APPT Sydney: Scotty exits, and re-enters, the tournament

By Sean Callander

We've almost lost Scotty Nguyen – literally! During the last break on Day 1B of the APPT Grand Final, the ever-popular Nguyen strolled outside to what he thought was the smoking area.

However, he turned right when he should have turned left and found himself on the wrong side of the emergency exit – "what's happening here baby!"

Fortunately, there was no shortage of players willing to save Scotty from his temporary exile. See what happens when you always treat people with kindness and respect!

It must also be said that the smokers' deck (like many other countries now, smoking is banned in virtually every indoor public space) has a view to behold, overlooking Darling Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Scotty Nguyen
Scotty Nguyen

Scotty may be the most famous poker identity in the room today, but we also spotted another well-known personality playing – well, at least he's well-known to all Australian sporting tragics.

Dan Ginnane is the Aussie equivalent of ESPN's Tony Reali, and fills the role of the "stato" or stats guru on the local edition of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption.

He might be used to mixing it with PTI duo Sam Kekovich (a larger-than-life former Australian Rules footballer) and presenter Russell Barwick, but today he's had to face a silent foe – PokerStars player Masa Kagawa. One of the most popular figures on the APPT in its debut year, the Japanese player has kept Ginnane on his toes but the numbers remain in favour of the "stats man".

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