APPT6 Coverage - Melbourne

APPT6 Melbourne, August 30 - September 3, 2012 - Event Coverage

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

For more information, please see the APPT Melbourne event page.

Full reports from Melbourne are on the Poker Blog.

Player Lists

Gallery

Gallery

Payout

Payout

Place Name Prize (AUD$) Status
1 Sam Razavi 326,125 PokerStars Qualifier
2 Keith Walker 205,345  
3 Grigg Tom 114,750  
4 Wayne Bentley 87,575 PokerStars Qualifier
5 Gary Benson 72,475  
6 James Bills 57,375 PokerStars Qualifier
7 Kristian Lunardi 45,300 PokerStars Qualifier
8 Nigel Andrews 36,240 PokerStars Qualifier
9 Brendon Rubie 27,175  
10 Ismail Ismail 18,120  
11 Karan Punjabi 18,120 PokerStars Qualifier
12 Tam Truong 18,120  
13 Vineet Jindal 15,100 PokerStars Qualifier
14 Billy Argyros 15,100  
15 Michael Guttman 15,100  
16 Gunther Hornung 15,100 PokerStars Qualifier
17 Liam O'Rourke 12,080  
18 Rikki Papesch 12,080 PokerStars Qualifier
19 Leo Boxell 12,080  
20 Fenix Hsu 12,080 PokerStars Qualifier
21 Charles Caris 9,660  
22 Michael Kanaan 9,660  
23 Ted Nguyen 9,660  
24 Haibo Chu 9,660  
25 Roy Bhasin 8,455 Team PokerStars Online
26 Mishel Anunu 8,455 PokerStars Qualifier
27 Benn Skender 8,455  
28 Ashley Warner 8,455  

Side Events

Side Events

Final Table

Final Table

Seat 1: Wayne Bentley – Manchester, England (610,000 chips)
Representing the Internationals on this final table is 31-year old Englishman Wayne Bentley. Sitting behind several large towers of chips throughout most of the past two days, his unorthodox play and fierce stare has had the better of the local brigade so far.
Bentley has one result on his poker resume and that came with a 16th place finish the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure worth US$100,000.
It’s Bentley’s first time to Australia and he’s looking to take the APPT Melbourne title away from home soil for the first time. Bentley enters the final table nicely placed in the middle of the pack.

Seat 2: Brendon Rubie – Sydney, New South Wales (1,002,000 chips)
One of the most talented young players in the country, 22-year old Brendon Rubie rose to prominence at the 2010 Melbourne Championships with a breakthrough victory. From there, Rubie has gone on to secure an Aussie Millions title and three WSOP cashes, including a runner-up result in WSOP Event #28 this year worth US$242,458.
Rubie also has a formidable online record with US$2.3 million in online winnings under the handle “Brendooor”.
Rubie’s hot year continues in this event as his third APPT cash, and first APPT final table, could potentially bring his third six-figure score of the calendar year. After being with the chip leaders at the end of every day of play so far, Rubie will enter the final table in fourth chip position.

Seat 3: Kristian Lunardi – Melbourne, Victoria (352,000 chips)
Kristian Lunardi is 25-year old cash game grinder often found on the tables of his home town casino at Crown. Lunardi got started playing online and credits his friends for the improvements in his game over the years with the 2010 Aussie Millions Six-Handed title his career highlight among US$250,000 in live tournament earnings.
Lunardi has been forced to battle on the short stack for large portions of this tournament, but says his defining moment was calling down Tom Grigg with just ace-high which helped him gain momentum to reach this final table. Lunardi may be a little biased when he wrote on his bio sheet that Melbourne is the best city in the world, but hey, he’s probably right!

Seat 4: James Bills, Adelaide, South Australia (322,000 chips)
This 25 year old student from Adelaide qualified for this event on PokerStars. He has been playing for seven years and started after seeing poker on television. He ranks fellow Adelaide local and 2010 APPT Sydney Champion Jonathon Karamalikis as his biggest influence to his game.
James can usually be found playing mid and high stake tournaments online and around the world under the username “supanova99”. He has amassed over US$1.3 million in winnings and is currently the #1 ranked online player in Australia.
James describes his most defining moment of the tournament as being at the table with Tom Grigg and managing to avoid falling victim to Grigg’s aggressive play. But he’ll have some work ahead of him as the second shortest stack of this final table.

Seat 5: Nigel Andrews, Melbourne, Victoria (138,000 chips)
Nigel is a Melbourne local; he is a 44 year old teacher and family man. He has been playing poker for five years and was introduced to the game by his mates. He rates this as one of his biggest highlights in poker along with playing the Aussie Millions.
The defining moment for Nigel this week occurred when his pair of queens were up against a pair of kings and the case queen came down on the board to keep him in the tournament. Nigel loves the chance to play against the best Australian poker talent and he feels that is just what has happened during this tournament.

Seat 6: Tom Grigg – Melbourne, Victoria (2,271,000 chips)
One of the most feared players in the country, Tom Grigg has set a new record on the APPT as the first player to reach four APPT final tables after Sydney 2009 (5th), Auckland 2010 (2nd) and Queenstown 2011 (6th) left him short of that elusive victory.
Grigg started out winning low stakes sit and gos some five years ago and has turned that start into well over US$2 million in online winnings under the online handle “tollgate”.
Grigg enjoys golf and skiing away from the tables, and will be looking for a big win in his home town casino at Crown. Grigg enters the final table as the clear chip leader as the only player over two million in chips.

Seat 7: Gary Benson – Sydney, New South Wales (631,000 chips)
Gary Benson is one of the most decorated poker players in Australia. One of the pioneers of the game in this country, Benson was part of the first Australian poker tournament in Adelaide in 1987 and has attended almost every major tournament series since.
With ten WSOP cashes to his name, Benson was credited as being the first Australian to win a WSOP bracelet when he was successful in the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event back in 1996. Those achievements saw Benson inducted as an inaugural member of the Australian Poker Hall of Fame.
Incredibly, this is Benson’s first cash on the APPT, with his defining moment coming following a triple up holding pocket kings with 13 players remaining. Away from the poker tables, Benson enjoys travelling, chess and Genealogy.

Seat 8: Sam Razavi – Brighton, England (1,318,000 chips)
The second Brit on this final table is 31-year old poker professional Sam “KODDZILLA” Razavi. With a poker resume a mile long, Razavi has results all over the world including the UKIPT, EPT, APT and four cashes this year at the WSOP. Besides his win at the UKIPT Cork Main Event, Razavi is well known in these parts for his 6th place in the 2011 Aussie Millions Main Event for an impressive AU$225,000 score.
Razavi almost didn’t make it here to Melbourne. After taking part in a recent event in Mauritius, the flight down under was overbooked and it looked like Razavi was going to have to miss the event entirely. But he was able to board at the last minute, and made it on time, although he did miss three hours of play on Day 1 after suffering from jetlag! He seems to have shaken that off and will pose a real threat as the second biggest stack entering the final table.