LAPT San Jose: Final Table Profiles
The final table of the LAPT San Jose event is graced by players from Costa Rica to Canada to Denmark. THe chip stacks are as varied as the players backgrounds. The final table is scheduled to begin at 12pm CST. Join us here for all the action when it begins.
Seat 1: Jeff Petronack
Hometown: Hugo, MN (USA)
Chip Count: 122,500
Jeff Petronack is a 37-year-old mortgage banker from the United States. This is his first time to make it to the final table of a major poker tournament. He qualified to enter online at PokerStars. He has a wife named Tiffany, and two children, named Cody and Brooklynn. Upon learning that the next stop of the LAPT is in Puerto Vallarta, he said he'll probably be encouraged by his wife to attend, since it's where they spent their honeymoon.
Seat 2: Andrew Chen
Hometown: Mississauga, ON (Canada)
Chip Count: 313,000
Andrew Chen is a 20-year-old professional poker player from Canada. He says he finished just one spot out of the money four times in the big Sunday tournament at PokerStars. He qualified to play in this event by paying just $215 and winning his LAPT tournament entry. Chen admits that he had only 20 minutes of sleep after Day One, but he still manages to come into this final table ranked third in chips. He wants to thank Maria from PokerStars for calling him and waking him up just in time to get to Day Two thirty-five minutes late and immediately knock a player out.
Seat 3: Brent Sheirbon
Hometown: The Dalles, OR (USA)
Chip Count: 186,500
Brent Sheirbon is a 33-year-old poker pro from the United States. Prior to playing poker, he was an Information Technology Consultant. Sheirbon finished in the money the last two years in the World Series of Poker Main Event, finishing 134th and 392nd, out of thousands of players. He is also a world traveler, having lived in Costa Rica, Panama, India, and Spain.
Seat 4: Ryan Fee
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA (USA)
Chip Count: 481,500
The chip leader is Ryan Fee, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a 20-year-old professional poker player, who concentrates mostly on cash games. He is just beginning to focus on live tournaments and appears to have a very bright future ahead. Should Fee win today’s finale, this would be his first major tournament victory. Expect to see him at many more LAPT stops either way -- in Fee's words, "It's cold in Philly in the winter."
Seat 5: Claus Rasmussen
Hometown: Roskilde (Denmark)
Chip Count: 254,000
Claus Rasmussen is a 22-year-old gamesman from Denmark. He started out playing table tennis professionally, but has shifted his focus to poker. Rasmussen qualified to play in this tournament by playing in several step tournaments at PokerStars, and now he has a chance to win his biggest prize ever.
Seat 6: Maria Stern
Hometown: San Jose (Costa Rica)
Maria Stern has been playing tournament poker for many years. She is one of the most famous Costa Rican poker players and is universally loved and admired by everyone, especially by her devoted husband, Max Stern. In fact, the Sterns are one of only two married couples who have won gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker. Maria Stern won he gold bracelet in 1997. Now eleven year’s later she made history again by becoming the first lady ever to make it to an LAPT final table. She feels a great responsibility to represent Latin American poker players everywhere by winning this tournament, and is confident that she will do so.
Seat 7: Jesus Bertoli
Hometown: Margarita (Venezuela)
Chip Count: 265,500
Jesus Bertoli Juarez is a 25-year-old lawyer from Venezuela. He has already become one of Latin America’s most successful poker players. He took 24th place in LAPT Season 1, at the Rio de Janiero championship. He also finished in the money three other times in tournaments held in South America. Juarez spent just $17 to qualify for his entry online at PokerStars. He is ecstatic that the LAPT has brought deep-stacked, large buy-in tournament to Latin America, since it allows him more opportunities to play live without having to travel far from home.
Seat 8: Joel Micka
Hometown: Mill Creek, WA (USA)
Chip Count: 336,500
Joel Micka is a 20-year-old professional poker player from the United States. He prefers playing heads-up online at PokerStars and also plays Sit n’ goes. He likes high-stakes games. Yet, this is Micka’s first live major poker tournament. He arrives at the final table ranked second in chips. Micka admits that he never held a real job before. And should he win today, he won’t need one – since first place pays over a quarter of a million dollars. That would be quite an achievement for someone who didn't even know where San Jose was located when he qualified for this tournament.