David Saab Sentenced to 14 Years for Drug Smuggling
By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
Australian poker professional David Saab has had moderate success on the tournament circuit. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t quite as successful when he tried his hand at drug smuggling.
This week in Australia, the 30 year old South Korean native was sentenced to a 14 year jail term for organizing an attempt to smuggle 14.6kg of cocaine from Canada into Australia. Authorities intercepted the shipment and eventually arrested Saab and two others, Darren Hughes and Robert Remeeus, on January 24th of this year.
Judge Liz Gaynor handed a slightly heavier sentence to Saab for organizing the crime. Hughes and Remeeus were sentenced to eight year terms, with a minimum of five years to be served, while Saab’s sentence of 14 years requires a minimum of 10 to be served.
Saab had seen some success on the tournament circuit, posting major cashes dating back to 2005. His high point came in 2008 when he won an Asian Poker Tour event in Manila for $280,000. He followed that up a few months later with a 46th place finish in the 2008 WSOP Main Event, which added over $135,000 to his bankroll.
Maybe Saab can hone his mechanics and emerge from his prison term with more moves than Worm had in Rounders.