APPT Macau: It's all in a name
Could the days of a great poker nickname be over? Looking around the Grand Waldo Casino tournament area on day 1B of the PokerStars.net APPT Macau main event, we see "The Silver Fox" Mel Judah, "Downtown" Chad Brown and even "The Armenian Express" Chris Grigorian, one of the most enigmatic players on the international circuit.
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However, hands down the best nickname in today's field belongs to Brianna Bramer AKA The First Lady of Screaming Eagle Poker (SEP).
"You have to be willing to die in order to live" is the crede of SEP, which provides a morale-boosting service for servicemen and women by running free No Limit Texas Hold'em tournaments each week.
Brianna, who served in Iraq, is also no slouch at the poker table, having finished runner-up to Susie Isaacs in the first event on the LIPS tour earlier this year. She's cruising along with about 17,000 in chips today, and is soaking up the Macanese experience.
David Steicke doesn't have a nickname of which we're aware - we'll work on some ideas - but he's again looking right at home among the foxes and expresses in the field.
A trader based in Hong Kong, the Australian hadn't played much poker until he decided to make the journey to last year's PokerStars.net APPT Seoul event.
His game developed very quickly, and by the time the next event in Macau rolled around, Steicke was seated at the final table of the APPT Macau High Roller event along side seasoned pros like John Juanda, Liz Lieu, Eric Assadourian and Emad Tahtouh.
He eventually finished fourth, and has since been a regular feature at tournaments all over the world, including the 2008 WSOP where he finished fourth in the $2000 No Limit Hold'em event.
The South Australian recently stacked up thanks to a bit of luck when he four-betted his way into an all-in on the river with 6d-4s against his opponent's pocket 10s. The board (2d 10c 5s Ah 3h) revealed Steicke had overtaken the set of 10s on the river.
With four levels down and three to go, Australians occupy four of the five chip positions with Sam Jessup (40,000) leading US PokerStars qualifier Ed Sabat (38,000) followed by Michael Pedley (32,000), David Saab (26,000) and David Steicke (26,000).