October was a busy month for poker in Australia with some major tournaments on the local scene to keep players entertained. The PokerNews Cup series brought a week of quality events to the Crown Casino in Melbourne where players hit the felt in huge numbers.
PokerStars online qualifiers from around the globe and many enthusiastic Aussies then ventured across the Tasman to take on New Zealand’s finest at SKYCITY Auckland’s Festival of Poker which culminated in the APPT Auckland Main Event.
Meanwhile, the online brigade continues to churn out incredible volume with several notable performances on the virtual tables.
PokerNetwork continues to recognize the achievements of our players with the PokerNetwork Player of the Month awards for October.
Player of The Month – Con “tsapy” Tsapkounis
Con Tsapkounis or “tsapy” as he is known in the PokerNetwork forums, is better known for being an Omaha cash game specialist at Melbourne’s Crown Casino. However Con decided that the $2,200 PokerNews Cup Main Event sounded like a bit of fun and turned his good fortune into $250,000 when he overcame 381 of Australia’s finest to capture the title.
Con worked his way nicely through the field to reach the final table in the middle of the pack. The cards started to fall his way as he was able to overcome a tough final table including Joe Cabret heads up to claim the trophy.
Congratulations Con who received the PokerNetwork Player of the Month award for October. Who need four cards, when you can just use two?
Young Gun of The Month – Simon Watt
The PokerStars.net APPT Auckland Main Event saw a field of 263 players from all around the world descend on Auckland’s SKYCITY Casino for their shot at fame and fortune. There were many of Asia’s strongest professionals scattered amongst the sea of locals and online qualifiers, but during Day 2, one young player grabbed our attention as he rose through the pack to snare the tournament chip lead. From that point, New Zealand local Simon Watt was rarely threatened as he eased his way onto the final table and continued to apply his aggressive approach that is now commonplace amongst those who have schooled their talents in the online poker world. Watt save a little bit of luck for his heads-up battle to snatch the title and keep the NZ$209,085 on home soil.
Watt showed that he has the game and the demeanour to carry him a long way in poker, and we’re sure to be seeing him make more regular appearances on the Australasian poker scene in the future. A worthy winner of the PokerNetwork Young Gun of the Month for October.
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