ANZPT Sydney: The International Invasion

One of the recurring jokes from the PokerStars team on the ANZPT is to say, "Lots of Russians playing this event." Of course, it's only ANZPT head honcho Danny McDonagh being sarcastic as there always seems to be several Russians on the online qualifier list, and then unsurprisingly, the same amount of "no shows" in the tournament field. None of the players who actually play the events can complain though, with these no shows equating to dead money in the ANZPT prize pools.

Just because Russia may be too distant to fly into Sydney for a $2,200 event, that doesn't mean we don't see players from faraway lands currently at the tables here on Day 1b of the ANZPT Sydney Main Event. We aren't talking about players like Team PokerStars Pros Angel Guillen and Bryan Huang who may have travelled quite some distance to be here, but have clearly become ANZPT regulars over the last couple of years. No, we are referring to a few players who we are certain have never graced the tables of the ANZPT before.

One of the players we are referring to is Dominik Nitsche. Hailing from Germany, Nitsche has spent the last few years positively crushing the live poker circuit. Some of Nitsche's exploits include winning an LAPT event, along with victory in WPT Johannesburg back in October, while at last year's WSOP Nitsche would defeat a monster field of 4,620 to win a bracelet in Event 59: $1,100 No Limit Holdem. All in all, Nitsche has accumulated more than $2 million in live tournament scores. The thing about these results though is that only a tiny portion have come from the shores of Australia. We are talking under $10,000. Nitsche will obviously be looking to change that this week at ANZPT Sydney and we assume at next month's WSOP Asia Pacific as well.


Dominik Nitsche is aiming to join Marcel Schreiner as a German ANZPT champion

Joining Nitsche from far away Europe here at ANZPT Sydney is a man who goes by the name David Vamplew. Hailing from Scotland, Vamplew also has more than $2 million in tournament results on his extensive poker resume. Vamplew is actually number one on Scotland's All Time Money List, with results such as a UKIPT title and WSOP final table appearances solidifying him as the William Wallace of tournament poker.

Another one of our notable Europeans and an unlikely addition to today's eclectic Day 1b flight is Stephen Chidwick. Coming all the way from the UK, Chidwick is in the same boat as Vamplew and Nitsche in that he has not had any results in Australia. However, when talking about the WSOP, it's a different story all together. Just last year Chidwick had a remarkable summer that saw him post five WSOP cashes, including two final tables. One of those final tables was in the prestigious $50,000 Poker Players Championship where he finished in 6th place, collecting $253,497. Chidwick already has well over $1 million in live tournament results on his resume, but will be looking to add an Australian flag to his Hendon Mob with a big showing here in Sydney.


Stephen Chidwick looking to steal an ANZPT title from Australia

Just a few weeks ago it was an unlikely Bosnian in Dejan Divkovic who took down ANZPT Perth. Can an international player steal away the trophy yet again? Well, if they take some of Angel Guillen's jetlag advice from the video below, the internationals just may have a chance.

Joshua Bell
@PokerStars in Sydney