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Asia Pacific Poker Tour -- Leo Boxell Wins Melbourne Main Event

Boxell Takes Home AUD $330,000 To Take His Career Earnings Close To $1 Million


Leo BoxellLeo Boxell won the inaugural PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour Melbourne main event title on Sunday July 31, earning AUD $330,000 in prize money. “Thank you Crown, thank you PokerStars, and thank you for all the people who hung around to support me. I really appreciate it,” said the 69-year-old Boxell in a brief post-tournament address to the crowd.

“Miserations to the runner-up, but he has played tremendously for four days…Very aggressive young fellow from New Zealand. I congratulate him for making second, and I’m sure there’s going to be more wins for him in the future. Thank you very much,” Boxell added.

Phillip Willcocks from Auckland, New Zealand finished in second place. The 28-year-old was nothing short of dominant during the four-day main event, finishing both day 2 and 3 at the top of the tournament leader board. Boxell and Willcocks battled for the better part of two hours before the final hand went down. Willcocks earned AUD $207,600 for his runner-up finish.

A staple in the Australian poker scene for more than a decade, Boxell skyrocketed to the top of the ANZPT Player of the Year leader board due to his efforts in Melbourne. Boxell has also moved close to the $1 million mark in career tournament earnings with this victory.

The APPT Melbourne main event attracted a total of 260 runners from 18 countries, generating a prize pool worth AUD $1,222,000.

Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker made the trek Down Under and while he did advance to day 2, he was eliminated out of the money. Team PokerStars was also represented by Joe Hachem (Australia), Bryan Huang (Asia) and Keiran Harris (Team Online). Harris was the only one of the bunch to finish in the money (24th place – AUD $9,800). Hachem was eliminated on day 1 and Huang on day 2.

Other notable players who finished in the money include Van Marcus (5th – $73,300), Julius Colman (9th – $27,500), and Kyle Cheong (18th – $12,200).

Final-Table Results:

NOTE: All Amounts listed in AUD.

1st: Leo Boxell — $330,000
2nd: Phillip Willcocks — $207,600
3rd: Steve Bouya — $116,000
4th: Will Jones — $88,600

5th: Van Marcus — $73,300
6th: Michael Frydman — $58,000
7th: Eddie Mascardi — $45,800
8th: Jackson Zheng — $36,700
9th: Julius Colman — $27,500