ANZPT Perth: Roses among the thorns
Registration has closed and the official numbers are in for the ANZPT Perth Main Event. A total of 151 players for Day 1b today puts our total number at 218 entrants. That's a very healthy number when you consider the buy-in was doubled to $2,200 from last year's event. The prize pool is well over the $400,000 mark which should see first place take home a six-figure score. We'll have confirmation of the payouts once they are made available.
We've already mentioned that today's field is a stacked one, but we thought it was although worth mentioning that there are quite a few accomplished female players in today's field who have enjoyed some success on the tables.
With cashes all over the world, American Melanie Weisner is one of the most successful professional female players in the world with over half a million dollars in tournament earnings.
After making the trek down under for the Aussie Millions, Weisner has stuck around in Australia and is enjoying her time seeing the sights as part of the ANZPT. She'd love nothing more than to pay excess luggage to have to carry an ANZPT trophy back home with her.
Joining Weisner are two of Australia's most successful female players in Errolyn Strang and Amanda De Cesare. In fact, they are statistically the 3rd and 4th most successful Australian female players of all time based on tournament winnings.
Both women have achieved success in open Main Event fields, with Strang winning the 2011 Sydney Championships for six figures, while De Cesare collected a Joe Hachem Deep Stack title just a week after winning a poker reality TV series. De Cesare also has two ANZPT cashes on her resume, including a 4th place in the 2010 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event.
Another lady to have reached an ANZPT final table is the charismatic Monica Eastick. She finished in 4th place in the most recent ANZPT Auckland Main Event which was good for an impressive NZ$55,000 score. She's struggling a little here today, but as always, is talking up a storm and using every available weapon in her arsenal.
Watch out boys, these ladies mean business.
Lisa Walsh holds the record for female success on the ANZPT, with a 2nd place at the 2009 ANZPT Sydney event. Could we see our first ever female ANZPT champion here in Perth?
While the ladies are doing their thing, Lynn Gilmartin recently caught up with Team PokerStars Pro Angel Guillen to see what he thought of Perth and the ANZPT: