2012 PokerStars APPT Melbourne Main Event Gets Underway!

The PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Season 6 has quietly been going along this week, however the big one kicked off yesterday, the Main Event. The Crown Casino based in Melbourne hosted the first flight of Day 1 with 98 players taking to the felt.

The $5k buy-in event Day 1a was played out over seven levels, which by the end of them there was just 65 players who had negotiated their way to Day 2. The chip leader after all the dust had settled was the Aussie poker pro Brendon Rubie who had built up a stack of 103,575.

That signaled a great start for the player who has already had a great year already; he won one of the side events at the Aussie Millions taking home $200k in the process. Not finishing there, he came second in the World Series Of Poker $2,500 NLHE Four Handed Event.

He was not the only player of note in the tournament either, there was a strong field of poker professionals including the winner of the 2012 Aussie Millions Oliver Speidel, Gary Benson, Liam O’Rourke, David Allan, Jason Gray, Benn Skender and Team PokerStars Pros Raymond Wu and the ever aggressive Roy Bhasin.

Not all of them managed to survive though; we lost Gray, Allan and Speidel early in this tournament, though the rest of the field is certainly going to be strong on Day 2.

The Table Of Death

Early on most of the talk on the rails was of the “table of death”, which included some of the most famous and decorated players from Australia. It had Rubie, Jackie Glazier, Kristian Lunardi, Tom Grigg and the delectable Jay Kinkade.

Fireworks were expected and of them all it was Glazier who had recently been a runner up at one of the World Series Of Poker side events in Las Vegas. Her final hand involved her getting all in against Grigg, she felt confident as she flipped over pocket Jacks, but that was short lived once Grigg flipped over pocket Kings. She didn’t get lucky and was out of the tournament.

Though she didn’t make it through, all of the other big names on the table did manage to scrape through to Day 2. Some other notables that are going to be involved on Day 2 include Julius Colman, Ricky Kroesen and Oliver Gill.

Day 1b is ongoing as we speak so we will soon be able to announce the players that will be joining the players from Day 1a into Day 2. Here are the final standings from Day 1a:

1 Brendon Rubie 103,575

2 Michael Kanaan 96,675

3 Will Jones 92,025

4 Aidan Tam 87,925

5 Andy Lee 85,325

6 Ashley Warner 84,550

7 Gary Benson 84,300

8 Liam O’Rourke 84,000

9 Tom Grigg 80,700

10 Haibo Chu 77,375