NAPT Mohegan Sun final table player profiles
The final table of NAPT Mohegan Sun is scheduled to begin at noon Wednesday April 13. Tyler Kenney, the 21-year-old from Long Beach NY leads the field. Two of the final eight, Vanessa Selbst and Joe Tehan, already have NAPT titles to their name.
Check out the final table player profiles below for more information on the eight final table players.
NAPT Mohegan Sun final table player profiles
Seat 1: Joe Tehan - Las Vegas, NV (1,238,000)
Joe Tehan is a professional poker player and originally from Utica, NY. The 30-year-old currently lives in Las Vegas and travels to a handful of US-based tournaments throughout the year. Tehan got married just three weeks ago. Over the course of his poker career, Tehan has amassed more than $3.5 million in earnings, including $725,000 he won for besting the 701-player 2010 NAPT Los Angeles Main Event field back in November.
Seat 2: Thomas Hoglund, Jr. - New Bedford, MA (541,000)
Thomas Hoglund Jr. is a 36-year-old professional poker player from New Bedford, MA. Hoglund has been playing poker for five years and has a handful of four-figure live tournament scores to his name. Already guaranteed a minimum payout of of $32,330, no matter where Thomas finishes at Wednesday's final table, this single cash will be bigger than all of his previous live results combined. When he's not playing cards, Hoglund enjoys sports, music and dining out.
Seat 3: Dan Shak - New York, NY (1,571,000)
At 51, Dan Shak is the oldest player at the Main Event final table. Shak has lived most of his life in New York City, but the world traveler currently splits his time between Las Vegas and NY. One of the hardest-working players in his other game game -- trading -- Shak can often be seen fielding business calls or pecking away on his i-Pad in between hands at the poker table. A talented tournament poker player, Shak has collected more than $2.4 million in prize money since he started playing tournaments back in 2004.
Seat 4: Vincent Rubianes - Santa Barbara, CA (1,711,000)
22-year-old Vincent Rubianes claims to have the "best hair in poker." Originally from Stockton, CA, Rubianes now resides in Santa Barbara, where he splits his time between his studies and poker. Rubianes is a fourth-year political science student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Nicknamed "Side Show Bob," Rubianes once played 800,000 hands of poker in three months for a prop bet.
Seat 5: Steve O'Dwyer - Charlotte, NC (1,032,000)
Steve O'Dwyer is a 29-year-old professional poker player from Doylestown, PA, currently residing in Charlotte, NC. O'Dwyer has earned more than $600,000 in career tournament winnings. His best result to date is a 6th place finish in the 2009 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic ($202,362). O'Dwyer has a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University where he studied communications and broadcasting. A win at Wednesday's final table would not only be the largest of O'Dwyer's career. It would also grant him membership to the poker's millionaire's club.
Seat 6: Tyler Kenney - Long Beach, NY (3,021,000)
Tyler Kenney is a 21-year-old semi-professional poker player from Long Beach, NY. He is the younger brother of Bryn Kenney, a well known high stakes cash game player who has appeared on the PokerStars.net Big Game and finished third at the 2011 PCA Super High Roller Event ($643,000). Tyler credits his brother for teaching him the game. He has an impressive tournament resume for only having been "legal" in the United States for 10 months. He's cashed in two World Series of Poker events, chopped a $5,000 buy-in event at the 2010 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $90,000 and has amassed more than $140,000 in tournament earnings since turning 21.
Seat 7: Aaron Overton - Philadelphia, PA (373,000)
Aaron Overton became a professional poker player after finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Vermont. The 28-year-old from Philadelphia, PA is a cash-game specialist and admits he rarely plays "tornadoes," (tournaments). He won his seat to the Mohegan Sun main event in a $1,000 satellite. When he's not playing cards, Overton can be found snowboarding, biking or spending time with his friends and family. The man they call the "Mighty Redwood" will begin the final table as its short-stack.
Seat 8: Vanessa Selbst - Las Vegas, NV (2,249,000)
Making a return to the NAPT Mohegan Sun main event final table is defending champ and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst. Selbst won the first ever NAPT Mohegan Sun main event championship, and it appears she's not looking to give up the crown anytime soon. Should she emerge victorious at Wednesday's final table, Selbst would become the first player in NAPT history to win back-to-back or repeat titles. Her already stellar tournament, resume includes a WSOP bracelet, a victory at the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event and more than $3.6 million in career tournament earnings. Selbst holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and is working toward a law degree at the same prestigious college.