ANZPT7 Perth Day 1a: Cross-country grinding
With the first flight of the ANZPT7 Main Event Day 1 underway here at Crown Perth, we've already spotted some tough competitors at the felt. It seems with the Aussie Millions just wrapping up last month, a lot of players have made the cross-country trip to try their luck in the West.
The Aussie Millions is the first stop on the APPT, the sister tour to the ANZPT. Both tours are run by Danny McDonagh and renowned for being two of Australia's most popular.
Among the field in this first flight, we spotted three players who had stellar starts to the year. All making the final table of the Aussie Millions Main Event last month, Lennart Uphoff, James Rann and Anthony Legg are in Perth with hopes of continuing the heater.
German player Lennart Uphoff is fresh off the biggest score of his career. He managed to make it to runner up in the Main Event only a couple of weeks ago, pocketing $1,214,500 after a heads up deal with Melbourne local Manny Stavropoulos.
Prior to the Aussie Millions this year, Uphoff only had seven live cashes to his name, the largest for US$30,165. Amazingly, all of his previous cashes were in the Czech Republic. We'll follow the action to see if he can add to his now international resume.
James Rann from England is also here in Perth after final tabling the Aussie Millions Main Event last month. Like Uphoff, Rann's January saw him net the biggest score of his career, placing fourth for $430,000.
Rann has 20 live cashes to his name, the first dating back to 2010. Before last month, his biggest live score was US$34,820 for a sixth place effort in Barcelona.
With results in Britain, the United States and Spain on his resume, he'll be hoping to run good here at Crown Perth and add another notch from Down Under to his belt.
Melbourne local Anthony 'leggieblufs1' Legg is also in town off the back of his biggest score to date at this year's Aussie Millions. He finished sixth in the Main Event for $235,000, easily eclipsing his previous biggest live cash of $9,300.
Legg only has eight live cashes to his name but a whopping 3,851 online for a total of $682,876. He final tabled the Pokerstars Sunday Million in 2013, another sixth place effort for $46,072.
Currently ranked 27th in Australia by PocketFives for online MTTs, Legg is at Crown Perth trying to add to his live poker resume.
We'll be following all the action this week to see if these three can keep the heater alive. Perhaps one of them could be our next ANZPT Main Event champion. You can find out right here at the PokerStarsBlog.