April was a huge month for Australasian poker, with big tournaments in both the live and online poker scenes.
Christchurch played host to the New Zealand Poker Championships while the popular PokerStars.net ANZPT tour headed to Sydney. On the virtual felt, Full Tilt held yet another FTOPS series with some standout performances by Australians.
PokerNetwork continues to recognize the achievements of players in Australia and New Zealand with our PokerNetwork Player of the Month awards for April.
Soren Eriksen may have Denmark printed on his passport but he is certainly making his mark on the Australasian poker scene with incredible back-to-back titles at the New Zealand Poker Championships.
Now based in the land of the long white cloud, the 2009 NZPC champ overcame a field of 72 players to collect the NZ$60,000 first place prize and once again take home the coveted trophy in an historic win.
Soren has proved himself as a formidable force in poker in New Zealand, and it’s a matter of time before he has further success in Australia and around the world.
Angelo Hanataj grabbed the spotlight at the ANZPT Sydney when he outlasted a huge field of 446 players, including the cream of the Australia poker talent, to win the ANZPT Sydney Main Event title.
Angelo has been described an exuberant entertainer on the felt, and after entering the final table second in chips, Angelo played a great game to emerge triumphant and collect the massive $219,432 pay day.
We look forward to seeing more of Angelo around the Australian poker circuit in future!
Congratulations Soren and Angelo!
2010 Aussie Millions champ Tyron Krost holds onto a slender lead in the race for the PokerNetwork Australasian Rankings title. Daniel Neilson and Peter Aristidou are now hot on his heels after strong results in Sydney. March Young Gun of the Month Yann Pauchon is up to equal 4th after a win in a preliminary event at the New Zealand Poker Championships while Tony Hachem added another ANZPT cash to his resume to sit in the top five.
Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis has stormed into the top ten with his win in the ANZPT Sydney High Rollers event, as has Esan Tabrizi who followed up his runner-up result at the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series with a win in a preliminary event in Sydney.
The winner of the 2010 PokerNetwork Player of the Year will receive a custom-built poker table and chip set with thanks to our friends at Pocket Aces Over Kings.
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