APPT Macau: Mixed game magician casts a spell

With the departure of Team PokerStars Pro Barry Greenstein, there’s just one WSOP bracelet winner still in today’s field.

Anthony Rivera took out arguably the toughest event at the 2008 WSOP: the first $10,000 Mixed Games World Championship, which comprised eight poker games: No-Limit Hold’em; Pot-Limit Omaha; Triple-Draw Lowball; Limit Hold’em; Omaha Hi-Lo Split; Razz; Seven-Card Stud and Seven-Card Stud Eight-or-Better.


WSOP Mixed Games bracelet winner Anthony Rivera.

No less than 76 of the 192 entrants were former WSOP gold bracelet winners but the winner was the relatively unknown Rivera. His first WSOP cash was a massive USD $483,688.

At the final table, Rivera wore his lucky T-shirt, which read “Friends Don’t Let Friends Play No-Limit.” Rivera said it was kind of a social statement. While many poker players have concentrated their efforts on No-Limit Hold’em, Rivera has focused his poker development on a much more diverse collection of games.

We haven’t sighted Anthony’s T-shirt today, but it’s great to see this rising star of the poker world here at the Grand Waldo.

PokerStars Sponsored Player Grant Levy also knows what it’s like to take down a major title after becoming the first Australian player to win AUD $1 million on home soil in last year’s APPT Grand Final in Sydney.


King of kings: PokerStars Sponsored player Grant Levy.

The former primary school teacher has since underlined his all-round status with victory in a $215 rebuy event on PokerStars, which propelled him into the top 10 online players in Australia.

Levy has enjoyed an “interesting” start to day 1A in the APPT Macau main event, having been dealt pocket kings six times and A-K three times during the first two levels. Despite the rich run of cards, Levy is sitting just below his starting stack of 10,000.

Meanwhile at the other end of the chip count is China’s Guo Liang Xu, who was the main beneficiary of some loose play at his table in the first two levels. He claimed two scalps – one with a set of sixes and the other with flush versus flush to propel his stack above 40,000.


APL chief Martin Martinez.

Eliminations in the past hour have included the clown prince of Australian poker Jonny ‘Yoyo’ Vincent (the only poker player in the world to have a pizza named in his honour) and Martin Martinez, who owns and runs one of the world’s biggest pub poker operations, the Australian Poker League, which boasts almost 400,000 members.