The ANZPT has been popular over the years, and along with the Aussie Millions, represents the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer in terms of live tournament poker. This is probably the reason why APPT have moved to secure the ANZPT as part of their own tour, having already done so with the Aussie Millions. This could provide opportunity for growth and potentially bring interesting new changes, but for this one last time in Melbourne, the ANZPT was working under it's own flag.
Largest Main Event in the tour's history
The signs certainly suggest that the ANZPT is flourishing, as this year's numbers for the Melbourne Main Event add up to a record breaking field. 206 players turned out for day 1a, and a further 314 bought into day 1b, creating a total field of 520 players. This generated a grand total prize pool that broke the seven figure barrier with AUD$1,066,000.That makes the 2015 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event the largest in the tour's history.63 of the players in the field went on to cash for a minimum of AUD$3,200 with the prizes at the final table being substantially larger.
Manny Stravropoulos crowned APT Player of the year, Linh Shi wins the Event
As the action came down to the final table, there had also been a twist in the tale of the ANZPT Player of the Year race as Raiden Kan, who had been leading before today, was pushed back into 2nd by Manny Stavropoulos. Manny reached this ANZPT Melbourne final table with a very healthy stack and was a threat throughout. If his name sounds familiar, it's for good reason. Manny Stavropoulos won the Aussie Millions Main Event early this year, and has achieved a remarkable feat in final tabling this prestigious event too. Sadly for Manny, he couldn't quite add another major title to his trophy cabinet, as he eventually fell in 3rd place, but he has won the ANZPT Player of the Year award, and that is certainly something to take pride in.
Manny won this year the Aussie Millions Main Event (Photo Kenneth Lim)
Players made a deal 3 handed, meaning that he also took home plenty of prize money. The final standings for the tournament were as follows:
– 1st Lin Shi AUD$170,641
– 2nd Peter Matusik AUD$174,489
– 3rd Manny Stavropoulos AUD$171,910
– 4th Nikolce Trajkovski AUD$71,960
– 5th Kenn Langcake AUD$55,965
– 6th Erich Stadler AUD$45,305
– 7th Carl Knox AUD$34,650
– 8th George Balandinos AUD$26,650
– 9th Mile Krstanoski AUD$19,100
Lin Shi wins the event after a 3 way deal (Photo PokerStars)
We look forward to seeing how the ANZPT will look once it has been brought into the APPT fold, and how the expansion of major tours across Asia and Australia will help to shape poker in this part of the world.