ANZPT Sydney: In the Beginning...

From the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House, no one can deny that Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It's always a pleasure to make the trek to Sydney for the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour and that's no different this week as the beginning of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event is just a short while away.

Since the beginning of the ANZPT way back in 2009, Sydney has hosted some of the biggest and most memorable events in the tour's history. In Season 1, the ANZPT Sydney Main Event saw 493 players create a monster prize pool just shy of $1 million. That was almost double the amount of the next largest ANZPT of that season and surely showed that Sydney was a formidable force of the Australian poker scene. The next few years would continue to see big numbers partake in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event and by all accounts that is yet again going to be the case here at The Star in 2013. The early murmurs are that we could see up to 500 players sit at the tables over the next two Day 1 flights.

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The seats at The Star will not be empty for much longer

It's already been a big week here at ANZPT Sydney, with plenty of massive side events keeping all the punters happy. One of the big talking points of the last seven days has been the domination of the ladies in town as prominent Aussie poker players Jackie Glazier and Errolyn Strang both won side events. Let's see if one of the ladies of poker can continue their run and take it to the boys here in Sydney.

Running as the fourth stop on Season 5 of the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour, this year's ANZPT Sydney is looking set to be the largest event of the season so far. By Sunday evening an ANZPT Sydney champion will have been crowned as they will join recent ANZPT Perth champ Dejan Divkovic, ANZPT Auckland victor Geoff Smith and ANZPT Melbourne winner Paul Hockin as ANZPT Season 5 champions. The reigning champ of this very event is Scotland's Gordon Huntly, with his victory over a field of 461 players last season seeing him pocket $148,900. Who will be the next player to lift the trophy here in Sydney?

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The reigning ANZPT Sydney champ, Gordon Huntly

Tonight will be the first of two Day 1 flights in the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. It's a late start of 6.15 pm and so us here in the media (and the players) have our coffees ready for a late night. Be sure to join the PokerStarsBlog over the next few days as we bring you plenty of interesting feature stories from ANZPT Sydney, while our friends at PokerNews will be on deck providing all the live updates, chip counts and all that important stuff you love.

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in Sydney