Steve Leonard and Brendon Rubie proved to be shining lights in an unusually quiet month for Australians online.
While most of the regular cast of characters took some time off after the hectic World Series of Poker schedule, Leonard grabbed the spotlight with his superhuman grinding efforts.
Amazingly his month could have been even bigger had he ran well in some key spots on three big final tables. Leonard final tabled a $109 rebuy on PokerStars, a $150 rebuy on Full Tilt Poker, and a $1,000 buy-in tourney on Ultimate Bet, only to fall short of the big payouts by the smallest of margins.
Nonetheless his month consisted of US$94,366 in scores including 27 cashes, eight final tables and two victories. The wins came in a $109 double rebuy and add-on played at PokerStars, and the $33,000 Guaranteed on Full Tilt Poker.
Brendon Rubie introduced himself to the Australian top ten with a US$90,236 month in July. His highlights included a win in the US$109 rebuy on PokerStars for US$36,119, and another US$10,659 when he took down a $20,000 guaranteed heads-up tournament on Full Tilt.
July saw Rubie cash 21 times, for seven final table appearances and two victories. His efforts have moved him into ninth in the Australian rankings.
Damien ‘zedveron’ Elsing got the epic volume award putting together 112 cashes in July. Zedveron seemingly played everything on the schedule with cashes in events as low as a $3.30 rebuy.
Zedveron’s biggest score for the month was just US$6,459 for a final in the “Wednesday Quarter Million”. He backed this up with a plethora of results though, including 21 final tables and three victories on his way to US$71,611 on the month.
The biggest pickup by an Aussie went to a man known more for his consistency and volume over single tournament flash. Jay “Seabeast” Kinkade nabbed US$50,400 after winning the “Sunday Mulligan” on Full Tilt. That one result made up over three quarters of his final tally of US$58,095 for the month.
The top ten has held steady for the most part. Seabeast is still number one, Steve “StevoL” Leonard number two, and Kenn121 in third. Ruby and Zedveron join a jam of talented players in the middle to lower half of the top ten including James “Andy McLEOD” Obst, Ben “CNT_Crusher” Delaney, Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis and Jarred “FlopNutsOnYou” Graham.
Seabeast (31st) and StevoL (77th) remain Australia’s only two entries in the world top 100.
August will boast FTOPS XIII, and plenty of action in the lead up to the big daddy of all online tournaments, the PokerStars World Championships of Online Poker in September.
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