ANZPT Sydney: Hall of Fame well represented
Without trying to categorize players too much, we couldn't help but notice that there is a distinct bias towards the more "experienced" players in today's field. The old school is certainly representing while many of the country's young guns appear to be missing from this event. Poker is certainly a game that rewards longevity and not many are able to play with success for an extended period of time like some of those who are part of today's ANZPT Sydney field.
Those who have proven themselves as talented players and ambassadors of the game over a long period of time have been recognized for their achievements in the Australian Poker Hall of Fame. Incredibly we have five members of the APHOF in today's field and when you throw in Billy Argyros and Jason Gray from yesterday's field, having seven Hall of Fame members in the one tournament surely has to be another ANZPT record?
We decided to take a closer look at the Hall of Famers in today's field.
Lee Nelson (pictured below) has proved he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level, despite reducing his playing schedule over recent years. Last year, Nelson took down the ANZPT Melbourne title for $156,550 and followed up early this year with a 9th place finish in the Aussie Millions Main Event for another $125,000. Nelson is off to a good start here today, chipping up to 34,000 in the early stages.
Leo Boxell is another to show some sparkling form in recent times as one of the most consistent players in the ANZ region. His consistency was rewarded with a runner-up finish in the ANZ Player of the Year race, highlighted by victory in the APPT Melbourne Main Event for $330,000 - the largest cash of his decorated career. Boxell has increased his stack to 26,000 in the first couple of levels today.
The career highlight for David Gorr was his victory in the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event, but he backed that up with three ANZPT cashes on last year's tour. Gorr was recognized for his achievements with induction into the HOF this year.
Mel Judah and Gary Benson (pictured below) are two of the original HOF inductees and share three WSOP bracelets between them. Judah continually impresses with results from all corners of the globe, while Benson is our current chip leader on Day 1b of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event with a stack of 52,000.
Will the old guard continue their form or are we seeing the early days of a future Hall of Famer in our midst?