APPT Macau: Final table players
While we wait for the final of PokerStars APPT Macau season 4 to get under way, take a look at our players....
Seat 1: Victorino Torres - Northern Mariana Islands
Victorino Torres is a 33-year-old attorney from the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth in political union with the United States. Torres has been playing poker for about three years and favors cash games over tournaments. When not practicing law or spending time with his family, Torres enjoys spending his free time on the farm. He'll have his work cut out for him at the final table, starting with just 396,000 in chips - the second smallest stack at the table.
Seat 2: Kai Danilo Paulsen - Norway
Kai Paulsen is one of the more experienced poker players at the Main Event final table. A six-year veteran of the game, Paulsen has amassed a career tournament earnings total just north of $370,000 USD. The 26-year-old professional poker player from Trondheim, Norway finished 5th at the 2008 Irish Open, earning €175,000 - his largest single cash to date. Paulsen is an avid sports enthusiast, partial to football, snowboarding and skiing. Paulsen enters the final table with 528,000 in chips.
Seat 3: Jeppe Drivsholm - Denmark
Danish amateur Jeppe Drivsholm is no stranger to poker in the Asia-Pacific. Having spent the last three years traveling the world, Drivsholm calls Macau his temporary home. Primarily a cash game player, Drivsholm's most recent live tournament result came back in 2008 at the 2008 APPT Manila Main Event, where he finished 19th. That result came just two months after he recorded the biggest tournament cash of his poker-playing career - a 5th place finish at the 2008 APPT Macau Main Event (HKD $632,150, approx. $80,000 USD). The 25-year-old says he's been playing poker for six years. Drivsholm enters the final table with the second largest stack (1,223,000), just 40,000 behind chip leader Cole Swannack.
Seat 4: Keith Hawkins - England
Keith Hawkins is arguably the most decorated player at the Main Event final table. Known as "The Camel" on PokerStars, Hawkins has racked up over a half a million dollars worth of online MTT cashes, and is more than $350,000 in the black playing sit'n'go's. His live results are equally impressive. Over the past decade, Hawkins has earned more than $1 million playing live events around the world. His biggest result came back in 2006 when he finished 4th in the Master Classics of Poker Main Event, earning a €122,125 payday (approx. $150,000 USD). Hawkins is a big fan of the Queens Park Rangers Football Club, a Championship league team based in London. The 42-year-old resident of Middleton Tyas, England brings 30 years of poker-playing experience to the final table, where he starts with just 174,000 in chips.
Seat 5: Albert Kim - United States
Albert Kim is a professional poker player from Staten Island, New York. Kim turned pro three years ago and he considers himself primarily a cash-game player. The 28-year-old finished 19th at the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event, earning $257,334 in prize money - his best career result to date. Kim also cashed in a special event held in Manila as part of the APPT Season 4 schedule back in March (46th - $4,200). When he's not terrorizing cash games, Kim says he enjoys drinking, traveling and reading. Kim will unbag 436,000 in chips to start Sunday's final table.
Seat 6: Chong Cheong - Hong Kong
A businessman by trade, Chong Cheong's foray into the poker world was anything but ordinary. Chong had been a high volume Baccarat player at Grand Lisboa, in Macau for the week on holiday from Hong Kong. His luck quickly went sour and after he lost all but $10,000 of his gambling bankroll, he decided he'd had enough and called it quits. All attempts at booking travel back to Hong Kong were thwarted, however, by a lingering typhoon, preventing him from leaving the casino. While waiting for the bad weather to die down, Chong stumbled upon a live Texas Hold'em cash game, pulled up a seat, and has been hooked since. The 55-year-old favors tournaments over cash games and has won a handful of local events held at the PokerStars Macau Poker Room. His biggest cash to date came in December of 2008 when he won the Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Event, earning just over HKD $210,000 (approximately $30,000 USD). Cheong enters the final table with 904,000 in chips.
Seat 7: Cole Swannack - New Zealand
Twenty-year-old Cole Swannack from Auckland, New Zealand is the youngest player at the table. He listed "Student" as his occupation, though he also said he's been playing poker professionally for the past year and a half. Primarily a cash-game player, Swannack's best tournament finish to date was a runner-up showing at the 2010 New Zealand Poker Championships in Christchurch, where he collected a respectable USD $23,235 for his efforts. Swannack considers basketball and video games his primary hobbies outside of poker. Swannack's student-status may be in jeopardy if he's able to convert his field-leading starting stack (1,262,000) into a victory come Sunday.
Seat 8: Brian Green - Costa Rica
San Jose, Costa Rica native Brian Green is making the most of his first experience playing an APPT event. The 48-year-old businessman has been playing poker for 12 years and has amassed a career live earnings total of just over $650,000 USD. No stranger to high stakes tournament poker, Green finished 7th at the 2006 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, earning $144,500 in prize money - the biggest cash of his career. In 2002, Green was inches away from earning his first World Series of Poker bracelet, finishing runner-up to Jennifer Harman in a $5,000 limit hold'em event ($106,200). Green is a self-proclaimed gym rat with a passion for cycling, and an even bigger passion for his three kids. Green enters Sunday's final table with a very healthy 970,000 in chips.
Seat 9: Kenny Nielsen - Denmark
Kenny Nielsen, a 36-year-old physical therapist from Sorø, Denmark has been playing poker for eight years. Primarily a hobby poker player, Nielsen prefers cash games over tournaments. Nielson is one of two Danish players at the final table. His largest tournament cash to date came back in 2005 when he finished 27th in a $10,000 buy-in WPT event, scoring a $41,705 payday. When asked, "What do you want the world to know about you?" Nielsen replied: "That I have won the APPT in Macau tomorrow!" Nielsen will unbag 791,000 in chips at the start of Sunday's final table.
Seat 1: Victorino Torres - 396,000
Seat 2: Kai Paulsen - 528,000
Seat 3: Jeppe Drivsholm - 1,223,000
Seat 4: Keith Hawkins - 174,000
Seat 5: Albert Kim - 436,000
Seat 6: Chong Cheong - 904,000
Seat 7: Cole Swannack - 1,262,000
Seat 8: Brian Green - 970,000
Seat 9: Kenny Nielsen - 791,000