Hard yakka: Maggs bags the Jackstar at APLPT Sydney II

After more than 15 years on the grind, Melbourne’s Rodney Maggs has scored the biggest win of his career at the APLPT Sydney II series, held at the Canterbury-Hurlstone RSL Club last week.

In one of the great feel-good stories of the year so far, the 60-year-old defeated Sydney’s Jarrod Thatcher heads-up for the $1,250 buy-in Jackstar Super High Roller title, joining his best mate Dexter McMillian on the winner’s list after he clinched the Mini High Roller at the APLPT Queensland III series last month.

Maggs fought back tears as he spoke about just how much the win meant to him.

Rodney Maggs interview with Jackie Glazier (video courtesy of APL)

 “Dexter and I have been putting in so much more work over the last year or so, adopting a much more professional attitude,” he said.  “I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube training videos and studying a lot … but once Dexter won some money [in Queensland], I knew I had to step up my game.”

 “Now we’re able to head over to Las Vegas for the WSOP for a couple of weeks – there’s a lot of work to do in between now and then, but definitely looking forward to it!”

APLPT SYDNEY II JACKSTAR SUPER HIGH ROLLER: FINAL TABLE RESULTS ($1,250 buy-in, 177 entries, 21 players paid)

1stRodney MaggsVictoria$42,505*
2ndJarrod ThatcherNew South Wales$32,125*
3rdJosh FosterVictoria$20,450
4thDylan NatoliVictoria$16,505
5thWilliam XiaoNew South Wales$13,140
6thGeoff MilnerNew South Wales$10,710
7thKiavash ArbabiNew South Wales$8,760
8thTaylor GrubeQueensland$6,815
9thAfa TuionukuNew South Wales$4,865
*Denotes heads-up deal.

Although numbers for APLPT Sydney II Jackstar Super High Roller and the $350 buy-in Monster Stack were comparable to those seen at the Gold Coast and Melbourne legs this year, the biggest marquee event on the schedule – the $2,500 buy-in Centurion – was cancelled.

PMA is aware that a scheduling overlap with the Poker Palace Autumn Championship series – the second such occurence in as many years – was seen as the primary reason for the event’s abrogation, however Full House Group CEO Brayden Haynes clarified there were other contributing factors as the industry begins to rebuild after the COVID pandemic.

“Poker is thriving, the market is full and player options are abundant,” Haynes said.

“Schedule clashes occur because it takes a lot of work to book in dates with venues and sometimes they are inevitable. Having said that, we always try to avoid it as it’s in the best interests of everyone to do so.”

Haynes confirmed that APL Poker Tour management are actively reviewing and are exploring all options for the next series, such as changing event timings and increasing satellite options, as well as ensuring more effective communication with other operators going forward.

Luke Thomas: APLPT Sydney II Main Event Champion

In other major results, Penrith electrician Luke Thomas topped a field of 1,514 entries to win the APLPT Sydney II Main Event, walking away with more than $29,000 after agreeing to an ICM deal with runner-up Kris Jager and third-place finisher David O’Brien before playing it out.

John Gray scored himself two APLPT titles after taking out the Masters 50+ and the NLH Terminator, while Greg & Sharon Hoy became the first husband-and-wife duo to each win an APLPT title, with Greg winning the Turbo Deepstack before Sharon took out the Ladies Event after a lengthy heads-up battle against Michelle Psarras.


For more information, including full results, photos and feature table streaming, check out the Australian Poker League Facebook page or visit www.playapl.com

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