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Aussies Online: Andy_McLEOD Gunning For WCOOP POTS

Posted at 11:20 2010-09-28

James ‘Andy_McLEOD’ Obst is locked in a heart-stopping battle for the PokerStars WCOOP Player of the Series award. With just 271 players remaining the WCOOP Main Event, Obst is sitting in 15th place. One of his main rivals for the title, Jon ‘Pearljammer’ Turner is on the final table of the $10,300 8-Game High Roller event. Both tournaments have concluded the first day of play, and will return early Tuesday morning Australian time to finish off a thrilling battle.

You can be on the rail to witness it all as a manic Monday rolls into (hopefully) a terrific Tuesday for Australia’s most decorated high stakes online tournament player. Obst will be looking to shake off the hoodoo that has been third place on four separate occasions during the current WCOOP series. Showing his all round strength Obst captured third places finishes in four different variants (HORSE, PLO, Fixed Limit Hold‘em and Stud) and before today’s deep run had netted $194,609 in prize money.

Obst winning the WCOOP Player of the Series would be the crowning glory of an absolute stunning series for Australian players, including four of them winning WCOOP bracelets. The latest of those bracelet runs came on Sunday with Australian top ten ranked “aces_up4108” grabbing victory in the $215 NL Omaha Hi/Lo event. He took home $40,077 for his career highest cash in a tournament. He joins Evan ‘kevinnok’ Psarras, ‘ROMES_HOME’ and ‘Money_1985’ as 2010 WCOOP bracelet winners from Australia. The 16 final tables achieved by Australians, prior to the Main Event and High Rollers, had Australia second on the final tables list by country.

On top of the WCOOP madness winding up, there was still the full slate of regular major action at the other sites. While most of the attention was on Obst’s bid for glory, some other Aussie grinders were busy getting their pay. Included in that category was Ben ‘bennybunny18’ Richardson’s deep run in the Full Tilt Poker $750,000 Guaranteed event. Richardson bubbled the final table in 10th place, exiting with $7,200 to show for his efforts.

Elsewhere several young guns who have shown some form on the live poker felt are continuing that form back on the virtual felt. Rick ‘rickwaa’ Kroesen had a big week after landing a sixth place in WCOOP Event 53 for $52,186. He followed that up with another big weekend as he picked up third place in the $109R+A $45,000 Guaranteed on PokerStars for another $8,019, having already earned $7,872 on Saturday for a fourth in the same tournament. Josh ‘jbrhythm’ Barrett also continued his impressive form with a runner-up finish in the PokerStars $70,000 Guaranteed for $12,381 on Sunday.

All the focus (if it wasn’t already there!) now turns to James ‘Andy_McLEOD’ Obst and his historic bid for the WCOOP Player of the Series title. At 5am AEST the star studded High Roller 8-Game resumes with adversary Jon ‘PearlJammer’ Turner still in the mix for the title and two hours later the field from the Main Event returns to play down to a champion. You can be on the rail sweating all the action, while you grind out some tournament or cash game winnings of your own, simply by downloading PokerStars. Follow the links to the Main Event or High Rollers tournament lobbies from the PokerStars client, or you can search for Andy McLEOD using the find player function.  See you on the rail!

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Australian James "Andy_McLEOD" Obst has dominated the PokerStars WCOOP series Australian James "Andy_McLEOD" Obst has dominated the PokerStars WCOOP series

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