ANZPT Sydney: Sunny Friday greets 1B field

It might be casual Friday for Sydney's CBD crowd, but it's serious business for the 240-plus players expected to take their seats for today's day 1B flight of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Sydney Main Event.

ANZPT chief Danny McDonagh confirmed the field would be at least 463 last night, but that was before qualifiers from a "last chance" live satellite and players buying in directly this morning were added to the tally. There's even a slight chance the prize pool could crack AUD $1 million, which would be a staggering result for a new event on an increasingly crowded tournament schedule.


It might not quite be pool weather, but the view still works: overlooking the Sydney CBD from Star City

After yesterday's grey and drizzly weather, the sun is out this morning for players to enjoy brekky at one of the many harbourside eateries before taking their seats at 12.30pm.

The sole Team Australia representative in action yesterday, Eric Assadourian, cruised through to day two. Today, the other four Team Australia reps - 2008 APPT Grand Final winner and Star City ambassador Grant Levy, Celina Lin, Emad Tahtouh and Tony Hachem - will be in action.


Grant Levy will lead the Team Australia charge on day 1B

Others we expect to see playing on day 1B include Team Asia player Bryan Huang, 2009 Aussie Millions winner Stewart Scott, 2008 Melbourne Champs victor James "Jabba" Broom, 2008 APPT Grand Final fifth-place finisher Tim English, 2009 NZ Champs high roller winner Dennis Huntly and Sam Capra, who was fifth behind Scott in the Aussie Millions Main Event back in January.

Sydney's young guns will be out in force, with Ali Khalil, Monica Nguyen, Tim Horan and Michael Mayar (fifth in the recent NZ Champs) leading the charge while the New Zealand invasion is headed by James Honeybone, Martin Cardno and Brooke Howard-Smith.

We're also expecting big things from some of Australia's top online players, with Jonathan Karamalikis, Ben Delaney, Harris Pavlou and Andrew Jeffreys spotted around the tables last night.

Like day 1A, the structure for today's play (starting stack 20,000) will be nine 60-minute levels:

Level 1:50/100
Level 2: 75/150
Level 3 100/200
Level 4: 100/200 (25 ante)
Level 5: 150/300 (25 ante)
Level 6: 200/400 (50 ante)
Level 7: 300/600 (75 ante)
Level 8: 400/800 (100 ante)
Level 9: 500/1000 (100 ante)

Join us live from Star City in Sydney from 12.30pm for day 1B of the first ANZPT Sydney Main Event.