Day 2 completed
Day 2 completed
It took just under 12 hours, but finally Day 2 of the PokerStars.net 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!
It has not been a good half hour for Grigg as he has lost more chips, this time to Kristian Lunardi. It was all in preflop for this hand, with the short-stacked Lunardi holding . Grigg held and with a board being spread on the felt, Lunardi took the double up.
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.
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 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 - in very bad shape against Bills' . With a on the river, Bills raked in the huge pot and said, "I thought i had around sixty thousand."
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 , while his opponent had . The board ran out with a three Broadway cards, giving Argyros the straight and plenty of chips to go along with it.
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 and was well ahead against Truong's . Unfortunately the flop brought a king, and Dillon's dreams were shattered.
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!
Mishel Anunu was just all in for around 35,000 chips from the button, and Gary Benson called him from the small blind.
The board ran out , and Anunu got lucky in order to stay alive in this event. Benson still has him covered after this hand, but not by a lot.