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Jude Ainsworth becomes the first Irish player to sign for online poker giant

Hotshot Jude Ainsworth has been rewarded for his excellent recent form on the felt as online giants PokerStars have confirmed that a sponsorship deal has been agreed. In the process a bit of history has been made as he becomes the first Irish player to represent ‘Stars.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone who has followed Ainsworth to date, as he has already accumulated over $1.5 million in career poker wins. The highlights of which include a first place finish at the 2008 PartyPoker Irish Poker Championships winning a cool $268,000. Despite his impressive live displays, Ainsworth is foremost an online player with his victory in the PokerStars 2009 Spring Championship of Online Poker particularly sticking in the memory. The Irishman overcame a field of 501 players to win the first prize of $963,338.

Ainsworth will now turn his attentions to UK & Ireland Poker Tour starting in December and he will represent PokerStars along with other big names such as Vicky Coren and John Duthie. “I’m really looking forward to competing in the UKIPT and being part of such an exciting tour. Undoubtedly the event I’m looking forward to is the return to my hometown Galway,” Ainsworth said.

“Never let yourself get too low in chips, either double up or get knocked out. I think to be a winning player you have to find the right balance between playing tight and aggressive. A lot of losing players would fall into the category of been either way too tight or just crazy aggressive. Yes you need gamble to win tournaments but timing is essential, “fortune favours the brave.” He advised when question on the secret of his success at large-field tournaments.
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