ANZPT Perth: Three Red Spades

Boy was ANZPT head honcho Danny McDonagh way off with that 222-player line he set for today's Day 1b flight. We are sure he isn't too upset though as the more than 256 players who have already sat down today mean that this year's ANZPT Sydney Main Event is set to become the second largest in the tour's history. Be sure to check in soon to find out the official numbers. In the meantime, read on as we tell you a little about three of the poker stars in today's field who are representing the famous red spade at the felt of The Star.

Firstly, all by his lonesome over here in the sports bar area is Angel Guillen. Hailing from Mexico, Guillen has been playing plenty of ANZPT's lately, but has never managed to make the cash. It's a different story for Guillen in the other PokerStars tour around the world though, with Guillen having much success on the EPT and the LAPT. If Guillen manages a deep run here in Sydney, he would arguably have one of the most eclectic PokerStars live tournament records.


From Mexico to Sydney, Guillen will be looking for some success down under

Far away on the other side of the sports bar sit our other two Team PokerStars Pros. One of these players representing the PokerStars brand with pride is Singapore's Bryan Huang. Having spent a huge amount of time on the shores of Australia, it is no surprise that Huang has had some success on the ANZPT. The first time Huang popped up on an ANZPT final table was back in 2010 when Huang finished in 9th in the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event. Just a couple of years later and Huang was busy making his second ANZPT Queenstown final table, eventually finishing in 7th place. Interestingly, that second Queenstown event was won by Dave Allan, who is currently seated on the left of Huang. Huang then continued his success a few months ago when he had a close call at ANZPT Melbourne, finishing in 12th place. We won't be surprised to see Huang making another deep run here in Sydney.


Bryan Huang loves Australia and Australia loves him

The last remaining PokerStars man we are to introduce you to goes by name Roy Bhasin, but some readers may know him better as his online handle "GodlikeRoy". Playing poker online as a pot-limit omaha specialist for several years, Bhasin has not yet managed to post many notable live tournament results. Of course, what better tournament than ANZPT Sydney to make a mark on his live poker resume. You can find out more about the PokerStars Team Online member by checking out this interview with Bhasin that the PokerStarsBlog conducted just last year.


Roy will be looking to assert his god-like status here in Sydney

While we here at the PokerStarsBlog may have a slight bias towards the players wearing the red spade, that doesn't mean we have forgotten the dozens of other notables players littered throughout The Star poker room here on Day 1b of ANZPT Sydney. Upon closer inspection of the area far away from us at the media desk, we have spotted players such as recent ANZPT Melbourne champ Paul Hockin, Stevan Chew, Ashley Warner, Tony Hachem, WSOPE Bracelet holder Andrew Hinrichsen, former APPT Sydney champion Jonathan Karamalikis, Jarred Graham and Dale Marsland, just to name a few. Let's see if one of these notable players can do what Australian Poker Hall of Famer Gary Benson did last night and become the chip leader of their Day 1 flight.

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in Sydney