ANZPT7 Melbourne Final Table: The stage is set
It's go time here at Crown Melbourne as the final nine take to the felt. They'll have their eyes on snagging the last-ever ANZPT Main Event title and the $261,200 first place prize.
We've already seen three days of exciting play in the poker room here. When it all began the field reached a total of 520, breaking the previous ANPZT Main record of 516 and making history with a $1,066,000 prize pool.
The man leading the charge into the final table is Peter 'Chewing Gum Pete' Matusik. The 2011 ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event champion has had a great few days on the felt and starts today as the only player with over two million in chips on 2,430,000.
Matusik took charge about half way through play yesterday, winning pig pots and sending players to the rail. He would ultimately eliminate Day 1B end-of-day chip leader Hyeong Wook Choi in the dying stages last night, spiking a set on the flop and fading a spade against Choi's flush draw.
He may have the chip lead now, but taking down the title will be no mean feat as Matusik sits among a tough final nine. In Seat 1 is reigning Aussie Millions champion Manny Stavropoulos. Bagging up 1,570,000 last night, Stavropoulos finds himself third in chips to start the action this afternoon. With this final table appearance Stavropoulos has guaranteed himself the honour of ANZPT Player of the Year.
Also hitting the felt today is 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event third place finisher Mile 'The Shadow' Krstanoski. He started Day 2 with only nine big blinds but managed to run it up and push on to the final table. Krstanoski now finds himself with 525,000 at the beginning of play for currently eighth in chips.
ANZPT7 Melbourne Final Table Draw
Seat 1: Manny Stavropoulos (Australia) - 1,570,000
Seat 2: Kenn Langcake (Australia) - 650,000
Seat 3: Mile Krstanoski (Australia) - 525,000
Seat 4: Carl Knox (New Zealand) - 860,000
Seat 5: George Balandinos (Australia) - 990,000
Seat 6: Erich Stadler (New Zealand) - 490,000
Seat 7: Peter Matusik (Australia) - 2,430,000
Seat 8: Lin Shi (Australia) - 1,865,000
Seat 9: Nikolce Trajkovski (Australia) - 800,000
The action has just kicked off here! Don't miss a thing as we witness the exciting conclusion of the last ANZPT Main Event ever and prepare to crown a champion. We'll follow every elimination today on the PokerStars Blog and for more in depth coverage on the action you can check out the live reporting on PokerNews. Stay tuned!