The excitement of the first-ever WSOP APAC Gold Bracelet being awarded last night hasn’t yet died down, but the action must march on as today we will crown the champion of Event 2: $1,650 Pot Limit Omaha. It’s an extremely stacked final table, with plenty of the biggest names in poker set to fight it out for WSOP glory.
Here’s how they will line up:
Seat 1 - Dan Shak - 102,700
Seat 2 - Mike Leah - 71,200
Seat 3 - Marvin Rettenmaier - 33,500
Seat 4 - Martin Kozlov - 47,400
Seat 5 - Edison Nguyen - 122,200
Seat 6 - Scott Reid - 28,400
Seat 7 - Tino Lechich - 85,000
Seat 8 - Paul Sharbanee - 77,200
Seat 9 - Jim Collopy - 209,200
What can we say about Dan Shak that hasn’t already been said over the last couple of months? Shak’s massive year started at the PCA in January where he would finish in 8th in the Super High Roller Event, he then finished 4th in the Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, followed by another 4th place, this time in the Aussie Millions Main Event. Cut to March and Shak would be winning the PartyPoker Premier League for a cool $528,000. All in all, Shak already has almost $1.5 million in tournament winnings in 2013 alone.
The USA’s Mike Leah could be considered as simply the consummate grinder, but he is much more than that. Over the last ten years, Leah has amassed more than $1.5 million in tournament earnings, which includes 14 WSOP cashes. If Leah manages to win today, it will be his first WSOP Gold Bracelet.
The man of the poker world during the last twelve months has definitely been Germany’s Marvin Rettenmaier. The current leader of the GPI Top 300 poker players, Rettenmaier is a two-time WPT champion with almost $4 million in tournament winnings on his resume.
While Australia’s Martin Kozlov does have plenty of live tournament results on his resume, including a 2010 ANZPT Melbourne Main Event title, Kozlov is in fact considered a PLO cash game specialist. Kozlov will certainly be comfortable at today’s final table and is a good chance to keep the WSOP APAC Gold Bracelet on home soil.
Edison Nguyen, from Brisbane, Australia, isn’t too well known for his live tournament results, but has quite the reputation in Australia as an online cash game specialist. The word around town, is that he once mixed it online with Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius and the like.
Also hailing from sunny Brisbane in Australia, Scott Reid has been a regular on the local tournament scene for quite some time. Reid has already posted his largest result here at the WSOP APAC and like his fellow Aussies at the final table, will be looking to keep the WSOP APAC Gold Bracelet down under.
One of the veteran poker players of the Australian poker scene, Tino Lechich has been posting tournament results since before most of the players at this final table were born. Some of the highlights on Lechich’s poker resume include a WPT final table appearance in 2003 and a 2nd place in the Victorian Poker Championship Main Even in 2008.
Paul Sharbanee, from faraway Western Australia, has been cashing in almost every local tournament series imaginable over the last few years, but also has some experience in WSOP events where he has four cashes. Today is number five and Sharbanee will be hoping it’s fifth time lucky.
Despite hailing from the USA, Jim Collopy is no stranger to the shores of Australia, having spent much time here since the events of ‘Black Friday’. Known online as “Mr_BigQueso” where he has posted in excess of $2 million in tracked results, Collopy also has 10 WSOP cashes. Clearly no slouch at PLO, Collopy also won the $2,250 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2012 Aussie Millions.
It’s going to be an action packed day full of four-card fun as we award the second World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Gold Bracelet.
The final table is set to commence at 12.30pm local time and once again we will have all the live updates here in the blog, but you can also check out the live video stream with thanks to 888poker.