The month of June has traditionally always been about the bright lights of Las Vegas and the dreams of WSOP glory. Most of the poker world is focused on the grind of 56 championship events in the build up to the big one – the World Series of Poker Main Event. However those staying on home soil were treated to the inaugural PokerStars.net ANZPT Canberra Main Event over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend with some impressive results. Some of our youngest stars are not even old enough to play at the WSOP yet, so the online scene remained active in June with another strong month on the virtual felt.
The inaugural PokerStars.net ANZPT Canberra Main Event attracted a field of 181 players over the June long weekend with poker stalwart Jason Gray emerging victorious.
Jason has been one of Australia’s premier players for many years with a host of impressive results both at home and overseas. He’d been close to a major title on home soil in the past with a runner-up finish in the 2008 APPT Sydney Main Event and a third place in the 2009 Victorian Championships Main Event. Now he has that elusive title and $95,930 in prize money.
Jason’s consistency over the years in all forms of the game is a credit to his commitment to the game and we’re please to recognise his achievements with the PokerNetwork Player of the Month award for June.
The standout performance for the month of June undoubtedly came from the within the walls of the Rio in Las Vegas at the 2010 World Series of Poker. PokerNetwork has always been the home of poker in both Australia and New Zealand, and we are proud to have a new WSOP champion in our community.
On one memorable June evening in Sin City, Simon Watt shared the spotlight in one of the most watched WSOP final tables of all time.
All eyes were on Simon’s heads-up battle with Tom “durrrr” Dwan with many of the biggest names in the poker industry having millions of dollars at stake in side bets with the online phenom. It’s quite possible that this heads-up duel was worth more in pure monetary value than any other in history.
However Simon was able to put the attention, the cameras, the media, the fans and the side bets behind him, to bring his “A” game to defeat one of the premier heads-up players the game has ever seen. The poker economy was thankful and they were dancing in Auckland as Simon secured his nation’s first ever WSOP bracelet and a whopping US$614,428 in prize money.
One of the greatest achievements in New Zealand poker history and we congratulate Simon on this incredible feat!
With yet another cash result to his credit in the ANZPT Canberra Main Event, Yann Pauchon has extended his lead in the 2010 PokerNetwork Player of the Year award. He’s followed by Brendon Rubie, Peter Aristidou and Aussie Millions champ Tyron Krost. Moving into the top five is ANZPT Adelaide champ Rennie Carnevale who had followed up with another ANZPT final table result in Canberra. The other big mover during the month is Jason Gray who is into 14th place following his ANZPT Canberra victory.
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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