ANZPT Auckland: The Final Event of 2012

It won't be too long before the money bubble is upon us and so the poker action will heat up and will steal our full attention. So, while we have a chance, I thought we should take a look at the year 2012 on the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour. After all, ANZPT Auckland may be only the second event on Season 5 of the tour, but it is the last event of the year.

The first event of 2012 was back in March. It was ANZPT Sydney and it was the first event of Season 4. That tournament became the largest ever ANZPT when 461 entries created a prize pool of AUD$970,864. In the end it was Gordon Huntly who bagged a victory, collecting a very impressive AUD$226,812. That final table featured Liam O'Rourke and Anthony Aston, both of which were eliminated on Day 1 of ANZPT Auckland this week.

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The final ANZPT trophy of 2012

Cut to May, 2012 and it was time to head to Perth for the second stop on Season 4 of the ANZPT. A smaller buy-in of AUD$1,100 would see 310 players head to Western Australia, creating a prize pool of AUD$310,000. The champion of Perth ended up being Mathew Carlsson as the Aussie pocketed AUD$78,275. Anthony Aston was once again at a final table, finishing in 3rd, while Didier Guerin finished in 6th. Unfortunately Guerin was also eliminated from Auckland a couple of days ago.

The next stop on the tour was in this very country, albeit down south of New Zealand instead of up north like Auckland. The event in question was ANZPT Queenstown Snowfest and a 149-player field built a nice NZ$402,300 prize pool. Australia's David Allan was the victor of this event, taking home NZ$110,600. We expected to see Allan this week, but he sat this one out. One player who didn't sit Queenstown out was Ivan Zalac, with the affable player finishing in 8th place. Zalac happens to be here on Day 2 in Auckland, so he will be looking for more success in Auckland.

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More success for Ivan Zalac in New Zealand?

With Queenstown in the record books, the fourth and final stop on Season 4 of the ANZPT made its way to Melbourne. Played as a combined APPT / ANZPT Grand Final, a high $5,000 buy-in would create a mammoth $1,207,900 prize pool. It was the UK's Sam Razavi who claimed the title, taking home an impressive AUD$326,125. Razavi defeated Keith Walker heads-up and Walker is still here on Day 2 of ANZPT Auckland, while Razavi was sent home on Day 1.

By the time Season 4 was over, Mishel Anunu had claimed the ANZ Player of the Year and it was time for Season Five to begin in Melbourne just a few weeks ago. Interestingly it would be New Zealand's Paul Hockin who would take down the victory and AUD$101,275 to go along with it. Hockin is still involved here on Day 2 in Auckland, while 2nd-place finisher Ashley Warner and 3rd-place finisher Michael Guzzardi are also still alive and in with a chance to become the ANZPT Auckland champion. In addition, Jie Gao, who finished 11th in Melbourne, is also one of the players at the tables here in Auckland on Day2.

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Headphones on, Paul Hockin is ready for Day 2

This is it. The final event of 2012 and with 207 runners, it has already been a great success. Let's finish this year off with a bang and crown the latest and greatest ANZPT champion. Make sure to keep your eyes on the live feed, because we just found out that Angie Fitzgerald picked up quads to now sit with a stack of over 200,000, becoming the new chip leader!

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in Auckland