May kicked off with FTOPS XII on Full Tilt Poker and the Aussies came to the felt in numbers hoping to hit a big score in one of the 50 events put on between the FTOPS XII series and its corresponding MiniFTOPS (10% buy-in of FTOPS events).
Despite a high volume of smaller cashes, Australians would have to wait until halfway through the series for the first five-figure cash by an Aussie. Michael “TheBigSiCkO” Guzzardi finishing fifth in the $216 Pot Limit Omaha for a US$12,650 score.
Guzzardi would be eclipsed by “asdf_ms” in the $216 No Limit Hold’em event when the latter scored US$43,237 for a third place finish. But prior to the Main Event FTOPS XII pickings were looking rather slim indeed.
That changed somewhat in the $535 buy-in main event where Australian’s grabbed two scores of greater then US$10,000, as well as 33 cashes in all between the FTOPS and MiniFTOPS main events.
Aaron “azzabentonaces” Benton would be the highest placed Australian, when he succumbed to eventual champion “Pocketownage420” in a heads up battle. Benton would win a massive US$262,500 for his second place finish, making him the highest earning Australian for the month of May.
Benton’s deep run overshadowed another good performance by an Aussie in the main event. Central Coast based player “kenn121” picked up US$17,500 for his 14th place finish. Outside of FTOPS it was a very quiet month on the Aussie online tournament scene.
Among the higher profile players “kenn121” used his FTOPS success to churn out US$109,221 profit for the month including 72 cashes, 20 final tables, and four wins. Impressively he got heads up in eight tournaments during the month, and was able to record big scores in the $200,000 Guaranteed Rebuy, $50,000 Guaranteed (twice), and FTOPS Main Event all on Full Tilt Poker.
Steve “StevoL” Leonard anchored himself in second on the Australian rankings with yet another solid month of results. Known for his large volume of scores, Leonard didn’t disappoint in May delivering 62 cashes, 16 final tables, and five wins for a US$91,182 month. His biggest score for the month was $109 NL Hold'em buy-in $10,000 guaranteed on PokerStars that saw Leonard scoop US$13,427 for winning it. This would be his only score over US$10,000 for the month with the rest of his results coming in smaller tourneys.
Ben “CNT_CRUSHER” Delaney was one of the other better performing Aussies in May. He put up US$76,375 in scores including US$35,496 in PokerStars’ Sunday Warm-Up.
Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade remains the number one ranked Australian, and sits 19th in the world. Steve "stevoL" Leonard is second in Australia and 88th in the world. James “Andy McLEOD” Obst rounds out the Aussies in the world top 100, he’s ranked 92nd in the world, and third in Australia. On the back of his impressive month “kenn121” has moved up to seventh in Australia.
With the World Series of Poker now well underway, and a string of live events following both locally, and in Asia, expect reduced schedules from most of the top online players. That said keep your eyes peeled to PokerNetwork for news of Australian success at the World Series.
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