Aussie Old-Schooler Boxell Wins APPT Melbourne

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Leo Boxell secures his first major poker title.

The first stop on Season 5 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour is over and Australian veteran Leo “The Mechanic” Boxell is champion.

Boxell earned $330,000 AUD for his victory at the APPT Melbourne main event. He defeated a field of 260 to earn his first major title.

Boxell’s live tournament earnings now total just under $1.1 million.

"Thank you Crown, thank you PokerStars and thank you for all the people who hung around to support me,” said Boxell to the assembly shortly after his victory.

"Miserations to the runner-up, but he has played tremendously for four days,” continued Boxell.

“I congratulate him for making second, and I'm sure there's going to be more wins for him in the future.”

The runner-up Boxell was referring to is Phillips Willcocks, a 28-year-old poker pro from New Zealand. Willcocks final-tabled the main event at APPT Cebu in 2009 and finished second at the ANZPT main event in Gold Coast for $112,000 AUD earlier that same year.

Van Marcus, the player with the most name recognition at this final table, finished 5th for $73,300.

Here are the full final table payouts:

  1. 1st: Leo Boxell - $330,000
  2. 2nd: Phillip Willcocks - $207,600
  3. 3rd: Steve Bouya - $116,000
  4. 4th: Will Jones - $88,600
  5. 5th: Van Marcus - $73,300
  6. 6th: Michael Frydman - $58,000
  7. 7th: Eddie Mascardi - $45,800
  8. 8th: Jackson Zheng - $36,700
  9. 9th: Julius Colman - $27,500

The four-day APPT Melbourne main event played out at the Crown Casino and hosted players from 18 countries, all competing for a piece of the $1.2 million prize pool.

At time of publishing two other events are confirmed on the Asia Pacific Poker Tour Season 5 schedule. The APPT will touch down in Queenstown, Australia at  the end of August and Macau in November.

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