LAPT San Jose: The life of a road warrior

Cover a few poker tournaments as a member of the media and you start to recognize the "regulars". They are players who travel just as much as the media does, flitting from one exotic destination for the sole purpose of playing poker. Take Eddie Sabat. In the last six months, he's played in a WPT event at Foxwoods, several WSOP events in Las Vegas, LAPT events in Uruguay and Costa Rica, and APPT events in Macau and Korea. That's a lot of time on the road.

"I just bought a new apartment," Sabat told me. "But I haven't been home in two weeks. I haven't really had the chance to enjoy it yet." As soon as LAPT San Jose ends, Sabat will jet off to Foxwoods for the World Poker Finals, looking to improve upon his last WPT Foxwoods showing in April, when he finished in 20th place for $27,455. If he makes the final table at Foxwoods, he'll have to hustle to make the start of APPT Manila on November 13.


Eddie Sabat has earned a few frequent flier miles this year.

Sabat doesn't seem to mind all of the travel. He said that it's fun to be always on the move. Certainly it's easier to tolerate those long flights from place to place when you have the success Sabat has had -- over $500,000 in tournament cashes since April, although he has been eliminated from the field here in San Jose during Level 4. Some downtime is on the horizon. After Manila is a stretch of two whole weeks (including the Thanksgiving holiday) that Sabat will be able to spend in Los Angeles before heading to Sydney for the APPT Grand Finale in early December.

"My apartment is five minutes to Commerce," Sabat said. "That's my other home." Lock it up, Commerce Casino. Eddie Sabat is headed your way soon.

Dave Behr
@PokerStars in Latin American Poker Tour