September was the month of the sick score for Australian players, with no fewer than four Aussies (and possibly more) taking down US$50,000 scores in individual tournaments. The biggest of those hauls was taken down by Brendon “BrendonR” Rubie during the Mini-FTOPS series. Rubie ended up winning the $109 buy-in six-max event for a nice little US$75,480 pay-day.
September would be a 100k month for Rubie in all tallying US$116,493 in results including another US$25,415 for a 24th place finish in a High Roller event during the World Championship of Online Poker.
Matthew “OnmyVplates” Pearson also got in on the big score action grabbing a US$63,000 win in Party Poker’s “$300K Guaranteed Sunday”. This follows up on Pearson’s huge score in March when he collected US$200,000 for a third place finish in Titan Poker’ “$2,500,000 Guaranteed” tournament.
PokerNetwork regular Joel “StrongPlay” Dodds also joined the 50k fray by running deep in the Mini-FTOPS Main Event. Dodds finished in third place for a pick-up of US$52,301. A US$72,872 month online combined with some recent live form was enough to see Dodds pick up PokerNetwork Young Gun of the Month honours, with fellow online player Jarred “FlopNutsOnYou” Graham earning PokerNetwork Player of the Month for his performance at the Sydney Poker Championships.
Ironically a member of the Live Team in the recent PokerNetwork Live vs. Online Challenge, Van “Sirens” Marcus once again proved his abilities on the virtual felt with a third place finish in event #42 of the WCOOP, an eight game mixed tournament. Marcus is noted for his prowess at the non-Hold’em games and this result provides another feather in his cap.
On the consistency side of the ball, US$100k months were had by Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade and Ben “CNT_Crusher” Delaney, with a number of other contenders narrowly missing the centurion club in September.
Kinkade rode a wave of 61 cashes, 15 final tables and two wins into US$131,433 in tournament scores during September. This would be enough to make him the top earning Australian again in September. Something the nation’s top player takes down with regularity.
Delaney rolled over all in his path on the way to 67 cashes, 16 final tables and one win. Delaney proved his love for the rebuy format, with his biggest results coming in several circa $100 rebuy events.
Near US$100k hauls by Kenn121, supanova99, and Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis only further proved what an insane month it was for Australian online players.
Holding steady at the top of the Australian rankings is “SEABEAST”, followed by volume demon “Kenn121”. James “AndyMcLEOD” Obst, Steve “StevoL” Leonard and “xMONSTERxDONGx” round out the current top five respectively.
Australia currently has three players ranked in the World Top 100 with “SEABEAST” leading the way at 27th in the world. “Kenn121” breaks into the World Top 100 at 67th, and “AndyMcLEOD” rounds out the Aussie entries at 70th.
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