ANZPT Perth: Locked and loaded on Day 1b
Technology is a wonderful thing, but something as simple as a printer malfunction created a lengthy delay to start proceedings here on Day 1b of the ANZPT Perth Main Event. Luckily poker players are a tardy lot, so the delay didn't seem to bother too many.
After ANZPT Melbourne champ Paul Hockin was awarded a belated trophy, he was handed the microphone to utter the immortal words to shuffle up and deal. The big screen is showing 120 entrants, and with last registration open for the first two levels, we're a chance to push in excess of 200 total entrants for this event.
It's a loaded field today with some of the best in the business in action in the Crown Perth poker room this afternoon.
Some of the names we've spotted include Raj Ramakrishnan, Michael Chrisanthopoulos, Stev Lackovic, Jesse McKenzie, Ashley Warner, Vincent Rubianes, Tristan Bain, James Broom, Didier Guerin, Melanie Weisner, Amanda De Cesare, Tony Tartaglia, Michael Pedley, Mile Krstanoski, Kyle Cheong, John Corr, former ANZPT champions Michael Kanaan and Paul Hockin, former Aussie Millions winner David Gorr, reigning ANZ POTY winner Mishel Anunu and runner-up Anthony Aston, and the current ANZ POTY points leader in Michael Guzzardi.
We also have two members of Team PokerStars representing the red spade this afternoon. Singapore's Bryan Huang and Mexico's Angel Guillen have both become regulars on the ANZPT to add some international flavour to this event. Huang has had a couple of small cashes on this tour but would like to add some silverware, while an ANZPT cash had eluded Guillen so far. It also hasn't been a great start for Guillen who copped a one orbit penalty for using his mobile phone at the table. Oops! We'll be keeping a close eye on the progress of them throughout the day.
There's six levels ahead of us so stay locked into the PokerStars Blog for stories throughout the day, while the team at PokerNews bring you the live updates and video interviews from the floor.