After three days of toil on the felt of the Crown Perth Poker Room, our ANZPT Perth Main Event field of 219 players has been reduced to the final table of nine. Let's find out a little more about our final table participants:
Seat 1: Dale Marsland (Melbourne, Victoria) - 647,000 chips
34-year old Dale Marsland is arguably the Crown Perth Poker Room's most successful player and his last twelve months have been nothing short of phenomenal. Marsland won the 2012 Western Classic Main Event here in Perth, as well as two other side events, before collecting another two titles just a week later at the ANZPT in Melbourne.
With seven years of experience in the game, it appears that Marsland is playing well and running even better which is a lethal combination. His two outer with pockets sixes to eliminate Pawal Zawadowicz's pocket aces just short of the final table was a defining moment in this tournament, and could carry Marsland all the way to a popular and memorable victory.
Seat 2: David Fragomeni (Perth, Western Australia) - 143,000 chips
One of the short stacks on this final table is local hope David Fragomeni. The 26-year old videographer has been playing poker for six years after starting in a home game with his friends. While he considered himself a casual small-stakes player, he has managed to chop the PokerStars Sunday Storm online tournament for a five-figure score.
Outside of poker, David enjoys nothing more than spending some time on the basketball courts.
Seat 3: David Evans (Perth, Western Australia) - 148,000 chips
David Evans is another Perth player on this final table looking to keep the title on home soil. Evans has been playing for around five years, and although his poker resume is only small, it does include two major final tables, including a 9th place finish in the 2012 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event.
Working as a real estate agent means that Evans knows how to run a good bluff, which has helped him turn around his day one short stack to reach the final table.
Seat 4: James Broom (Melbourne, Victoria) - 87,000 chips
James Broom is one of the most accomplished professionals on this final table. The 32-year old has been playing poker for seven years and his poker resume includes the 2008 Melbourne Championships Main Event title as well as two other ANZPT final tables. He'll be keen to go one place better than his runner-up result at the 2011 ANZPT Canberra Main Event.
After dominating play for large periods of this tournament, Broom will look back at a key hand with some regret after he shoved ace-queen into Iori Yogo's pocket queens. Now the short stack of the field, he'll need a double up or two to get back into contention.
Away from the tables, Broom enjoys soccer, snowboarding and hitting the weights at the gym. He's also made the most of the spectacular poolside area here at the Crown Metropol.
Seat 5: Iori Yogo (Nagoya, Japan) - 993,000 chips
Our chip leader entering this final table is Japan's Iori Yogo. At only 29 years of age, Yogo already has ten years of experience in the game, primarily in cash games where he plays anything up to $5/10 No Limit or $20/40 Limit Holdem. Although his tournament resume is a little bare, he already has himself a trophy this week after winning the six-handed event earlier this week. Could he make it two trophies in a week?
Away from poker, Yogo enjoys playing mahjong, video games and comic books. He has enjoyed his time in Perth and complimented that the Crown Perth dealers were of high quality throughout the week.
Seat 6: Colin Wilford (Perth, Western Australia) - 544,000 chips
House sales must be slow in Perth this week, as Colin Wilford is our second local real estate agent on this final table. Wilford has been playing poker for about six years after getting started in pub poker with the WAPL.
This is Wilford's first significant tournament result which was a great thrill, but now he's gunning for the trophy and the $114,000 first place prize.
Seat 7: Philip Gidley-King (Perth, Western Australia) - 411,000 chips
The fourth Perth local on this final table, Philip Gidley-King is a 43-year old investor with six years of experience in the game. Again he also started through the WAPL ranks and enjoys playing tournaments, with this result the best of his poker career.
Outside of poker Gidley-King says his hobbies are drinking and smoking - two perfectly good hobbies for a poker player.
Seat 8: Luke Brabin (Wagga Wagga, New South Wales) - 175,000 chips
Luke Brabin is a 33-year old who works in marketing and sports betting, and has a dozen years of experience in the game. He enjoys the thrill of playing in big tournaments with his best result coming with a 5th place in a Rebuy Event at the 2007 Aussie Millions.
Away from poker, Brabin enjoys politics as a hobby, and says that he's enjoyed being away from Melbourne and Sydney this week. We're sure the locals would agree with that!
Seat 9: Dejan Divkovic (Lipnica, Bosnia) - 904,000 chips
One of the more interesting players on our final table is Dejan Divkovic. Hailing from Bosnia, Divkovic has come a long way for this event, travelling with a friend to experience Australia. At just 23 years of age, Divkovic has been playing for about four years after building his bankroll from grinding freerolls.
Primarily a cash game player, Divkovic doesn't have much of a live tournament record, but online, Divkovic has a couple of big scores in the PokerStars Super Tuesday and the Sunday Warm Up.
Divkovic has really enjoyed Perth and its people, and enjoys getting outside to play some tennis, football and golf.