Aussies Online November: Seabeast Slips But Still Number One

Posted at 17:19 2009-12-02

It was a reasonably skinny month for Aussies online with Dean “Dinhjo” Nyberg the only player to earn over US$100,000 for the month. Nyberg proved that sometimes taking a break can reap some rewards.

After taking some leave from the virtual felt for the whole month of October, Nyberg returned in November, putting together what would prove to be one of his best months to date. In all Nyberg won $106,354 in cashes, with his fourth place finish in the $129 buy-in No Limit Hold ‘em Knockout Event at FTOPS being his biggest score. He earned $52,306 for that result alone.

The FTOPS at Full Tilt Poker has proven to be fertile for Australians in recent editions, with both Aaron Benton and James “AndyMcLEOD” Obst tasting varying degrees of success this year already. Nyberg’s score and a win by Michael “m_hawk_1” Hawkins would ensure that tradition would continue.

Hawkins netted himself a healthy $53,545 for winning event 18 of the FTOPS, which was the uniquely formatted “cash out” tournament. In that event players could exchange some of their chips for cash payouts during the tournament, reducing the end of tournament prize pool. Hawkins had to balance the amount cashed out, to ensure that he would have a healthy enough stack to go on and win the tournament. He would do a heads-up deal, and go on to capture the FTOPS title and the extra goodies that go with it.

Hugh “Jackovich” Cohen would capture the biggest single cash by an Australian during November. He would earn $59,136 for a victory in the Titan Poker $250,000 guaranteed. The result is by far the most that Cohen has won in a single tournament in his career so far, and he adds this to deep runs at tournaments during the Aussie Millions, ANZPT Sydney, and the Joe Hachem Deepstack series in 2009.

Ben “CNT_Crusher” Delaney continues to apply pressure to the top of the Australian online rankings. In October he fell just short of capturing the Triple Crown, and November saw him back amongst the top earning Australian’s cashing for $90,674 during the month. Delaney’s big score for the month came in the form of winning one of his favourite tournament’s the $109 rebuy on PokerStars. He took home $34,765 for that effort.

Despite suffering through a bit of a downswing Kennl still managed to punish the fields in everything above a $3 buyin, as he carved out $88,528 in cashes. As always, his earnings were built on the back of volume over individual flash. The Central Coast based grinder rose to the number one Australian ranking during the month, but had barely finished putting the shine on his crown before Jay “Seabeast” Kinkade recaptured the highly touted position. Kennl will have to make do as number two for now.

November was also good for both “Bazooka87” and Brendon “BrendonR” Rubie, who earned $83,599 and $74,221 respectively. Overall, Seabeast has regained his position atop the Australian rankings and sits 48th in the world, Kennl is second in Australia and the 57th ranked player in the world, while Brendon Rubie has moved up to third in Australia, overtaking Ben Delaney and James Obst. Delaney remains fourth, while Obst has slipped two places to fifth on the Australian standings.

For those who missed the FTOPS, don’t worry as the Mini FTOPS kicks off at Full Tilt from December 10th. There are 25 events for just 1/10th of the buy-ins of the regular FTOPS. The Main Event is just a $55 buy-in and offers a whopping $600,000 prize pool. Download Full Tilt Poker today!

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