The month of March saw several fine performances by Australians both online and in the live poker arena. The highlight of the month was the PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth series culminating in the $2,500 Main Event which attracted 222 entrants – a record for a poker tournament in Western Australia. The final table was well represented by the locals but after it was all said and done, the trophy would be heading back across the Nullarbor.
“Mr Consistency” himself, Tony Hachem has made the ANZPT his own, with cashes in six out of the seven events in the tour’s history which is an incredible achievement in itself. Now the PokerStars Team Australia Pro has captured that elusive trophy with a huge victory in Perth worth a handsome $132,750 in prize money. Who can stop him? That will be the question on everyone’s lips as Tony continues to dominate the ANZPT and we look forward to seeing Tony take his form over to the WSOP this year. Congratulations to Tony from all at PokerNetwork as he can now add the Player of the Month award to his blossoming resume.
The other major event during the calendar month was the fourth installment of the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series from Melbourne’s Crown Casino. With two weeks of events aimed at the budget player, it was young gun Yann Pauchon who captured the attention of locals with an incredible triple final table finishes in consecutive events including victory in the brand new Accumulator event. Yann picked up close to $20,000 in cashes in total in the month to surge into the top ten in the PokerNetwork Australasian Rankings for 2010. Yann has also performed well on the virtual felt and will be venturing to Thailand in the coming months as part of a special “Grinding in Paradise” challenge. Yann is an exciting young player and definitely one to watch in the future.
Congratulations Tony and Yann!
With his result in Perth, Tony Hachem has climbed into third place on the 2010 PokerNetwork Australasian Rankings Leaderboard, as Aussie Millions champ Tyron Krost still holds a narrow lead. With a couple of JHDSS cashes, Daniel Neilson jumps into second place while Michael Matthews has been a big mover with seven cashes already in 2010 to now sit into sixth place. Kristian Lunardi’s runner up result in the heads-up event in Perth sees him sit in seventh while Yann Pauchon has moved into ninth place. 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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