APPT Sydney: Guttman going great guns

By Sean Callander

Mention the name of Michael Guttman to many local players and you'll be met with a blank look, as the Melbourne veteran is better known by his nickname 'Sticky Micky'.

Guttman is an unlikely adversary: the smile rarely leaves his face and he is good company at the table. But underestimate this man at your peril, as several unsuspecting PokerStars qualifiers have found out on Day 1C of the APPT Grand Final.

He's rarely ventured outside Australia to play, but Guttman made an indelible mark on the 2006 WSOP with a pair of eye-catching results.

Michael Guttman

Melbourne's 'Sticky Micky' Guttman, taking it easy

Only planning a short stay in Las Vegas, he finished runner-up to Lee Watkinson in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Guttmann entered the heads-up duel trailing Watkinson by a ratio of about 1:3, but clawed his way back to briefly snatch the chip lead. He walked away with $360,659.

Just days later in the $2500 Short-Handed No Limit Hold'em event, Guttman started the final table as chip leader and finished third to add another $139,564 to his takings. He flew out of Las Vegas 36 hours later.

Considered a veteran of the game, he is showing no signs of slowing down. Currently holding third chip position behind fellow Australians Joe Hachem and Gary Benson, 'Sticky Micky' will be one to watch as the minutes tick by in level 9 (500/1000 with a 100 ante).

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