APPT8 Manila Day 3: Final table profiles
Here's a full list of our runners and riders for the APPT8 Manila final table:
Seat 1: Daniel Giang, 23 - Melbourne, Australia (382,000)
Giang is a student who learned to play poker from friends four years ago. He says that this APPT Manila main event is his best result and that this is just his second main event he's ever played. Giang enters Day 3 with the third largest chip stack.
Seat 2: Andreas Rauh, 47 - UK (313,000)
Andreas Rauh is a 47 year-old engineer who is based in Shanghai, China though he is originally from Germany. Rauh has been playing poker for three to four years but this is his first ever PokerStars live tournament. In his spare time he enjoys golf.
Seat 3: Thanh Ha Duong, 31, PokerStars qualifier, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (810,000)
Thanh Ha Duong is a 31 year-old poker player from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. He been playing for poker for eight years and won the APT Cambodia Main Event in 2012. His poker hero is Alan Cunningham and in his spare time he likes to play soccer and tennis and go traveling.
Seat 4: Michael Guzzardi, 30 - PokerStars qualifier, Melbourne, Australia (2,078,000)
PokerStars Qualifier Michael Guzzardi is the most accomplished player in the remaining field with more than USD $330,000 in earnings since 2008. However, the Aussie is still seeking his first major title. The combination of a big chip lead and ten years of poker experience puts him as the odds-on favorite to take the title when the Day 3 Final begins.
Seat 5: Maria Bernadette Lina - Lipa City, Philippines (261,000)
Maria Bernadette Lina is a business woman from Lipa City, Philippines who has played poker for the past five years. She learned to play the game from her sister and counts a final table in the APPT Cebu series as her greatest poker accomplishment to date.
Seat 6: Sameer Rattonsey, 35 - Mumbai, India (389,000)
Rattonsey is a regular on the Asia-Pacific poker circuit but his two biggest cashes have both come in the Philippines. While the businessman has made two final tables, he's still searching for his first victory in a major event. A second place finish or better would give the tournament-specialist his highest career cash.
Seat 7: Rajeev Kanjani, 38 - Mumbai, India (184,000)
Mumbai, India's Rajeev Kanjani is a 38-year-old human resources professional with five year poker playing experience. He learned the game watching YouTube videos and considers a third-place finish in a $2,000 event at the World Gaming Festival in Goa his biggest poker accomplishment. He also plays snooker and is an avid gambler.
Seat 8: Mike Takayama, 24 - Philippines (278,000)
Mike Takayama is a 24 year-old from the Philippines. Poker is his hobby and he has been finding the experience of playing APPT Manila very exciting so far.
Seat 9: Bernando Angeles, 51 - San Juan,Philippines (208,000)
Bernie Angeles, 51, is a resident of San Juan, Philippines who learned to play poker by watching it on TV. The game is his biggest hobby and he's been playing for the past five years.
Remember to follow all the action from the final table at the top of this page. Here's Nicki Pickering with a preview of the final table: