Aussies Online October: Dunst and Dong on Top; Delaney Falls Short in Triple Crown Quest
Posted at 22:06 2009-11-03
Tony “Bond18” Dunst made a triumphant return to the Australian Online Top Ten, while Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis’ run back to the top gained some credibility, during the busy month of October.
Formerly Australia’s number one ranked online player, Karamalikis has seen his ranking slip out of the top five. If he can maintain his current form though, he won’t be down for long. Last month the man known as “Dong” fell just short of US$100,000 in scores, but in October he wouldn’t be denied, rolling well over the mark with over US$128,000 nearing the end of the month.
Play in October started very nicely for Karamalikis with his first score for the month being US$62,887 for winning the “Super Tuesday” tournament on PokerStars. He was also able to capture another US$21,600 in the US$100,000 guaranteed deepstack tournament on Absolute Poker after falling in an all-Australian heads-up battle.
Adopted Australian Tony “Bond18” Dunst has rediscovered his love and passion for online grinding, and of course the results are showing. Like Karamalikis, Dunst has previously contended at the top end of the Australian online poker rankings, but in the last couple of years has spent a lot of time travelling and playing live.
Back from his most recent globe-trotting expedition, Dunst has re-taken to the virtual felt like a duck to water. His biggest score for the month was his victory over Karamalikis in the US$100,000 guaranteed on Absolute Poker. For that win Dunst grabbed US$35,775 and all-up tallied US$109,395 on the month.
Fourth ranked Australian online player, Ben “CNT_Crusher” Delaney fell devastatingly short of capturing his first Triple Crown during October. The highly sought after Triple Crown is awarded to a player who can win three major tournaments in the space of a week.
Delaney won the Full Tilt Poker US$40,000 guaranteed on October 19 and two days later posted a victory in the US$50,000 rebuy on Titan Poker. On the same day he got heads up for the $33 Rebuy on PokerStars and with the chip lead looked set to join the likes of Jay “Seabeast” Kinkade, James “Andy McLEOD” Obst and Steve “StevoL” Leonard as previous Triple Crown recipients.
Unfortunately it didn’t eventuate with Delaney forced to settle for second in that tournament. He would final table another swag of tournaments during the week including three third place finishes. October would see Delaney bank US$92,322 and while he doesn’t have a Triple Crown to show for his efforts, he has affirmed his status as arguably Australia’s premier player in the rebuy format.
Sal “ugritaly” Fazzino won the most of the Australians in a single tournament. Fazzino saluted in the Sunday Warm Up on PokerStars to take home US$71,428. He also put together some good results in smaller tournaments to bring his month up to US$84,639.
Jay “Seabeast” Kinkade remains on top of the Australian rankings for what is approximately the ninth consecutive month. Trailing him is “Kennl”, “Andy McLEOD”, “CNT_Crusher” and Brendon “BrendonR” Rubie. Australia has two entries in the world top 100 with “Seabeast” ranked 28th in the world, and “Kennl” now 55th.
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Dunst, Dong and Delaney perform well online in October
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