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Chino joins the Poker Pack
The Poker Pack was formed after the Asian Poker Tour's stop in Macau in August. J.C. Tran, Nam Le, Quinn Do and Steve sung were the first players to sign on to the special poker team representing the APT.
Now the team can add to its ranks recent World Series of Poker final tablist David Rheem.
"The opportunity to sign a deal with all my friends was too good to be true! I have a huge amount of respect for JC, Nam, Quinn and Steve and together as a team I think we are really going places," Rheem said.
"I already pretty much travel the circuit with the other members of The Poker Pack and to be formally signed up is fantastic."
With the addition of Rheem, the team has seen a lot of recent success. Rheem, who is coming off a final table in the World Series of Poker Main Event, just turned in a win at the World Poker Tour Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
He was joined at the final table by fellow Poker Pack member Sung. Le also cashed in the event, although he missed out on the final table.
Other highlights for the team in 2008 include a win at the Macau High Rollers event for Le, and Quinn Do also made the final table. Le also picked up a second-place finish at the WPT Festa al Lago, and Tran picked up a win in the Premier League III in London.
Along with his recent success, Rheem brings to the Poker Pack his reputation as a respected and liked professional on the circuit. His profile saw a tremendous increase after he finished in seventh place in the WSOP Main Event.
He now has a total of six WSOP cashes, a WPT win and more than $4 million in live-tournament winnings.
"Chino is a great guy and magnificent player and we're really happy to welcome him into the Poker Pack. If you look at how much prize money all these guys have made in 2008 and how much they may make in 2009 it is scary!" said Tom Hall, CEO of AsianLogic Plc, owners of the Asian Poker Tour.
"As individuals they are all well known players on the circuit - together the possibilities are endless! There are many teams in poker but these guys are a really unified unit. They travel everywhere together and enjoy each other's success. Poker is in its infancy in Asia and we're excited by what we have lined-up for The Poker Pack and what they will achieve as a group."
The next stop for the Poker Pack will be the Aussie Millions at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. They will also be out in force for the APT Philippines stop that takes place Jan. 27 - Feb. 1 in Manila.