NAPT Mohegan Sun: Final table player profiles
The final table at NAPT Mohegan Sun was set late on Saturday night with the elimination of Vanessa Rousso in tenth and then Brandon Hall in ninth place.
That left us with our final eight, playing for a first prize of $750,000. Full details of prizewinners to date can be found on the prizewinners page where you'll also see what they're all playing for today.
Here's the final table line up, in seat order.
Seat 1: Scott Seiver - Las Vegas, Nevada - 1,125,000 chips
Despite his undeniable success in the tournament arena, 24-year-old poker pro Scott Seiver considers himself a cash game player. Last February alone, Seiver accumulated more than $640,000 in prize money from a pair of high roller events - one of them the inaugural $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shootout, held at NAPT Venetian - which helped bring his career earnings up to $1.9 million. A resident of Panorama Towers just off the Las Vegas Strip, Seiver is known to dabble in the occasional Magic the Gathering card game with his friends David Williams and Justin Bonomo. Seiver has flirted with the chip lead several times throughout the week, at one point taking turns at the top with Vanessa Selbst. He enters the final table as its short stack, with 1,125,000 in chips.
Seat 2: Cliff Josephy - Syosset, New York - 1,940,000
Better known in the poker world as "JohnnyBax", 44-year-old Cliff Josephy has been a fixture in the game, both live and online, since 2005. One of the most respected tournament players in the world, Josephy has accumulated more than $3.3 million in online tournament earnings over the past five years. Josephy has experienced success in the live game as well, having won a WSOP bracelet in 2005 and posting several five and six figure scores at various venues around the world since. A father of three from Syosset, New York, Josephy admits he's missing a "very good friend's daughter's Bat Mitzvah to play this" event, so he's hoping to notch a victory on Sunday so that all will be forgiven. Josephy enters the final table fifth in chips with 1,940,000.
Seat 3: Vanessa Selbst - New Haven, Connecticut - 4,545,000
Vanessa Selbst, 25, has been playing poker for the past seven years, though it wasn't until the summer of 2007 that she first started making headlines. Selbst finished eighth in the WSOP ladies event that summer, and nine days later took home third place money ($128,968) in the $5,000 buy-in World Championship Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP, mowing over the likes of Doyle Brunson, Layne Flack, Peter Jetten, Paul Wasicka and Shannon Shorr in the process. Since then, Selbst has established herself as one of the top female poker players in the business, winning a WSOP bracelet in 2008 and climbing to 17th on the women's all-time money list, all the while earning her undergraduate degree at Yale University. Currently, Selbst is working toward a law degree (also at Yale).
Seat 4: Derek Raymond - Portland, Maine - 1,545,000
Derek Raymond has been playing poker for the past seven years. The 25-year-old has career live earnings of slightly more than $250,000 - the bulk of which he won last year at the WSOP, claiming a bracelet in a $2,500 buy-in Omaha hi-lo event ($229,192). A native of Portland, Maine, Raymond plays golf and basketball in his spare time. Raymond enters the final table as one of its short stacks with 1,545,000 in chips.
Seat 5: Mike Beasley - Hollywood, Florida - 4,985,000
A 20-year veteran of the game, Mike Beasley is no stranger to tournament poker and has amassed career earnings of more than $350,000. When he's not playing cards, the club owner from Hollywood, Florida enjoys hitting the links for an occasional round of golf. The 46-year-old has won several small-mid buy-in tournaments over the years and most recently took down a $1,000 buy-in side event at the Borgata in February. Beasley also cashed in the NAPT Venetian Main Event, posting a 91st place finish, good for a $9,643 payday. Beasley stole the chip lead from Vanessa Selbst on the last hand of the night with the elimination of ninth place finisher Brandon Hall, and enters the final table with 4,985,000 in chips.
Seat 6: Michael Woods - Cana, Virginia - 2,950,000
Michael Woods is an amateur poker player, hailing from a small town in Virginia called Cana. The 53-year-old has been playing poker for 35 years - longer than most of our final table players have been alive. At 53, Woods is the oldest member of the final table. Woods is self-employed and considers himself a hobby poker player. Woods has his work cut out for him at a final table with several seasoned pros, but with 2,950,000 in chips to work with, anything is possible.
Seat 7: Jonathan Aguiar - Las Vegas, Nevada - 1,535,000
Known to the online poker community as "FatalError", 26-year-old Jonathan Aguiar has compiled an impressive resume thus far in his short poker-playing career. A very capable mixed-game player, Aguiar recently took down the eight-game championship at the LAPC. He's also the only player who has cashed in all three NAPT Main Events this season (42nd - PCA, 22nd - Venetian and now Mohegan Sun - TBD). Aguiar already has career earnings of more than $740,000 and has cashed in seven WSOP events. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and has been playing poker for eight years. He'll unbag 1,535,000 in chips to start the final table.
Seat 8: Al Melville - Toronto, Canada - 2,940,000
The only player at the final table not from the United States, 47-year-old Al Melville was decided to detour from a business trip in Boston to make the trip to Mohegan Sun on a whim. He had no intention of playing the Main Event but have now delayed his return to Toronto by a week. Now that he's in the money and has reached the final table, he considers the rest of it "all a bonus." Melville is a hobby player who works in sales. He's a hockey fan and loves to travel, so needless to say he'll be able to enjoy a whole lot more of both were he to take down the Main Event. Melville enters the final table with a 2,940,000 in chips.