APPT Season 5 Kicks Off Down Under

The Crown Casino plays host to the first APPT stop of 2011.

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour kicked off its fifth season at the Crown Casino in Melbourne Friday.

The $5,000 AUD Main Event drew 260 players, generating a prize pool in excess of $1.2 million and a first-place prize of $330,000.

Headlining the first stop on the APPT Season 5 schedule were former WSOP Main Event champions Joe Hachem and Chris Moneymaker.

Hachem, whose name is synonymous with Australian poker, failed to make it through the day and busted with A-Q to A-K pre-flop against PokerStars online qualifier Liam Moffett.

Moneymaker fared better, finishing the day with just over the 30,000 starting stack.

Mitch Carle is leading the 176 players who survived to return on Day 2. Carle, a Melbourne local, will enjoy a sizeable lead with 187,900, over 60k more than his nearest competition.

28 players will get paid in this event, with the payouts beginning at $8,600.

The Asia Pacific Poker Tour currently has two more tournaments on the season 5 schedule. The APPT will touch down in Queenstown on August 23, and Macau this November.

Check out the top ten chip counts heading into Day 2:

Mitchell Carle, Australia - 187,900

Kyle Cheong, Australia - 126,825

David Allen, Australia (PokerStars Player) - 123,700

Ilir Beluli, Australia - 114,275

Francis Artufel, Australia - 111,425

David Bonadio, Australia - 111,300

Phillip Willcocks, New Zealand - 110,100

Koray Turker, New Zealand (PokerStars Qualifier) - 109,800

James Obst, Australia - 108,800

David Steicke, Hong Kong - 107,050

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