A New Year brought with it resolutions and the biggest poker tournament in the Southern Hemisphere. The 2011 Aussie Millions set the bar higher than ever before with 20 huge events, a thrilling Main Event, and not one, but two Super High Rollers events, including the world’s largest ever poker tournament with a hefty $250,000 buy-in. Holy guacamole!
We’ve seen some impressive online performances as well this month with the UBOC returning some nice results and more recently the Double Guarantees on Full Tilt Poker bringing plenty of loot down under.
As we catch our breath, 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.
The 2011 Aussie Millions is now in the books and we’re thrilled that the title has once again been kept on home soil. Not only that, but for the first time ever, the title has been won by a Crown Poker Room regular.
68-year old David Gorr has many years of experience and dedication to the game of poker but no matter how many times you’ve squeezed those hole cards, nothing can prepare you for the bright lights, cameras and attention of the poker world when you sit down at the final table of Australia’s biggest poker tournament.
After battling with a short stack during the previous days, David came into the Aussie Millions Main Event final table well placed, but quickly assumed the chip lead in a dominant final table display. David picked up some big cards, but he continued to push the action in the right spots as he surged towards the Holy Grail of Australian poker.
With a big lead heads-up, David had to do it the hard way, as he lost the lead, was crippled, but fought back in gritty Aussie fashion to claim a memorable victory and the $2 million first place prize. A great reward for a well respected and liked player in our community. We congratulate David and proudly award him the PokerNetwork Player of the Month for January.
The Aussie Millions Opening Event has developed a character all of its own, with 2011 bringing another million dollar prize pool as this event continues to prove itself as the most popular event of the Australian poker calendar year. All players want to start their Aussie Millions campaign with a bang, but only one man could turn their $1,000 entry into a $200,020 pay day and that man was youngster Martin Drewe.
We hadn’t heard much of this 19-year old but a quick look at his resume showed three cashes in the 2010 ANZPT Melbourne series including a win in the Heads-Up Event. While that result didn’t grab headlines, Martin announced himself to the poker world when he outlasted 1,000 players in the Aussie Millions Opening Event. He followed that up with a deep run in the Six-Handed Event for another $4,015.
Martin is a player to watch in 2011 and we congratulate him on becoming the Young Gun of the Month for January.
Congratulations to both David and Martin!
In 2011, PokerNetwork will once again provide the region’s most comprehensive ranking system with the PokerNetwork Australasian Rankings Leaderboard. Since 2003 the PAR has provided a measure of tournament success for our players, and the PokerNetwork Player of the Year award continues to be one of the most respected honours in Australian poker.
Points will be allocated for all events in all major tournament series hosted in Australia and New Zealand, as listed on PokerNetwork. All Main Events and High Roller Events in all major tournament series throughout Asia will also be included. Teams events, restricted events or single-table events do not receive points.
The first opportunity to grab points in 2011 was at the Aussie Millions, with David Gorr claiming the early lead in the POTY.
PokerNetwork is home to one of the most active poker forums online. With all the latest online poker news from both Australia and around the world, PokerNetwork is your home for the latest and greatest offers.