Who are the best Irish poker players is a question which is covered in the Irish poker news on a regular basis and although there are possibly many opinions, the best source of information must be the GPI (Global Poker Index) and although online poker is not taken into account it must be accepted that the top players make their money playing at various live tournaments. The poker season still has several months to run with several large poker tournaments still to be decided including our very own Irish Winter Festival for which online poker qualifiers will probably begin shortly so keep an eye open on the onlinepoker.ie site for further information. At the moment the top Irish poker player in the rankings is Dermot Blain and although only a modest 67 in the world poker rankings is well clear of other Irish poker players. In second place is in fact Eoghan O’Dea but he has a lot of ground to make up from a world ranking of 488. It is ranking points which determine the world standings and these are earned at various events on the WPT (World Poker Tour) events as well as the EPT (European Poker Tour) events and the UKIPT (UK and Ireland Poker Tour). Obviously the more poker tournaments that a player enters the greater the chance of accumulating ranking points and clearly some tournaments carry more ranking points than others which is especially true of world ranking points where many of the tournaments are based in the USA and elsewhere in the world where even attending and entering is a high cost. There are of course always online poker tournaments going on and some of those carry good prize money even though there are no ranking points so if you are not on the list do not worry, you can still make money.