2014 ACOP Super High Roller: Final table player profiles
Seat 1: Davidi Kitai, 35 years old - Belgium - 3,190,000 in chips
Davidi Kitai is a 35-year old poker professional from Belgium. He has posted more than US$5 million in tournament results over his career and has three WSOP gold bracelets to his name. His first bracelet win came in 2008 and that made him the first Belgian player to accomplish that feat.
Kitai's largest tournament score came in 2012 when he won the PokerStars EPT Berlin Main Event for € 712,000. He will need to finish first or second here to top that result. Kitai will begin the final table around the middle of the pack and that's partly possible due to a massive three-way all in late on Day 2 that saw him cripple Tobias Reinkemeier and eliminate Mike McDonald a few places off the money.
Seat 2: Kitson Kho, 30 years old - Hong Kong - 4,875,000 in chips
Kitson Kho may not have the high profile of some of his final table competitors, but he will definitely have the support of the rail as the only Hong Kong local player to reach the money in this event.
The 30-year old businessman has been enjoying poker for five years and credits Ender Ozkan as his biggest influence in poker.
Kho's former tournament results are modest, with his two APPT cashes and one WSOP cash barely covering the buy-in for this Super High Roller. So regardless of the outcome of the final table, this will comfortably be Kho's largest tournament score.
Seat 3: Connor Drinan, 25 years old - USA - 4,875,000 in chips
Connor Drinan might not yet be a particularly familiar name in poker, but if we asked if you heard about the guy who lost with pocket aces against pocket aces in the US$1,000,000 buy-in Big One For One Drop this year, you probably would have seen the viral video clip on YouTube. Yep, that's this guy.
Drinan says that "being the aces guy from One Drop" is the highlight of his poker career, but perhaps that tongue in cheek response will be rectified if he can win the MBP Super High Roller Event.
Drinan is a 25-year old poker pro who is very familiar with high-stakes tournaments and sit and go's. With over $1.2 million in career earnings, including 11 WSOP cashes, Drinan brought strong form to Macau with a recent win in an EPT Barcelona side event for six figures.
Away from poker, Drinan enjoys playing basketball and was a member of his high school track team.
Seat 4: Daniel Colman, 24 years old - USA - 2,915,000 in chips
What can we say about Daniel Colman that hasn't already been said in 2014?
Colman, 24, most recently won the €60,000 WPT Alpha8 event for €600,000 and prior to that won the $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for US$1.446 million, finished 2nd in the €50,000 EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for €843,066, 3rd in the $100,000 Aria Super High Roller for US$796,821 and also won a little tournament called the Big One for One Drop for more than US$15 million.
He has won more than US$22 million this year alone and will now add at least HK$2,420,400 (~US$315,000) and possibly another seven figures. Colman is certainly on what will long be considered one of the greatest and most consistent runs in tournament history.
Seat 5: Ryan Fee, 26 years old - USA - 6,230,000 in chips
Ryan Fee tells us his occupation is 'Chippendale' but we are sure it's pretty safe to say that he is a professional poker player. Fee has posted just over US$1 million in tournament results, but primarily plays $25/$50 heads-up.
Fee says his biggest influences are Jason Mo and Doug Polk and that his biggest highlight in poker was "winning $400K in a session versus Isildur and winning LAPT San Jose". In this tournament, Fee credits four-bet bluffing Fabian Quoss blind versus blind as the defining moment.
Seat 6: Pratyush Buddiga, 25 years old - USA - 8,075,000 in chips
Pratyush Buddiga has had a solid 2014 so far, posting US$670,420 in tournament results and he will now add at least US$300,000 to make this year the biggest of his career.
Budigga says he got started in poker due to "boredom in college" and because "Timex". Since then Buddiga has risen to such heights as "being named 'Deoxyribo's' favourite player", which is a personal highlight of his career.
Buddiga claims that his only hobby outside of poker is "lifting". He will be hoping all that lifting, and the third largest stack, will be enough to muscle his way into a seven-figure score.
Seat 7: Joseph Cheong, 28 years old - USA - 12,665,000 in chips
Joseph Cheong rose to poker fame and fortune in 2010 when he finished in 3rd place in the biggest poker event on the planet - the WSOP Main Event. That score was worth in excess of US$4 million, but such is his talents, Cheong has won even more than that since. With results all around the world, Cheong clearly enjoys Asia and Macau, with a previous High Roller win in Manila and a pair of final table finishes at the 2012 ACOP.
Cheong says that he's been running good in this event so far, with a key hand on Day 1 seeing him make quads with a less-than-marginal Q-3. His run good also extends beyond the poker felt, as he tells us his hotel room even has a pool in it! Must be nice!
Cheong has been the chip leader on each of the first two days of play and will be looking to go coast-to-coast in this event and win the seven-figure top score.
Seat 8: Steve O'Dwyer, 32 years old - Ireland - 8,315,000 in chips
Steve O'Dwyer has been playing poker for ten years and during that time has posted well over US$5 million in tournament results. His largest score came in 2013 when he won the PokerStars EPT Grand Final Monte Carlo for € 1,224,000. O'Dwyer considers that result the highlight of his poker career.
O'Dwyer says that Ike Haxton and Scott Seiver are his biggest influences in poker and that "getting big coolers versus the Germans on Day 2" was what got him to the final table.
O'Dwyer has the second largest stack and a great shot at a seven-figure result, but no matter where he busts, he will still have the "dumplings at din tai fung next door" which O'Dwyer says is the thing he has enjoyed most about the tournament.