Travel Diary: Melbourne

The APPT Melbourne Main Event, which was also the ANZPT Grand Final, just wrapped up at my second-home, Crown Casino.

An impressive 257 players entered the $5,000 buy-in tournament, and after an entertaining four days of poker, we were left with a headlining final table sitting some of Australia (and England's) finest. All eyes were on Tom Grigg. Not only because he was the chip leader to begin the final table, but also because this was his fourth APPT final table. Impressive!

He was looking to secure his first title, but in an unfortunate turn of events three-handed, he was eliminated in third place. In the end it was an emotional Brit, Sam Razavi, who took the title. Razavi almost didn't make it into the country when had some airline issues on his way. Last minute he was miraculously saved, and look at him now! He tells us about it in the following interview, tableside after his victory.


Razavi wasn't the only winner last week. Throughout the year, players have been accumulating points on the Australia and New Zealand Player of the Year leader board. Mishel Anunu has had a stellar year at the tables, both live and online, and with his cash in this APPT Main Event, he managed to swipe the well-deserved title.

As for my own experience, I may not have won hundreds of thousands of dollars or a trophy, but I was feeling like a winner being fortunate enough to stay at Crown Metropol for my first time. I absolutely love the open-plan, modern design of the rooms and the entire building, including the rooftop infinity pool that makes you feel as though you're swimming into the city. The only issue I had was the price of the room service - I had to keep reminding myself I wasn't in Monte Carlo! Although, despite the breakfast buffet at Mr Hive costing $38 per person, it was one of the freshest, most delicious selections of breakfast options I've had in a hotel; and the ramen noodle dish from the room service menu left me speechless. So at least you're getting what you pay for, which is uncommon when it comes to room service, unfortunately.

Next on the APPT calendar is the huge ACOP in Macau, with a Main Event buy-in of a whopping HKD$100,000. That is set to be BIG!

Lynn Gilmartin
@PokerStars in Melbourne