After four eager months of waiting for visa approval, Angel Guillen finally made his way Down Under to Melbourne, Australia — a country he has wanted to visit for a long time. 

“Right now I’m in Melbourne, Australia, visiting my girlfriend in her hometown. I’m halfway through my three-week trip, and so far I love it here,” Guillen said.

He arrived in Australia just in time to play in the Aussie Millions Main Event, although that was short-lived, busting out toward the end of Day 1C.

He said, “The first week we spent all day, every day inside Crown Casino. After busting out of the Main Event, I spent a few hours almost every day grinding on PokerStars. When I wasn’t, there were countless things to do around Crown, so much that I could never get bored. Team PokerStars Pro Jose Ignacio Barbero was also here, so I went out a few times with him. We went to a nightclub in the city called Baroq, and had lunch a few nice restaurants inside Crown such as The Atlantic, Nobu and Koko’s, all of them were amazing! Koko’s location and view was particularly awesome.”

Now that Angel has checked out of Crown, the country-Australian tourism begins.

“Earlier this week, my girlfriend and I drove to Phillip Island, about two hours from her house in Melbourne. We went to visit the Phillip Island Wildlife Park to see all of the Australian animals I’ve heard so much about. It’s a free-range sanctuary where you can feed the roaming kangaroos, emus and wallabies. It was such a great experience and a lot of fun.”

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So, what’s next?

“Next week we will go to the beach and also check out Sydney. I then fly to Brazil for the LAPT Grand Final. Yesterday, I ran a competition on Twitter where people had to send me funny or creative pictures of themselves making either a tilt face, a poker face or a celebration face. The prize was a ticket worth $215 USD to play in an LAPT Sao Paulo (Feb. 17 through 20) satellite running next Sunday with 10 packages guaranteed. Here’s example that made me laugh:”


Speaking of which, Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker, and other big names will also be at this Grand Final of the LAPT’s fourth season. I’m sure it’s going to be a huge event and undoubtedly a fun one too. Following the LAPT is the Brazilian Poker Tour final, which is, as the name points, a local tour which attracts a lot of players, so Sao Paulo in February is the place to be, not only because of poker but also because Carnival, the world-famous festival throughout Brazil, is also happening. So plenty of fun times are coming!


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