ANZPT Gold Coast: Final Table Set To Thrill
The final table is meant to be the showcase day for any poker tournament. It's the best of the best; the cream of the crop; the most talented players rising to the top to battle it out for the title, the trophy and all the cash. However in tournament poker, the best players don't always reach the final table, thanks to old lady luck, and we get a final table lineup that perhaps is not what we expected. Well, that couldn't be further from the truth here on the Gold Coast as we have assembled one of the finest final table lineups we've seen in this country, which should produce a thrilling climax to this wonderful ANZPT event.
Welcome back to Jupiters Poker Room on the Gold Coast for what should be a sensational day of poker. This final table is about as good as you could ever hope to see with a fantastic mixture of youth, experience and talent. We also have players who know what it's like to be part of such a big moment, and those who are getting their very first taste of the big time.
When you think of big moments, it's hard to look past the experience, talent and form of PokerStars sponsored Aaron Benton. After winning the APPT Grand Final in Sydney last year, Benton knows what it's like to be the top dog and after picking up some late chips yesterday, he's going to be a very tough proposition at this final table.
Others with experience to match include Joel Dodds, who has final tabled events both at home and on International shores, and will be very keen to capture that first major title today. Last year in this event, Dodds was an overwhelming chip leader entering the final day of play where he eventually finished third. There must be a touch of regret for Dodds over that day, and you can be sure he'll be looking to make amends today.
Another great story lies with Michael Spilkin who has reached his fifth Main Event final table for the year and second consecutive ANZPT final table. Spilkin was all in on the bubble of this tournament and managed to double up. That gamble has paid handsome dividens for Spilkin and if he goes all the way, he'll have a true rags-to-riches story to tell.
Then there's the surge of the young brigade with online guns Dominic Coombe, Ricky Kroesen and Liam O'Rourke. These guys have already proven themselves on the online poker scene and will be looking to emerge as one of Australia's brightest young players with a breakthrough victory today.
Finally, there's the largely unknown quantities of Brad Wilson, Le Vuong Van and runaway chip leader Nauv Kashyap. With a combination of big cards, great timing and aggressive play, Kashyap enters the final table with more than double that of his nearest rival and will definitely be tough to stop going all the way.
It's going to be a thrilling finale to what has been a thoroughly enjoyable poker tournament from the ANZPT Gold Coast at Jupiters Hotel & Casino. We can't wait for this final table to get underway and see the action unfold. It all kicks off at 12:30pm local time and we look forward to your company then!