It's a long time since Joe Hachem won the World Series of Poker and left the Aussie mark on the card playing world, and it's starting to tell as Australia's stars haven't enjoyed the best of years.
Liam Anderson performed strongly on the Asian Poker Tour but eventually lost out in the race for the Player of the Year as he fell off the pace towards the end of 2012.
And considering that at one point there was not one Australian name in the Global Poker Index (GPI) 300, it looked like the Aussies were falling out of the picture.
The good news is that things picked up in the latter months of the year, with Jonathan Karamalikis bagging a win in the Asia Championship of Poker High Roller during November, walking away with US$478,292.
Karamilikis' form propelled him into the GPI 300, and with Jeffrey Rossiter having joined him for finishing second in the same event, 2013 should hopefully be a better year for Australian poker.