ANZPT6 Melbourne: Shooting for seven figures of glory
One million dollars.
No matter how you look at it, it's an impressive number. And it's a number often associated with wealth. Hundreds are handy, thousands are grand but a million bucks is what dreams are made of.
Poker and millions go hand-in-hand. Dating back to when the World Poker Tour first arrived on television in 2003, it was the huge sums of money that grabbed our attention. People play poker to make dreams become reality and when there's a million bucks in the prize pool, you know it's the big time.
We've seen it at the WSOP, and we've witnessed it at the aptly-named Aussie Millions, but never before on the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour. That may be able to change. Over the next four days, inside the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, we may just be making history.
The 2014 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event appears set to challenge for bragging rights. Ever since the first season of the ANZPT rolled out, Sydney event has held claim to the largest ANZPT in history. It was May 3, 2009, when Paren Arzoomanian defeated a field of 493 players to capture the lion's share of the $986,000 prize pool.
Since then, many ANZPT events have come and gone - six seasons' worth in fact. But nothing has reached that number and no event has topped the million dollar prize pool.
We get a feeling that is about to change.
PokerStars have been satelliting into this event for many months now. The last ANZPT event was back in March when Josh Redhouse took down the ANZPT Sydney title. That's over five months ago, and that means that we now have almost 200 online qualifiers which is a record number for the ANZPT. Throw in Crown last minute satellites, some interstate visitors and a throng of locals, and we look set for a prize pool worth seven figures of glory which would make the people of Melbourne very happy.
Stay locked into the PokerStars blog over the next four days as we keep you up-to-date on this ANZPT record attempt. We'll have stories from both sides of the felt, while the PokerNews live reporting team deliver the hand-by-hand blows from the tournament floor.
It all kicks off at 2pm (GMT+10) on Friday afternoon. Stay tuned!
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.