ANZPT7 Melbourne Day 1A: A send-off with style

It's official.

This edition of ANZPT Melbourne not only marks the end of Season 7 but the last event on the Australian New Zealand Poker Tour ever. It's the end of an era, but that doesn't mean we can't cap off a seven-year legacy with a bang!

While many reflect on the good times the tour has delivered both on and off the felt, the more ambitious of the bunch have their sights set on making ANZPT history and claiming the last-ever Main Event title.

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The spectacular Crown Melbourne complex

We're at Crown Melbourne once again this week for five days of exciting Main Event action before a champion is crowned come Tuesday. And to top off that action, in true ANZPT style, one thing is guaranteed.

Huge amounts of cash.

Melbourne went down in the record books last season as the ANZPT's first prize-pool to eclipse a million dollars. The official number was $1,032,000 after 516 pulled up seats, generating a top prize of $253,000 to play for. When all was said and done it was renowned Aussie Edison Nguyen who emerged victorious, pocketing $217,500 after a heads up deal with Corey Kempson.

With the last event ever on the schedule, hopes are high that players will be out in force to send off the tour with style. There's no denying that the ANZPT has played a pivotal role in Australia's poker landscape, and what better way to bid farewell than with a back-to-back Melbourne record?

Time will tell if we can set another poker benchmark here this week.

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Champion of ANZPT's record-breaking field, Edison Nguyen

And for the railbirds, or those relaxing in between the grind, as always in Melbourne a world of entertainment awaits. Take your pick from the world-class restaurants, cafes, and beaches, all the while enjoying the (usually accommodating) Spring weather. Not only is Crown Australia's home of poker, but it also offers bars, nightclubs, concerts and live theatre sure to please anyone looking for a good time away from the tables.

On the felt, however, it'll be business as usual over the next five days. The action kicks off at 12:30pm Friday afternoon and will conclude sometime on Tuesday. Be sure to stay with us for everything you need to know from ANZPT Melbourne. The PokerStars Blog will have all your feature story needs while the PokerNews team bring you live reporting at the top of the main ANZPT Melbourne page.