Another huge month has passed and once again the cream rose to the top as PokerNetwork’s finest had another stellar month on the felt.
On the live circuit we saw some new names emerge at the popular Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series at Crown Casino, while some familiar faces were in charge over in the wild, wild West at the ANZPT Perth Main Event.
Meanwhile there was some massive cash up for grabs on the virtual felt with the PokerStars Sunday Million 5th Anniversary Special, while it was great to see Australians grab the jerseys at the Full Tilt Poker Mini-FTOPS.
With another stellar month done and dusted, 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.
There has never been any doubting the ability and class of Grant Levy. A great contributor to PokerNetwork under the handle grunter, Grant has one of the best poker resumes in Australian poker. However the past twelve months have been a little rocky for the 2007 APPT Sydney champ.
Grant went to Perth with a disappointing ANZPT record and a point to prove. He came back home with a trophy and $131,500 in prize money in his back pocket. Grant was pure class in his dominance of the 220-player field as he led the final table all the way to a memorable victory to become only the second player in history to have both ANZPT and APPT titles to his credit.
Maintaining his professionalism as a true poker ambassador, we congratulate Grant and are proud to award him with the PokerNetwork Player of the Month award for March.
Alex Dickinson may be rarely spotted on the live circuit, but he’s one of the original Internet kids who was rewarded for years of consistent toil during a record month.
It was in early March during Full Tilt Poker’s massive weekly $1.5 Million major that Alex, playing under the moniker “garage13” would wind back the clock with fellow old school grinder in Steve “StevoL_7” Leonard to reach the final table. To get that far was a marathon effort in itself, as the starting field of 6,459 was reduced to the final nine.
Alex would eventually bow out in 4th place to earn a massive US$163,620 payday which was good for the highest score by an Aussie for the month, jumping him into the Australian Top 50 online from only a limited playing schedule.
We’re happy to see Alex back in the spotlight as a worthy PokerNetwork Young Gun of the Month award winner for March.
Congratulations to both Grant and Alex!
Aussie Millions champion David Gorr has consolidated his position at the top of the 2011 PokerNetwork Australasian Rankings Leaderboard following another Main Event cash in Perth.
Narrowing the lead is the ultra-consistent duo of Sean Dunwoodie and Daniel Neilson. Both were in the top ten rankings in 2010 (with Neilson claiming Player of the Year honours) and both are back at the top in 2011 following some impressive performances in Melbourne and Perth. Neilson in particular, deserves special mention after he grabbed yet another trophy in the High Rollers event in Perth.
Martin Drewe sits in fourth place while Jeff Rossiter was unable to add to his points tally after narrowly missing the money in Perth. Miland Gurung added his second trophy for the year with a side event win in Perth, while Tien Tran is also into the top ten after his win in the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series Main Event.
Other movers include ANZPT Adelaide champ Octavian Voegele (8th) who picked up a couple of small results in Melbourne, Grant Levy (13th) thanks to his ANZPT Perth win, and Tamara Volkoff who is the highest ranked female at 14th following her JHDSS final table.
On the horizon there are events at the Macau Millions, with the Main Event eligible for points, followed by a huge series at the ANZPT Sydney at Star City.
1st David Gorr - 2,250
2nd Sean Dunwoodie - 1,994
3rd Daniel Neilson - 1,737
4th Martin Drewe - 1,650
5th Jeff Rossiter - 1,600
6th Milan Gurung - 1,499
7th Tien Tran - 1,425
8th Octavian Voegele - 1,305
9th Michael Ryan - 1,300
10th Leo Boxell - 1,275
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