After three fast and furious days of action on the felt of the SKYCITY Darwin Casino, the field of 64 players has been reduced to the final nine. One of these players will take home $36,480 in prize money and a shiny new trophy.
Let's take a closer look at our ANZPT Darwin final table lineup:
Seat 1: Jonathan Dangio, New Caledonia (PokerStars Qualifier) - 232,200 chips
Our international flavour of the final table, Jonathan Dangio is a 31-year old Technician hailing from New Caledonia after winning a satellite to this event online on PokerStars.
Jonathan has been playing poker for two years after learning the game himself online, and this will be his first major tournament result. Away from poker, Jonathan enjoys all sports, especially cycling.
After a strong performance on day three, Jonathan enters this final table as one of the big stacks.
Seat 2: Danny Chevalier, Melbourne, Victoria - 83,800 chips
The newly crowned ANZ Player of the Year, Danny Chevalier is an experienced tournament and cash game player from Melbourne who is a regular on the ANZPT circuit. Danny's season has been nothing short of spectacular with four ANZPT cashes and three final tables including an 8th place in Adelaide and 3rd place in the most recent event in Melbourne.
It's been an extraordinary tournament for Danny, who survived an epic battle with Leo Boxell, and then limped into the points, before picking up pocket aces late in the day to return the final table in sound shape. The 2009 ANZPT Queenstown champion will be looking to become the first two-time ANZPT champion to go along with his Player of the Year trophy.
Seat 3: Fotios Manolakos, Darwin, Northern Territory - 121,600 chips
Fotios Manolakos is a 31-year old business owner and one of four Darwin locals on this final table. Fotios has been playing poker for seven years but this will be his first major tournament result.
When asked for his hobbies outside of poker, Fotios answered "poker", so we're guessing with poker on the brain he's going to be right in the mix at the end of the day.
Seat 4: Jack Drake, Gold Coast, Queensland - 273,400
This 28-year old from the sunny Gold Coast has been playing poker for about five years and with a number of previous tournament cashes to his credit, he has quite a bit of experience relative to many on this final table. Jack has always enjoyed cards from a young age and now regularly plays $2/$5 NLHE or PLO cash games with his best tournament result coming from a 5th place in a Joe Hachem Deep Stack Series Main Event. Away from the tables, Jack enjoys basketball, computer games and golf.
After entering day three with the chip lead, Jack was able to maintain that position and will be the player to catch today.
Seat 5: Mark Taylor, Darwin, Northern Territory - 55,900
Mark Taylor is another of the local brigade making his first big impression on the Australian tournament poker scene. A gardener by day, Mark has been enjoying poker for about three years, mostly playing sit and gos and enjoying the tournaments at SKYCITY Darwin.
Mark will have some work to do as he enters the final table as one of our short stacks.
Seat 6: Aaron Benton, Wollongong, New South Wales (PokerStars Qualifier) - 129,900
Aaron Benton is no stranger to final tables. One of the most successful players in the country, both live and online, with over $1 million in tournament earnings, the 2009 APPT Sydney champion is hell bent on adding an ANZPT trophy to the cabinet.
Aaron made a remarkable comeback in this tournament after being crippled to around eight big blinds approaching the money, only to get himself back to an average stack and make the final table. A man on a mission, Aaron will be a genuine threat on this final table.
Seat 7: Glenn Parry, Darwin, Northern Territory - 26,500
Glenn Parry is a 45-year old Motor Mechanic from Darwin and has one of the more remarkable stories on this final table. After being crippled on the bubble, it looked like Glenn's tournament was over, but he found a double up and stole a few more blinds to survive to reach the money and the final table. But he has a lot of work ahead of him as he enters the final as a severe short stack.
Seat 8: Jamie Hill, Darwin, Northern Territory - 142,600
Jamie Hill is an Insurance Broker and another of our local players on this final table. Jamie has been playing poker for two years and this is his first ever major tournament result.
Largely flying under the radar, Jamie was responsible for the elimination of Leo Boxell on day three, which made Danny Chevalier a very happy man. Outside of poker, Jamie enjoys football, so he'll be hoping to kick a few more goals today as he enters with a top three chip stack.
Seat 9: Brett Dannevig, Campbelltown, New South Wales - 119,300
Hailing from Campbelltown in New South Wales, Brett Dannevig is a 50-year old Sales Manager with five years experience in poker after learning through the APL in his local club. Brett qualified for this event through satellites and it's the first major tournament he's ever played in.
It's already been a memorable experience for Brett after making a Royal Flush on day one, so he'll be looking to complete the dream with a win this afternoon.