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Aussies Online September: Throw Out The Record Books

Posted at 19:42 2010-10-02

September seemingly smashed all the Australian online poker records, as new names and the established online grinders, joined forces to take down a nice big slice of the WCOOP pie among the month’s booming guaranteed tournament schedule.

The big stories coming out of the month included Evan ‘kevinnok’ Psarras, Romes ‘ROMES_HOME’ Priplotski and ‘Money_1985’ introducing themselves to the Aussie online community, Kelvin ‘aces_up4108’ Beattie and James ‘Andy_McLEOD’ Obst adding some WCOOP honours to their already booming careers and Jonathan ‘xMONSTERxDONGx’ Karamalikis taking back the top spot in the rankings – all crushed into 30 days of poker action.

While the four bracelets continue to receive plenty of deserved hype (here, here, here and here), the stars of the Aussie game were also in action doing their usual thing and bringing plenty of big scores to our shores. Outside of the WCOOP bracelet winners, at least another four Aussies (and there could well be more) were able to drag over $100,000 in tournament earnings during September alone.

The big winner of course was James ‘Andy_McLEOD’ Obst who took down $214,000 in earnings, making four WCOOP final tables and cashing 11 times during the series on the way to earning his WCOOP player of the series honours. It was great return to the big stage for Obst, who has been relatively quiet on the online scene for a few months. The big month has pushed him back up to fifth in the Australian rankings and is likely to position him well for a move to number one as the sliding rankings take more effect in the coming months. Obst joined The PokerNetwork Show crew to chat about his WCOOP experience during the week.

Obst wasn’t the only one bouncing back up the charts. Jonathan ‘xMONSTERxDONGx’ Karamalikis finally slowed down the Brendon ‘Brendoor’ Rubie express long enough to take back the number one spot in the nation. Despite Rubie’s utter dominance online and live in the past three months, Karamalikis moved back into pole position with $211,000 in earnings throughout September. His biggest result predictably came at WCOOP with an 18th place finish in the High Rollers event early in the series. He scored $31,300 for that effort. Karamalikis also took his game off PokerStars earning wins in Full Tilt Poker’s $60,000 Guaranteed Rebuy and Absolute Poker’s $50,000 Guaranteed picking up around $20,000 on each of those occasions. The massive month was enough to get him over the top of Rubie for now as the Aussie rankings become another topsy-turvy battle.

David ‘dasve798172’ Allan continued to impress adding $120,299 to his bankroll and moving over the $1 million in career earnings mark during the month. His biggest win came in the Absolute Poker $50,000 Guaranteed, a few weeks before compatriot Jonathan Karamalikis won the same tournament. Allan earned $20,736 in his only five-figure tournament score during the month. He worked his way up to the six-figure mark with 91 tournament cashes. Allan continues to hover in the Aussie top ten, sitting ninth at the moment.

With another major tournament in session it was time for Jay ‘Seabeast’ Kinkade to return to his former stomping ground and preside over proceedings. Just as he did back in April for SCOOP, Kinkade hit the ground running putting up $118,999 in tournament winnings including a victory in Full Tilt Poker’s $60,000 Guaranteed Rebuy (Jonathan Karamalikis also won the same tourney during September) and $23,475 for a deep run in the High Rollers event at WCOOP. The hit and run campaigns have worked well for the former Australian number one and underscoring his enormous talent in the game, he still sits fourth in the country, despite the limited amount that he has played this year.

Kelvin ‘aces_up4108’ Beattie has been among the top performing players previously, but his WCOOP bracelet and solid September results have pushed him up to a career high position of sixth in Australia. Beattie wasn’t content with adding a shiny bracelet and a biggest career tournament cash to his list, as he also picked up a $12,340 runner up finish in a $65,000 guaranteed tournament on PokerStars.  Beattie grabbed 93 cashes during the month and earned $118,842 in a massive month for the Melbourne based grinder.

As is to be expected of a big tournament month, the Aussie rankings have moved around a bit. As already mentioned Jonathan ‘xMONSTERxDONGx’ Karamalikis has ascended to number one, with Brendon ‘Brendoor’ Rubie at number two. Steve ‘StevoL’ Leonard, Jay ‘Seabeast’ Kinkade and James ‘Andy_McLEOD’ Obst round out the top five spots respectively. Karamalikis (48th) and Rubie (68th) are the only two Aussies in the world top 100 at the moment. The online grinding will slow off a little bit from here through to the end of the year, although there will still be FTOPS action and the weekly majors to keep the tournament junkies entertained!

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Six figure scores left, right and centre for the Aussies in September! Six figure scores left, right and centre for the Aussies in September!

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