December Online Wrap: Adelaide's "Run Good Kids" Live Up To Name
Posted at 20:59 2009-01-02
Christmas is a time for giving, if you believe the old adage. However it seems that most Australian tournament players were not in a particularly sharing mood this festive season. With some fantastic scores just in time for Christmas, December was yet another good month to be a young, online multi-table tournament player from Adelaide.
At the top of the Christmas list was young Adelaide based internet sensation James “Andy McLEOD” Obst who capped a monster month worth no less then US$162,225. Christmas week was particularly rewarding for Obst who took down 2nd place in “The Super Tuesday” tourney on PokerStars for US$51,625 on Christmas Eve, and then followed it up with a six figure score worth US$101,546 on Dec 29th with another 2nd place finish in the PokerStars “Sunday Warm-up”. The huge month has set up Obst for a charge into the world’s top 100 ranked online players in early 2009.
Rolling his impressive November form into December was another young gun living in Adelaide. Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis was the top earning Australian during November, and followed that up in December as the second highest earning Australian. Karamalikis build his almost US$75,000 in December cashes on a lot of consistent four-figure scores, although he was also able to capture $28,470 after he won the “$100k Guaranteed” on Absolute Poker.
“xMONSTERxDONGx” and Jay “Seabeast” Kinkade fought a fierce battle for crown as top ranked Australian player during the month. With his win on Absolute Poker, “xMONSTERxDONGx” succeeded Kinkade at the top of the Australian rankings. However it wasn’t for long, as “Seabeast” reinstated himself as top dog before the end of the month, getting on a nice little heater with over US$20,000 in scores since Boxing Day. Kinkade turned in yet another impressive US$54,208 month, including eight final table appearances and one win.
After finding himself ousted from the world’s top 100 last month Daniel “Kochan” Kochan rightfully re-established himself amongst the best in the world with a solid month of tournament play, picking up US$52,569, featuring 25 cashes, eight final table appearances and three second place finishes. Kochan has seen his stock rise to 83rd in the world and is joined in the world top 100 by “Seabeast” (39th), “xMONSTERxDONGx” (49th), and Steve “StevoL” Leonard (77th). With the impressive numbers put up by “Andy McLEOD” over the past four months he will not be far away from also entering the top 100.
The internet buzz kids were not the only players shaving themselves off a nice slice of Christmas tournament glory. Popular PokerNetwork regular Tim “Luckyshades” Horan secured career best cash for US$54,304.80 in the “Sunday Brawl” on Full Tilt Poker. Horan’s huge score has only confirmed what many PokerNetwork regulars have been expecting for a while. Ben “CNT_CRUSHER” Delaney also took down a big win, earning almost US$37,000 for his win in a $109 buy-in tournament on Full Tilt Poker. There were multiple other impressive scores by PokerNetwork players during the month including strong performances from Vincent “Wonky” Wan and Joel “Strong Play” Dodds amongst others.
With the Aussie Millions taking place throughout most of January, we can expect a reduced tournament schedule from most of Australia’s top online poker performers, similar to what occurred in the first half of December with the APPT Sydney. With the bulk of Australia’s star online players converging upon Melbourne for Australia’s largest poker championships, it will be interesting to see which of the top players can convert their online success into big live poker scores. In recent years we’ve seen the emergence of some genuine poker stars from the Australian online ranks and that looks set to continue with a jam packed local live tournament schedule in 2009. Between the Aussie Millions, the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, the Asian Poker Tour and the newly formed PokerStars Australia New Zealand Poker Tour there will be ample opportunity for Australia’s brightest stars to grab some increased profile with a big live result.
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