ANZPT Repechage: Set for a thrilling finale
The stage has been set for a thrilling finale here at the Crown Poker Room as the ANZPT Repechage Main Event reaches an exciting climax today. Our final table is a beauty with several well-known, talented and well-credentialed players which should see some entertaining poker this afternoon.
Leading the way is Fabian Craib. He's been on the scene for a little while now, but 2013 has been his best year to date with a couple of strong results at the Aussie Millions which have now been backed up with the chip lead on an ANZPT final table. Craib was a dominant force yesterday and if it wasn't for a two-outer by the UK's Ian Thomson on the final table bubble, Craib's advantage would have been even greater at the start of today.
Our most experienced player is Australia's Daniel Neilson. With over $1.1 million in career earnings, Neilson has results throughout Australia as well as strong showings on the world stage at the WSOP and European Poker Tour. Neilson will be playing to win, but will again have to watch his step with the dangerous Michael Kanaan and Fabian Craib lurking in position.
Speaking of Kanaan, he'll be gunning to make history today. The 2011 ANZPT Sydney champion has shown a liking for Main Events around Asia and today he'll be looking to become the first player to win multiple ANZPT titles.
We should also mention one of our international players in Japan's Iori Yogo. This is his third consecutive ANZPT cash after finishing 2nd in Perth and 11th in Sydney, which now means he has taken the lead in the race for the ANZ Player of the Year. If he wins today, he'll be hard to catch over the final two events in the season.
Throw in previous Melbourne Champs winner Tony Kondevski, Aussie Millions gold ring winners Michel Bouskila and Anthony Hachem, and the fighting qualities of Dean Francis and Ian Thomson, and we're set for a cracking final table.
The players have now taken their seats, introductions are out of the way and the cards are in the air. There's 40 minutes left to run in Level 21 with the blinds at 30,000/60,000/5,000 and Daniel Neilson has had the first win of the day as he'll start with the button.
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Let's see how today unfolds!