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Brendon Rubie is a professional poker player from Sydney, Australia. He is best known for winning two major Australian poker tournaments, the Melbourne Poker Championship in 2010 and the 2012 Aussie Millions A$1,000 Opening Event. The same year Rubie came just short of his first World Series of Poker bracelet finishing second in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em – Four Handed event.


Rubie was born in 1990 in Sydney, Australia and grew up in the Central Coast urban region in the state of New South Wales, on the coast north of Sydney. He started playing poker at the age of 16 with his friends as well as at the online tables. When he turned 18, Rubie entered his first major poker tournament and won. That's when his poker adventure began.


Rubie left school after year ten and went on to do music. He played in various bands for awhile and then entered a TAFE college where he did two-year music course. He then got a job as a projectionist in a movie theater. Rubie didn't have much to do during his work hours so he spent a lot of time reading poker books. Brendon grew up with five older siblings, one of whom was particularly into gambling and poker. Brendon used to hand out with his brother a lot and got used to the casino environment.

However, the one thing that triggered Rubie to start playing poker was the James Bond movie Casino Royale. After watching it Rubie and his friends hit the Sydney casinos as well as the online tables. However, the first six months didn't go too well as Rubie kept losing all his money. Eventually things got better for Rubie and he started making more money playing poker than in his day job. Then in 2008 Rubie won his first major tournament, the APPT Sydney A$700 No-Limit Hold'em event for more than $30,000.

World Series of Poker

So far Rubie has three World Series money finishes to his name. His first one came in 2011 when Rubie finished 13th in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed event for more than $30,000. Then in 2012 World Series he came very close to scoring his first WSOP bracelet. Rubie finished runner-up in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Four Handed event falling off the hand of the eventual winner Timothy Adams and taking home more than $240,000.

Brendon Rubie's Top 3 WSOP Results

2012$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em / Four Handed2nd$242,458
2011$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed13th$31,135
2012$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em36th$24,041

Asia Pacific Poker Tour

Rubie has a total of four APPT money finishes to his name. His best result was winning the A$700 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Sydney Big Game Poker Championships in 2008 for just over $30,000. It was also his first live tournament cash which encouraged Rubie to pursuit his poker career. He scored his best Main Event finish in Sydney, in 2010 by placing 15th and taking home almost $19,000.

Brendon Rubie's Top 4 APPT Results

2008Sydney Big Game Poker Championships A$700 No-Limit Hold'em1stA$49,140 ($31,046)
2010Sydney A$6,000 Main Event15thA$19,050 ($18,834)
2010Macau HK$40,000 Main Event16thHK$140,000 ($18,028)
2009Sydney A$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Deep Stack21stA$2,421 ($2,214)

Australia New Zealand Poker Tour

Rubie also has a few decent ANZPT scores on his record. He won two side events in ANZPT Darwin in 2011, while a year before that he placed 3rd in the A$500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed event in Sydney. Then in 2012 Rubie final tabled the Grand Final A$4,700 Main Event in Melbourne. He ended up finishing the tournament in 9th place for more than A$27,000 in cash.

Brendon Rubie's Top 5 ANZPT Results

2011Darwin A$500 No-Limit Hold'em / Team Event1stA$2,812
2011Darwin A$500 No-Limit Hold'em / Turbo1stA$2,925
2010Sydney A$500 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed3rdA$9,190
2012Grand Final, Melbourne A$4,700 Main Event9thA$27,175
2009Sydney A$275 No-Limit Hold'em16thA$941

Other Achievements

In May, 2010 Rubie won the Melbourne Poker Championship A$1,000 Main Event taking home just over $100,000 in first-place cash. Then a few months later, in September, he placed third in the A$10,000 High Roller event at the Sydney Poker Championship for almost $40,000. In January, 2012 Rubie won the A$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Aussie Millions Opening Event for more than $200,000 and then in July he finished second at the Deep Stack Extravaganza III, Las Vegas $600 No-Limit Hold'em event taking home just over $30,000.

Did you know?

  • Rubie's first win in an online tournament was also his biggest one so far. In 2009 he won an event on Full Tilt Poker for $93,000.
  • He managed to loose his whole bankroll of around $100,000 in just one night playing Omaha online.

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2016 Aussie Millions
Event #10: $1,650 No-Limit Hold'em Bounty
1st 116,680 AUD
2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$25,000 High Roller
22nd $58,320
2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific
$2,200 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em
9th 10,493 AUD
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
214th $2,625
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
62nd $17,726
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Eight Handed)
47th $9,743
2013 ANZPT Season 5 Sydney
Main Event
25th 5,520 AUD
2012 APPT/ANZPT Melbourne
Main Event
9th 27,175 AUD
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 50: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
36th $24,041
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 28: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Four-Handed
2nd $242,458
2012 Aussie Millions
$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Opening Event
1st 200,000 AUD
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em / Six Handed
13th $31,315
2010 APPT Sydney
Main Event
15th 19,050 AUD
2010 APPT Macau
Main Event
16th 140,000 HKD
2010 Aussie Millions
Event 1: $1,100 No Limit Hold'em
65th 3,429 AUD