The usual battle between live and online poker was joined by a new medium in the month of November as the poker television wars erupted on our screens, meaning there was no escaping your poker fix!
The live tournament circuit saw events in Cebu in the Philippines for the very first time for the APPT, followed by the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series 3 in Melbourne, before players ventured to the harbor town for the start of the APPT Sydney Championships. Online there was the Full Tilt Poker FTOPS series to keep less-travelled players happy, while television presented us with our very first Australian Poker Hero and The Poker Star.
PokerNetwork continues to recognize the achievements of our players with the PokerNetwork Player of the Month awards for November.
Player of The Month – Amanda De Cesare
It was widely accepted that Amanda De Cesare was a worth winner of the first series of The Poker Star. A solid player with a likeable personality, marketable look and an interesting story that would appeal to the public as she was thrust into the limelight as an ambassador for PokerStars. A $100,000 prize and the living the life of a poker star seemed like a dream come true.
Well, the fairy tale had another chapter to go! Just days after the announcement of her reality TV series victory, Amanda hit the felt at the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series 3 Main Event and overcame 643 of Melbourne’s finest poker talents to prove herself to the world and announce that The Poker Star has definitely arrived. Another $77,500 in the back pocket and Amanda is now the hottest property in Australian poker.
An amazing story and a fabulous performance! Congratulations to Amanda as we’re proud to announce her as the PokerNetwork Player of the Month for November, becoming only the fifth female player in history to win a PNW award.
Young Gun of The Month – Andrew Hinrichsen
Andrew Hinrichsen may not be a household name just yet, but he is certainly making a mark on the Australasian poker circuit as a player of immense talent and potential.
It’s been a very solid year for Hinrichsen as he finds himself in the top 10 on the PokerNetwork Australasian Rankings for 2009. After a runner-up finish at the ANZPT Queenstown event, followed by another second place in the 6-handed event at the PokerNews Cup, Andrew must’ve been wondering if he’d get a chance to get his hands on some silverware. Well, he didn’t have to wait too long as he took down the $2,700 No Limit Holdem Six-Handed Event just last week at the PokerStars.net APPT Sydney Championships. A pay day of $54,000 and finally the trophy that he longed for!
Congratulations to Andrew on an excellent 2009 and wonderful win in November worthy of the PokerNetwork Young Gun of the Month award.
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