Poker veteran wins APPT Melbourne Main Event

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Aug 02, 2011 Posted in Aussie Poker News, Tournament News | No Comments »

Leo “The Mechanic” Boxell has been grinding poker tournaments in the Melbourne area for the better part of four decades, and he now has his first major tournament victory after winning the PokerStars.net APPT Melbourne Main Event.

Boxell may look like your average grandfather, but he doesn’t play poker like your grandfather! Boxell’s resume already included an APPT Main Event final table in 2009, WSOP Main Event cash in 2007, and an ANZPT Main Event final table in May as well as winning the $2k NLHE 6-Max tournament at the Aussie Millions earlier this year.

Standing in Leo’s way was the Day 2 and Day 3 chip-leader Phillip Wilcocks, who saw his rollercoaster ride of a final table come to an end in second place despite having a 3-to-1 chip-lead over Boxell at one point in the heads-up duel.

Another player of interest at the final table was Aussie poker pro Van Marcus, who managed to weave his way through the final table despite beginning the day with an extremely short-stack; alas, Marcus’ run would end with a 5th place finish. Here is look at the final table payouts from the APPT Melbourne Main Event:

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 — $45,800

8. Jackson Zheng — $36,700

9. Julius Colman — $27,500

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