The start of 2009 has seen a couple of top Australian players have their online rankings slip on the back of reduced playing schedules and/or hitting rough patches in results. However April saw two Aussies in that exact situation recapture the online groove and bounce back to form with four Aussies each picking up scores in excess of US$100,000.
James “Andy McLeod” Obst got off the slide by becoming the highest earning Australian for the month. His fantastic month was mostly forged on the back of a win during the PokerStars SCOOP series. Obst certainly wasn’t short of confidence coming into the series, after issuing an open challenge and duly delivering with the US$184,000 result for winning the High Stakes Six-Max Holdem event. His cashes totalled US$188,868 during the month.
Obst may have built his turnaround in fortunes on one massive result, but Steve “StevoL” Leonard was grinding like a mad man to get back into form. Leonard was all business, all month long and pumped out 109 cashes, 27 final tables and four wins, as he won US$164,098 on the month.
His April was a true workmanlike performance as his biggest score was only US$20,487. He showed dedication and persistence, winning four of the five tournaments he got heads up in, to recapture some of the results that have made him a staple of the Australian top ten for some time now.
At the end of the month Obst moved back into the world top 100, and third in Australia, while Leonard is well on the road back to be ranked among the elite and sits fourth on the national rankings.
Top ranked Australian Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade put together another month of results that most players only dream about. In a “standard month” for Kinkade he put up 48 cashes, 12 final tables and two victories, for US$128,916. He now sits 15th in the world and rapidly closing in on the world top ten.
Jarred “FlopNutsOnYou” Graham was the other Australian to earn over US$100,000 for the month. In one of the best months in his career so far Graham won US$131,045 with three scores over US$10,000 in his 29 cashes, seven final tables and one win. Graham moves into fifth in the Australian rankings, relegating Ben “CNT_Crusher” Delaney back to sixth.
Australia is back to having three players ranked in the world top 100 with SEABEAST leading the charge at 15th, Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis steady at 54th, and Andy McLEOD getting back amongst the elite at 90th.
We can also report that Andy McLEOD was successful in his SCOOP prop bet against Rayan “rkruok” Nathan. The result only goes to further Obst’s reputation as Australia’s premier player in major online tourneys.
The upcoming next couple of months will be dominated by major live events with the Melbourne Championships, ANZPT, and World Series of Poker all hosting tournaments, but the online play will feature prominently as well with the highly anticipated FTOPS at Full Tilt Poker.
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