While every Monday brings with it the opportunity to make some life-changing amounts of money for most poker players, those Mondays that also include a major tournament series on the card are just that much more special. The Monday just gone saw FTOPS join together with the usual range of guaranteed action from the majors, providing some stunning fields and plenty of fish to be fried.
The headline score of the day hit with a boom. After commenting earlier in the day about running bad Joel ‘Strong Play’ Dodds got a second chance – literally. Dodds mustered up some run good in the PokerStars Sunday Second Chance as his ran his $215 entry up to a huge $54,120 victory. The win marks Dodds’ largest career score, beating his previous high score set back in December by around $2,000. The Sydney based player is in some great form at the moment as this win follows up a final table in the Party Poker Monthly Million just last week for $34,500.
Unsurprisingly Brendon ‘Brendoor’ Rubie enjoyed another fruitful week of online poker. While a lot of players consider a $100,000 month to be a huge effort, Rubie almost made it a $100,000 week. Rubie was pretty hot this week, even by his lofty standards. The big earner for Brendoor came midweek with a $64,800 in the PokerStars Wednesday Quarter Million. He backed that up with an FTOPS final table in the $216 Single Rebuy and Add On tourney for another $13,906. He then rounded it off with a pair of circa $6,000 cashes in the $322 FTOPS 4-Max Shooutout and the Turbo 50k Guaranteed both on Full Tilt Poker.
Steve ‘StevoL’ Leonard got a good win in the PokerStars Weekly $40,000 Guaranteed 6-Max tournament. The seventh ranked player in the country was able to win $15,680 after taking out the PokerStars tourney. But he was just getting started as he rolled into Monday and scooped a $109 rebuy on PokerStars for $36,024. Leonard has been in great form and will be looking to continue his run as FTOPS gets down to the business end of the schedule.
While we frequently find the time to give some love to the Aussie players (this is after all Aussies Online) we need to give a shout out to well known New Zealand player Richard Lancaster who almost went the whole nine yards in the PokerStars Sunday Million. In the end, ‘richiebro’ as he is known online took third place for $130,425 or roughly NZ$6 billion (ok so we needed to get one shot in there). The huge score will no doubt be reinvested into a few of the local circuit tournaments where he has become a familiar face in recent years.
There are sure to be more huge scores during the week with FTOPS XIX playing out another 20 events before Monday. Be sure to check in on the PokerNetwork forums to keep up with all the Aussie results and rail sweats!