The 2010 ANZPT Queenstown Main Event final table has been decided. The nine players are chasing a first prize of AUD $73,630 and the title of ANZPT Queenstown champion. Play will continue at level 16 (blinds 2500-5000 with an ante of 500) for ten more minutes. From that point we will resume the normal one-hour levels start with Level 17 (blinds 3000-6000 with an ante of 500) until one player has all the chips!
Seat 1 – John Maklouf, Sydney, NSW, PokerStars Qualifier (175,000 in chips):
A 31-year-old manager with six years of online and live experience, this Star City regular qualified for the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event via a PokerStars satellite. This is his third ANZPT final table in a row, an unprecedented feat. He’s had a bit of luck today to make it through this far but his results speak for themselves.
Seat 2 – Andrew Watson, Wollongong, NSW, (450,000 in chips):
Andrew is a 23-year-old student studying Commerce at University of Wollongong. He’s been playing poker for three years and now mainly plays online. Any result today of fifth place or better would eclipse Andrew’s previous biggest score, an online score of $17,000. Starting the final table 2nd in chips will give Andrew an excellent opportunity to set a new personal best.
Seat 3 – Emmerson Rewi, Rotorua, NZ, (80,000 in chips):
The lone Kiwi at the final table, Emmerson can normally be found working at the Department of Justice. He’s 35 years old, is married and has one child. His best previous finish in a live tournament was 4th place at the 2008 Auckland Championships.
Seat 4 – Julian Cohen, Melbourne, Victoria, PokerStars Qualifier (377,000 in chips):
Julian Cohen will start today’s final table third in chips. He’ll be looking to improve upon a 4th-place finish at the 2009 Victoria Championships. Cohen has been playing poker for three years and recently completed a program in commerce arts at Deakin University.
Seat 5 – Bryan Huang, Singapore, Team PokerStars Pro (Asia) (97,500 in chips):
Hailing from Singapore, Bryan Huang is one of Asia’s rising poker talents. He took up the game while serving in the military, and his interest continued as he went on to study accountancy. While working towards his degree he began to take poker more seriously, by reading up on the game and trying to understand its complexities. That effort has paid off, and he’s now one of the toughest players on the circuit, and one of highest earning Singaporeans of all time. His work is cut out for him at this final table as he is ranked 7th in chips.
Seat 6 – Jason Gray, Sydney, NSW (71,500 in chips):
Don’t let the unassuming demeanour of this poker pro fool you. He’s one of the nation’s most respected players and has featured in Australia’s (and the world’s) biggest cash games for more than two decades. His best tournament results have come in recent years – he won the $15,000 buy-in event at the 2007 Victorian Championships, then placed third in the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo Split World Championship at the 2008 WSOP for more than USD $200,000 and was runner-up to Martin Rowe in the 2008 APPT Grand Final. He also won ANZPT Canberra last month to pad his poker resume. Today Jason starts in the “Dank Position”, 9th in chips.
Seat 7 – Vesko Zmukic, Perth, Western Australia (575,000 in chips):
Many argue that poker is a sport, and no-one is better qualified to make a call on this vexing question than this 42-year-old former professional soccer player. Indeed, his PokerStars ID sutjeska refers to the Montenegrin football club with which he made his professional debut (he now coaches in the top tier of WA soccer). The father of two is among the most respected players on this side of the country, having captured the Western Classic title late in 2009. He enters the final table as chip leader.
Seat 8 – Tim Clarke, Melbourne, Victoria, (292,000 in chips):
It’s been a better return engagement for Tim in the 2010 installment of ANZPT Queenstown than it was in 2009. Last year Tim was the bubble boy of the Queenstown Main Event. This year he comes to the final table ranked 4th in chips. Tim is 21 years old and is currently studying Business and IT at Swinburne University. In his spare time he works for plumbing company.
Seat 9 – Michael Spilkin, Melbourne, Victoria (275,000 in chips):
In a different life Michael Spilkin is a trader. In his poker life he continues to post sustained, impressive results. He has been playing for two years, primarily as a cash game player. But he also has a few tournament final tables to his credit. He finished 4th in the Melbourne Championships, and 8th in a recent Joe Hachem Deep Stack event.