APPT Sydney: The wizards of Oz

Australia is one of the most sports obsessed countries in the world, so it’s hardly surprising that poker has been embraced as part of the nation’s sporting culture. Long before Joe Hachem took poker from the backrooms into the mainstream in 2005, Aussies were making their mark on the world poker stage.

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Sydney's own Gary Benson

One of the first was Gary Benson. He is a WSOP bracelet winner in seven-card stud (1996) and has been a regular on the Australian professional poker tour for many years. He also won the ‘Bad Boys of Poker’ at the 2007 PokerNews Cup. Gary calls Sydney home and would love to win the PokerStars.net APPT Grand Final.

Graeme “Kiwi G” Putt is a proud New Zealander but has been part of the Australian poker scene for many years. He has been a consistent winner in live cash play but his passion is tournament poker.

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Kiwis like eating chips, says Graeme Putt

He has cashed in tournaments all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, St Kitts, Macau, St Maarten and Austria. He has enjoyed travelling to most of the PokerStars.net APPT tournaments in the last few years and would love to cap of his career with a big win here.

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Richard Holmes puts the formguide aside for a day

Richard Holmes is a professional gambler who resides on the Gold Coast in Queensland. He mostly focuses on sport betting but has a passion for poker. He spent many years living in Las Vegas where he was considered one of the world’s best seven-card stud players. He has cashed in tournaments in Australia, America and Great Britain. Got a tip for us Richard?