6/2/10 – The media noise level from the first days of the World Series of Poker championships unfolding in Las Vegas have almost obliterated coverage of another important tournament currently winding down in Melbourne, Australia.
 
The Crown Casino in Melbourne has been hosting the Melbourne Championship, which this week saw 590 players pony up the A$1 100 buy-in for a main event with a creditable prize pool of A$590 000.
 
Following three tough days, 20-year-old Brendon Rubie emerged as the victor, taking home the winner’s spoils of A$118 000 after a tense heads up with Minh Nguyen.
 
The final table results looked like this:
 
Brendon Rubie – A$118,000
Minh Nguyen – A$83,780
Mark Iskander – A$56,050
Michael Spilkin – A$41,300
Amanda De Cesare – A$35,400
Sam Vakili – A$29,500
Brian Boyle – A$23,600
Rob Salter – A$17,700
Andrew Scarf – A$11,800
Jarred Graham – A$8,850