APPT Sydney: Spotlight turned on media types
By Sean Callander
The lines between poker, celebrity and the media have always been blurred – many players have roles in the media and journalists love to mix it up with at the poker table.
Today's 1C field at the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final includes a couple of media types desperate to prove their poker stripes against some of the world's best.
Andrew Bourke, a reporter with Aussie current affairs program Today Tonight (in the mould of Inside Edition or Hard Copy), and Guy Mosel, a sub-editor from FHM magazine are sweating it out through the early stages of today's play.
Mosel won his seat in the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final at the launch of Star City's Big Game Poker, which is the casino's new banner for poker tournaments.
"I was really pleased to win as I usually don't even win against my mates and I've been looking forward to competing for the $3 million potential prize pool. As I didn't expect to win the seat, my real motivation that night was to win a $15 bet I had made on the way to Star City with the FMH boys before the tournament," Mosel said.
At the other end of the scale is PokerStars.net qualifier freeroll winner Ben McSkimming from Melbourne. With his wife and friends watching from the rail, Benís beacon is the $1 million first prize, which would go nicely towards the house that Ben (who is currently working in a pizza shop) would love to purchase. Everyone's chasing a dream of their own.