Tue, Jun 25, 8:51am by Kevin Pitstock
Over the weekend, several Australian gamblers had money finishes in the ongoing World Series of Poker tournament series, which is taking place in Paradise, Nevada in the USA. Australia’s cumulative best finish in the 62-event tournament’s happened over the weekend in the 40th event, a no limit Texas hold’em competition.
After a slow start for players from Down Under in the first couple of weeks of the world’s most famous poker tournament, things have heated up in the last couple of weeks. Several Aussie gamblers have notched multiple money finishes at the 44th Annual World Series of Poker. Meanwhile, a pot limit Omaha specialist from Surfer’s Paradise in Queensland netted earnings in two separate PLO events.
Four Australians finished in the money in World Series of Poker Event #40, a no-limit holdem event. The four Aussies who collected cash for their accomplishments were Tam Truong (34th), Russell Watkins (98th), Daniel Neilson (149th), and Brendon Rubie (214th). Tam Truong won $12,233 for his finish in the NL Texas holdem event, while Russell Watkins won $3,938, Daniel Neilson won $3,150, and Brendon Rubie won $2,625.
This makes three money finishes in the six-week WSOP tournament by both Tam Truong and Brendon Rubie. Truong, the 6th rated Aussie player currently, had a 14th place finish in the Millionaire Maker event and a 108th place finish in a six-handed no limit hold’em event, both in the first week of the tournament. Brendon Rubie finished 62nd in the Millionaire Maker event just days after a 47th place finish in an eight-handed no limit Texas holdem event.
Jared Hamby of Henderson, Nevada won the no-limit holdem event. Hamby defeated Peter Hengsakul of Pasadena, California to win the event and collected $525,272 for his victory. Hengsakul collected $325,780 in earnings for his second place finish. Allen Cunningham finished in 10th place. Cunningham, a 5-time bracelet winner and Toyota Player of the Year at the 2005 WSOP, has had 4 money finishes in 2013.
Daniel Neilson finished just a few spots ahead of David Sklansky, a 3-time WSOP bracelet winner and notable poker author.
Jamieson Pickering is a night club owner who lives in Surfer’s Paradise in Queensland, Australia. Jamieson Pickering, who was born in 1964, has won $276,000 in World Series of Poker earnings in his career. This includes 9 WSOP cashes, including 28th place and 51st place in pot-limit Omaha events this year (#35 and #41). He’s collected over $19,000 in winnings in these two events so far and is considered a pot limit Omaha specialist.
Mr Pickering won 21st place in a six-handed pot-limit Omaha event last year at a WSOP Europe event in September 2012. He also won 34th in a pot-limit holdem/Omaha event in 2009, as well as a 27th place in the World Championship Pot Limit Omaha event in 2008. Pickering finished in the money at two other PLO events at the WSOP that year, with 2nd place and 13th place finishes.
His World Series of Poker career also includes a PLO 32nd place finish in 2006, along with his lone cash finish in a no-limit hold’em event at the 36th Annual World Series of Poker in 2005. Jeff Madsen of Las Vegas, Nevada won the pot-limit Omaha event, along with $384,420 in winnings. Event #35 had a $3,000 buy-in and a prize pool of over $1.7 million. Event #41 had a $5,000 buy-in and a prize pool of $1.88 million.
The event, which was won by Steve Gross of Las Vegas, had 400 entries. Gross collected $488,817 in winnings. Salman Behbehani of the United Kingdom won $301,965 for winning 2nd place. Timo Pfutzenreuter of Germany finished in third place, while Joseph Leung of Canada finished fourth.
In event #41, Jamieson Pickering finished in 28th place, taking home $12,896 for his accomplishment. Fellow Australia Warwick Mirzikinian, who also finished in the money at events #16 and #38, finished in 40th place. Mirzikinian finished 61st out of 566 in event #38, which included a $2,500 buy-in and $1,287,650 prizepool. Justin Oliver of Toronto, Canada won that event, which was a four-handed no-limit hold’em event.
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