ANZPT Melbourne: Some international flavour
Registration for the 2012 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event has now been locked out and we have the official numbers. A total of 159 players took part in today's flight to bring us to a total number of 345 for the event - a record for the ANZPT in Melbourne which is a tremendous result. The prize pool of $690,000 is impressive, and we'll have details of how that will be distributed among the players for you shortly.
Among today's entrants are two high-profile internationals players, and both of them are part of Team PokerStars.
Angel Guillen has come all the way from Mexico just for this event - although it helps when your girlfriend is Australian! That works out well for us as Guillen is a WSOP bracelet winner with over US$1.2 million in career earnings from locations all around the planet. Just to emphasize how much travelling Guillen does, in the last two months he's been from Barcelona to Melbourne then back to Panama in South America, over to San Remo in Europe, home to Mexico for a week before flying back out to Melbourne for this event! Just thinking about that much travel is tiring!
Guillen hasn't been able to get much going so far in this event as he currently sits with around his start bank of 20,000.
Across the room is Singaporean Bryan Huang who has a much more impressive collection of chips. He recalled to us that the majority of those came in an interesting hand with aggressive Kiwi Jackson Zheng.
Zheng opened with a raise, Huang three-bet and Zheng four-bet holding ace-six. Huang made the call and the flop landed K-J-7. Now these two players both said to us that they have "history", so it was probably no surprise to hear that Zheng's continuation bet was called by Huang.
A six hit the turn and Zheng bet around a third of the pot. Huang called again and a ten appeared on the river. It was a perfect ten for Huang who instantly called when Zheng fired his third barrel with an all-in bet. Huang had pulled off the double-float with queen-nine and spiked his gutterball straight on the river to leave Zheng to trudge off to the rail. Huang is currently progressing well with around 50,000 chips.
Another international in the field was the defending champion in Brit Sam Razavi. Unfortunately he was eliminated a short time ago, but Lynn Gilmartin was able to grab him for a quick chat: