The 2011 PokerStars.net APPT Melbourne Main Event has finally come to a close and crowned its champion. It was over nine hours of tough play at the final table, with Aussie veteran Leo Boxell the last man standing and going home with the trophy and the hefty A$330,000 first place prize!
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It is somewhat poetic that the first time the Asia Pacific Poker Tour made its way to Melbourne it would be won by a local boy, born and raised, and its hard to think of a more deserving player of the victory, with Leo Boxell a staple of the Australian poker industry for four decades and counting.
The final table was a hectic ride with many players putting themselves in good position to take down a victory, however, when heads-up play was finally reached it was only Boxell and New Zealander Phillip Willcocks who were still in the running for the title.
An early hand in the heads-up battle left Willcocks with a big lead, when Boxell got his stack in preflop holding and not being able to catch up against the of Willcocks.
Boxell had some work to do with a 3-1 chip deficit, and that’s exactly what he did, managing to claw his way back to a chip lead and eventually winning the championship when he held against the of Willcocks, on a board. When all the chips went in on the turn and Boxell tabled his hand, the rail watched on and erupted in applause as a champion was crowned when the river hit the felt.
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Place Winner Sponsor Prize (AUD) 1 Leo Boxell 330,000 2 Phillip Willcocks 207,600 3 Steve Bouya 116,000 4 William Jones 88,600 5 Van Marcus 73,300 6 Michael Frydman 58,000 7 Eddie Mascardi PokerStars Qualifier 45,800 8 Jackson Zheng PokerStars Qualifier 36,700 9 Julius Colman 27,500 10 Aharon Shabtay 18,300 11 James Obst 18,300 12 Luke Edwards PokerStars Qualifier 18,300 13 Fabian Craib 15,300 14 Steven Calder 15,300 15 Michael Guzzardi 15,300 16 Aaron Lim 15,300 17 Ivan Zalac 12,200 18 Kyle Cheong 12,200 19 Anatoly Parshenkov PokerStars Qualifier 12,200 20 Mitch Carle 12,200 21 Antonis Kambouroglou 9,800 22 Marcus Lau PokerStars Qualifier 9,800 23 Ricky Kroesen PokerStars Qualifier 9,800 24 Keiran Harris PokerStars Team Online 9,800 25 Norah Greer 8,600 26 Mishel Anunu PokerStars Qualifier 8,600 27 Scott Peel 8,600 28 Koray Turker PokerStars Qualifier 8,600
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