With the winter chill setting in around Australia, things were just heating up in Sin City, both in the Las Vegas desert and on the poker felts, as the WSOP drew to a thrilling finale in mid-July. There were some tremendous runs by Aussies in Vegas but ultimately the bracelets will have to wait until another year.
The month of July has traditionally been a quiet month for poker events around the globe but a small Kiwi town has found a nice little niche as a wind down from the Vegas madness, and the opportunity for players to carve up the ski slopes and squeeze a few cards. The PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event is building some real charm in its brief history, and once again the players returned back home with nothing but praise…and bruises. The ups and downs of poker trips!
On the virtual felt, things have been a little quiet, but that will change very soon with the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) and Ultimate Bet Online Championships (UBOC) both rapidly approaching.
Once again PokerNetwork recognizes the achievements of our players with the PokerNetwork Player of the Month awards for July.
While the WSOP was wrapping up and the last of the Australians were felted, the PokerNetwork community was rallying behind John “JCSydney” Caridad and his irresistible surge through the WPT Bellagio Championship field.
It was the stuff that dreams were made of, as John took a big chip lead into the televised final table with huge prestige, worldwide attention and of course hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line.
John had to endure a final table that featured the immortal Phil Ivey and young gun Justin Smith, but in the end John’s crippling blow came when his AQ was outdrawn by eventual winner Moritz Kranich’s A9. It was a cruel blow as John would’ve held over half the chips in play and three-handed for the title. As it was, John was crippled and eliminated soon after in 4th place when he ran into Smith’s pocket queens.
It was a tremendous result for the humble Sydneysider on an International stage. John collected US$237,902 for his efforts and we’re proud to also award him the PokerNetwork Player of the Month award.
Young gun Julian Cohen has been knocking on the door for quite some time, with some excellent performances both online and live over the past few years. During July, Julian broke through for his first major live title with victory in the PokerStars.net ANZPT Queenstown Main Event.
Julian overcame a world-class field of 119 players to take down the trophy on a tough final table to collect NZ$73,630 in prize money.
Throw in over US$15,000 in online winnings, including a final table five-figure score in the Sunday 500 on PokerStars, and you could say it’s been a pretty good month for “Intimad8or32”.
Congratulations Julian on a great month and winning the PokerNetwork Young Gun of the Month award.
With another final table to his credit, Michael Spilkin is the big mover on the 2010 PokerNetwork Player of the Year leaderboard. Spilkin has an incredible five Main Event final tables to his credit this year, and will be desperately looking for that breakthrough victory. He trails Yann Pauchon who hangs onto top spot with Brendon Rubie sitting in third and Peter Aristidou in fourth. Tony Hachem picked up points with a runner-up finish in a side event in Queenstown to slip back into the top five. Other big movers during the month include Jason Gray (12th), Andrew Scarf (13th), John Maklouf (14th) and Vesko Zmukic (24th).
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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