An event of the Asia Pacific Tour (APPT) was held in Melbourne, Australia, with its fifth season commencing at Crown Casino recently. Around 260 players participated in the Main Event, which had a prize pool of AU$1,220,000, and Leo Boxell finished first and won a prize of AU$330,000.

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Chris Moneymaker, Bryan Huang, and Joe Hachem of Team PokerStars along with Kieran Walsh participated in the event, with the other participating players being Ben Delaney, Jonathan Karamlikis, James Obst, Tony Hachem, Grant Levy, David Gorr, the champion of Aussie Millions 2011, and Andrew Hinrichsen, who was the last Australian poker player standing at the Main Event of WSOP 2011.

Moneymaker, who was visiting Melbourne for the first time, was all praise for the city, one of the most prominent poker hotspots in Australia. He said: “The APPT stopping in Melbourne is incredible. 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.”

Professional poker players as well as amateurs, however, like Melbourne for many other reasons, besides poker. 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. 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.”

Crown Casino is also the host of Aussie Millions, among the world’s biggest live poker tournaments. Speaking about the significance of Crown Casino for poker players, Danny Macdonagh, the president of APPT, said: “In my opinion, this is the premier poker venue in the world.” The poker room at Crown Casino has more than 50 tables and offers a wide range of poker tournaments and ring games.

Mr. McDonagh, who has worked at Crown Casino for the past 10 years, said: “The Asia Pacific 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.” Taking into consideration all these factors, the APPT giving a stop at Melbourne is not at all surprising.

The APPT will stop at Queenstown on Aug 23 to Aug 28 and at Macau on Nov 23 to Nov 27 during the fifth season.

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