The inaugural PokerStars.net Australian and New Zealand Poker Tour has wrapped up for 2009!
Ever since Joe Hachem took down the WSOP Main Event in 2005, poker in Australia hasn’t stopped growing – and now thanks to PokerStars, we have a tour that we can call our own.
When first word of the ANZPT started spreading, many were unsure if they tour could support itself amongst the seemingly busy tournament calendar, mixed with the current economic crisis that many were experiencing. Many sceptics on both sides of the felt have undoubtedly been proven wrong!
As Australia’s home of poker, Adelaide and SkyCity Casino, took the honours for the first event for the season, a very respectable 215 players took to the felt for the $3,000 event. The $586,950 prize pool was nothing short of what was expected for what the replaced Adelaide Poker Championships would have attracted.
Melbournian Karl Krautschneider walked home with the $170,215 first prize after besting a final table that featured the highly talented Tony ‘Bond18’ Dunst, Dean ‘dinhjo’ Nyberg, Julius Colman, Celina Lin, Bruno Portaro and James Broom.
Over eleven weeks went by until 493 players ventured to Sydney for the $2,200 Main Event, and after the near $1,000,000 prizepool was created, Australia had a new quarter of a million dollar man with Paren ‘Puzz’ Arzoomanian overcoming a table that featured the aggressive Lisa Walsh, Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros and Joel ‘StrongPlay’ Dodds.
Running parallel with the Melbourne Poker Championships, the $2,700 Main Event attracted a rather smaller than expected 218 players, but when the dust settled, Chris Levick emerged victorious taking home nearly $160,000 before the tour took a break as the World Series of Poker took the forefront for everyone involved in the poker industry.
It would be less than a week following that final elimination at the WSOP before the cards were back in the air in Queenstown for the fourth stop on the tour. A small field was always expected, but the quality of the 134 players made up for the $301,500 prizepool as Daniel Chevalier walked away with the gold and near NZD$90,000 in prizemoney.
As we headed to Queensland, we wouldn’t only knock off a first for the country, but most likely the world, when the tournament was run in simultaneous locations in both the Gold Coast and Brisbane. 249 players were spread over the two venues with a $622,500 prizepool created for the $2,500 Main Event. Scott Kerr would top the stellar field and final table that included the likes of Phillip Willcocks, Scott ‘Punty’ Smith, Danny Joukhadar and, for his second one of the tour, Joel ‘StrongPlay’ Dodds to capture the $168,075 first prize.
However, before you race off to get your calculators out here are the numbers broken down – a total of 1,309 players played the tour with 334 of them being PokerStars Qualifiers and Sponsored players. $2,982,196 was given out in total prizemoney with 126 lucky players being to share in this.
With PokerStars adding the bonus of three sponsorship packages into the mix for the top three points scorers during the tour, the final results finished up as following:
Tony Hachem – 170.1 points
Chris Levick – 149.2
Joel ‘StrongPlay’ Dodds – 138.8
PokerStars.net Team Australia Pro Tony Hachem will walk away an APPT and Aussie Millions package, Chris Levick will join Hachem for season two of the ANZPT and Joel ‘StrongPlay’ Dodds will have $10,500 worth of events taken care of by PokerStars.
There is no doubt that the inaugural tour was a success from both the player and operator viewpoint, and accordingly season two has already been penned in with it commencing on February 9th, 2010 in Adelaide.
Make sure to stay up-to-date with further details on the ANZPT, along with updates and recaps from other PokerStars.net tours from around the world, right here at PokerNetwork!
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