The PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) recently landed in Australia, marking the first time in its five year history that an APPT event was held in Melbourne. The beautiful Crown Casino played host to Season 5 of the APPT, which was capped off with a Main Event that attracted 260 players creating an AUD$1,220,000 prize pool.
The Crown tournament arena was full of famous poker faces including Team PokerStars Pro and Melbourne native Joe Hachem. Joining him were 2011 Aussie Millions champion David Gorr, and Andrew Hinrichsen who was the last Australian to be knocked out of the 2011 WSOP Main Event. Also on hand were; Bryan Huang, Ben Delaney, James Obst, Jonathan Karamalikis, Kieran Walsh, Grant Levy, Tony Hachem and 2003 WSOP champ Chris Moneymaker.
Eventually it would be Leo Boxell who was the last man standing in the Main Event to take home AUD$330,000. Even though they didn’t take the top spot, many participants were excited to be in Melbourne, like American Chris Moneymaker.
The only famous poker pro from the USA, Chris Moneymaker, was enjoying his first trip to Australia and was impressed by how well the event was run. “The APPT stopping in Melbourne is incredible” said Moneymaker. “This is the best tour stop I’ve been to in a long time. Everybody is so nice down here. The casino is amazingly huge, the poker room is huge, they have about 50 tables and it’s always packed. It’s a really nice casino and they do a really good job with tournaments,” he added.
Aside from the hot poker action in Melbourne, players love what the city has to offer. As APPT Sydney Season 4 champion Jonathan Karamalikis said, “I like coming to Melbourne better than Sydney that’s for sure, the poker room here is just awesome. It is probably my favorite poker room in the world. It’s very comfortable and is just the way a proper poker room should be. There’s lots to do in Melbourne as well, there are heaps of good places to go to dinner and the night life here is great.”
The Crown Casino is famous for hosting one of the biggest poker tournaments in the world - the Aussie Millions, which is held in January. Their premier poker room boasts over 50 tables and features Australia’s biggest array of cash games and tournaments, which makes the Crown Poker Room the perfect venue for big events.
APPT President Danny McDonagh doesn’t think it is surprising that the tour made a stop Down Under and said, "The move to Melbourne is personally great from my point of view. I’ve worked at Crown Casino for over 10 years in the poker room." He added, "In my opinion this is the premier poker venue in the world. The Asia Pacific Poker Tour was looking to put it way back up in people’s perspectives as one of the big tours of the world so places like Macau and Melbourne are key places in my mind.”
On August 23rd through 28th, the APPT will make another stop in Australia, in Queenstown, before heading for Macau from November 23rd through the 27th.