of experience to the partypoker Live project (PokerNews photo)

Having founded the European Poker Tour (EPT) back in 2004 and served as the tour’s Chief Executive Officer for eight years, John Duthie is now back in the live poker world with a new role as President of partypoker LIVE.

partypoker said in a release that they are “delighted” to announce their new hire, who has agreed to a five-year deal with the company. In his new role, Duthie will oversee and guide partypoker LIVE, the site’s new global poker tour that was announced in January.

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