Posted on 06 September 2010
When PokerNZ.com listed New Zealand’s top live tournament players of all time online grinders went spastic. ” I Make more than that in an afternoon” some shouted.
So we enlisted the help of Scottish Poker pro Neil Stewart ( Puggy82 ) and entrusted him with the job of compiling a list of his top 10 online players. Neil moved to the Mount in Sept 2008 and has countless large scores to his name including a 3 way chop in the Party Million for $109k, an outright win in the Ongame Champion Chip for $117k and a 5th place finish in the ipoker $2.5m for $125k. Neil also runs www.poker-allies.com with former New Zealand resident “the visionary”. Poker-Allies.com provides backing services to winning online players and has a community for these players and friends of Poker-Allies. Who better to compile a who’s who list of New Zealand’s best online grinders…
Richard Grace deservedly sits at the top of the Pocketfives NZ rankings. A stalwart of both online and live play over the last few years, Gracey is a player no one wants to see to their left.
In the last year he has a plethora of 5 figure cashes including a $99k score for 4th in an FTOPs event last November. More recently he took down the Ultimate Bet $500 Sunday “mini major” for $36.6k. In total, Richard has cashed for well over $1m online, and going by his form this year, he’ll be sure to hit $2m in no time.
He had a disappointing World Series this year, but has the credentials to win live. He possesses tremendous patience and his 6′ 7′ frame is an intimidating sight. His largest live cash came on NZ soil in Christchurch where he finished 2nd in the NZ Champs in 2007 for $60k NZD.
Richard now lives in Central London with his wife and can often be spotted playing events on the UK tour.
Those familiar with online poker over the last few years cannot fail to have noticed Shaun’s rise to the top. Only two years ago the former Volleyball Coach was grinding out a steady living play low stakes across predominantly American sites, and now he’s posting score that the best in the world would be proud of.
Not much more can be said without mentioning Mathclub’s win in the $200 two day SCOOP event on Stars in May of this year for a whopping $270k. Tremendous patience and nerve were required to outlast the huge field and defeat a tough opponent in Ryan Welch heads up.
Don’t be fooled into thinking Shaun is a one tournament wonder; in the last year alone he has muliple 5 figure scores including a 3rd place cash in Ongame’s GSOP for $61k in Feb of this year, and in the last month wins in the Ongame $100r for $18.9k and Party Hi Roller for $20.6k.
Last year he took down the ipoker $100r in back to back weeks for $12k each time, and also won the UB major for $40k.
Shaun has made a 5 part video of his PokerStars SCOOP win, which is available to see on Pokerxfactor.com.
# 3 Hammyhole (Poker-Allies.com Sponsored player)
Hammyhole is a complete newcomer to the online MTT scene, graduating from Heads Up Sit and Goes he began his MTT career in January this year. Since then he’s racked up an impressive amount of wins and posts a resume for 2010 that any established pro would be proud of.
He’s had wins in the Stars $50r for $10.25k, the ipoker $50r for $7.7k, the Party super for $6.5k and a whole host of other top 5s. But its’ on Ongame that he’s really made his mark. Hammyhole currently sits in 10th place on Officialpokerrankings.com for the year 2010, with 8 outright first place finishes to his name.
Highlights include wins in the $50r for $8.3k, the Shorthanded Turbo for $7.2k, a third place finish in the weekly major for $19.4k and a recent win in their secondary Sunday major a $100 rebuy for $15.5k.
The quick transition that Hammyhole has made to MTTs suggests that more improvement is bound to come in the rest of 2010 and beyond.
# 4 Horus7
Horus has been putting up impressive results on Pokerstars and in the last year has multiple 5 figure cashes.
In February this year he achieved a fantastic feat in not only navigating through the minefield that is the $10r to secure the win and a $14.4k payout, but also on the same day taking down a $50 freezout for $10.9k. He followed that up with a second place showing in the $100 $80k guaranteed for $18.8k in March.
More recently he has a 2nd place finish in the $50r for $9.7k to his name (July) and an outright win in the $50 $40k guaranteed good for $8.2k the week later.
Horus lives in Dunedin and is an active poster on the GP forums.
# 5 EeeTee2008
Another name familiar to any Kiwi following online poker, Elliot has played more online tournaments than any other New Zealander having played in 30000 (thirty thousand) tournaments on Stars alone. He has cashed for over $1m on Pokerstars over this period.
His largest cash came in September of last year for $36.3k when he took down a $100 rebuy with 759 entrants. He has six other 5 figure cashes on stars, two near misses in the $100r with a second and a third place and outright wins in a $100 freezeout and a $10 rebuy.
In October last year he was involved in a Tournament Leaderboard bet on Stars against MI_turtle. He pledged to donate $10k of any winnings from the bet to a charity of his choice. Unfortunately he had to withdraw part way through the challenge sighting poor health and equipment/internet, but was quick to point out that MI_turtle won the contest fair and square.
# 6 The beej (Poker-Allies.com Sponsored player)
Mike moved from the UK to NZ in September 2009. Since then he has recorded some impressive results across many different sites. His largest cash came in the FTP $750k guaranteed in March where he placed 4th for $43.8k, and in October last year he won the Cake Sunday Major for $26.9k.
Captainmurda on Ongame, he’s taken down the Shorthanded Turbo twice in the last year for $7k each time, and the European Daily twice, both times for $6.4k.
He came 2nd in the Microgaming €50r earlier this year for €15k, came 7th in the Party major for $8k and has multiple wins on the Entraction network for €4k.
Mike is a qualified Maths Teacher, but has put that career on hold for a couple of years.
# 7 Nomaddman
In September last year Damon became the envy of all Kiwi poker players when he took down the Pokerstars Sunday Million for $225k.
Since then he has continued to put up results including a win in the Poker Stars Nightly Seventy Grand for $14k and a near miss in the Titan Poker Sunday major, coming 4th for $15k.
# 8 Faecal Matter
Jordan’s largest cash also came on Pokerstars, when he took 2nd place in a $100 rebuy turbo for $30k in April of this year. He has multiple other 5 figure cashes including a win in the $100 $40k for $14.2k and a 2nd place finish in the same tournament for $11k.
# 9 poker_lord76
Jason Brown is a stalwart of the online scene, with over half a million dollars in cashes on Pokerstars. He also dabbles in sit and goes and cash.
His resume is littered with impressive finishes in tough fields, his two largest cashes coming in the weekly $1k and $200 rebuy tournaments – two of the toughest tournaments online. He won the latter for $56.5k in July 2008 and the former for $71k in April this year.
He has multiple near misses in the same tournaments, all for $20k+, clearly excelling in well structured smaller fields.
Outside of poker, Jason spends most of his time with his family.
# 10 Acesdreams
Joel also has some incredible results on Pokerstars in the last few years, most notably his runner up performance in the Sunday Million for $97.3k.
In total he has cashed for over half a million dollars on Stars, higlights include a win in a $300 freezeout for $49.4k and more recently a 3rd place finish in the $50r for $20.1k in May.
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