APPT MELBOURNE: UK’s Sam Razavi celebrates second big result at Crown

Several prominent local players had their eyes firmly set on the APPT Melbourne title when play kicked off at the final table yesterday, but it was the UK’s Sam Razavi (pictured above) who was the toast of Crown after picking up the win and first prize of $326,125.

Razavi had a taste of the big-time at Crown Melbourne last year when he finished sixth in the Aussie Millions Main Event for more than $225,000. Despite a long list of tournament cashes collected across the world, his two biggest results have come on Aussie soil.

Indeed, he was a doubtful starter due to an exhaustive travel schedule in the days leading up to the event. After taking part in the APT Asian Series event in Mauritius, Razavi found his flight to Australia overbooked until a seat became available at the last minute.

Razavi defeated Newcastle’s Keith Walker heads-up after just two hands. Starting with a 3:1 chip lead, Walker committed the last of his chips with pocket jacks and led to the flop against the Ks-10s of Razavi. Two spades on the flop and a third on the turn made Razavi’s flush.

It’s been a huge year for Walker – he won $25,000 cash and a $15,000 Aussie Millions package in the 888PL/APL MAIN EVENT at Crown in February and pocketed more than $200,000 as runner-up here.

Final table chip leader Tom Grigg was third while the man who led the field into days two and three, Englishman Wayne Bentley, was fourth.

APPT Melbourne Main Event results

1 Sam Razavi (UK) $326,125
2 Keith Walker $205,345
3 Tom Grigg $114,750
4 Wayne Bentley (UK) $87,575
5 Gary Benson $72,475
6 James Bills $57,375
7 Kristian Lunardi $45,300
8 Nigel Andrews $36,240
9 Brendon Rubie $27,175
10 Ismail Ismail $18,120
11 Karan Punjabi $18,120
12 Tam Truong $18,120
13 Vineet Jindal $15,100
14 Billy Argyros $15,100
15 Michael Guttman $15,100
16 Guenther Hornung $15,100
17 Liam O’Rourke $12,080
18 Rikki Papesch $12,080
19 Leo Boxell $12,080
20 Chia-Hung Hsu (Taiwan) $12,080
21 Charles Caris $9660
22 Michael Kanaan $9660
23 Ted Nguyen $9660
24 Haibo Chu $9660
25 Roy Bhasin $8455
26 Mishel Anunu $8455
27 Benn Skender $8455
28 Ashley Warner $8455

• Thanks to Sam Dawson of PokerStars for the daily reports and photos throughout this event

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