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Day 1a completed

Rubie Emerges as the APPT Melbourne Day 1a Chip Leader

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Brendon Rubie - Chip leader
Brendon Rubie - Chip leader

After seven tough levels of poker, the first of two Day 1 flights has come to an end here at the 2012 Asia Pacific Poker Tour Melbourne Main Event. A total of 98 players ponied up the $5,000 buy-in and at the end of the night, 65 had survived. Of those players it was Brendon Rubie who managed to bag up the largest stack, as he will now take 103,575 in chips into Saturday’s Day 2.

It was an extremely stacked field that took their seats tonight, with some of the best players in the region partaking in the action. These include the 2012 Aussie Millions champion Oliver Speidel, David Allan, Benn Skender, Liam O’Rourke, Australian Poker Hall of Fame members Jason Gray and Gary Benson and Team PokerStars Pros Roy Bhasin and Raymond Wu. Of these players, Gray, Allan and Speidel weren’t able to survive the night, while the rest are still in contention.

One of the toughest tables we have seen on the tour emerged early in the evening, with Kristian Lunardi, Jackie Glazier, Brendon Rubie, Tom Grigg and Jay Kinkade all being seated at the same table. Of those players, Glazier was the first player to hit the rail, falling to the might of Grigg. Apart from Glazier, all of these prominent Australian poker players managed to survive the night

Some of the other players who survived the night and secured a Day 2 berth include Oliver Gill, Mitch Carle, Didier Guerin, Tim English, Ricky Kroesen and Wayne Bentley. Joining Rubie at the top of the chip counts are the likes of 2010 ANZPT champion Michael Kanaan, Will Jones and Andy Lee. A full list of surviving players and chip counts will be posted once they are made available.

Be sure to join us from 12:10 PM local time tomorrow as we bring you all the live coverage from Day 1b of the APPT Melbourne Main Event. Until then!

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Official End-of-Day 1a Chip Counts (full)

Brendon Rubie au 103,575 -1,425
Michael Kanaan au 96,675 21,675
Will Jones 92,025 36,025
Aidan Tam 87,925
Andy Lee 85,325 15,325
Ashley Warner 84,550
Gary Benson au 84,300 26,300
Liam O'Rourke au 84,000 -3,000
Tom Grigg au 80,700 -4,300
Haibo Chu au 77,375 27,375
Stephen Hansen 77,300 47,300
Johnny Huynh 75,700
Sylvia Hewitt 73,950
Julius Colman au 73,350 24,350
Jay Kinkade 72,225 8,225
Karan Punjabi 69,925
Stephen Quon 60,800
Ti Tran 60,475
Heidi Thomson 60,025
Mitch Carle 57,025 29,025
Oliver Gill au 56,150 -7,750
Wayne Bentley 55,075 -4,925
Ilir Beluli 54,400
Tim English au 52,075 22,075
Dean Blatt 51,625

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Rubie Drops Some


Brendon Rubie just tabled {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds}, as he was looking to add even more chips to his big stack. His opponent showed {A-Hearts}{7-Spades}, and was looking for serious help.

The board ran out {3-Spades}{A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds}{2-Spades}{5-Hearts}, and Rubie dropped some.

"One outer," Tom Grigg said after the board had brought an ace. Apparently two other players had folded an ace, and the all-in player got pretty lucky in order to stay alive!

Brendon Rubie au 105,000 -30,000

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Three More Hands

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The tournament clock has been paused and the players have been told there will be three more hands at each table before the chips are bagged up for the night.

Lunardi Wins Some Chips


Kristian Lunardi opened the action to 1,200 preflop and received calls from Steve Goodridge on his left and Tom Grigg in the big blind. The dealer turned over a {10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{2-Spades} flop and all three players checked.

On the {2-Hearts} turn, Grigg led for 1,800 and both his opponents called. A {3-Spades} would complete the board on the river and again Grigg bet, this time firing out 4,600. Lunardi and Goodridge both called, bringing forth a showdown.

"Well, that didn't work," said Grigg as he mucked his cards.

Lunardi tabled {k-Clubs}{10-Spades} at this point, enough to send Goodridge's {9-Spades}{9-Clubs} and plenty of chips into his stack.

Kristian Lunardi au 32,000 7,000

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Bentley Rolling


Wayne Bentley was knocked down by Oliver Gill, but he just managed to double up. Bentley told us how his opponent raised to 3,000, and he made it 9,000 to go. The action got back to Bentley's opponent, who moved all in for 57,000.

The Brit called immediately, and showed {A-}{A-}. His opponent had {A-}{K-}, and Bentley doubled up after the board brought mere blanks.

Wayne Bentley 60,000 30,000

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Grigg Gets There


Tom Grigg was in great shape to eliminate one opponent, holding {k-Spades}{q-Spades} against the all-in player's {10-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. The player got his 8,800-chip stack in preflop and would need plenty of help after the dealer turned over a {9-Clubs}{5-Spades}{5-Diamonds} flop. That help would come on the {10-Spades} turn, putting Grigg's opponent in front. However, Grigg had a huge amount of outs at this point and the {j-Spades} was one of them, sending Grigg the pot and sending the player home.

Tom Grigg au 85,000 13,000

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O'Rourke's Queens Hold Up


A players in the under-the-gun position just moved all in for his final 12,200, and Liam O'Rourke called two seats over. The action got folded to Kristian Lunardi in the big blind, and he took a serious look at his cards. After two seconds he started laughing, and it was clear he did this just to throw off O'Rourke a bit.

Liam O'Rourke{Q-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}

The board ran out {A-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{4-Spades}{10-Hearts}{6-Hearts}, and O'Rourke added some more to his stack.

Liam O'Rourke au 87,000 35,000

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