Heimiller seeks redemption as $1k final begins

Dan Heimiller

It's finally Miller time.

At least that's the hope of poker-circuit regular Dan Heimiller, who's gunning for his second WSOP bracelet in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em final table set to play today.

"I'm optimistic, but I don't have any assumptions that I'm going to win," said Heimiller moments before play began. "I think in the past I've come into two WSOP final tables as the chip leader and finished fifth and seventh."

Despite his humble nature, Heimiller has been consistently cashing in poker events for over 20 years. He has numerous six-figure cashes from both the WPT and WSOP and just recently came in seventh at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $300,000.

Heimiller is in an enviable position today however, coming in as the chip leader after three days of play in the largest-ever WSOP field outside of the Main Event.

It won't be easy to win, though, as there are several seasoned pros looking for bracelets as well.

Steve Sung
This kid might be a problem.

"I'm not worried, but there are a couple players who have a lot of experience," said Heimiller. "I've played against Pete [Vilandos] for 25 years and he's got a lot of chips. Also Steve Sung has a lot of experience, even though he's quite young. He's proven that he knows what he's doing."

Fortunately for Heimiller, he'll be taking a 4.1 million chip cushion into the final table. Sung is a close second with 3.3 million, while Vilandos has approximately 2 million chips to work with.

The rest of the final table is filled out with lesser-knowns Jeff Oakes, Nathan Mullen, Phong Huynh, James Matz III, Larry Sidebotham and Danny Fuhs.

Although he's had a few meltdowns at final tables in the past, Heimiller thinks he may have adjusted his game enough to secure a top-three finish.

"I think I'm a little more logical now," he explained. "I'm more willing to lay down hands these days. In the past I was much looser and didn't realize how dangerous it was to gamble like that."

First place will pay out a substantial $771,106 from an overall prize pool of $5.4 million. Heimiller sees it as a chance for redemption.

"I've lost a lot of money in large tournaments over the past five months, and I'm getting it all back today," said Heimiller.

Check out PokerListings live updates of the $1,000 No-Limit event to see who comes out on top.

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