While in the past, the month of May has often been viewed as the calm before the WSOP storm, that was most certainly not the case this year with major live championships in Macau and Melbourne and a blossoming online poker scene that was highlighted by Australian success at the PokerStars Spring Championships of Online Poker (SCOOP).
We congratulate all of those who have achieved success recently and we wish the best to those who will be applying their talents on the felt of Vegas at the World Series of Poker over the coming months. We look forward to reporting on some big scores.
There were many worthy nominations for the Players of the Month for May and it was a very tough decision; underlying the strength and depth of Australian poker at the moment. We congratulate the following players:
After lurking in and out of “retirement” from online poker over the past year, Jay “SEABEAST” Kinkade announced his return to the virtual felt with a remarkable month in May highlighted by his huge victory in Event #28-H: $1,050 No Limit Hold’em with Rebuys at the PokerStars SCOOP series.
This victory over 341 of the world’s best online players netted Jay a massive US$205,110 in prize money and recognition worldwide. The win capped off a month that featured 37 cashes worth over US$330,000 including five wins and yet another coveted “Triple Crown”.
Jay continues to demonstrate why he is considered one of the finest players in the country and his SCOOP victory cements his place in the online poker history books. This is the third time he has received a PokerNetwork Player of The Month award.
Brendon Rubie has been very close to winning this award for some time, with many months of huge volume and solid results online. However he will look back at May as his breakthrough month with two huge live results.
First, Brendon ventured to the PokerStars.net APPT Macau Main Event as ended as the last Australian standing with his 16th place earning US$18,028. While Brendon may have been a little disappointed to miss out on reaching the final table, he didn’t have to wait long for his redemption.
The Melbourne Championships has long been the birthplace of many of Australia’s finest poker talents and Brendon dominated the 590-strong field to take down the title and $118,000 in prize money.
Throw in another US$36,000 in online poker cashes and you could say it’s been a decent month for the Sydneysider. At only 20 years of age, Brendon has a very bright future and we congratulate him on his PokerNetwork Young Gun of The Month award.
With his incredible month, Brendon Rubie has climbed to second in the 2010 PokerNetwork Player of the Year award. He trails Yann Pauchon who has shot to the top of the leaderboard following another strong series at the Melbourne Championships. Crown regular Peter Aristidou has moved into third place while Aussie Millions champ Tyron Krost hangs onto fourth. Michael Matthews rounds out the top five thanks to a consistent year so far including a win in the $550 8-Game Mixed Event at the Melbourne Championships.
Other big movers during the month include Billy Seri (8th), Michael Spilkin (11th), Mark Iskander (18th) and Kiwi Cole Swannack (20th).
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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