February has traditionally been a quiet poker month, but 2009 brought about some exciting live events with the APT Manila and inaugural ANZPT event in Adelaide keeping the tournament junkies more than satisfied. The online scene was purring away as per usual with the highlight being the FTOPS XI series which once again attracted some huge fields with some Australian players once again leaving their mark on the world stage.
Player of The Month – Karl Krautschneider
The PokerNetwork Player of the Month award goes to Karl Krautschnieder for history-making victory in the inaugural ANZPT Main Event at SKYCITY Casino in Adelaide.
Karl’s name will now be always be remembered as the first player to claim victory in this historic tour which will visit all corners of Australian and New Zealand. The Melbournian qualified for the event in an US$11 rebuy event on PokerStars, where his US$31 investment has now been turned into a massive $170,315!
Karl emerged late of day two to capture the chip-lead heading into the final table and never looked back. Through a combination of big cards and big bets, Karl overcame the 215-strong field and a fierce heads-up opponent in Tony Dunst, to capture to coveted trophy. A huge result that we recognize with the PokerNetwork Player of The Month award.
Young Gun of The Month – Dean Nyberg
Dean Nyberg was already well respected in the online poker world with some impressive online results as “Dinhjo”. However February was a break-out month for the young gun as he emerged onto the live poker scene with a bang at the ANZPT event in his home town of Adelaide. Dean picked up a trophy with a win in the $450 No Limit Hold’em preliminary event for $11,500 before backing up with a final table performance in the ANZPT Main Event. Dean eventually busted out in 5th place to collect a tidy $41,085 in prize money.
However Dean wasn’t finished there. He celebrated by jumping online and grabbing victory in the $55 Rebuy event on PokerStars for a huge US$35,681 score for the biggest win of his online career.
A tremendous month by Dean sees him lurking just outside the Australian Top 10 online poker rankings and a worthy PokerNetwork Young Gun of The Month award winner.
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