As the ANZPT Gold Coast final table was about to kick off, Brendon ‘Brendooor’ Rubie was stealing the limelight by capturing an elusive FTOPS title!
Brendon Rubie is without doubt one of the best youngsters in the country on both the virtual and live felt. Looking at his live record, it is hard to go past his two victories; one in 2008 in an APPT Sydney preliminary event, and the other which was just a handful of months ago with the Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event title.
Although this former PokerNetwork Young Gun of the Month (May 2010) has been able to hold himself in card rooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Macau, it is on the virtual felt where Rubie first began establishing himself as a great poker player.
Playing under several different monikers, Brendooor – as he is predominately known as – sits firmly atop the Australian online leaderboard ahead of Jonathan ‘xMONSTERxDONGx’ Karamalikis, Steve ‘stevoL’ Leonard and Eoin Kennedy. Not only is he number one in Australia, but also 86th in the world courtesy of over US$1 million in total winnings. With over US$635,000 of those cashes coming on Full Tilt Poker, it was no surprise that his biggest online title would also come from the online poker site that also houses fellow Australian online phenoms Karamalikis and Van Marcus as Red Pros.
Just over a day ago, Rubie managed to outlast 1,021 entrants in the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS XVII Event 31: $535 No Limit Holdem Super Turbo Knockout for a $91,890 payday. Incredibly the players began with only 300 in chips, or ten big blinds. This not only marks Rubie’s maiden FTOPS victory, but also the third one for Australians. With six final tables, James ‘Andy McLEOD’ Obst loves it when the FTOPS rolls round, and he now has someone else to share the gold jersey with, after his two wins in FTOPS IV Event 9 (US$75,482) and FTOPS IX Event 21 (US$40,142).
Unfortunately for Rubie, his quest for back-to-back FTOPS titles fell short in 44th place in Event 29: $2,100 No Limit Holdem Six Handed Two-Day event, which started on the same day as his win the Super Turbo, as he collected US$5,400 for his efforts. Just a tad short of the US$417,000 first prize everyone was rooting for him to snare.
The quest of a secondary FTOPS XVII title is looking quite slim at the moment with only three events (that are all still running) remaining on the schedule for fellow Australians. Only Rayan ‘rkrouk’ Nathan has managed to come close with a 13th and a 10th in Event 11: $129 No Limit Holdem Knockout and Event 15: $322 Pot Limit Omaha Turbo Rush respectively.
Fortunately for those that make a living on the virtual felt, the upcoming UBOC 5 and PokerStars.net WCOOP are set to grace the online poker calendar on August 18th (for twelve days) and September 5th (for twenty-three days).
So what are you waiting for? Download Ultimate Bet (or Absolute Poker) and download PokerStars to began making amends by becoming the next UBOC or WCOOP Champion!
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