December was a month highlighted by the Grand Final of the 2008 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour in Sydney with all of Australia’s finest taking on the international invasion to try and replicate the success of Grant Levy by capturing the title and the one million dollar first place prize. The online scene was expectedly quiet during the APPT but finished with a flurry as many of the online young guns enjoyed some Christmas success.
PokerNetwork is proud to recognize the achievements of our players with the Players of the Month awards for December.
Player of The Month – Martin Rowe
All eyes were on the Star City Casino in Sydney as the 2008 APPT Grand Final reached an exciting conclusion with 34 year old Sydneysider Martin Rowe overcoming a field of 477 players to capture the trophy and a cool AU$1,000,000.
Martin put in an amazing performance throughout the tournament, and with a series of strong, well-played hands on a grueling final table managed to overcome well known Aussie pro Jason Gray in a fierce heads-up battle.
Martin becomes an instant millionaire and is thrust into the spotlight as the new face of Australian poker! We congratulate Martin on a wonderful achievement as he deservingly becomes our Player of the Month award winner for December. We look forward to seeing him follow up with some big performances at the upcoming Aussie Millions!
Young Gun of The Month – Ben Delaney
Ben Delaney first came to our attention in August when he reached the final table of the Main Event of the Victorian Championships. Ben finished in 8th place for a collect of AU$26,775 and since then has built an impressive online record.
Playing under the somewhat controversial handle of “CNT_CRUSHER”, Ben has had a memorable December with 15 online tournament cashes worth over US$55,000. His month was highlighted by a win in the $109 No Limit Hold’em event at Full Tilt Poker worth nearly US$37,000.
Ben now sits just outside the Top 10 in the Australia’s online rankings and will be looking to break into the Top 10 with a strong January. Ben is a worthy winner of the Young Gun of The Month award and will be a player to watch out for on the felt at the Aussie Millions at Crown Casino as he looks to build his live record.
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