Kel "aces_up4108" Beattie Back On Top As Bower Defects To Canada!
Posted at 07:45 2012-06-15 by Barry Gallagher
We can say goodbye to Bradley "BaZa88" Bower in the Australian online poker rankings. Australia’s former number one player has changed allegiance to Canada were he currently resides. We wish Bower well in his online grinding into the future. With that defection we have a familiar face back at the top of the table; Kel “aces_up4108” Beattie has won back the crown of the number one Australian on the virtual felt. WaGe N WaRz and brownie682 move up into the top three and mjw006 comes back into the top ten shooting right in a number six.
Despite moving to the top of the rankings Kel “aces_up4108” Beattie is on sabbatical from online play with the World Series of Poker (WSOP) his current sole focus. His maintenance of his position reflects his stellar online play before he decided to take a break.
One player not taking an online pause is WaGe N WaRz. His week got off to a good start as he final tabled the The Big $109 on PokerStars for $1,308 although with over $19k up top he may have been disappointed with this result. The $35,000 Turbo Mega Deep on 888Poker costs $215 to enter but 4th place and $2,786 was a good return for the 2nd best online tournament player in Australia.
Another $109 on PokerStars and another final table for WaGe N WaRz as he took 3rd for $2,553. He took his first trophy of the week in the Ongame $100 tournament which he took down for $2,600, the 102 entrants and $10,200 prize-pool just making this tournament a triple crown worthy event. He added the triple crown sweat just a day later when he took down the $55 No Limit Hold’em on PokerStars for $4,104. We will wait in anticipation to see if we can see another Australian triple crown awarded over the next few days.
Returning to the elite three is brownie682. The world number 71 had a quiet enough week on the felt with only 8 cashes. However, he managed to squeeze two big scores into his activities. The first came in the $109 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Double Chance as he took 3rd spot for $3,995. The same day on June 11th the Aussie grinder napped another 3rd place finish this time in the $215 No Limit Hold’em Turbo for a nice reward of $4,300.
Outside the top three, mjw006 made a big move into number six in Australia. The talented player, who was formerly ranked 7th in the entire world, had a big week beginning with the $11 with rebuys on PokerStars were he grabbed 2nd place for $6,717 a remarkable score out of a starting field of 1,747 players. His next big one came in the $320 No Limit Hold’em on PokerStars were the $100k guarantee wasn’t hit and mjw006 scooped some of the overlay by finishing 7th for $3,500. The $55 No Limit Hold’em with rebuys on PokerStars can get expensive fast but a third place finish for $3,225 is a very nice return on investment for this Aussie. Another wonder from down under is bazooka87 who won two virtual trophies last week. His first came in the Ongame $100 as he managed to win $3,434 for top spot. His next was a PokerStars event and it was $109 No Limit Hold’em with one rebuy and one add-on Turbo that he scooped for a jumbo $9,417 to make a very nice week for this Wallaby.
Despite losing our top ranked player the Australian top ten had only new addition reflecting yet again the very high quality and consistency of our top ranked players. Volume is low at the moment as the prize-pools are down with most of the focus on the live scene in Las Vegas. Our players are still grinding hard and exploiting every plus expected value situation to make their money and for that we congratulate them.
Stayed tuned to PokerNetwork for full coverage of future developments in the Australia top ten online poker rankings over the coming weeks.
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Kel “aces_up4108” Beattie (Photo: PokerStars Blog)
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