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Leo Boxell

 

Career Earnings: ~US$1.3 million
2000 Australasian Poker Champion
Aussie Millions Gold Rings:
4
Aussie Millions Main Event Final Tables: 3
APPT Titles: 1
APPT Final Tables: 3

Leo “The Mechanic” Boxell has one of Australia’s most impressive tournament records dating back to the late 1990's. A former Aussie Millions and APPT champion, this mechanic turned poker player has found a way to compete and dominate against men half his age.

A few years back, Boxell was asked when he took up poker and he told them that he's been playing "since Noah”. While that may have been tongue-in-cheek, the poker veteran has been playing the game longer than most of his opponents have been alive.

Looking at his tournament resume, Boxell has results dating back to before the poker “boom”. A little known fact about Boxell is that he has three final tables in the Aussie Millions Main Event.

His first Aussie Millions final table was in 1998 when the event was still known as the Australian Poker Championships. He finished fourth that year, earning just under $4,810.

Leo Boxell APPT MelbourneIn 2000, Boxell made his second Aussie Millions Main Event final table. This time, he managed to win the title and $65,225. It wasn't until 2003 that the Main Event became a $10,000 buy-in and yet again Boxell was at the final table. This time, he fell just shy of the title, finishing runner-up for $225,640 and the largest score of his career to that point.

For the next few years, Boxell continued to perform well in events, including a deep run in the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event. However, his next six-figure score didn't come until 2009. That year, he made the final table of the APPT Sydney Main Event and finished third for another $213,840 score.

Boxell's best year in poker in terms of earnings was in 2011. He kicked off the year with a victory in the $2,200 No Limit Holdem Six-Max Event at Aussie Millions, earning $108,000. Later, he scored a pair of fourth place finishes after making the finals of both the ANZPT Gold Coast Main Event and the New Zealand Poker Open.

The 2011 APPT Melbourne was the site of Boxell's greatest tournament accomplishment. After winning the $1,100 8-Game title and finishing fifth in the NLH/PLO Teams Event, Boxell entered the APPT Melbourne Main Event. He navigated his way through a solid field of 260 players to not only make the final table, but win his first APPT title and $330,000 in prize money.

Leo Boxell

Boxell was inducted into the Australian Poker Hall of Fame in 2012, with his long history of results, major tournament success and promotion of the game making him an obvious inductee. Leo’s wife, Bev, also received recognition from the Hall of Fame for her dedication to poker and to her husband, as she is always seen sitting on the rail of every tournament sweating all the action!

A true gentleman of the game, Leo Boxell continues to be a force in live tournament poker and is an inspiration to players of all ages. With no signs of slowing down, we expect to see him at the final table for years to come.

Leo Boxell Career Highlights

Date

Venue

Event

Place

Prize

29-7-2011

APPT Melbourne

$5,000 Main Event

1st

$330,000

12-1-2003

Crown Australasian Poker Championships

$10,000 Main Event

2nd

$225,640

1-12-2009

APPT Sydney

$6,000 Main Event

3rd

$213,840

28-1-2011

Aussie Millions

$2,000 Six-Handed NL Hold'em

1st

$108,000

27-8-2000

Crown Australasian Poker Championships

$1,500 Main Event

1st

$65,225