Boxell Leaps To Chip Lead, Graham Goes Back-To-Back at APPT Sydney

Posted at 22:37 2009-12-02

There was an impressive array of youth and experience on display today at the beautiful Star City casino in Sydney as one Australian veteran showed he’s still got the goods, while another of our country’s finest young guns once again proved his talent.

It was the second opening flight of the 2009 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event and 109 players hit the felt. Many big names were in attendance but it was Australian poker stalwart Leo Boxell who emerged as the day’s chip leader. Boxell will take 147,700 into day 2 play with a large portion of his chips coming in a preflop race against WSOP bracelet winner Brian Wilson. It was Boxell’s {Td}{Th} against Wilson’s {Ks}{Qs}. Wilson spiked a king on the flop but a fourth heart on the turn gave the chips to Boxell.

In the end 68 players survived the day and include the likes of Brendon Rubie, Phillip Willcocks, David Steicke, Michael Guzzardi, Wooka Kim, Amanda De Cesare, Kristian Lunardi, Jai Kemp, Sam Youssef, Tino Lechich, Simon Watt, Brendan Edmonds, Julius Colman and defending champ Martin Rowe.

Top Ten Chip Counts:

Leo Boxell - 147,700
Thomas Grigg - 141,500
Joel Cohen - 137,700
Stewart Davidson - 121,700
Sander Aalders - 109,100
Tom Pongrass - 102,500
David Hibbott - 102,100
Brendon Rubie - 101,700
Phillip Willcocks - 95,000
David Steicke - 88,200

Meanwhile across the room, the crowd had gathered on the rail to watch the climax of the $15,300 High Roller’s Event. With eight players returning and only five reaching the money it was going to be a nervous day for some. Jonathan “xMONSTERxDONGx” Karamalikis held the chip lead but finished in 4th place for his third final table appearance for the week, however it was fellow PokerNetworker Jarred “FlopNutsOnYou” Graham who pulled off a remarkable feat in winning back-to-back High Rollers titles. Graham is clearly not just one of the best young players in the county, but this victory now takes him to the outright lead in the 2009 PokerNetwork Australasian Rankings leaderboard. With four trophies and over $500,000 in live tournament earnings in the past twelve months, we look forward to seeing Graham take to the world stage in 2010. Special note to George Moussa who impressed one again to claim second place for his third runner-up finish in High Roller events this year.

High Rollers Final Results:

1st Jarred Graham – $156,000
2nd George Moussa - $91,650
3rd Michel Bouskila - $66,300
4th Jonathan Karamalikis - $44,850
5th Bill Jordanou - $31,200
6th Danny Huynh
7th Warwick Mirzikinian
8th In Wook Choi

Tomorrow will see the final batch of hopefuls for Day 1c of the APPT Sydney Main Event with likely appearances from PokerStars Pros Celina Lin, Grant Levy, Joe Hachem and Peter Eastgate set to push the total number of entrants close to 400 and an anticipated million dollar first place prize. The PokerNews Team will once again be on the floor to bring you all the live updates as they happen!

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