It’s not often that an Australian player ships US$147,911 and doesn’t end up with the biggest win amongst his countrymen for the month. It happened to Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade in March though.
Kinkade exploded out of the gates landing a dream win in the $750,000 Guaranteed at Full Tilt Poker, on the first day of the month. Most thought it was safe to assume that his US$147,911 cash would be the top score of March, but Matthew “onmyVplates” Pearson was on hand to prove them all wrong.
Pearson took the highest win of the month honours with a third place finish in the Titan Poker gigantic US$2.5 Million Guaranteed tournament. The 22 year old predictably hails from Adelaide, a hot-bed of online poker talent.
The massive win propels Pearson to eighth in the Australian online rankings.
While Kinkade may have been pipped by Pearson for the biggest win in March, he could certainly console himself with the fact that he regained his status as top ranked Australian player.
Kinkade shot back to the top leaderboard on the back of a month that included US$278,556 in cashes. Amongst those results were eight wins, and 20 final tables in 67 total cashes. With the big month Kinkade moves up to 22nd in the world.
The month wasn’t all about big individual scores. The top three Australian ranked players combined for US$500,000 in scores – form not seen since October 2008.
Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis broke his 2009 win drought, breaking through for his first two online tournament victories on the year in March. Karamalikis’ wins both came on Full Tilt Poker in the $33,000 Guaranteed, and the $75,000 Guaranteed.
Karamalikis scored 25 cashes for the month, including 10 final tables. He moved up five spots in the world to 42nd.
Crushing all in his path on the way up the Australian rankings in March was newly third-ranked Australian Ben “CNT_Crusher” Delaney who sealed his meteoric rise with 37 cashes, nine final tables and three wins.
Delaney’s biggest score in March was US$55,000 for a win in the $250,000 Guaranteed on Titan Poker. His year has been inspiring to say that least, starting on the fringes of the top ten Australian players, Delaney has put in consistent results throughout the year, and his stock has risen significantly as a result.
It’s now just a question of when he punches his way into the top 100 ranked players in the world.
James “Andy McLEOD” Obst and Daniel “Kochan” Kochan saw the rankings slide on the back of their quiet months. Both players hit third place during the month, but didn’t have the results to stop Delaney moving ahead.
With the PokerStars SCOOP series just underway at the start of April, things are already heating up on the virtual felt. Obst has already issued a much publicised prop bet challenge, taken up by Australian number seven Rayan “rkruok” Nathan.
Both players will be keen to out-cash each other during the series with $5,000 on the line with the prop bet. Other challenges are being eagerly organised on PokerNetwork at the moment and you can check them out on the forums.
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