ANZPT Sydney: Final Day Fun Arrives

The first day of a poker tournament is all fun and games. The second day slowly becomes a more serious venture. The final day is a different story all together. On Thursday night, the first batch of players made their way into The Star for Day 1a of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. The next batch of players on Friday's Day 1b meant that a total of 460 players had tried their best to make it to Saturday, but in the end only 175 players were still alive heading into Day 2. And so with that the players continued to be whittled down until only 22 players survived and that's exactly how many will be at the felt for the final day of play.

Yet again it is sunny outside and pushing 30 Degrees Celsius, but for the players still alive in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event, it will be a day for the cool air of a casino air conditioner. Each and every player will be hoping to not see any of that sun today as they aim to be at the tables all the night long on the way to taking home the $226,320 first-place prize that is on offer to the eventual champion. One player who is unlikely to be out of the casino any time soon is Bosnia's Dejan Divkovic. A huge day at the felt yesterday saw Divkovic bag up more than double the chips of his nearest rival.


Dejan knows the final day of an ANZPT all too well

Hailing from Bosnia, Divkovic is certainly not unfamiliar to the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour, having won the most recent ANZPT Perth Main Event just a few weeks ago. If Divkovic manages to run up his stack and go all the way to a victory here in Sydney, he will become the first player to win back-to-back ANZPT title in the history of the tour.
Just because Divkovic has so many chips, it doesn't mean today will be easy for him. Standing in his way are some extremely experienced players that make for one of the most stacked final days we have seen in quite some time. Not only do we have talented Aussie guys (and girls) such as Michael Fadersen, Ben Gilholme, Amanda De Cesare, Chad Awerbuch, Luke Brabin, Sam Khouiss and Gary Benson in today's action, we also have some extremely talented international players like Dan "djk123" Kelly, Dominik Nitsche and Iori Yogo. In fact, two of the players we just mentioned are actually very familiar with Divkovic, with Yogo finishing 2nd and Brabin finishing 8th on the same ANZPT Perth final table which Divkovic won.


Yogo will be looking to go one better in Sydney

The players have had a bit of a sleep in today, with play set to commence at 2 pm local time. The 22 remaining players have an average chip stack of around 40 big blinds, and therefore we are expecting play to last at least 10 levels today. Of course, we could be completely wrong and we could have another freakishly short day like at this season's ANZPT Auckland, but that's why you will have to join us here at the PokerStarsBlog to find out what happens!

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in Sydney