Even though we are still two eliminations away from the final table, we present to you the player profiles of the eleven remaining players who return on the final day of play as we look to crown the 2010 PokerStars.net ANZPT Melbourne champion!
Kristina Jeney, Sydney, New South Wales, (960,000 chips)
Kristina Jeney is an Event Manager from Sydney who rocked the Crown Poker Room late last night as she claimed the chip lead at the end of Day 2. This was a huge turnaround for Jeney who was down to under 5,000 in chips before the dinner break on Day 1. Poker is just a hobby for Jeney but she does have a first place in a Pink Diamond Ladies Event in Sydney to her credit, and will be looking to bring some bling back to Sydney.
James Obst, Adelaide, South Australia, (798,000 chips)
This 20-year old has achieved more in his tender years than many brick and mortar players have achieved in a lifetime. The world's number one online player before he was even of legal age, James "Andy_McLEOD" Obst had a second coming as a live player once he turned 18, before more recently dominating the online felt once again. His hot run of recent form includes the PokerStars WCOOP Player of the Series honour which brings with it worldwide prestige and praise. Obst brings a relaxed, but steely focus to this final day in his quest for his first major live poker title.
Ben Savage, Melbourne, Victoria, (760,000 chips)
Ben Savage is a 38-year old professional poker player and "natural ranga" from Melbourne with a string of tournament success to his credit. His largest result came with a runner-up finish in the 2006 Victorian Poker Championships Main Event for $81,000, and he also had a deep run in this year's Aussie Millions Main Event. This is a repeat final table for Ben as he will no doubt be keen to improve on his 8th place finish in this same event last year.
Raj Ramakrishnan, Sydney, New South Wales, (672,000 chips)
Raj Ramakrishnan emerged on the poker scene in 2009 during an incredible run in the Aussie Millions Main Event that ended in 4th place for a $400,000 score. Since that moment, Raj has been a regular on the Australasian poker scene with results throughout Australia and New Zealand. Outside of poker, Raj enjoys watching and playing cricket, and would love nothing more than spin a few leg breaks on this final day of play.
David Chilcott, Melbourne, Victoria, PokerStars Sponsored Player (657,000 chips)
David Chilcott is a 27-year old plumber who has been playing poker for four years. He is a strong family man and enjoys running, soccer and tennis in his spare time. While Chilcott has a handful of small tournament results to his credit, this will be his biggest score to date and first major tournament final table if he makes it to the final nine.
Ryan McKay, Sydney, New South Wales, PokerStars Player (612,000 chips)
Ryan McKay has entertained with his fast play and sharp tongue over the past two days - a combination which has given his opponents plenty of grief. But he revels in his ability in induce tilt in others as he's been with the chip leaders for most of the tournament. McKay is a 22-year old student from Sydney who has been playing poker for four years and while this is his first ANZPT cash, it's not yet his biggest poker score as McKay has an 8th place in the PokerStars Sunday Million to his credit.
Joe Allis, Auckland, New Zealand, (554,000 chips)
The lone Kiwi on this final table, Joe Allis is a 21-year old student who has been playing poker for two years. He already has several notable results to his credit with an 18th place in the 2009 APPT Sydney Grand Final, and dual final tables at the 2010 New Zealand Poker Championship. Allis grabbed the tournament chip lead late on day 2 and will enter the final day of play in good shape with 554,000 chips.
Ted Nguyen, Perth, Western Australia, (410,000 chips)
35-year old Ten Nguyen has come all the way from Perth to be part of the ANZPT Melbourne event, despite limited tournament experience. This is his first major cash of any note with his previous best result coming in an Aussie Millions satellite in Perth in 2008. Nguyen is an Engineer by trade and enjoys all sports, especially football and of course poker.
Amanda De Cesare, Melbourne, Victoria, PokerStars Sponsored Player (335,000 chips)
Amanda De Cesare burst onto the Australian poker scene last year as "The Poker Star" - the winner of a reality TV poker show hosted by PokerStars Team Pro Joe Hachem. De Cesare won PokerStars sponsorship and proved it was no fluke by taking down the Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series Main Event Title for $77,500 within a week of being announced as the TV show winner. De Cesare works as a Speech Pathologist and is dedicated to her family and friends away from the felt. A win today would confirm her place as the leading female player in the country.
Daniel Laidlaw, Adelaide, South Australia, PokerStars Qualifier (274,000 chips)
Another of the talented online players emerging out of Adelaide, Daniel Laidlaw is a professional cash game player who qualified for this event through a PokerStars online satellite. Daniel's best previous result came in the ANZPT event in Perth where he finish in 15th place, so today's final table will be his biggest live score to date. However he has some work to do as he enters the final day as the second shortest stack with 274,000.
Martin Kozlov, Melbourne, Victoria, (114,000 chips)
The short stack of the field is Martin Kozlov, a 23-year old professional poker player from Melbourne. He enters the final table with just 114,000 chips, but with a host of solid results throughout 2010, it would be remiss to dismiss this talented youngster as a threat. Martin picked up a trophy earlier in the year in a rebuy event at the Melbourne Championships but this will be his biggest live cash to date.