ANZPT Perth: Sharks lurking in warm waters
Registration has now closed for Day 1a of the ANZPT Perth Main Event with a total of 67 players taking part. We've received word that there are nearly 100 confirmed entrants for tomorrow already which sets us up to break last year's prize pool.
Looking around the room this evening and there are a number of well-credentialed players in the room. Andrew Hinrichsen is a WSOPE bracelet winner, Gary Benson is an Australian Poker Hall of Famer and British pro Rupert Elder recently added an Aussie Millions gold ring to a resume which includes an EPT San Remo title. Not bad company indeed.
Also in the field today are a throng of locals including the likes of Joe Darcy, Nino Marotta, Vesko Zmukic, Lynn Brooks and Sal Fazzino, but we thought we'd take a closer look at three locals who have enjoyed their fair share of success on the poker felt.
Not many of us had heard of Lawrie Gibson, but in July last year, a nation of supporters were cheering him on as one of the last remaining Australians in the World Series of Poker Main Event. Gibson would go on to finish in 83rd place which was good for a very nice $73,805 score. Gibson has had a couple of small cashes since then including a final table in the Aussie Millions Teams Event. Unfortunately Gibson won't be grabbing another result here in Perth after his recent elimination.
Another West Australian to enjoy success at the Aussie Millions is Patrick Healy.
After finishing 5th in the 2012 Aussie Millions Main Event for $300,000 in prize money, Healy has proven he is no one-hit wonder with string of cashes around the country in the last twelve months. In fact, Healy final-tabled the most recent ANZPT event with a 9th place finish in Auckland. He followed that up with a 3rd place in the Aussie Millions Rebuy event for another $44,500 cash. Healy is looking to continue his good form, but after recently missing a straight-flush draw he finds himself down to 14,000 in chips.
The third member of the trio is Dale Marsland. Such is the respect that the Crown Perth Poker Room has for Marsland's success, he was given the official "shuffle up and deal" honours a little earlier this evening.
Late last year Marsland went on a tear, winning five different tournaments in the space of two weeks - three during the Western Classic Championships, including the Main Event for $61,000 in prize money, and another two during the ANZPT Melbourne series which followed. Most of us long to win ourselves one trophy, yet Marsland had to create room on the shelves for five of them. Impressive stuff. He's progressed nicely so far today with a stack of 26,000.
If the interstaters think they're in for an easy time here at the ANZPT Perth, they'd better think again. These warm waters are full of sharks.