APPT Sydney: Leo's in the box seat

Tony Dunst's chart-topping day 1A chip count of 104,300 has been surpassed inside four levels on day 1B of the APPT Grand Final. First, it was wunderkind Brendon Rubie who broke the 100,000-barrier, and he's recently been joined by a player from the other end of the experience scale: Melbourne's Leo Boxell.

As Aussie Poker Hall of Fame member Billy "The Croc" Argyros recently quipped, "Leo has been around the poker scene since Moses came down from the mountains with a couple of concrete tablets."


Leo Boxell still has a few tricks up his sleeve for these pimply-faced online kids!

In 2003, Boxell went within a whisker of winning the Aussie Millions Main Event when he was runner-up to the UK's Peter Costa. In 2000, he won the Australasian title (the predecessor to the Aussie Millions) and was crowned NZ champion in 2001. Could the veteran add the 2009 APPT Grand Final title? He's heading in the right direction after doubling up to 105,000 in chips.

We caught the action as chips were being cut down between Boxell and another opponent with the board showing 6♥ 8♦ 9♠ 5♥ 6♦; the opponent had revealed [10s] 8♠ for two pair but Boxell scooped the pot with 8♥ 8♣ for the full boat.

Meanwhile, the "Flying Scotsman" Gordon Huntly was eliminated by Michael Guzzardi after running his K♣ Q♣ into an opponent's A♣ J♣ on a board that read [10c] 9♣ 7♣ 9♠ 5♥ - second nuts into the nuts - ouch.

New Zealand's Phillip Willcocks is shooting for yet another final table, having placed second in the ANZPT Queenstown Main Event and eighth in last month's APPT Cebu finale. He also recently doubled up to 70,000 in chips after managing to crack aces with A-6 by flopping trip sixes.


After a top-25 in this event last year, Phillip Willcocks is eyeing another deep run in the APPT Grand Final

And despite his good form coming off his win in the $2200 APPT Sydney NLHE/PLO Event two nights ago, Minh Nguyen is struggling on just 10,000 in chips after he ran pocket kings into an opponent's aces with the board of 5♥ 5♣ Q♣ 8♥ 2♥ improving neither hand. It didn't help that the dealer exposed a king during the initial deal.

And with thanks to our crew, here's a look at how day 1B shaped up:

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