Poker Prodigy Liam ‘RAWKZ’ O’Rourke Wins Online Triple CrownOctober 25, 2010 11:52 am
Australian poker pro Liam ‘RAWKZ’ O’Rourke has picked up a coveted online poker Triple Crown, after successfully taking down three different $10,000 prize pool tournaments on three different sites over the course of a single week.
In fact, ‘RAWKZ’ actually exceeded the requirement by taking down four MTTs in total worth more than $40,000, to win the prestigious PocketFives.com award.
The 18-year-old Melbourne resident achievement is made all the more impressive considering he has only been playing poker seriously for less than a year and, as he explains:
“I started playing after school with my mates and when I turned 18 I began playing online and I got right into it.”
Consequently, O’Rourke’s online results only stretch back as far as Oct 27th, 2009 but he has still managed to accumulate a staggering $249,215 in online winnings during that short time. Liam’s live tournament results seem to be shaping up too, and on Aug 11th he beat a 287 field at the ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event to take home the $54,127 first place prize.
On his way to picking up the online Triple Crown, Liam ‘RAWKZ’ O’Rourke first won the $50 Full Tilt Poker ‘Fifty-Fifty’ for $8,192, followed by a PokerStars $44 6-max tournament for $4,260, before finally taking down Titan Poker’s $50 Rebuy for $7,546.
During the week, he also defeated a field of 4,366 players at Full Tilt’s $24 buy-in $42,000 Guarantee tournament to collect his biggest online score to date of $20,747. As O’Rourke explains;
“When I won the Full Tilt Poker $42,000 Guarantee, a Triple Crown crossed my mind, so I decided to add the UB.com and iPoker MTTs to my schedule. After a couple of days, I was lucky enough to win the $50 Rebuy.”
Congratulations to Liam ‘RAWKZ’ O’Rourke on achieving the Triple Crown and all within just one year of turning pro.