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2013 APPT Melbourne Day 2: David Yan Leads 42 Survivors

2013 APPT Melbourne Day 2: David Yan Leads 42 Survivors 0001

Season 7 of the Asia Pacific Poker Tour continued on Saturday at the Crown Poker Room in Melbourne, Australia. Exactly 168 players returned on Day 2 of the APPT Melbourne Main Event, and after an action-packed day only 42 remained with David Yan leading the way.

APPT Melbourne – Day 2 Top Ten

1David Yan705,500
2Dejan Boskovic586,500
3Jonathan Karamalikis583,000
4Bowdy Tolhopf450,500
5David Heskin417,000
6Phi Luu386,000
7Billy Jordanou376,000
8Billy Argyros356,500
9Joel Feldman338,500
10Shaun Hughes321,000

Late into the night it was looking like Dejan Boskovic would be the chip leader. Boskivic won a big pot against Jonathan Karamalikis and Bernard Beh when Beh was all in preflop and Boskovic held {q-Hearts}{9-Hearts} on a {8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}{7-Hearts} board. Beh eventually mucked before exiting the tournament, while Karamalikis showed his {k-}{k-Spades}.

While Boskovic was a threat, it was Yan who steadily built a stack throughout Day 2 to end up with the chip lead. Yan, from New Zealand, is no stranger to the Crown Poker Room as he finished 6th in the Aussie Millions Main Event earlier this year.

With only the top 36 players set to make the money, Day 2 was never going to get near the bubble. Some of those who fell extremely short of the deep run they were looking for were Team PokerStars Pro Bryan Huang, Brendon Rubie, Gary Benson, Ashley Warner, Daniel Neilson, Dave Allan, Aaron Benton and WSOP gold bracelet winner Jarred Graham.

Graham started the day with one of the shortest stacks in the entire tournament, but managed to stay alive until the last level of the day. Ultimately Graham’s chips went into the stack of Dejan Boskovic when he ran his {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} into Boskovic’s {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}. The {4-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{8-Spades}{5-Hearts}{q-Hearts} board wasn’t good for Graham and just like that he fell just short of a Day 3 appearance.

While players like Graham weren’t able to survive, other prominent Aussies thrived. Some of those who finished Day 2 with a handy chip stack include recently-appointed Full Tilt ANZPT Ambassador Jonathan Karamalikis, Australian Poker Hall of Fame member Jason Gray,, 2010 ANZPT Melbourne champion Martin Kozlov, Ivan Zalac, Billy “The Croc” Argyros and British expatriate Ashley Mason.

When the 42 players return on Day 3 of the APPT Melbourne Main Event the plan will be to burst through the money and play down to the final table. Be sure to check in with the PokerNews Live Reporting Team to find out who makes the final nine!

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