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Billy "The Croc" Argyros Wins 2013 APPT Melbourne Main Event; Ashley Mason 4th

Billy "The Croc" Argyros Wins 2013 APPT Melbourne Main Event; Ashley Mason 4th 0001

The latest Asia Pacific Poker Tour champion has been crowned at the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, Australia. After five tough days of action, Aussie poker veteran Billy “The Croc” Argyros claimed victory of the 2013 APPT Melbourne Main Event.

Argyros is one of the original inductees in the Australian Poker Hall of Fame and has a poker resume which includes tracked results in each of the last four decades. Now, in 2013, Argyros has taken down one of the most prestigious titles in the country and his second largest career score.

“I haven't won a tournament since Cleopatra was skiing down the Nile!” quipped Argyros after he took down the title and $134,500 following a three-handed deal.

2013 APPT Melbourne – Final Table Results

1Billy Argyros$134,500*
2Bowdy Tolhopf$166,000*
3David Yan$133,000*
4Ashley Mason$58,400
5Robert Damelian$45,900
6Joe Cabret$37,550
7Phi Luu$29,200
8Ravi Maravar$22,920
9Jazz Mathers$16,650

*Denotes three-handed deal

When the APPT Melbourne Main Event final table began at midday local time, everyone was expecting it to be a very long day in the Crown Poker Room. Then, within the first hour, four players had been eliminated.

The first player to find the rail was short stack Jazz Mathers. Starting the day with around five big blinds, Mathers was happy to look down at {9-Clubs}{9-Spades} early in the action and get all his chips in. Mathers had to come up against Ravi Maravar’s {a-Clubs}{10-Clubs} and would unfortunately hit the rail when the dealer rolled out a {8-Hearts}{j-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} board.

Despite picking up extra chips when he eliminated Mathers, Maravar would be the next player to exit. Maraver first lost most of his chips when he ran his {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} into David Yan’s {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}, then lost the rest of them all in preflop holding {k-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} against Ashley Mason’s {a-Clubs}{q-Spades}.

Just moments after Maravar hit the rail, Phi Luu joined him. With blinds at 15,000/30,000, Luu’s final hand saw him move all in for 295,000 from under the gun holding the {q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}. Billy Argyros looked down at {a-Hearts}{j-Hearts} in the big blind and made the call. No help came for Luu and it was all over in seventh place.

Six-handed play would become five-handed very quickly as 2013 Aussie Millions runner-up Joe Cabret couldn’t turn his Day 3 “chip and a chair” story into a victory. Cabret’s final hand was a flip that he couldn’t win as his {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades} was out drawn by David Yan’s {a-Clubs}{q-Spades}.

At this point Robert Demalian was still in contention and looking good to find another big result after making a deep run in this year’s WSOP Main Event. However, Demalian was ousted in fifth place when he was all in preflop holding the {8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} and couldn’t stay ahead of Bowdy Tolhopf’s {a-Spades}{7-Diamonds}.

Mason started the day as the chip leader, but seemed to be card dead and could never really get anything going. Eventually Mason found himself all in preflop holding the {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} against Billy Argyros’ {a-Hearts}{k-Hearts}. The board ran out {9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{4-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} and Mason was sent out in fourth place, adding $58,400 to the $49,350 he received for winning a $1,650 Six-Max side event last week.

Just a short while later, Argyros, Yan and Tolhopf agreed ICM (independent chip model) deal. The players left $29,500 aside for the eventual champion, and because Tolhopf was a big chip leader, he locked up $156,000, while Yan received $133,000 and Argyros claimed $115,000.

The players were fairly deep stacked at the time of the deal and so it wasn’t too surprising that it would take around four hours to reach heads-up play. In the end, third place went to Yan after he took an unfortunate beat. Yan's {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs} was all in preflop against Tolhopf’s {a-Spades}{9-Spades}, and he couldn’t stay ahead as a {8-Clubs}{5-Spades}{3-Hearts}{2-Diamonds}{9-Clubs} board was spread on the felt.

Argyros started the heads-up battle with a slight chip lead over Tolhopf. With $29,500 on the line, the two players decided to do another chop, with Argyros taking home $14,500, Tolhopf claiming $10,000, and $5,000 left aside for the champion.

The eventual final hand of the 2013 APPT Melbourne Main Event saw Tolhopf all in preflop holding the {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts} against the {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} of Argyros. The final five cards spread on the felt for this tournament were {4-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, and with that Tolhopf was sent home in second place, while Argyros was the champion!

Argyros is now the second Australian Poker Hall of Fame member to win APPT Melbourne after Leo Boxell claimed victory in the 2011 APPT Melbourne Main Event.

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