With events in Sydney and Auckland to satisfy the cravings of Australia’s live poker players during the month of September, many grinders turned their attentions online, and what a decision that turned out to be!
For several weeks, the schedule of Australia’s finest poker players resembled that of a baker, with 3am starts the norm to complete amongst massive fields for a share of enormous prizepools in the annual PokerStars World Championships of Online Poker (WCOOP).
It was an incredible month for Aussies online with four bracelets, sixteen final tables and 334 cashes during the WCOOP – an unprecedented total for Australians in the popular online poker series. We were the second-most successful country during the WCOOP, behind the USA, which is a huge achievement.
There were many incredible individual performances during the month and we congratulate all of those players for the efforts, but two players stood out as we recognize their achievements with the PokerNetwork Player of the Month awards for September.
James Obst may only be 20 years of age, but has already established himself as one of the finest high-stakes tournament players in Australia, and the world.
Another chapter in the amazing story of “Andy_McLEOD” was written during the month of September when the young gun captured the 2010 PokerStars WCOOP Player of the Series. James missed out on capturing a WCOOP bracelet this year, but four third-place finishes as part of 11 total cashes were good for US$211,451 in winnings and enough points to take the highly-respected POTS honour.
The POTS is arguably one of the toughest accomplishments in the world of poker. The massive fields in the WCOOP minefields are some of the toughest to navigate when the best of the best online poker talents are mixing it up on the virtual felt.
This is the third time that James has received a PNW Player of the Month award and confirms his place in Australian poker history.
An unknown Aussie captured the attention of the nation as “kevinnok” reached final table action in Event #22 of the PokerStars WCOOP series. 5,799 players had put up $530 each in the No Limit Holdem event, but after two days of play, “kevinnok” had fought back from the short stack and after a three-way deal, went on to claim Australia’s first WCOOP title of the series.
It later emerged that the man behind the achievement was 25-year old Evan Psarras.
The Evan Psarras story is the stuff that dreams are made of as the Sydneysider collected US$340,699 and the largest Australian online poker score in history.
We congratulate Evan of his remarkable achievement and present him to the poker community at the PNW Young Gun of the Month for September.
Following a huge win in the High Rollers Event at the Sydney Poker Championships, Daniel Neilson has moved into the lead in the 2010 PokerNetwork Player of the Year award. His lead is only a narrow one as Ricky Kroesen’s hot form continued with a Main Event cash in Sydney and a runner-up result in a side event at the SKYCITY Festival of Poker in Auckland.
Brendon Rubie is into third with a third place finish in the High Rollers in Sydney, while a cash in a side event in Auckland sees Michael Spilkin into fourth. Yann Pauchon has lightened his playing schedule recently but hangs onto a top five 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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