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Day 2 completed

Bentley Leads APPT Melbourne; Defending Champ, Boxell Close Behind

[user162117] • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante
Australian Poker Hall of Fame member, Leo Boxell
Australian Poker Hall of Fame member, Leo Boxell

It took just under 12 hours, but finally Day 2 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Melbourne Main Event has come to an end. There were 167 players who started the day with high hopes of surviving the night, but only 44 managed to bag up some chips. Of those players, Wayne Bentley snagged the chip lead with a stack of 450,000. Close behind Bentley is, amazingly, the defending champ, Leo Boxell.

Boxell, who took down $330,000 for winning this event in 2011, could become the first player to win two of the same APPT events in back-to-back years.

Some of the players who fell by the wayside during the early stages of the day include World Series of Poker bracelet winner Andrew Hinrichsen, James Broom, Julian Cohen, Van Marcus, Tim English and Team PokerStars Pros Raymond Wu and Celina Lin.

It didn’t take long for the field to be cut in half and at this point, Haibo Chu was far and away the chip leader, while Tom Grigg, Michael Kanaan and Bentley all held the lead at one point during the evening. Unfortunately for Grigg, he would fall way down the leader board during the last level, and while he would survive, the rest of the above players survived with far healthier stacks.

Some of the other players who won’t be joining the Day 3 field include Aaron Benton, Jai Kemp, Didier Guerin and Jay Kinkade as they all found their way to the rail throughout the night.

Those who will are still alive and well heading into Day 3 include Sam Razavi, James Bills, Billy Argyros, Jarred Graham, Krsitian Lunardi, Gary Benson and PokerStars Team Online member, Roy Bhasin. Joining Bentley and Boxell at the top of the counts will be the likes of Brendon Rubie, Dale Marsland and Benn Skender. See below for a full list of survivors.

It is the top 28 players who guaranteed a min-cash, so join us tomorrow as we play into the money and move on our way to the final table. Day 3 kicks off at 12:30 PM local time. Until then, poker fans!

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Official End of Day Chip Counts (full)

Wayne Bentley 450,000 110,000
Leo Boxell au 400,000 50,000
Brendon Rubie au 314,500 24,500
Michael Kanaan au 311,000 -9,000
Dale Marsland au 294,000 14,000
Benn Skender 285,500 5,500
Sam Razavi gb 283,500 115,500
Ted Nguyen 279,000 84,000
Ashley Warner au 278,000 18,000
Tam Truong au 275,000 -25,000
Haibo Chu au 262,000 -133,000
James Bills 230,000 -20,000
Karan Punjabi au 210,500
Stephan Bartelheim 206,000
Gunther Hornung 200,000 -75,000
Ilir Beluli 195,000
Ismail Ismail au 193,000 3,000
Charles Caris au 181,000
Mile Krstanoski au 168,500 93,500
Michael Guttman 166,000 26,000
Billy Argyros au 165,000 -25,000
Roy Bhasin 163,500 -91,500
Joel Feldman au 160,000 45,000
Oliver Gill au 148,000 8,000
Keith Walker 138,500

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Three More Hands

Happy_Freaked • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

There are three hands left to be played on Day 2 of APPT Melbourne. We will be back shortly with the official end-of-day chip counts.

Grigg Loses Them Late; Bills Cruising


James Bills and Tom Grigg have just traded a huge amount of chips to see Grigg now sit behind a pittance of what he once had. We caught the action from the hand in question with a {j-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} board out on the felt and with Bills jamming for 81,000 here on the turn. There was around 60,000 already in the pot at this point.

"Did you know you had eighty thousand when you shoved?" Grigg asked Bills.

Bills didn't reply and Grigg continued tanking. Eventually he made the call, turning over {a-Clubs}{10-Spades} - in very bad shape against Bills' {k-Hearts}{k-Spades}. With a {9-Diamonds} on the river, Bills raked in the huge pot and said, "I thought i had around sixty thousand."

James Bills 250,000 130,000
Tom Grigg au 140,000 -200,000

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Strong Late Surge For The Croc


Billy Argyros called over our reporter to let us know how he managed to accumulate a very healthy chip stack.

"Well first, i sucked out on Grant here a lot," said Argyros, gesturing to Grant Levy who has had a rough day at the felt.

"But, how i eliminated this guy is better," Argyros added, gesturing to the now empty seat next to him.

Apparently, it was folded to this player in the small blind and he raised it up to 6,500. Argyros then three-bet to 18,000 and the small blind shoved for another 39,000. Argyros thought long and hard here and couldn't decide, so he said, "let's leave it to the fate."

Argyros got a coin out and told his opponent to call it. If he got it wrong, Argyros would call; If he got it right, Argyros would fold. Argyros flipped the coin and the guy called for heads. It was tails and so Argyros called.

Argyros held {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs}, while his opponent had {6-}{6-}. The board ran out with a three Broadway cards, giving Argyros the straight and plenty of chips to go along with it.

Billy Argyros au 190,000

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No Day 3 For Dillon


Pat Dillon just moved all in under the gun for right around 40,000 chips. Tam Truong, one of the big stacks in the event, decided to call from the hijack and the other players folded.

Dillion showed {A-}{Q-} and was well ahead against Truong's {K-}{Q-}. Unfortunately the flop brought a king, and Dillon's dreams were shattered.

Tam Truong au 300,000 40,000
Pat Dillon Busted

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Down to 46

Happy_Freaked • Level 14: 1,500-3,000, 500 ante

There are 46 players remaining in the event with a 167,609 average. The average in big blinds is 55, and that means there's still a lot of play!