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Sam Razavi Wins the 2012 PokerStars.net APPT Melbourne Main Event

Sam Razavi

The 2012 PokerStars.net Asia Pacific Poker Tour Melbourne Main Event came to a close on Monday. In the end, Britain's Sam Razavi took down the trophy, all the glory, and the $326,125 first-place prize.

2012 APPT Melbourne Results

1Sam Razavi$326,125
2Keith Walker$205,345
3Tom Grigg$114,750
4Wayne Bentley$87,575
5Gary Benson$72,475
6James Bills$57,375
7Kristian Lunardi$45,300
8Nigel Andrews$36,240
9Brendon Rubie$27,175

Heading into the final day, Tom Grigg held the chip lead, but he had eight formidable foes ready to play poker. One of the players who was surely going to give Grigg a headache was Brendon Rubie, but in a surprising turn of events, Rubie was eliminated in ninth place.

Rubie began the day with the fourth-largest chip stack, but proved to be his own worst enemy. The beginning of the end saw Rubie move all in on the river of a {10-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{5-Spades} board after calling bets from Wayne Bentley on the flop and turn. Bentley called Rubie’s shove and showed {a-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}, enough to send Rubie’s cards into the muck, leaving Rubie as one of the short stacks. Shortly after the aforementioned hand, Rubie was all in holding {k-Clubs}{9-Clubs} against Kristian Lunardi’s{q-Clubs}{q-Spades} and couldn’t catch up. Rubie was left with less than two big blinds. From there, it was a quick death for Rubie as Razavi dealt the final blow to his tournament life.

With Rubie out of the way, the short-stacked Nigel Andrews had managed a pay jump, but that was his only one. In his last hand, Andrews held {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds} and ran into Lunardi’s {k-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}. No help came for Andrews and he was eliminated in eighth place.

Following Andrews’ elimination, the bust-outs were fast and fierce as Lunardi found the door in seventh place, followed by James Bills in sixth. Lunardi three-bet to 165,000 holding {a-Hearts}{q-Hearts} from the small blind, after Bentley opened the pot to 60,000 from the button. Back on Bentley, he moved all in holding {7-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. Lunardi made the call and then made his way to the rail when no help came on the board. On Bills’ last hand, he open shoved holding {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs} and he received the call from Bentley in the big blind, who held {k-Spades}{q-Hearts}. A devastating {k-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop all but sealed Bills’ fate and with bricks on the turn and river, Bills was sent out the door.

Within an hour, three players had already been eliminated and one joined Lunardi, Bills and Andrews on the rail. This time, Australian Poker Hall of Fame member Gary Benson made his way to the exit. Benson got all his chips in holding {q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} against Keith Walker’s {3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} on the river of a {j-Diamonds}{3-Spades}{7-Clubs}{3-Hearts}{9-Spades} board. Walker had turned trips with {3-Clubs}{2-Clubs} and it was good enough to send Benson home in fifth place.

Eventually the action had to slow down and that happened during four-handed play. Grigg was still the table captain at this stage, managing to hold almost half the chips in play for a short period. Play continued to slow to crawl, but eventually, after more than two hours, another player hit the rail. The fourth-place elimination began when the action was folded to Bentley in the small blind and he raised it up to 120,000. Grigg called out of the big blind and both players checked the {5-Hearts}{3-Spades}{5-Clubs} flop. On the {8-Clubs} turn, Bentley check-raised all in after Grigg bet 130,000. Grigg made the call and turned over {8-Spades}{7-Spades}, which was ahead of Bentley’s {q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}. The {4-Diamonds} on the river wasn’t what Bentley was looking for and he was sent to the rail in fourth place.

The chips were relatively even during three-handed play, with all three players holding a slight chip lead at least once. Then, Grigg surged away, building his stack to well over half of the chips in play. However, it just wasn’t Grigg’s day because in two hands, Razavi dealt the fatal blow to Grigg. In the first hand, Grigg made a big river call when he ran into Razavi’s full house.

In Grigg's last hand of the night, he was in the small blind and raised to 100,000. Razavi called out of the big blind and the dealer turned over a {7-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{5-Spades} flop. Grigg led out for 105,000 and Razavi called. When the dealer flipped over the {q-Hearts} on turn, Grigg again bet, this time sliding out 215,000. Razavi made another call and the {3-Diamonds} completed the board on the river. This time Grigg checked and Razavi, who had Grigg covered, announced he was all in. Grigg thought for a long time, before eventually making the call. Razavi gave a fist pump and turned over his {5-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}, with another full house to send Grigg out the door.

Razavi held a more than 3-1 chip lead heading into the heads-up battle and it took under 10 minutes for him to eliminate Keith Walker in second place. The final hand of the tournament began with Razavi opening the button to 100,000. Walker then shoved all in and Razavi made a quick call, turning over {k-Spades}{10-Spades}. Walker was in front with his {j-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}, but the {a-Spades}{2-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{8-Spades} board gave Razavi the flush and eliminate Walker in second place and crown Razavi as the victor.

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