..

Drug Smuggling Poker Pro Jailed in Melbourne

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Sep/13/2011
David Saab

30-year-old David Saab has been sentenced to a 14-year prison sentence for his role in smuggling $8.5 million worth of cocaine into Australia. 

Saab had once won $550,000 in a single season at Crown and other casinos.

Accomplices Darren Hughes, 27, and Robert Remeeus, 28, were given a combined 30-year jail term by Judge Liz Gaynor on Tuesday. 

Max Dunn of the Herald Tribune reports how it all went down

Customs and Australian Federal Police intercepted the air-cargo shipment on its way through Sydney on January 15 this year and replaced the cocaine with other material in plastic-wrapped parcels inside the legs of a mechanical spreader, the court heard.

Hughes - who also gained a seat at Crown's card tables as a serious poker player - was then monitored as he hired a van to bring the equipment to his Kew address, where it was later smashed open with a hammer to access what the trio believed was still cocaine, just before their arrest on January 24.

Dunn points out that the South Korean-born Saab has had a tough time while living in Australia.  Saab was also the primary organizer of the smuggling ring and stood to earn a $110,000 profit. 

- Ace King, Gambling911.com

Poker News

Poker News Updates October 17

Welcome to our new Poker News blog, all the latest tournament, player and juicy stories related to the game for this day October 17, 2019. 

Heartland Poker Tour Returns to Florida

Heartland Poker Tour Returns to Florida

Televised poker is returning to Central Florida. Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club is set to host the renowned Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) for a 12-day event that kicks off today. HPT has already awarded nearly $5 million in the Sunshine State over the years.

Poker News Updates October 16

Welcome to our new Poker News blog, all the latest tournament, player and juicy stories related to the game for this day October 16, 2019. 

Latest Poker News

Welcome to our new Poker News blog, all the latest tournament, player and juicy stories related to the game.

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Kicks Off November 20

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Kicks Off November 20

As Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood gets ready to celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 24, the integrated resort is also gearing up for tournament poker when the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO) returns Nov. 20 – Dec. 4, 2019. This year’s series features 27 primary events and 40 satellites, kicking off with a $400 buy-in Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) with a $1 Million Guarantee and headlined by a $3,500 RRPO World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship boasting a $2 Million Guaranteed prize pool. The final table for the championship will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4 and will be livestreamed.

Syndicate