In excess of 200 players turned up to the Skycity Casino in Adelaide to compete in the first stop of the inaugural season of the Australia and New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT).

On the first flight of day one, 104 players signed up to sit at the tables and on day 1B there was an even larger turnout, with 111 taking a seat at the felt.

The top 18 players in the event will receive a share of the A$586,950 ($379,000) prize pool, with the champion pocketing A$170,215.

Most of the competitors hailed from the home country, although there were a number of exceptions, notably Tony Dunst of the US and Hong Kong's David Steicke.

Other famous names to enter the competition included 2005 World Series of Poker main event winner Joe Hachem and well-known Australian gamers James Obst and Billy Argyros.

Hachem recently told Card Player that poker had "exploded" in Australia and that his win in Las Vegas was having a similar effect in his country as Chris Moneymaker's did in the US.

Like Moneymaker, Hachem inspired many to take up the popular card game after becoming an overnight celebrity by taking down the most prestigious title on the poker circuit, despite being a complete unknown before the competition.