Lion-hearted: Leo Boxell bags Day 1A chip lead in Star Sydney Champs Mystery Bounty

Australian Poker Hall of Famer Leo Boxell has bagged 529,000 in chips, the most of the 35 remaining runners from a total of 231 entries for Day 1A of The Star Sydney Champs Mystery Bounty.

‘The Mechanic’ admitted to PokerMedia Australia that he initially struggled with the more aggressive nature of play early on, but Boxell was able to draw upon his experience, remained patient and picked his spots carefully.

“I had a couple of bad beats, but you’ve gotta roll with the punches,” he reflected. “After I moved tables, I won a couple of very big pots, and all of a sudden I was on 250,000 and then took a monster pot off the chip leader!”

Going into Day 2, Boxell emphasised he wasn’t going to change his usual game plan, despite the variations involved in the Mystery Bounty structure: “I’m just gonna play my cards, I’m not gonna try and make myself famous.”

Having played tournament poker since 1989, however, the Melburnian’s achievements on the felt speak for themselves, including victory in the 2000 Australasian Poker Championships Main Event (the predecessor to the Aussie Millions), as well as his most recent podium finish in the WPT Prime Gold Coast $5K Challenge.


Leo Boxell529,000
Charles Tsai452,000
Seyed Hosseini-Nasab377,000
Shem Goltz327,000
Joel Turner315,000
Ali Almohamed304,000
Rob Madafferi304,000
Andrew White304,000
Joshua Filipovic289,000
Derek Ichilcik281,000
Matthew Rolfe265,000
Dean Blatt238,000
Michael Tran218,000
Scott Carmichael215,000
Andy Q204,000
Toby Giles194,000
Dylan Desmarchelier175,000
Nurlan Boobekov169,000
Steve Tupua169,000
Craig Blight165,000
Shane Khouiss156,000
Chad Awerbuch148,000
Mohammed Elkassir143,000
Harry Basle140,000
Jie Cui123,000
Jackson Kane113,000
Suzy Khouiss99,000
Brett Marshall97,000
Omar Chalghin95,000
Leo Kamiya88,000
Fletcher Smith85,000
Justin Cohen82,000
Hedley Fung66,000
Wangyang Luo59,000
Romain Morvan48,000

Today also brought with it the conclusion of the $440 PLO, won by Sydney’s Zijun Wang, who defeated Laurence Hall heads-up for the title and $20,364 in prize money; Michael Seymour, Chi Truong and Zac Vigar were also amongst the notables to have reached the final table.

Day 1B of The Star Poker Champs Mystery Bounty will commence from 2:30pm AEST tomorrow (Wednesday); for more information, including the full schedule and structures, visit

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