APPT5 Coverage - Melbourne

APPT Melbourne July, 29 - August 1, 2011 - Event Coverage

On this page you will find Player Lists, Gallery Photos, Payout, Side Events and Final Table from the event.

Full reports from APPT Melbourne are on the Poker Blog.

Player Lists





The 2011 APPT Melbourne Main Event attracted a field of 260 players, generating a prize pool of AU$1,220,000.

The top 28 players will be paid, with the winner to receive the trophy and a handsome AU$330,000 in prize money. The full breakdown of the prize pool is listed below (currency in AUD):

1 Leo Boxell Australia   $330,000
2 Phil Willcocks New Zealand   $207,600
3 Steve Bouya Australia   $116,000
4 Will Jones Australia   $88,600
5 Van Marcus Australia   $73,300
6 Michael Frydman Australia   $58,000
7 Eddie Mascardi Australia) PokerStars Qualifier $45,800
8 Jackson Zheng New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier $36,700
9 Julius Colman Australia   $27,500
10 Ronnie Shabtay Australia   $18,300
11 James Ob (Australia   $18,300
12 Luke Edwards Australia) PokerStars Qualifier $18,300
13 Fabian Craib Australia   $15,300
14 Steven Calder Australia) PokerStars Qualifier $15,300
15 Michael Guzzardi Australia   $15,300
16 Aaron Lim Australia   $15,300
17 Ivan Zalac Australia) PokerStars Qualifier $12,200
18 Kyle Cheong Australia   $12,200
19 Anatoly Parshenkov Russia) PokerStars Qualifier $12,200
20 Mitch Carle Australia   $12,200
21 Antonis Kambouroglou Australia   $9,800
22 Marcus Lau Malaysia) PokerStars Qualifier $9,800
23 Ricky Kroesen Australia) PokerStars Qualifier $9,800
24 Keiran Harris Australia) PokerStars Team Online $9,800
25 Norah Greer Australia   $8,600
26 Mishel Anunu Australia) PokerStars Qualifier $8,600
27 Scott Peel Australia   $8,600
28 Koray Turker New Zealand) PokerStars Qualifier $8,600

Download the Prizepool and Payout for APPT Melbourne here

Side Events

Side Events

Final Table

Final Table

Seat 1: Eddie Mascardi, PokerStars Qualifier - 335,000
Eddie Mascadri lives in Brisbane, Australia and has been playing poker for about four years.  Mascadri is a hobby player with just one live result on his tournament resume:  a 17th place finish at the 2010 APPT Auckland Main Event (NZD $7,200).  The 42-year-old works as a courier in Brisbane and enjoys soccer and Aussie Rules football in his spare time.  Mascadri is a regular at his local pub poker game and hopes to return home to Brisbane later this week with a $330,000 story to tell.  He’ll have his work cut out for him at the final table, however, starting the day as the short-stack with 335,000 in chips.

Seat 2: Van Marcus - 346,000
Van Marcus is a 28-year-old professional poker player from Melbourne, Australia.  Perhaps the player at the final table with the most global notoriety, Marcus has been playing poker for 10 years.  In 2008, Marcus won the APPT Manila Main Event, collecting just over USD $160,000 in prize money.  Marcus has three WSOP final tables under his belt, and career tournament earnings of more than $1.2 million.  Marcus considers himself an online pro and noted that Tom Dwan and Phil Galfond have influenced his approach to the game.   The APPT Melbourne Main Event final table will be a family affair for Van, as his great uncle Steve Bouya will be sitting across the table in the six seat.  When Van’s not playing cards, he enjoys traveling, watching movies and partying.  Marcus will begin the final table with the second-shortest stack.

