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The top five Australian performances this summer

When it comes to poker, Australia can often be seen punching above its weight. Not content with a regular great summer in terms of bracelets, with Australian Robert Campbell being the only man to bag two; Australia then had a great run in the Main Event too, with two Australians still in contention during the late stages.

The country also has history with the Main Event of course, with Joe Hachem having been crowned champion in 2005.

As for the summer of 2019 – we present our top five Australian performers.

Robert Campbell – two bracelets and leader of the WSOP POY race

Robert Campbell – Photo WSOP

Certainly not a difficult choice up top, Campbell has not only had the best series of any player in Australia, but the best of anyone on the planet. Having kicked off his series with two top-ten finishes, Campbell then shifted things up a gear to pick up two bracelets and a clear lead in the race for Player of the Year.

More: WSOP Player of the Year race goes to Rozvadov; Campbell, Deeb and Negreanu in contention

Key cashes at WSOP

$1,500 6-Handed Dealer’s Choice – 8th place – $13,681
$10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship – 5th place – $102,868
$1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw – 1st place – $144,027
$1,500 Razz – 7th place – $12,837
$10,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship – 1st place – $385,763

Michael Addamo – 3rd in WSOP $50K NLH High Roller

Michael Addamo – Photo WSOP.com

He may not have collected a bracelet this summer, but Michael Addamo has been quietly collecting the cashes through the course of the year, amassing a total of $702,703 at the WSOP. In addition, he has also been on a great run in High Roller events through the course of the year.

Those cashes may not be admissible in terms of top WSOP performers, but they’re worth mentioning.

Key cashes this spring/summer

HK$1,000,000 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series – 4th place – HK$2,800,000 (US$356,702)
25,000 Euro NLH EPT Monte Carlo High Roller – 5th place – 241,290 Euros (US$270,078)
$10K Aria NLH High Roller – 1st place – $136,000
$10K Aria NLH High Roller – 1st place – $81,000
WSOP $50K NLH High Roller – 3rd place – $697,375

Kahle Burns – runner up in WSOP $10K NLH 6-Handed

Kahle Burns – WSOP.com / PokerNews

Kahle Burns may not have set the year alight in the same way as Adammo and Campbell, but a 2nd place finish in a $10K event at the WSOP has made a nice addition to a coupe of smaller cashes earlier in the summer.

Key cashes this summer

$5K NLH Deepstack Championship Poker Series – 3rd place – $120,000
AU$5K NLH High Roller Shot Clock, Crown Poker Championship – 1st place – AU$103,455 (US$72,556)
WSOP $10K NLH 6-Handed – 2nd place – $389,832

Joel Feldman – 3rd in WSOP $10K PLO

Joel Feldman – Photo WSOP.com

Joel Feldman picked up three cashes this summer, and by far the biggest of them was his bracelet near miss in the keenly contested $10K PLO event which typically draws a very pro-heavy field.

Key cashes this summer

$10K PLO 8-Handed Championship – 3rd place – $463,814

Warwick Mirzikinian and Daniel Hachem – deep runs in WSOP Main Event

Daniel Hachem – Photo WSOP.com

The two biggest Australian stories of the Main Event were undoubtedly those of Mirzikinian and Hachem. Son of former champion Joe, Daniel Hachem held a very strong stack during the later stages of the Main Event, leaving some wondering if we might see a first ever instance of father and son world champions. Hachem eventually dashed those hopes by going on to fall in 78th. The last Australian standing was however, not Hachem, but Warwick Mirzinkinian who had a great run in the event, coming close to a final table appearance, but ultimately finishing in 20th place.

Key cashes this summer

WSOP $10K Main Event (Daniel Hachem) – 78th place – $98,120
WSOP $10K Main Event (Warwick Mirzikinian) – 20th place – $324,650

Article by Craig Bradshaw


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