It’s a great time to be a part of poker in Australia. Following the WSOP grind, the month of August has traditionally signaled the start of the Australasian poker season with multiple major events around the country including the Victorian Championships at Crown and ANZPT Gold Coast as well as major pub poker tournaments with the Full Tilt NPL 500, 888 Poker League Grand Final and the APL Poker Tour Main Event at Jupiters.
On the virtual felt the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) and Ultimate Bet Online Championships (UBOC) have kept online grinders occupied with the PokerStars WCOOP and Full Tilt MiniFTOPS on the horizon.
Once again PokerNetwork recognizes the achievements of our players with the PokerNetwork Player of the Month awards for August.
One player who decided to skip the local events was Van “Sirens” Marcus, and his decision paid off handsomely. The Full Tilt Poker Red Pro decided to honour his sponsorship commitments to visit the warm waters of Cyprus for the Full Tilt Poker Merit Cyprus Classic event.
The event attracted 181 of the world’s best players including the likes of David Benyamine, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Sorel Mizzi and Tommy Vedes, but Aussie Van Marcus was right amongst them as he surged to a televised final table berth. Unfortunately Marcus went card-dead throughout the day and pushed his ace-six into a dominating ace-jack to be eliminated in third place for a US$162,415 score.
This is the fourth time that Marcus has received a PokerNetwork player of the month award which is a new record, confirming Marcus’ status as one of the premier poker players ever seen in this country.
Michael Egan has been well known and respected for some time in the PokerNetwork community as itsover9000 for his skill on the online poker felt, but this month Egan emerged onto the live poker scene with a breakthrough victory in the Victorian Championships Main Event.
The young gun rose through 269 of Australia’s finest players to capture one of the most coveted titles in Australian poker and a cool $160,700 in prize money. Many young guns have launched their poker careers through the Vic Champs and we expect to see more of Egan on the local circuit in future.
Congratulations to Van and Michael!
Yann Pauchon has done enough to hang onto his lead in the 2010 PokerNetwork Player of the Year award but his lead has narrowed with Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis closing the gap following his win in the High Stakes Holdem event at the Victorian Championships. Michael Spilkin sits in third with another final table at the ANZPT Gold Coast, while young gun Ricky Kroesen is up into fourth with his runner-up finish on the Gold Coast followed by another Main Event cash at the Vic Champs. West Australian Dale Marsland has surged into the top five following his win in the Pot Limit Holdem event and a runner-up in the No Limit Holdem Repechage event, both at the Vic Champs.
Other big movers include Michael Matthews (6th), Roland Hawkins (9th), Vekso Zmukic (13th), John Maklouf (18th) and Karib Karib (23rd).
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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