Seat 3: Will Jones, Australia - 730,000
Will Jones is a 22-year-old professional poker player hailing from Hobart in Tasmania.  Unlike many of the world's new generation poker players, Jones prefers to hone his skills in live cash games rather than on the virtual felt and has spent much of his time successfully grinding high stakes cash games in both Las Vegas and Macau.  While this is guaranteed to be Jones' largest tournament score to date, he was part of the Tasmanian team that won the State of Origin event at Crown Casino earlier in the week.  A quiet persona disguises Jones' aggressive style and with 730,000 in chips to start the final table, he'll be a genuine contender for the title.

Seat 4: Phillip Willcocks, New Zealand - 2,317,000
Phillip Willcocks, a 28-year-old professional poker player from Auckland, New Zealand, first made some noise on the local circuit in 2009 after finishing runner-up in the inaugural ANZPT Queensland Main Event for AUD $112,000.  Since then, he’s registered an eighth-place finish in the 2009 APPT Cebu Main Event and now finds himself in prime position to earn his first major title, entering the final table with 2,317,000 in chips.  Willcocks noted he'd like to get heads-up against the only other New Zealander at the table, Jackson Zheng.

Seat 5:  Michael Frydman, Australia - 741,000
Michael Frydman, a 56-year-old company director from Sydney, first took an interest in poker 40 years ago after watching his parents play with their friends on weekends.  He’s since turned that passion into six final table berths and more than AUD $60,000 in tournament cashes since 2001, including a third-place finish in the 2006 Victorian Poker Championships.  Frydman enters Monday's final table fourth in chips with 741,000.

Seat 6: Steve Bouya - 910,000
Melbourne native Steve Bouya has been playing poker as a hobby for the past 10 years.  Bouya is 51-years-young and has a little more than $60,000 in prize money to his name; the bulk of which he earned for a third place finish in a $1,000 buy-in side event at the 2009 Aussie Millions.  Bouya credits nephew Van Marcus (also at the APPT Melbourne Main Event final table) for getting him started in poker and noted that he’d like to go heads up with Van over any other player at the table.  Bouya enjoys fishing in his spare time.  Should he finish fifth or higher, Bouya will have set a personal best for the most money won in a single tournament.  Bouya enters the final table third in chips.

Seat 7: Julius Colman, Australia - 513,000
Julius Colman is no stranger to the big stage, having first burst onto the Australasian poker scene in 2007 when he finished fourth at the Aussie Millions Main Event (AUD $500,000).  The 64-year-old company director is an avid golfer and family man.  Colman has amassed an impressive tournament resume over the years, cashing in two WSOP events and three APPT events, as well as final tabling the inaugural ANZPT event in Adelaide in 2009. He’ll be starting the APPT Melbourne Main Event final table as the third-shortest stack with 513,000 in chips.

Seat 8: Leo Boxell, Australia - 1,170,000
One of Australia's all-time greats, Leo "The Mechanic" Boxell is one of the most popular players on the regional tour and a true gentleman of the game.  With results dating back to 1998 including five APPT/ANZPT cashes, one WSOP cash, multiple New Zealand and Australian/Aussie Millions championships, and over USD $750,000 in career earnings, Boxell is ranked in the Australian top 20 for all-time tournament earnings.  An APPT title would almost certainly put a rubber stamp on Boxell's inevitable ticket to the Australian Poker Hall of Fame.  He'll enter the final table second in chips with 1,170,000.

Seat 9: Jackson Zheng, PokerStars Qualifier - 640,000
Jackson Zheng is one of two New Zealanders at the APPT Melbourne Main Event final table.  The 22-year-old is a professional poker with four years of experience under his belt.  Zheng has amassed a little more than $170,000 in career live tournament earnings in his short time on the live circuit.  Zheng made his first trip to Las Vegas last summer for the WSOP and cashed in a $1,500 no limit hold’em event.  Most notably, Zheng won back-to-back titles at the New Zealand Poker Open from 2010-11.  When he’s not playing cards, Zheng enjoys computer games and snow sports.  The Auckland native enters the final table sixth in chips with 640,000.

Download the Final Table Player Profile for APPT Melbourne here