Boxell blasts his way to Day 1c lead on the Gold Coast
There's a popular debate in modern day poker circles, and it's not about polarizing hand ranges or four-betting light. The question hot topic is...do you go hard the night before a big day of poker?
Some subscribe to the theory that there is only one way to approach any evening on a poker tour. That is, flat out. Drink hard, gamble fast, sleep optional. This approach is obviously a new school approach and we suspect there were plenty of youngster nursing sore heads today after last night's epic Players Party at the Atrium Bar here at Jupiters.
And we have to say, it showed in the results.
The young guns struggled to make an impact on Day 1c of the PokerStars.net ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event as it was a day dominated by the old school theory - make sure you get a good night's rest before a big day of poker.
An even 100 players took to the felt with Andrew Scarf, Aussie Millions champ David Gorr, Australian Poker Hall of Famer Billy "The Croc" Argyros and "The Mechanic" Leo Boxell emerging as the stories of the day, as they compounded their opponents' hangovers and wound back the clock with a dominant performance.
Argyros was active early before a massive clash with Jai Kemp in the most crucial hand of the day. Argyros called the four-bet from Kemp before all the chips went into the middle on a 9♥Q♣J♥ flop. Kemp held A♣A♦ but Argyros had spiked a set with his Q♦Q♥. The turn was a sweaty T♦ as Kemp picked up some additional outs, but the river fell the 6♦. From there Argyros cruised through the day to bag up 56,075 in chips.
Leo Boxell had a different approach as his wealth came through solid play combined with some great reads and courageous calls. Boxell jumped ahead when he called down Phil Willcocks on a board of 8♥4♦2♦3♣8♠. Boxell only held a pair of fives but it was enough to better Willcocks' ace-high. Late in the day Boxell won another big pot with a great call with pocket tens to end the day as chip leader with 133,350.
It's great to see the old guard perform so well, especially with the Australian Poker Hall of Fame Classic scheduled for Sunday afternoon. Founder of the APHOF Maurie Pears was thrilled to see Boxell perform so well as he commented, "It's not a matter of 'if' Leo will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, it's a matter of 'when'."
Others to make it through the day included Michael Pedley, Tony Tartaglia, Mishel Anunu, John Maklouf, Bill Jordanou, Ash Cartwright, Graeme Putt, Nik Lackovic and defending champ Nauv Kashyap.
Where there are winners, there are losers, with Jason Gray, Tim Marsters, Josh Barrett, Tom Rafferty, James Honeybone and ANZPT Sydney champ Michael Kanaan all failing to survive the carnage.
With 100 entrants today the total number of entrants for the ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event was 245. The top 27 players will finish in the money with first place set to pocket a very handsome $145,100 in prize money.
52 players survived today, and they will join the 28 from Day 1a and 37 from Day 1b as our remaining 117 players come together in the same room for the first time tomorrow for Day 2 of the ANZPT Gold Coast.
The action kicks off at 12:00pm (GMT+10) with all the live updates brought to you courtesy of the PokerStars Blog.
Until then, good night from the Gold Coast!