ANZPT Gold Coast: Final Table Profiles
Seat 1 - Aaron Benton, Woolongong, NSW, PokerStars Sponsored Player (751,000 chips)
This 32-year old recruitment consultant known online as azzabentonaces was working in Singapore when he finished runner-up in a major online tournament worth US$262,500. He went on to win the 2009 APPT Grand Final in Sydney, stamping his reputation as one of the emerging stars on the Australian poker scene. In 2010, Aaron has gone from strength to strength with results in Perth, Queenstown and a final table at the ANZPT Canberra. After bursting the final table bubble, Aaron is well-placed, carrying 751,000 chips into the final table.
Seat 2 - Nauv Kashyap, Brisbane, Queensland, (1,585,000 chips)
Nauv is a 26-year old dentist from Brisbane who has taken this tournament by the scruff of the neck with a giant-killing run on Day 3. Nauv has been playing poker for about five years, with previous live results in the 2007 Victorian Championships and 2008 PokerNews Cup. Nauv's hot form sees him enter the final table with a commanding chip stack of 1,585,000 - more than double that of his nearest rival.
Seat 3 - Le Vuong Van, Brisbane, Queensland (168,000 chips)
This 25-year old Accounting student from Brisbane has been playing the game for three years, enjoying a mixture of live and online play at both cash and multi-table tournaments. Reaching the ANZPT Gold Coast final table is Le's biggest poker achievement, eclipsing his previous biggest win of $8,000 for a 3rd place result in a $50 online MTT. He enters the final table with some work ahead of him as the short stack with 168,000 chips.
Seat 4 - Liam O'Rourke, PokerStars Qualifier (788,000 chips)
At the tender age of 18 years, Liam is the youngest member of our final table. But don't confuse age with experience, as this young gun puts in plenty of hours and volume online. This is Liam's second ANZPT cash this season after placing 50th in Sydney for his only other live result. After a big double up on the final hand of Day 3, Liam will enter the final table second in chips with 788,000.
Seat 5 - Joel Dodds, Sydney, NSW, PokerStars Qualifier (573,000 chips)
After establishing himself on the local circuit with his third place in the Season 1 ANZPT Player of the Year award, Joel has emerged in 2010 as one of the toughest players in the country. A deep run in the 2010 Aussie Millions was followed up with a cash in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event, before Joel took his talents to the bright lights of Las Vegas. While he missed out at the WSOP, Joel picked up US$136,222 when he finished 2nd in a Deepstack event at the Venetian. Joel seems to like the waters north of the border as he looks to better his third place in this very event last year. He enters the final table in the middle of the pack with 573,000.
Seat 6 - Dominic Coombe, Townsville, Queensland (189,000 chips)
Dominic is a 26-year old from Townsville who has built a fierce reputation in the online poker community under the online moniker The Spewtard. Dominic rose to prominence with two coveted online "triple crowns" and a victory in The Sunday Brawl for US$101,272, and is currently ranked sixth online in Australia. A student of Psychology, Dominic demonstrated his fearless aggression with a huge triple-barrel bluff late on Day 3, before ending the day with a stack of 189,000.
Seat 7 - Brad Wilson, Gold Coast, Queensland (736,000 chips)
Brad is a 26-year old Insurance Broker, who enjoys playing both online and live over a number of years. Brad seems to have a liking for the warm weather of the Gold Coast after his previous best result came from his 12th place finish in this event last year. Having already bettered that mark, Brad will be looking to use his experience from last year as motivation to go all the way. He starts the final table in fourth position with 736,000.
Seat 8 - Ricky Kroesen, Brisbane, Queensland, PokerStars Qualifier (492,000 chips)
Ricky is a 30-year old from Brisbane who has already established himself as one of the county's most talented young players. With an impressive online record, including a 4th place in the PokerStars ¼ million worth US$19,000, Ricky is looking to break through for his first major live victory. His previous best result was 8th place in the 2009 Melbourne Poker Championships Main Event. After starting Day 3 with just eight big blinds, it's been a herculean effort by Ricky to even reach this final table. He takes 492,000 into battle which puts him in sixth chip position.
Seat 9 - Michael Spilkin, Melbourne, Victoria (307,000 chips)
Michael is a trader by day, but continues to post sustained, impressive results that are worthy of any poker professional. He has been playing poker for two years, primarily as a cash game player, but he is proving himself on the tournament circuit with his fifth Main Event final table of the year, including the New Zealand Poker Championships, Melbourne Poker Championships, and most recently at ANZPT Queenstown. After being the shortest stack and all in on the money bubble, Michael will enter the final table in seventh position with 307,000 chips.