ANZPT Adelaide: Final table ready to go
The final table will begin shortly here at the PokerStars ANZPT event in Adelaide.
Blinds will be wound back one level to 6,000-12,000
Here are the triumphant nine hoping to take the $170,000 first prize:
Seat 1: Bruno Potaro, Melbourne, Australia, 552,000
This is the great survival story of the ANZPT Adelaide event, and once again demonstrates the old adage of 'a chip and chair'. Bruno spent most of his day 1 short stacked, even getting down to as little as 2,000 chips. Bruno is a business owner living in Melbourne, who devotes himself to poker and fishing. His best result to date was in the $200 Masters No Limit Hold'em event at the 2006 Melbourne Championships.
Seat 2: Mike Stecker, USA, 390,000
Mike is a part-time tennis instructor in California, and played both tennis and golf at an elite level. He has been playing poker for the last four years and has played in Ireland, Australia and Macau. This is his first final table, but his play throughout the tournament proves he is equal to the task ahead. He had been the short stack at his table as the final table approached, but managed to see his aces hold up against eights to double up and put him in a position to make a charge at the title.
Seat 3: Karl Krautshneider, Australia, PokerStars qualifier, 662,000
Karl, who has been playing for four years, won a $33 satellite on PokerStars to get into this event. He lives in Melbourne where he plays regularly at Crown Casino and online. Karl is a drug and alcohol clinician, helping people dealing with addiction. His daughter has been following his progress keenly through the blog while back home in Melbourne. Karl goes to the final table as chip leader - in part because late in the day he was able to double up through fellow final table combatant James Broom.
Seat 4: James Broom, Australia, 443,000
One of the young guns of Australian poker, James has been achieving some great results over the last 12 months. James, or Jabba as he is affectionately known, has grown up in Melbourne and is well known in Crown Casino. He also plays regularly online at PokerStars, where he has had some cashes in the Sunday Million tournaments. His best result in this period was winning the 2008 Melbourne Championships. He followed this up with a ninth place at the 2008 PokerNews Cup. James came into day 2 second in chips and has maintained his momentum.
Seat 5: Julius Colman, Australia, 596,000
One of Australia's better known poker players, Julius can often be found in his hometown casino, Crown, in Melbourne. His most notable result was finishing fourth in the 2007 Aussie Millions. He has also cashed in APPT and WSOP events. Julius was the chip leader at the start of play today.
Seat 6: Tony Dunst, USA, PokerStars player, 635,000
Born in the USA, Tony 'Bond18' Dunst has made Melbourne his home. He won his way to the event via a satellite on PokerStars. One of Australia's best online players, Tony also has an impressive resume when it comes to live tournaments. His most notable was winning last year's $3,000 No Limit Hold'em Bellagio Cup IV. Tony is a great supporter of events in this region having played almost every APPT tournament.
Seat 7: Dean Nyberg, Australia, 438,000
The only local in the field, Dean is from Woodcroft in the southern part of Adelaide. He will have the crowd to cheer him on as he is a regular at the casino. The week has been very successful for Dean as he also won one of the side events leading up to ANZPT Adelaide. Dean is also a very successful online player and 'dinhjo' can often be found in the money at the Sunday Million.
Seat 8: Daniel Noja, Australia, 304,000
A business owner from Canberra, Daniel has been playing poker for 15 years. He has come into a rich vein of form recently - getting three consecutive top five finishes in side events at the recent Aussie Millions.
Seat 9: Celina Lin, Australia, PokerStars sponsored, 260,000
This 25-year-old Melbourne University student and Melbourne local was born in Shanghai and speaks Cantonese. She spent a lot of time recently playing in Macau. Celina's best result occurred when she won her way to Macau via a satellite on PokerStars and finished 23rd in APPT Macau Season 1. She has also had cashes in the PokerStars Macau Red Dragon events. Celina is a PokerStars sponsored player and is currently working toward a goal of becoming a Supernova Elite.