Two of Australia’s top three players – Ben “CNT_Crusher” Delaney and “Kennl” added Triple Crowns to their already impressive poker resumes during January, in a stunning start to the year for Australian online poker. Having come devastatingly close to a Triple Crown in late 2009, Ben Delaney wasted no time in earning online poker’s biggest honour in 2010. It took him just eight days into the New Year to earn three tournament victories, and as if to prove a point he shipped a fourth event in the space of three days.
It would be a golden week for Delaney who picked up $30,492 from his wins in Full Tilt Poker’s $25,000 guaranteed and $23,500 guaranteed rebuy, along with Party Poker’s Super Tuesday, and PokerStars’ $10,000 guaranteed short-handed event. Of course with all of this success Delaney has snatched the number one ranking in Australian online poker, and it will be a big ask for anyone to catch him anytime soon.
Delaney is making the most of his good run, playing everyday and piling up the results, next to the stacks of cash that he is making in the process. All up January would see him earn $178,217 in online tournament play alone. He also shipped his entry into the Aussie Millions Main Event via an online satellite to make his month just that bit more impressive.
It’s not all been Ben Delaney though. Joining him in earning a Triple Crown in January was Kennl. It seemed inevitable that Kennl would earn one eventually given the high volume of tournaments that he plays on his schedule. This is to take nothing away from the country’s third-ranked player, who took down wins in Cake Poker’s $10,000 Guaranteed Rebuy, Full Tilt Poker’s Daily Double, and Ultimate Bet’s $10,000 Guaranteed. In an almost copy-cat situation to Delaney, Kennl added a fourth major win, the same day he took down the Triple Crown, earning $12,139 when he took out the $56,000 Guaranteed on Full Tilt. Kennl’s 152 cashes in January earned him $81,604.
Not to be left behind by his two nearest rivals, Australia’s current number two, James “Andy_McLEOD” Obst put together an impressive $110,132 in scores in the first month of the year. Obst’s headline results included a second place finish in the Ultimate Bet $150k Guaranteed for $25,760. He also picked up wins in PokerStars’ $55 rebuy ($20,601), and the $109 single rebuy and add-on event ($13,390). Obst continues to eye the top spot in the rankings and the biggest story to watch in Aussie Online poker, at the moment, is the rivalry developing between Ben Delaney and James Obst at the top of the rankings. Both players are highly skilled and aggressive, tallying some of their best results in rebuy tournaments. It will be interesting to see if Delaney can hold off the challenge of the highly regarded Obst who once ranked in the top ten online players worldwide.
The two biggest individual scores belonged to Dean “Dinhjo” Nyberg and Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis respectively. Nyberg earned a third place finish in the PokerStars $109 rebuy for $42,610. This result continues a good string of results by Aussies in this event. Karamalikis won $42,340 for his fourth place finish in the Full Tilt Poker Sunday Brawl. PokerNetworker Ali “Peppermint Hippo” Khalil deserves an honourable mention for his breakthrough efforts taking down $33,952 for his win in the $120,000 Guaranteed on Full Tilt.
The FTOPS is back in just over a week. Full Tilt Poker will host 27 events over 11 days with $17 million in guaranteed prizes. We’ll bring you a full recap of the big Australian results in that series and all of February in next month’s article.
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Triple Crowns and big scores highlighted a superb January for Aussies online!
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