James "Andy_McLEOD" Obst Wins PokerStars WCOOP Player of the Series

Posted at 23:20 2010-09-28

It’s official! James ‘Andy_McLEOD’ Obst is the 2010 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker Player of the Series. The 20-year old from Adelaide, still not yet old enough to be crowned World Series of Poker Player of the Year on the live circuit, fought a fierce battle against some high profile and talented opposition to capture the top performing player honour in the world’s foremost high stakes online poker tournament series.

It was a tough battle all of the way, as Obst looked to hold off the stiff challenges of Andrey ‘Kroko-dill’ Zaichenko and Jon ‘Pearljammer’ Turner, who were both tallying the five figures results as quick as Obst could put them up. While Obst’s results may suggest otherwise, the South Australian could certainly have run better in key spots late in tournaments. Obst, usually a prolific finisher, was forced to settle for third place on four different occasions. Obst picked up cashes of $54,970 in the $2,100 HORSE, $54,600 in the $320 PLO Rebuy, $44,000 in the $1,050 Fixed Limit Hold’em and $23,290 in the $530 Stud Hi/Lo raked in the cash, as he just missed that elusive victory which could have given him even more leaderboard points.

In the end the Player of the Series battle extended to the very last day of play. Obst made it into the second day of the $5,200 Main Event, while rival Jon ‘Pearljammer’ Turner pushed his way through to the final table of the $10,300 buy-in High Stakes 8-Game tournament. Turner busted the 8-Game in fifth earning $86,450 in cash, while Obst worked his way through the 2,443-player Main Event field to bow out in 130th place. That earned him another $16,490 to take his total earnings to $211,451 for the series. More importantly it took his points total to 320, ten points more than Russian ‘Kroko-dill’ to snatch the title.

Obst has long been regarded as Australia’s most accomplished player in high stakes multi-table tournaments. It is a valid argument. Before earning his latest accolade, Obst already had three six-figure online tournament scores to his name, deep runs at every major online tournament series, and almost $3 million dollars in online career earnings.

While Obst didn’t win a WCOOP bracelet in 2010 (he has one from 2008 in PLO), he did win an EPT Grand Final package, a PCA package, a SCOOP high buy-in Main Event ticket, and a commemorative poker chip set.

Four Aussies did win bracelets in 2010 with Evan ‘kevinnok’ Psarras, Kelvin ‘aces_up4108’ Beattie, Romes ‘ROMES_HOME’ Priplotski and ‘Money_1985’, all winning WCOOP bracelets and prize money for their momentous deep runs.

With the Main Event all wrapped up, another successful WCOOP is in the books. It was a watershed year for Australians as they combined for four bracelets, 16 final tables and 334 cashes, making it the most successful WCOOP for Australia in the nine-year history of the event. 

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