Saab, who won the Manila stop in the 2008 Asian Poker Tour to take home $300,000, has been arrested as one of a group of men accused of attempting to smuggle 21 kilograms of cocaine into Australia. He has lifetime earnings of $550,720 with a 46th place finish in the WSOP Main Event in 2008.
With a street value of over $800,000, but other reports have estimated this as high as $4 million, the cocaine was hidden in machine parts awaiting import into the Antipodean port. They are charged with “importing and attempting to possess a commercial quantity of cocaine” and will be held in in custody until May.
Another of the men, Robert Reemeus, is also a professional poker player. He is known online as “remo_04” and is reported by poker statistics sites to have won a combined $44,338 from tournaments on three of the world’s largest online poker rooms. Saab and Reemeus are members of a team of poker players called “The SAAB Squad.”
Saab entered the Aussie Millions Main Event only a number of days after the shipment had been received by the third man, Darren Hughes. It has been reported in the local press that this took place a week after the shipment arrived on 17 January.