Poker player chasing riches
TWEED poker millionaire Stewart Scott is confident heading into the Asia Pacific Poker Tournament, fresh from a recent $15,000 win at Melbourne.
The Bilambil Heights man headed to Macau earlier this week for the first event of the Asia Pacific's third series.
The event will be staged at the Grand Lisboa Hotel in the city known as the Las Vegas of the East.
While the main event, worth $500,000, doesn't start until August 25, Mr Scott has already started his two-week schedule of gruelling poker. He was busy at the tables yesterday, competing in one of the tournament's preliminary events.
Mr Scott, a 36-year-old former chef, shot to fame in January when he won the 2009 Aussie Millions Poker Tournament at Melbourne's Crown Casino.
He beat 681 other players, including former cricket great Shane Warne, to walk away with a cool $2 million.
Mr Scott backed that performance up in April, when he collected $150,000 at a Las Vegas tournament.
His manager, George Psarros, told the Tweed Daily News yesterday that Mr Scott was confident heading into the Macau event.
“He is in good spirits. He won a small tournament (the Victorian Championships) recently ahead of 80 competitors and took home $15,000,” Mr Psarros said.
In another confidence boost, Mr Scott finished 21st out of 300 competitors at the recent Queensland Championships.
He received a special invitation recently to participate in the Battle of the Nations, with players from a number of countries going head-to-head for national glory, and also intends to compete in a high-rollers game, Mr Psarros said.
While Mr Scott has already secured more prize money than many players earn in a lifetime, he did not consider himself a professional player yet and was still seeking sponsorship, Mr Psarros said.
“This is definitely an important stage in his career,” he said.
Mr Scott moved to the Tweed almost two years ago with wife Anastasia and their young daughter.
Following his breakthrough win, which made him a millionaire, Mr Scott said: “If a genie was to grant me three wishes, I would tell him I don't need them - I have everything I want.”
Mr Scott will be back on the Tweed on September 1.