New month, same story – Brendon “Brendooor” Rubie crushing fools.
In another dominant display Brendon Rubie led wire-to-wire to finish as the top earning Aussie in August. You can now add August to June and July as months where Rubie has been among the highest earning Australian players online and don’t forget the fact that his Melbourne Poker Championships win on the live circuit came back in May.
Since his big live circuit victory, Rubie has been running hotter than two bears fighting in a forest fire. After piling on back-to-back $100,000 months, it was clear Brendooor was going to need to follow up with something even bigger if he was going to keep the headlines coming. So he went and took down a win in one of the highest profile tournament series online.
Event 31 of Full Tilt Poker’s FTOPS XVII, a $535 Super Turbo Knockout tournament, would see Rubie come out on top, earning $91,890 and becoming just the second Australian to win an FTOPS event. This win will surely rate up there on his growing list of poker career achievements.
In all, August brought $125,640 in cashes, before Rubie took a well-earned break away from the tables following his win. The break should serve him well in the lead up to PokerStars’ big money WCOOP series that plays throughout September.
While Rubie may have binked a big score and downed pack for the month, other players were hard at work. Sydney-based grinder Eoin Kennedy carved out $142,022 in earnings in 70 tournament cashes during the month. His biggest score was $19,950 for a win in the Absolute Poker $50,000 guaranteed. His win followed a great start to the month scoring $17,123 with a fourth in Full Tilt Poker’s $125,000 guaranteed rebuy. Kennedy would finish as the top earning player in the Australian rankings during August.
Steve “StevoL” Leonard also got over the $100,000 hump again, picking up $107,721 in prizes. Leonard had two five figure finishes, both of which were near misses, $17,238 for fourth in a $109 tournament and $15,649 for seventh in the Sunday 500, both on PokerStars.
While not playing anywhere near as much volume as the top-ranked players, Rayan “rkruok” Nathan is still well regarded for his ability in high stakes online tournaments. Nathan has consistently been amongst the top ten in the Australian online rankings. He did his reputation no harm with a runner-up finish in a $109 rebuy on PokerStars, picking up $53,747 for that score and taking his August to $74,652.
Michael “m_hawk_1” Hawkins also ranked up there with the big earners. He pulled in $71,830 including a big runner-up finish in the Sunday Mulligan which added $53,597 to his bankroll. It’s a testament to the Australian rankings that despite his good results throughout 2010, Hawkins ranks 20th in Australia at the moment.
It is no surprise to see Brendon “Brendooor” Rubie still sitting atop the Australian rankings. Rubie is ranked 61st in the world and is the lone Australian in the world top 100 at the moment. Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis is second in Australia and 137th in the world, while Steve “StevoL” Leonard, Eoin Kennedy and Tom “Tollgate” Grigg are ranked third through fifth in Australia respectively.
All of Australia’s biggest names will be duking it out with the best in the world as the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker starts up on Monday. The WCOOP is the unofficial online version of the WSOP and the prestige of the online event is beginning to rival its live protégé. With the success of the Aussie players so far this year, it’s just a matter of who, and not if, an Australian will take down some success during the series.
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