ANZPT Adelaide: Final table profiles
It took exactly seven hours of play to decide the first final table for season two of the PokerStars.net ANZPT after the ANZPT Adelaide Main Event field was slashed from 37 to nine. PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Eric Assadourian was the unfortunate final table bubble player collecting $10,310 for his trouble. But fellow PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem has continued his amazing ANZPT form after winning the Player of the Year award in season one to make the final table with a healthy 631,000.
Star City Casino (hosts of ANZPT Sydney) satellite winner Andrew Scarf is the chip leader with 820,000 while Todd Butcher, the last twin standing, holds 398,000. They'll join emerging young pros Aleks Brkovic, Daniel Neilson and Rennie Carnevale, along with Australian Poker Hall of Fame inductee Billy "The Croc" Argyros at the final table, which kicks-off at 1.15pm tomorrow in the Poker Zone at Adelaide Casino. The final table comprises:
Seat 1: Octavian Voegele (Adelaide, South Australia), 538,000 in chips: This 24-year-old has been playing poker for about six years, and is steadily building a respectable online tournament record. If there was an award for the player of the series, he'd be a shoo-in after reaching three final tables on the ANZPT Adelaide preliminary schedule. He's rarely been among the chip leaders but stepped up at the right time to take the fourth biggest stack into tomorrow's finale.
Seat 2: Rennie Carnevale (Wollongong, Australia) PokerStars Player (636,000 in chips): This PokerStars Supernova doesn't fit the stereotype of a poker pro. Known online as steel44, the Wollongong youngster recently qualified to compete in the Australian Junior Powerlifting Championships. A good friend of 2009 APPT Grand Final winner Aaron Benton, the 21-year-old is a cash-game specialist and plays up to 24 tables at the same time. He sits in third chip position heading into the final table.
Seat 3: Daniel Neilson (Sydney, Australia) PokerStars Qualifier (280,000 in chips): Having amassed more than USD $300,000 in live tournament winnings since 2008, the 22-year-old Sydneysider is a force to be reckoned with, despite coming to the final table as the short stack with 230,000. His resume is impressive - 12 final tables, including victory in the 2009 PokerStars.net ANZPT Sydney High Rollers Event, third place in the APPT Auckland High Rollers Event and 73rd in last year's WSOP Main Event.
Seat 4: Billy Argyros (Melbourne, Australia), 260,000 in chips: The most experienced player at the final table, Billy "The Croc" - famous for the crocodile memorabilia he wears at the table - was among the first players inducted to the Australian Poker Hall of Fame in January. He placed sixth in the 2009 ANZPT Sydney main Event, while his biggest career result came at the 2008 WSOP where he finished fourth in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha World Championship.
Seat 5: Andrew Scarf (Sydney, Australia), 820,000 in chips): Having played poker as a child with his family, the 52-year-old share trader jumped at the chance to take part in tournament poker after its surge in popularity in 2005. Scarf, who qualified for this tournament via a satellite at Star City Casino, has collected some "moderate" tournament results in his hometown of Sydney but despite being chip leader with 820,000, he's remaining cautious. "The standard of play is really high," he said.
Seat 6: Tony Hachem (Melbourne, Australia) PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro (631,000 in chips): The younger brother of Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem has carved his own slice of poker history after winning the first ANZPT Player of the Year title. He cashed in four of the five events in the tour's first season. He has also compiled a respectable record on either side of the Pacific with three WSOP cashes (including the 2007 main event) and a runner-up finish in the 2008 NZ Poker Champs Main Event.
Seat 7: Michael Sellars (Adelaide, South Australia), 339,000 in chips): Sellars was introduced to live poker four years ago after first playing a home game with his friends. Having qualified via a satellite at Adelaide Casino, the 31-year-old IT consultant already guaranteed an excellent return of investment but will have some work to do as one of the short stacks on the final table. "It's been worth it though," Sellars said. "I've been playing well and I'm looking forward to the next ANZPT event in Perth."
Seat 8: Aleks Brkovic (Melbourne, Australia), 723,000 in chips: A regular online player under the name bananathief, the 22-year-old full-time poker player from Melbourne has emerged on the live tournament scene within the last two years, picking up a handful of cashes including a sixth-place finish in the PokerStars.net APPT Sydney Semi-Shootout Event. Brkovic has had a very good run during the PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event and comes into the final table as second chip leader on 723,000.
Seat 9: Todd Butcher (Adelaide, Australia) (398,000 in chips): The last twin standing in this year's PokerStars.net ANZPT Adelaide Main Event, the 39-year-old tanning salon owner will have his twin brother Ben watching over his shoulder during the final table. "It's been a long, hard road and at one stage I thought I should give up because I was so short-stacked," Butcher said, "but I've had such a great time and I've changed my mind - hopefully I'll get to play more events after this!"
• Compiled by Sean Callander and Landon Blackhall