Aussie Millions (established 1998) has been a part of PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour for the past 3 years, however, it will once again be a stand-alone event in 2017. The reason for this is that PokerStars will re-brand all its global tournaments (EPT, APPT, etc.) into one global tour.
On Monday, poker veteran Billy "The Croc" Argyros was crowned the champion of the 2013 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Melbourne Main Event after five intensive days of play at the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, Australia. The Australian Hall of Famer bested a field of 309 entrants to secure the title and $134,500 - the second biggest live tournament cash of his career!
Apparently, Argyros received his nickname "The Croc" by poker legend Johnny Moss in a satellite event for the 1989 World Series of Poker. He introduced himself as "Crocodile Billy" (a reference to the popular Crocodile Dundee movies) when Moss asked who he was. Moss dubbed him "The Croc" and the name has been with him ever since that day.
After a traditional Haka welcoming at SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, Day 1a of PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour kicked off yesterday. Eighty-nine players signed up for the first starting day and among them were Auckland Championships winner James Honeybone, New Zealand Poker Open Champion Jackson Zheng and APPT Auckland High Rollers Champ Kevin Clark.
But none of the ex-champs were among the 42 players who had chips left when the tournament manager called it a day. In the lead is Noah Vogelman with 128k chips, followed by John Harman and Tao Luo - both with 94k stacks. A bigger field of players are expected to participate today in the second starting day of the tournament, Day 1b.
40 players made it to Day 3 of APPT Cebu, and at the end of the day, 9 players were left and the tournament crew called it a day. These were the 9 players who were going to play the final table the next day.
Seat 1: Mark Pagsuyuin (497,000) Seat 2: Sim Somyung (1,442,000) Seat 3: David Hilton (995,000) Seat 4: Terry Fan (610,000) Seat 5: Alexandr Tikholiz (231,000) Seat 6: Phillip Willcocks (791,000) Seat 7: Dong-bin Han (862,000) Seat 8: Nick Pronk (563,000) Seat 9: Kevin Clark (191,000)
The final table started with some early eliminations. Alexandr Tikholiz went out first, followed by Phillip Willcocks and Nick Pronk. A bit later on it was time for Mark Pagsuyin, the last player from the Philippines, to leave the final table. Now it stood clear that the APPT trophy would be leaving the Philippines.
A total of 319 players came to start in APPT Cebu, 105 players Day 1a and 214 players Day 1b. Of these 319 players, 108 made it to Day 2 of the tournament, which is being played at the moment. So far 45 players have been sent packing, and now there are 63 players left as the big money is getting closer and closer.
Since about 15 minutes ago the tournament has a new chip leader, Dong-bin Han. This is the hand that gave him the lead:
Day 1a of PokerStars Asia Pacific Poker Tour kicked off yesterday. 105 players came to start, and after seven one-hour levels of poker, 50 of them had made it through to Day 2 of the tournament. In the lead of the tournament is Terry Fan with 140,000 chips. Terry doubled-up at the early stages of the tournament and used his big stack very well as he remained in the top throughout the day.
Day 2b of the tournament attracted a much more interesting starting field than Day 1a, but unfortunately the most of the bigger names fell early including Eric Assadourian, Dennis Huntly, and Aaron Benton. 58 players made it to Day 2 from Day 1b. Now a total of 108 players will fight for the prize pool of around $600,000.
Day 1a of PokerStars APPT Macau event saw a starting field of 119 players. Only 60 of them made it through to Day 2. So far the tournament has been dominated by PokerStars and its players and online qualifiers. Not less than 13 PokerStars online qualifiers and 10 PokerStars Macau satellite winners will play Day 2 of the tournament.
In the lead after Day 1a is the PokerStars player Brandon Demes from USA. He will bring 102,200 chips with him to Day 2 of the tournament. In second place is PokerStars online qualifier David Steicke from Hong Kong with 82,300. Steicke is not a newbie in APPT Macau as he has won approximately $200,000 in the 2 previous seasons. In third place we find PokerStars satellite winner Jicheng Su from China with 82,000 chips.
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