APPT7 Melbourne: Mason misses the deal

September 09, 2013

Down to the final four players and there were no soft spots as these titans battled it out with great intensity. Bowdy Tolhopf started to flex his muscle, winning a nice pot from Billy “The Croc” Argyros, while David Yan’s rollercoaster ride continued after getting short and then doubling through Ashley Mason with ace-king against Mason’s pocket fives.

It left the Brit on the short stack, and with the blinds at 20,000-40,000, Mason moved all in for around 550,000. Argyros squeezed his cards slowly before quickly declaring a call with A♥K♥ to be racing with Mason’s Q♣Q♦.

Argyros reached into the belly of a wind up crocodile soft toy he had brought to the table, and when he wound it up, the critter rolled around on the table laughing. It was a sign of what was to come as the board ran out 9♥8♥4♠6♦K♦ to see Argyros spike a king on the river to take it down.

Mason’s run in Melbourne has been extremely impressive, following on from his Six-Handed side event win with a 4th place finish here in the Main Event for another $58,400 in prize money. We’re pretty sure it won’t be the last time we see him on a major final table here in Australia.


With Mason out of the way, the three remaining players paused the clock to take a look at a potential deal. Bowdy Tolhopf was the chip leader with 4,835,000, David Yan had 2,680,000 while Billy Argyros was still the short stack with 1,650,000 chips.

ICM numbers were discussed and despite Yan appearing reluctant, the deal was eventually agreed to as follows:

Tolhopf – $156,000
Yan – $133,000
Argyros – $115,000

…with the winner to receive an additional $29,500.

With the deal out of the way, the players are back to battle it out for the remaining cash and the title of APPT Melbourne champion.

Photos provided by Kenneth Lim Photography

Heath “TassieDevil” Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.


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