ANZPT Melbourne: Hitting new heights

As we enter the 4th level of play for the day, we've received word that the total number of entrants so far Day 1a is 183. However that likely to grow a few more with latecomers Billy "The Croc" Argyros and Joe Hachem reportedly on their way down to the Crown Poker Room before registration closes at the end of this level.

ANZPT chief Danny McDonagh is confident we'll push a total number of 320-330 for this event, with tomorrow expected to be a little quieter with many poker players off to enjoy the Cox Plate horse races tomorrow.

If we can reach that number it will be a record for the ANZPT in Melbourne which would be a tremendous result in the current poker climate. A quick look at the history of the event reveals the following numbers:

Season 1 (2009): 218 entrants, Winner: Chris Levick $158,050
Season2 (2010): 310 entrants, Winner: Martin Kozlov $195,700
Season 3 (2011): 310 entrants, Winner: Lee Nelson $156,550
Season 4 (2012): 257 entrants, Winner: Sam Razavi $326,125

The Season 4 event was a combined APPT event with a $5,000 buy-in so the best comparison is the event in 2011 which drew 310 entrants with a similar $2,200 buy-in.

Looking around the room today and our notepad has a list that's two columns long and full of Australian poker talent. Some of those players include previous ANZPT champions Octavian Voegele, Julian Cohen, Grant Levy, Dave Allan and Michael Kanaan, Aussie Millions champ David Gorr, WSOPE bracelet winner Andy Hinrichsen, Australian Poker Hall of Famers Leo Boxell and Gary Benson, as well as a host of familiar local faces.


WSOPE bracelet winner Andy Hinrichsen in action today

One particular table has caught our eye as the clear "Table of Death" here today with the likes of Didier Guerin, Michael Pedley, Liam Moffett, Billy Jordanou, Kyle Cheong, Luke Edwards and Tam Truong all seated together on Table 27.


Of course, they can't all survive with James Broom, Grant Levy, David Gorr, Bruno Portaro, Tom Grigg and Jackie Glazier among the notables to make an early exit.

We've been informed that we'll be playing eight levels tonight, with a short 20-minute dinner break at the end of Level 6 which should see us wrapped up before 9pm tonight.

@PokerStars in Melbourne