Two years ago this week, Tim ‘weygang1’ English burst onto the poker scene with a career best fifth place finish in the APPT Season Two Grand Final in Sydney for $130,601. While it’s not quite in the six figures of his live achievement, English celebrated the second anniversary of his career best score, by taking down $46,000 for a fifth place finish in the Party Poker Monthly Million during the week. The finish marks his best score online and will see him return to (presumably) his favourite event on the live circuit (APPT Sydney) this week with a bit of extra cash in his pocket.
It was a busy week for the Aussie players who look keen to pad their bankrolls before the holiday season kicks in. Freshly back as the top ranked online player in the country Brendon ‘Brendooor’ Rubie was also in the green during the week. His big score was a win in the Full Tilt Poker $75,000 guaranteed tournament for $18,750. Earlier in the week he had already found a $7,106 runner up finish in the PokerStars $40,000 guaranteed and a third place in the PokerStars Nightly Seventy Grand for $7,712 to complete the trifecta. With the great start to the month, Rubie looks set to finish the year as the top ranked online poker player in Australia.
Dubbo’s Bradley ‘BaZa88’ Bower looks to be yet another rising star on the Australian poker scene. Bower hit his career high score of $17,970 with a fourth place finish in the PokerStars $45,000 guaranteed single rebuy and add on turbo event. The New South Welshman had just set a career high score of $15,666 back in November, but has surpassed it as he charges up the Australian rankings this month. He now sits at a career high 27th in Australia and if his current results are anything to go by, he could mount a serious challenge for the top ten in 2011.
Michael ‘m_hawk_1’ Hawkins got in on the five-figure action securing a cash of $14,772 in the Wednesday Quarter Million to start his month off on the right foot. The fifth place finish gets Hawkins back into the five figures for the first time since September.
This week will see attention turn to Sydney for the APPT Grand Final. Online players have previously put up good results at the tournament in the past – most notably defending champion Aaron ‘azzabentonaces’ Benton who will return to defend his crown, along with ex-roommates Brendon ‘Brendooor’ Rubie and Rennie ‘Steel88’ Carnevale who have both tallied some great results in the live and online variants of the game throughout the year. It should be a great finish to the 2011 live circuit.
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Tim English joins the party in the Party Poker Monthly Million
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