David Saab Receives 14-year Jail Term

Posted at 14:30 2011-09-17

Recent reports have surfaced that well known Australian poker pro David Saab has been sentenced to serve at least 10 years of a 14 year sentence behind bars, after making headlines earlier this year when he was busted for importing 14.6kg of cocaine into Australian shores.

Saab, 38, of Melbourne suburb Balwyn North, was reported to have recruited both Darren Francis Hughes, 27, of Kew and Robert Alan Remeeus, 28 of Vermont South, both of whom have been sentenced to eight years in jail, serving a five-year minimum term.

The shipment of cocaine arrived in Sydney from Cananda on January 17th and was tracked to the eventual Melbourne destination, where the three men were reprimanded and charged with importing and possessing a commercial quantity of drugs.

While all three of the men pleaded guilty to their involvement, Victorian County Court Judge Liz Gaynor went down harder on Saab for his key role in the crime.

“It is clear that you were the principal organiser in Australia of this importation and would derive the most benefit from it,” Judge Gaynor said.

Judge Gaynor suggested that Hughes and Remeeus were vulnerable to Saab’s influence, whom they met through the poker world.

Saab is well known on Australian poker circuit, with Saab garnering an impressive resume over the last few years in poker tournaments all around the world.

Some of Saab’s results include the likes of a victory at the Asia Poker Tour in 2008, pocketing $280,000, a $135,100 score for his deep run at the 2008 WSOP Main Event and a victory in the Heads-Up Championship at the 2007 Aussie Millions which saw another $50,898 added to Saab’s overall poker earnings of over $500,000.


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