2012 World Series of Poker Review: Australians Cash For $2,318,142

Posted at 21:30 2012-07-17 by Matthew Pitt

The 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event has reached its nine-handed final table and that means the WSOP is all but over for another year; and what a year it has been. In total 40-different Australian poker players made it to the money with total combined winnings of $2,318,142. A superb achievement we are sure you will agree.

The player with the most winnings, and our Australian Player of the WSOP for 2012 is none other than Jackie Glazier, who had it not been for Lady Luck deciding not to shine on her would have walked away with her first WSOP bracelet. You may recall Glazier finished as runner-up to Greg Ostrander in Event 41, the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament, netting herself a career-best score of $458,996 before setting up a deep run in the Main Event, a run that ended in 28th place for a further $38,453.

These WSOP results added to her six other cashes in 2012, including three final tables and an outright win surely put Glazier at the forefront in the Australian player of the year standings. Such an amazing set of performances from Glazier and long may they continue.

The next largest single cash topped the scales at $410,517 and belongs to David Borg; another WSOP runner-up. Borg fought valiantly in the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em tournament (Event #56) but he ultimately finished second to the Czech Republic's Tomas Junek.

Our third largest cash of the series is not showing in the Hendon Mob database as it was only awarded today. David Balkin was the last Australian standing in the WSOP Main Event but his dreams of becoming World Champion were shattered when he was eliminated in 18th place. All of his chips went into the middle holding {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} against Michael Esposito's {A-Clubs}{8-Clubs} on a board reading {8-Spades}{k-Spades}{8-Hearts}{q-Clubs}. The river was not the case ace and Balkin busted. He was understandably disappointed but the $369,026 he picked up for his efforts will help to numb the pain somewhat.

The next chance pour heroes and heroines will get to try and win a bracelet is at the World Series of Poker Europe held in Cannes that kicks off on September 21. But until then we will leave you with a full list of Australian winnings, as compiled by The Hendon Mob database.

PositionNameWinnings (USD)
1Jackie Glazier$497,449
2David Borg$410,517
3David Balkin$369,026
4Brendon Rubie$266,499
5Warwick Mirzikinian$162,443
6Hai Bo Chu$126,770
7Tony Hachem$75,299
8Lawrence Gibson$73,805
9Julian Powell$73,655
10Simon Taberham$24,808
11Paul Birman$24,410
12Aharon Shabtay$23,937
13Michael Weiss$21,707
14Marco Oliviera$19,760
15Didier Guerin$18,609
16Matthew Kirk$16,801
17Tim Duckworth$14,325
18Christopher Moutzouris$13,544
19Arthur Kalantzis$10,388
20Kelvin Beattie$8,919
21Tom Nicholas Rafferty$6,208
22Jason Pritchard$5,927
23Adam Cusenza$5,856
24Sarah Beard$5,544
25Eric Assadourian$4,155
26Mario Doria$3,659
27Paul Sharbanee$3,339
28Andrew Shanahan$3,216
29Justin Cohen$3,144
30Jim Sachinidis$3,119
31John Lane$2,920
32John Corr$2,767
33Mike Comer$2,730
34Sheldon Mayer$2,601
35Sean Bullard$2,469
36Derek Ichilcik$2,465
37Grant Levy$2,377
37Gary Benson$2,377
39Heffrey Mumford$2,079
40Norman Shill$1,858

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