David Saab arrested for cocaine smuggling

While all eyes are on Melbourne, Australia, home of the Aussie Millions and where poker professional David Saab won the $5,000 AUS Heads-up event in 2007, cocaine shipped into Sydney from Vancouver was being linked to the player.

David Saab

David Saab

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.


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