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Aussies Online March: Emerging Stars but Business as Usual

Posted at 17:38 2010-04-03

March may have provided Australia with some new stars of the online game, but the old dogs were up to their usual tricks.

Leading the way in March was a man needing no introduction to anyone remotely familiar with Australia’s online scene – Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis. Karamalikis’ hot run is showing no end in sight, as he continues to surge up the Australian and world rankings. It could have been worth even more, but for a pair of near misses. A second place finish in the Super Tuesday netted him $60,847 (the most by an Australian during the month), while he pocketed another $25,830 for a runner up place in the Absolute Poker $150k guaranteed. Toss in a win in the PokerStars $109 Hold ’em good for $12,070 and a final table in the $109 rebuy also on PokerStars and it would be more than enough to earn him $152,311 for the month and propel the former Australian number one back into the World Top 100.

Karamalikis is currently well entrenched amongst the world’s best sitting at 77th and putting the pressure on his friend Ben “CNT_Crusher” Delaney. Delaney is still the number one in Australia and added $93,405 in the month to take his run to almost half a million dollars this year. Simply put, the guy continues to tear up the online poker scene. The highlight of his month had to be joining Jonathan Karamalikis on the final table of the $109 rebuy that saw them both bank - Delaney earned $19,307 for his sixth place finish beating his compatriot by two spots. He also scored $13,101 for second place in the Full Tilt Poker $33,000 Guaranteed.

While the established players were serving up their usual stellar performances, some newcomers got in on the act as it rained money for Aussies online. James “Supanova99” Bills (unsurprisingly from Adelaide) shipped the special edition Daily Eighty Grand for $41,297. Bills had to play some good poker to pick up the win, with many of the players involved praising the new improved structure introduced by PokerStars. Bills added that to his $71,629 he stacked up in March.

David “Dasve798111” Allan was a man in need of some serious sunshine, after earning $78,186 from 82 cashes during March. Allan’s effort though was nothing compared to the RSI that Benn “risk2Dupside” Skender would be now battling. During March Skender put together a massive 170 cashes at an incredible average of almost six a day. Skender’s volume would earn him $53,187 for the month.

Joining the ranks of the Australian top ten this month is Irishman Eoin Kennedy. Kennedy, who currently lists his city of residence as Sydney, has had some previous high profile success in both the live and online arenas. Kennedy scored an eighth place finish in the recent PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event and a 15th in the $2,000 Six-Handed Event at the 2010 Aussie Millions, while also picking up a final table finish in the PokerStars Sunday Million. Kennedy had the luck of the Irish in his first month on the Aussie leaderboard chalking up $74,988 in scores including deep runs in the PokerStars $109 rebuy and the Full Tilt Poker $75,000 Guaranteed.

With all the Aussie scores, there are sure to be some who failed to get their due credit, but two Queenslanders need to rate a mention. Congratulations to Dominic “The Spewtard” Coombe for his $64,323 month, and “ibluffheaps” who earned $57,801 in March.

Three Australian’s are in the World’s Top 100 players with Ben Delaney leading the way at 55th, Jonathan Karamalikis sitting at 77th and James “Andy_McLEOD” ranked 81st. With March in the books we storm into April, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for PokerNetwork’s new weekly online reports.

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