Back in 2004, the UK's Tony Bloom won this event for AU$426,500 by topping a field of 133 players. There are more players in today's starting field than the entire tournament that year, but that hasn't deterred Bloom for competing here on Day 1c.
In a recent hand, four players created a pot of 600 and saw a flop of . After the big blind had checked, Bloom bet 400, a middle-position player folded, and the button called. The big blind folded and it was heads-up action to the turn. Bloom kept the pressure on with a bet of 1,050, but he couldn't shake his opponent. When the completed the board on the river, Bloom bet 2,200 and the button snap called.
Bloom confidently rolled over , and he seemed genuinely surprised when his opponent tabled for a winning straight.