October has been a great month for Australian online poker players. The top 10 ranked Australian online tournament players combined for a touch over $700,000 in tournament cashes for the month to date, with top ranked Australian player Jay “Seabeast” Kinkade leading the way.
Seabeast, who currently ranks 33rd in the online world rankings, has seen his stock rise significantly during a terrific October, so much so that he is odds on favourite to be the top ranked world player for the month. October just adds to an already awe-inspiring year for Seabeast who took down a live title in the form of the Victorian Poker Championships Main Event in August.
His mammoth October saw no fewer then 106 cashes, 36 final table appearances, and 8 tournament victories – his biggest cash for the month a 4th place finish in Full Tilt Poker’s “$1k Monday” earning him $31,272 for his efforts. That cash was probably not his biggest achievement however, as he won 3 tournaments in 7 days, twice during the month, and was awarded the prestigious Triple Crown for his efforts on the 24th of October after winning the $40,000 Guaranteed on Full Tilt Poker, the $30,000 Guaranteed on Ultimate Bet and a $40,000 Guaranteed on PokerStars within a week.
Although Seabeast was leading the charge for the Australians, his supporting cast was not to be overshadowed. Second ranked Australian player Steve “StevoL” Leonard won the “$150,000 Big Deal” at PokerRoom for a $43,275 score. In the final few days of the month Leonard will be looking to eclipse the $100,000 mark, as he currently sits just under that at the moment with $95,599.12 for the month of October.
The biggest cash for the month however came from 9th ranked Australian player Jarred “JarredG” Graham, who took down two fantastic scores for the month. His biggest effort was taking down 3rd place in the “Sunday 500” on PokerStars for a $50,000 payday. JarredG then showed exactly why he’s recently moved into the Australian top 10, by taking 2nd in the Ultimate Bet $200,000 guaranteed for another $27,000. All up JarredG’s month saw him take in $100,181 in cashes, an effort that will set him up to make a run further up the rankings with a good November.
Overall the great month for Australians, has four players ranked in the top 100 in the world rankings. Seabeast sits at 33rd, while StevoL is ranked 48th. Daniel “Kochan” Kochan is 66th in the world, while Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis is currently 82nd. All of these players cleared $50,000 in tournament earnings for October.
The Australians are looking to roll the October momentum into bigger things in November, despite Seabeast announcing he’ll play a lower volume of tournaments during November. This is expected to be offset by larger volumes from StevoL and Tony “Bond18” Dunst who recently issued a challenge to all takers, as inspiration to improve their world rankings.
National pride will be on the line in November as StevoL and Bond18 represent Australia in a challenge against a team made up of world number 37 Felipe “Improved” Montenegro from Costa Rica and 38th ranked Russell “rdcrsn” Carson from Canada, with $5,000 per team and bragging rights on the line. Meanwhile discussions and negotiations are still brewing in the PokerNetwork Forums for another local team to take on these two heavyweights!
We look forward to further Australian success online during November!
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