UK No1 Online Poker PlayerRick “TheClaimeer” Trigg from South Yorkshire in the UK  has been ranked as the number one online poker tournament player in the United Kingdom and Ireland. According to the PocketFives.com ranking system, Trigg is also ranked eighth place in the world.

Kicking 2013 off to a great start, Trigg recently had a blinding weekend at the beginning of January, which saw him take home the $40,000 prize after walking away with the title of Sunday Brawl champion on Full Tilt Poker. The same weekend saw the Yorkshire man emerge victorious in the $109 1R1A (one rebuy, one add-on) on PokerStars, pocketing $25,323.69.

With this accomplished, Trigg’s weekend was still to continue as he went on to place fifth in the $215 Second Chance, bagging $2,964, finished sixth in the Sunday 500 on PokerStars, for which he pocketed $15,604, and then went on to win a further $17,422 from the $60,000 guaranteed rebuy, again on Full Tilt Poker.

Since then, the name Rick “TheClaimeer” Trigg has continued to pop up on the leader boards of poker tournaments all around the online gaming sphere, including his rank of second place in the $51 Hyper Turbo on PokerStars, fourth in the $215 No Limit Hold’em, also on PokerStars, and first place in the Full Tilt Poker $12,500 guaranteed, for which he picked up $5,538, $7,659 and $3,125 respectively.

All of Trigg’s recent storming activity has moved him 250 points ahead of his nearest rival Chris Moorman in the UK and Ireland standings. In fact, Trigg is just 200 points from breaking into the top five players in the world.

As Riggs’ closest opponent, Chris Moorman could have been in the leading position himself if only luck had swung slightly more in his favour, as his skills have been showcased in a number of recent tournaments in which he has just fallen short of victory.

Although Trigg has certainly shown his opponents what he is made of already this year, there is still stiff competition and no telling who will take the title next, or whether Riggs will retain his leadership in the UK and Ireland poker circuit for a long time to come, perhaps even climbing higher in the international listings.