ANZPT7 Sydney Day 1A: Sydney's time to shine

Season 7 of the Australia New Zealand Poker continues this week as we find ourselves in the harbour city for the ANZPT Sydney Main Event.

Traditionally, Sydney has been home for some of the biggest ANZPT Main Events in the tour's history. Way back in Season 1 we saw Paren Arzoomanian conquer a field of 493 players to take home the lion's share of an incredible $981,000 prize pool.

Those numbers were records on the ANZPT for many years to come.

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Sydney would continue to produce the biggest fields in Seasons 2, 3, and 4 of the ANZPT to maintain its position as the heart of the tour.

However in Season 5, the ANZPT Repechage event in Melbourne pulled a massive 844-player field. That was of course a smaller buy-in event, but in Season 6, Melbourne was able to produce the first million dollar prize pool in the history of the ANZPT as 516 players took part in the $2,200 Main Event with Edison Nguyen claiming the victory.

Suddenly Sydney was bounced from the ANZPT record books.

Sydneysiders are a proud bunch, and they aren't happy to lose any record, but especially when it goes to cross-border rivals in Melbourne.

The Melbourne-Sydney rivalry is an intense one. It doesn't matter if it's sporting codes, the weather or poker tournaments. Sydney love to show Melbourne who's boss.

So Season 7 of the ANZPT might just be Sydney's time to shine again.

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Once again we find ourselves at The Star - Sydney's entertainment hub overlooking Darling Harbour on the city's edge. The Star offers hotels, restaurants and of course the casino which has hosted the ANZPT in each of the seven seasons of the tour.

Will we see records broken in Sydney? We'll have to wait and see. Last year it was Joshua Redhouse who defeated a field of 458 entrants, and indications are that another big field is set to rock The Star. The action kicks off at 6:15pm on Thursday evening with an extra day added to this year's schedule which means our final table and champion won't be decided until Monday night.

Stay tuned to the PokerStars Blog throughout the next five days for stories on and off the felt, while the team at PokerNews deliver the live reporting action in the feed at the top of the main ANZPT Sydney page.

Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.