APPT Sydney: Rafter catches a tailwind

By James Potter

Irishman Anthony thepirat Rafter enjoyed his dinner on Day 1C of the APPT Grand Final after amassing 70,000 in chips. Rafter bought into the event directly from his winnings on PokerStars.

Rafter has had some excellent performances online including a final table in a $1000 buy-in WCOOP event in which he finished eighth and won just under USD $20,000. He is a well travelled poker player with trips to the WSOP and EPT in Monte Carlo while this is his fourth APPT event, having previously played twice in Macau and Korea.

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Anthony thepirat Rafter is sailing along nicely

“It my first time in Australia and I just love it. Yesterday I even went scuba diving,” he said. After all, he is thepirat!

Another who’s enjoyed his day at the tables is Tom Guise. Like your experienced blog team (yeah right), Tom comes from a professional writing background, which included a stint as editor-in-chief of Penthouse. He hasn’t exactly traded in his pen for a life of poker but he is far from a poker Playboy bunny.

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Tom Guise swaps pen for poker

“It’s great to be playing in this event. I am living back in Sydney now and I won the package on PokerStars. Pro poker player? Get out of here! I am still writing but I have to admit I am playing a lot of poker at the moment,” he said, reflecting on a five-month stint in Macau from which he’s only recently returned.