The month of August was an extremely busy one for those in the Australia and Asian regions. It’s an exciting time as poker players shift focus from the WSOP to the local tournament calendar.
The PokerStars.net ANZPT concluded in sensational fashion with a tremendous event in Queensland. The tour was a resounding success and we look forward to it reaching even bigger heights in 2010. Players then headed south for the highly coveted Victorian Poker Championships at Crown Casino, with the State of Origin event getting players warmed up before a huge turnout for the prestigious Main Event. Finally for those still craving more live action, many ventured over to Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia, for the hugely popular APT and APPT poker festivals. The Australian contingent was as strong as ever with some excellent results in both the High Rollers and Main Events of both series.
Meanwhile the online kids were also kept entertained with some impressive results in the Sunday majors as well as some excellent results in the FTOPS catching the attention of the PokerNetwork forums.
We congratulate all of those players who achieved great results throughout August, but unfortunately there’s only room for two awards as we honour the standout performers with the PokerNetwork Players of the Month for August.
Player of The Month – Van Marcus
One of Australia’s most consistent performers, Van Marcus confirmed his status as one of the best players with a very solid month during August, both at home and abroad. In between crushing the games on Full Tilt Poker, Van had a very strong Victorian Poker Championships campaign where he picked up two third place finishes and one runner-up finish to net in excess of $65,000 in prize money, to become only the seventh Australian to earn over US$1 million in career tournament earnings.
Van then followed that up with another cash result at the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event where he was unlucky to be eliminated in 32nd place for another US$10,405.
All of these results were following a very successful WSOP campaign for Van during June where he landed back-to-back WSOP final tables and another US$300k in change.
This is now the second time that Van has collected the PokerNetwork Player of the Month award and we expect to see even more of this Aussie superstar on the Asian tournament circuit over the coming months!
Young Gun of The Month – Albert Amato
One of the feature events of the month was undoubtedly the 2009 Victorian Poker Championships where 342 of the best players in the country came together in the Crown Poker Room for the $2,700 buy-in event featuring world-class structures.
In the end it was young Albert Amato who overcame the field to capture the trophy and impressive $190,050 in prize money in Albert’s first major cash of his career. Albert showed a solid game and the patience required to power through the strenuous days, and we look forward to seeing more of Albert around the local tournament scene in the future. Congratulations Albert on receiving the PokerNetwork Young Gun of the Month award for August.
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