ACOP Main Event Day 2: With a point to prove
No doubt the poker fields in Macau bring out some of the most diverse ranges of players you'll ever see in a poker tournament anywhere in the world. We have 33 different countries represented here at the Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Main Event with the strongest representations from China, Australia, Hong Kong, the United States and the United Kingdom.
The players are not only diverse based on geographical location. There's also a wide array of skill, experience and success amongst our players. There are many satellite winners taking their shot at the big time, but there are also players in this field who have won, and lost, millions of dollars. Literally.
One of the more interesting characters in today's field is the UK's Paul Newey.
Newey is rumoured to be worth in excess of £200 million after he founded, and later sold, the debt-consolidation company Ocean Finance. In recent times Newey has been playing many of the high-stakes tournaments around the world, including the 2012 WSOP Big One For One Drop where the buy-in was a lazy $1,000,000.
A glance at Newey's tournament record shows a modest return of just $4,400 in winnings on an estimated investment of over $1.3 million in poker buy-ins. However that's not really something that bothers Newey who continues to gain experience and develop his poker game at events like the ACOP.
At the other end of the spectrum in terms of poker winnings, American Ben Lamb rose to prominence in 2011 when he finished 3rd in the WSOP Main Event. It capped off a remarkable year where he received WSOP Player of the Year honours after winning a bracelet in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Championship on top of a runner-up result in the $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha Event.
All up, Lamb has over $6.5 million in career earnings, which places him just outside the top 50 on the all-time tournament leading money earners in the history of the game. Interestingly however is that Lamb hasn't recorded a tournament result since his enormous Main Event score in 2011.
Both Lamb and Newey are still alive here on Day 2 of the ACOP Main Event, and in a way, both have a different point to prove. Neither really need the cash, but perhaps the glory is something worth even more. One is chasing that breakthrough tournament result, while the other is looking to get himself back on the winner's list. Perhaps this is their moment to shine.
Heath "TassieDevil" Chick is a Freelance Contributor for the PokerStars Blog.