ANZPT Perth Final Table Player Profiles
The PokerStars.net ANZPT Perth Main Event attracted a field of 220 entrants, creating a prize pool of $506,000. After three days of play, our field has been reduced to a final table of eight players. Here's how they will line up:
Seat 1: Han Luu (Perth, West Australia) - 639,000 chips
Han Luu is a 34-year old from Perth who first got involved with poker when working here at Burswood Casino. Han has now moved onto the other side of the table with great success.
Luu has several impressive results dating back to 2004, with over $115,000 in career earnings including a win in a 2005 Australian Poker Championships No Limit Holdem side event. Outside of poker, Luu enjoys riding and fishing, and he will enter today's final table in fourth chip position with 639,000 chips.
Seat 2: John Corr (Perth, West Australia) - 481,000 chips
John Corr is another Perth local who says he has been playing poker for nearly 50 years! He enjoys playing No Limit Holdem and Pot Limit Omaha, with previous results at Burswood in both the Sapphire Series and Western Poker Classic.
After battling for on the short stack for much of Day 2, John enjoyed a rush of cards, including the elimination of Aussie Millions champ David Gorr, to work his way to this final table. Off the felt, John enjoys a dabble on the horses and he'll be looking to race his way to the title as he enters the final table in fifth chip position with 481,000 chips.
Seat 3: Patrick Kearns (Newbridge, Ireland) - 480,000 chips
The lone International on this final table, Patrick Kearns is a 28-year old Civil Engineer who has travelled all the way from Ireland to be here for this event. Patrick has been playing poker for 12 years and credits 2004 World Champion Greg Raymer as his biggest influence.
Incredibly, Patrick entered day three as the absolute short stack of the remaining 32 players, but managed to claw his way back to reach the money and has now booked a spot on this final table in sixth chip position with 480,000 chips.
Seat 4: Tim Marsters (Brisbane, Queensland) - PokerStars Qualifier - 702,000 chips
Tim Marsters is a 25-year old professional poker player from Brisbane who has been playing poker since he was old enough to enter a casino.
Tim is primarily a cash game player who specialises in mixed game variations. While this will be his largest live tournament cash result, Tim does have an impressive online record and qualified for this event online on PokerStars. Playing under the nickname "TurnRiva", Tim is ranked in the top 30 online players in Australia, with his best result coming in a PokerStars WCOOP 8-game event where he finished runner-up for US$32,500.
Tim also came back from the short stack yesterday, thanks largely to his pocket aces holding up against Mikael Rosen's ace-king. He'll enter the final table third in chips with 702,000 chips.
Seat 5: Ted Nguyen (Perth, West Australia) - 204,000 chips
Ted Nguyen is a 36-year old Engineer, who is one of the most popular locals in the Burswood Poker Room. Ted has been playing poker for five years, primarily as a Pot Limit Omaha cash game player, but he also picked up a 7th place finish in last year's ANZPT Melbourne event for $27,900.
Ted is a family man who is also passionate about soccer. He scored plenty of goals late yesterday evening when "Teddy Time" saw him turn a stack of just 9,000 into the 204,000 that he'll have when he enters today's final table. Ted is the short stack of the field but has nothing to lose as he looks for an early double up to get the railbirds cheering.
Seat 6: Grant Levy (Sydney, New South Wales) - 849,000 chips
One of the most respected players in the country, PokerStars qualifier Grant Levy is a 31-year old professional poker player from Sydney, New South Wales. Grant is 8th on the Australian all-time tournament money earners list, after he started out grinding online, and went on to become the first Australian to win one million dollars on home soil when he took down the APPT Sydney Grand Final in 2007.
Grant surged to the top of the charts yesterday with several impressive deep-stacked manoeuvres, including a three-bet bluff with just queen-high.
A regular on the tour, this is actually Grant's first ANZPT cash, as he looks to take his chip lead all the way to the trophy to become only the second person in history to win an APPT and ANZPT title.
Seat 7: Aaron Lim (Perth, West Australia) - 748,000 chips
Aaron Lim is a 24-year old professional poker player from Perth who has been playing poker for four years. Not often seen in the Burswood Poker Room, Aaron prefers to grind online, as high at 10/20 No Limit Holdem, with his biggest influences in poker coming from fellow online grinders.
Aaron was all in for his tournament life early on day one, but managed to recover before running away with a massive chip lead on day two, thanks largely to an amazing bluff with six-high against fellow final tablist Han Luu.
Away from the felt, Aaron enjoys basketball and tuna fishing and will be looking to catch a few cards here today as he enters the final table second in chips with 748,000 chips.
Seat 8: Peter Parsons (Perth, West Australia) - 242,000 chips
Peter Parsons is the fifth and final local player on this final table. Peter is a 25-year old who has been playing poker for five years after getting started in home games with his friends. Peter credits Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein as his biggest influence in poker.
Peter is primarily a Pot Limit Omaha cash game player, but he does have a third place finish to his credit in last year's Sapphire Series worth $20,400.
Peter was thrilled to learn that "Grant Levy thinks he's a cool dude" and will be using that as inspiration to double up early on today. He'll enter the final table with the second shortest stack with 242,000 chips.