With the biggest tournament series in Australia in the books, February was a chance for many to catch their collective breath and recover from the Aussie Millions hoopla. For others, there was no slowing down as they carried their momentum into a brand new month of poker action.
On the live poker scene many local and International players headed to the Adelaide Casino for the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event, while record numbers attended the first Macau Poker Cup of the year. In the online world there was the highly anticipated Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) which was back again in record numbers.
With another stellar month done and dusted, we are once again pleased to recognize the achievements of the players in our community with the Player of the Month Awards and Australasian Rankings Leaderboard for 2011.
For the Player of the Month award we turn to the online poker world where the Aussies were quite outstanding. While truckloads of Benjamins were shipped down under, rising above them all was the unassuming Haibo Chu. Playing under the online moniker “haibomi”, Chu had an FTOPS to remember.
Six cashes and three final tables saw Haibo pocket over US$170,000 with his best result coming in FTOPS Event #33 where his 3rd place was worth US$105,300 for the biggest score of his career.
Throw in a deep run in the Aussie Millions Main Event, where he was one of the early pace-setters before falling in 56th place for another $20,000, and you could say it’s been a pretty good start to the year for Haibo, as he also now collects the PokerNetwork Player of the Month award for February.
Jeff Rossiter was largely unknown in the Australian poker scene before a barnstorming run at the 2011 Aussie Millions.
Hailing from Adelaide, but now residing in Melbourne, Jeff is primarily a cash game player but decided to take a shot at some satellites to the Aussie Millions Main Event. That satellite success was then converted into a massive $700,000 score after his run ended in 3rd place.
Jeff then proved he was the real deal, by carrying the momentum over to the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event where he made it back-to-back final tables. Again there was no trophy, but he added another $19,300 to the back pocket for his 7th place finish.
We’re sure to see more of Jeff in the future on the circuit as he picks up the PokerNetwork Young Gun of the Month award for February.
Congratulations to both Haibo and Jeff!
The top ten of the 2011 PokerNetwork Australasian Rankings Leaderboard hasn’t changed too much during the month with the ANZPT Adelaide series and Macau Red Dragon Main Event adding to the point tallies.
Aussie Millions champ David Gorr is still out in front with Jeff Rossiter’s ANZPT Adelaide final table jumping him up into second place. The rest of the top ten remains unchanged. Other big movers are Jessie McKenzie who is up to 15th place while Ian Parnell is into 19th place, both following their performances in Adelaide.
With events coming up in Melbourne and Perth in March, there will be plenty of points on offer in the 2011 PokerNetwork Player of the Year race!
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