November has seen Australia’s fresh-faced breed of online poker players continue to make a name for themselves and Australian poker with some great tournament results on the virtual felt. It was a busy month in the online tournament scene with the Full Tilt Online Poker Series X (FTOPS X) and its $16 million in guaranteed tournaments taking place in the early part of the month.
It would come as no surprise to most that Australian players would be front and centre staking their claim to some of the FTOPS loot. The biggest winner amongst the Aussies was Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis who placed 2nd in event 16, a six-max No Limit Hold’em tournament with rebuys. For his momentous achievement Karamalikis received $157,084. His FTOPS campaign saw him cash three times, to add to his 37 cashes across all sites for the month. All told he sits at a whisker under $200,000 in cashes as we near the end of the month. The great month has also had a positive effect on his world ranking, after starting November ranked 82nd in the world, Karamalikis closes out the month as the 60th ranked player in the online world rankings.
Karamalikis was not the only Aussie to find success at FTOPS X. A lower profile Australian player “voguepergola” worked his way into a 3rd place finish in FTOPS event 5, a six max Limit Hold’em event. “Voguepergola” scored $17,580 for his efforts and has seemingly found the FTOPS events to his liking having previously won a Stud Hi/Lo event during FTOPS VII.
Jarred “JarredG” Graham showed why he is not to be forgotten going on yet another rampage during November. His impressive month included 3 FTOPS cashes, along with another 54 other successes during a high volume month for the PokerNetwork regular who posts as “FlopNutsOnYou”. Making Graham’s month even more impressive was the fact that he was able to win three tournaments during November. His biggest success came in the “Sniper 80k Guaranteed” on Ultimate Bet in which he claimed $20,000 for the win. He also won the $70,000 Guaranteed “Euro Grant Prix” on PokerRoom and followed this up with a win in a $28,000 Guaranteed on Full Tilt Poker. Unfortunately for Graham his three tournament victories didn’t all occur in the space of a week, otherwise he would have been able to lay claim to the prestigious Triple Crown, however if his October and November results are any indication it’s a matter of “when” and not “if” he will earn that accolade. All up Graham earned $67,780 for the month to be the second highest earning Aussie and can’t be far away from breaking into the top 100 players in the world.
Hot on their heels was Steve “StevoL” Leonard, who despite cashing for nearly $65,000 for the month saw his world ranking slip 11 places to 59th. Leonard’s November included four tournament victories, 24 final tables and 74 cashes. Despite his large number of successes Leonard’s month was tarnished slightly by the lack of a five figure win for the month, his biggest single cash being $8,776 for a $55 buy-in tournament on PokerStars.
Rounding out the top five Aussie performances for the month, Alex “Garage13” Dickinson put together $54,000 in cashes including 3 final table appearances and “Dinhjo” who cashed for $41,150 and won 1 event while final tabling 9 for the month.
Despite playing a greatly reduced tournament schedule during November, Jay “Seabeast” Kinkade was able to maintain his mantle as the top ranked Australian player in the world, only dropping one place to sit 34th in the online world rankings at current. StevoL sits at 59th in the world, while xMONSTERxDONGx is right behind him at 60th. Unfortunately Daniel “Kochan” Kochan dropped out of the top 100, reducing the number of ranked Aussies to three, after there were four in October.
Yet another huge month for Australian online tournament players and congratulations to the above mentioned players for their impressive achievements.
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