ANZPT Perth Main Event: Bryan Huang makes Final Table, Michael Kane champion!
Season 7 has begun in Australia, at the Crown Perth Casino. 192 players put up the AUD$2,300 to play the event, and it was Bryan Huang who took a comfortable chip lead to the final table with 779,000 chips. His nearest rival held 537,000. Huang has been a Pokerstars sponsored pro for a number of years, and recently finished 48th place in the Aussie Millions main event. He has been a regular on the Asian poker circuit for several years, with numerous final tables and wins to his name. This time however, it wasn't to be, as he went card dead at the final table and every time he got creative, he ran into trouble. The event was eventually won by Michael Kane, who defeated Stephen McHugh heads up, and took home AUD $98,900 for the win.
Michael Kane (Photo Pokerstars)
Daniel Cates: Crushing both on Pokerstars and Full Tilt
'jungleman12' Cates is a player who divides opinion. While seeming to lack professionalism in the way he treats opponents at the table, the way that he goes about winning is about as professional as it gets. The top 5 people in the online all time winners list HighstakesDb.com are all between the ages of 30 and 39, except one player who is 25. That player is Daniel Cates. He sits in third spot with over $10 million. His abilities at Holdem and PLO are nothing short of exceptional, and he has a good chance of eventually overhauling Phil Ivey at the top of that list. On February 13th, Cates finished a days grinding as the biggest winner of the day on Pokerstars, and also Full Tilt, with $109.5K and $120.9K respectively, further enhancing his reputation within the online world. It's also worth noting that almost all of those profits came at 8 game mix, which highlights the fact that he is becoming an all round master of many crafts.
Jungelman still crushing online (Photo Jungelmandan.com)
Rob Tinnion wins twice the Sunday Million twice within just 5 months
Compared to the thousands of players who enter this event every week, the list of players who have won the Sunday Million in their life, is small. The list of players who have accomplished it twice is smaller, and has now become four people. What makes the accomplishment truly special for Tinnion, is the fact that he took victory in the event twice within just 5 months. He pads his bankroll by a staggering $414,000 for the two wins combined, and now occupies a special place in the online poker history books.