To many in Australia, the past seven days have seemed like a regular week and yesterday, a normal Monday morning. To others, it was a little different, with the culmination of huge online success making it a week to remember.
While the International contingent of online players would see all of the gold jerseys on offer in the FTOPS XIX stay away from our shores, there was still plenty of success to be had.
With thousands of players taking to Full Tilt Poker for their chance at an FTOPS title, it is no doubt that Haibo “haibomi” Chu will go down as having the “best run without a win”. It all started for Chu when he found himself at the final table of FTOPS Event #9, falling short of a victory with a respectable 7th for $7,986. Thirsty for more, Chu would again manoeuvre his way to another FTOPS final table, this time going one better finishing 6th for $57,187 in FTOPS Event #22.
If two final tables weren’t enough, Chu would have one last attempt at glory, this time having to go through James “Andy McLEOD” Obst. The final table berth in FTOPS Event #33 for Obst would stop short in 7th place for a $22,639 leaving the Aussie hopes to Chu, who would again fall short, but this time his 3rd place was worth a whopping $105,300.
The winnings for Chu in Event #22 and #33 of FTOPS XIX will now become his top two highest ever online scores, and his remarkable run will see him soar up the Australian online rankings.
While Trung “Dynastyzz” Tran was busy as one of the last Aussie hopes in the FTOPS Main Event yesterday, eventually finishing in 44th place for $15,637, it was a few other locals that had the railbirds talking.
Joel “Strong Play” Dodds had already made a remarkable start to February after first padding his bankroll with $34,500 in the Party Poker Monthly Million and then seeing another $54,120 in winnings after taking down the PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance a week later. As another seven days passed it became clear that the boomswitch was still stuck in Dodds’ favour as another PokerStars Sunday 2nd Chance field was out-witted and out-manoeuvred to see Dodds fall just shy of his previous weeks effort with a 2nd place finish good for another $39,750. There is still one more round of Sunday majors ripe for the pickings in February, and the PokerNetwork faithful will be sure to keep their eyes peeled to the gogogo threads to see if Dodds can continue his staggering current form that has seen him pocket over $125,000 in the last three weeks.
Liam “RAWKZ” O’Rourke was also having a good day yesterday, managing two final tables on PokerStars with his 6th place in the $55 Rebuy Event for $8,653 overshadowed by the $46,378 he took home for his victory in the $109 Single Rebuy and Add On tournament.
It was over at Party Poker that Julian “intimad8or32” Cohen would have his Monday morning success, with a 5th place finish in the $250,000 Guaranteed Sunday worth $12,274.
Tom “tollgate” Grigg could be seen dominating the iPoker Network, taking down their $200,000 Guaranteed Sunday Major for a nice $45,444 score. The victory makes it Grigg’s biggest score so far in 2011 after a dominating 2010 that saw Grigg solidify his place in the top 10 of the Australian online rankings.
With FTOPS XIX wrapping up as the most successful in Full Tilt Poker history, with the Main Event seeing a 14,479-entry field create a record $8,687,400 prizepool, we would be amiss to not take a look at the final table results.
It was WSOP bracelet holder Blair “blur5f6” Hinkle who would walk away with the most cash after a three-way deal was agreed upon, but it was GIAMPP who would be too good in the end as he walked away as champion of FTOPS XIX.
With another epic week of online scores in the bag it is hard to imagine that the past seven days can be topped, but we can be sure that the Aussie army of online players will be trying their hearts out to bring home the victories, and of course the cold hard cash. Be sure to tune to PokerNetwork and keep your eyes on the forums to keep up to date with all the Aussie online success!
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A huge day on the virtual felt with Dodds, Chu, O'Rourke, Grigg and Cohen leading the way for the Aussies
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