APPT Sydney: Watch it boys, this could get hairy

By James Potter

American young guns Carter Gill and Eddy Sabat are two of the new breed of poker superstars and both are playing on day 1C of the PokerStars APPT Grand Final. Both these likable guys have already sipped from the cup of success during season two of the APPT. Carter won the high roller tournament at APPT Auckland and Eddy, a PokerStars Sponsored player, took out the APPT Macau main event.

For some reason, the boys are still not satisfied with their results and have a side bet not to shave or cut their hair until they get another big result. In a twist of fate they have landed on the same table today, which will certainly lead to some interesting interaction between the two best mates but fierce competitors.


Eddy Sabat has a head start in the hair stakes

Gill and Sabat will head home to the USA for a home-cooked Christmas meal but will be straight back on the plane to the Aussie Millions after attending the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. It’s a tough life for this new breed of poker playboy!


Carter Gill: Ready for a close shave?

Seated just across from the boys is David Gorr. You hardly call the 60-something gent from Melbourne a poker playboy (he may have once been a poker playboy), but he certainly qualifies as one of Australia’s national poker treasures. He has been playing tournaments for longer than anyone can remember and is both feared and respected by his peers.

A month ago he bought a new laptop and won a package on PokerStars, making him one of the most experienced PokerStars qualifiers in the field.


"This online poker thing could catch on," says David Gorr

“I have had to change my game over the years. You can’t just sit there nursing a short stack like we all did in the old days. You have to look for a spot and push it in,” he said, a strategy that steered him to the final table of the recent PokerNews Cup.

He’s hoping to have similar good fortune here in the coming days: “It’s a really nice place to play cards. This is a good tournament and it’s great to get the opportunity to travel to other good poker destinations in Australia. I think the thing that I most like is the fact that (APPT tournament director) Danny McDonagh runs such a tight ship. You always know that the tournament gets run properly if he is in control.”

You can watch Eddy Sabat talking about that hair, and the prospect of playing Carter Gill, right here...

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And Carter Gill tells our video team about his time in Sydney and hopes for the tournament...

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