Aussies Online: Pearson and Dodds Enjoy the Party; Liv Boeree Warms Up with a Win!
Posted at 14:42 2011-02-08
After a packed schedule on the live felt with the Aussie Millions and the ANZPT Adelaide keeping players all around the country busy, it’s finally time for the online contingent of Aussies to strap themselves into their computer chairs, boil that kettle and get the Red Bulls out as another early Monday morning grind kicked off.
It wasn’t just any Monday morning though, as the FTOPS XIX kicked off on Full Tilt Poker in the early hours of the Australian morning. However, with millions of dollars on offer across all the major poker rooms, the spotlight wasn’t only on Full Tilt Poker, with a couple of Australians bringing the spotlight to shine brightly on the virtual felt over at Party Poker.
The tournament in question was the Party Poker Monthly Million and with its guaranteed $1,000,000 prizepool, it would be an even juicier prospect for grinders as a six-figure overlay was present by the time registration was closed.
It would be Joel “Strong Play” Dodds and Matthew “onmyVplates” Pearson who would bring their best game to Party Poker, and bring it they did. Both Dodds and Pearson would make it to the final table after several hours of play. Pearson would survive to see Dodds eliminated in sixth place, taking home $34,500 for his efforts. With fellow Aussie Dodds on the rail, Pearson would weave his way through another few eliminations before making it down to heads-up play. Unfortunately the Australian wouldn’t be able to take down the victory, but a runner-up finish and $110,000 is nothing to sneeze at for Pearson as he takes home the second biggest score of his career.
While on a smaller stage, another pair of Aussie online players managed to come face to face at the same final table during the week, with Brendan “Make It Rain” Edmonds and Liam “RAWKZ” O’Rourke both making the final nine of the $100,000 Guaranteed on Full Tilt Poker early last week. Both Edmonds and O’Rourke would make it to the final three, with neither managing the win as Edmonds was sent home in 3rd place for a $15,466 score, while O’Rourke’s 2nd was good for $21,358.
It was another productive week for Hugh “jackovich” Cohen as a $31,185 score for his 4th place finish in the PokerStars $109+R $300,000 Guarantee sees Cohen sit firmly at #17 on the Australian online rankings.
The consistent form of Kris “ibluffheaps” Cunz continued as a 3rd in the PokerStars $109 Turbo saw $4,305 added to his bankroll just a few days after taking 1st in the $28,000 Guarantee on Full Tilt Poker for another $9,270 in winnings. Tim “TurnRiva” Marsters also got a few scores on the board, with a 1st in the Full Tilt Poker $75,000 Guarantee good for $15,466, while Sam “MILF ISLAND” Rotar also saw some success with his win in the $40,000 Guarantee on the same site adding $13,235 to his bankroll.
While the week ahead will see juicy action across the entire virtual poker world, the attention of the Australian playing community will be on Full Tilt Poker with the FTOPS now in full swing after kicking off yesterday. 6,607 hopefuls turned out to create a $1,321,400 prizepool for FTOP XIX Event #1 and similarly big prizepools can be expected in the coming events. It was “foreverwaiting” who was the last Australian standing in the first event, with their 19th good for a $2,576 score.
Aussie online players will be looking to best the effort of foreverwaiting in the coming weeks as the millions on offer are hotly contested to ensure a gold jacket and the prestigious title of FTOPS champion can be added to the resume.
Finally we should mention one of the big International results of the day which came in the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up where Liv Boeree cemented her Team PokerStars Pro status with a huge win over James “mig.com” Mackey, good for a $147,780 score.
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Liv Boeree took down the PokerStars Sunday Warm-Up
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