PCA 2014: $100,000 Super High Roller Final Table Player Profiles
Seat 1: Ole Schemion, 21, Germany - 280,000
Ole Schemion has only five big blinds entering the final table and will need to double up more than once to compete. But if he does, he can be among the most dangerous players in the world. In 2013, he became the Global Poker Index Player of the Year and at only 21 already has nine tournament victories and $3.8 million in career tournament earnings. A year ago, Schemion finished fourth in the $25,000 High Roller here at the PCA, earning $354,860, and fifth in the $10,000 six max for $55,480. Schemion went on to finish sixth in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller for $212,959 and fifth in the EPT Prague Main Event for $299,147, adding to his stellar 2013. He won three side events at last season's PokerStars and Monte-Carlo®Casino EPT Grand Final. The young phenom's largest score came in 2012, when he won the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event for over $1.4 million.
Seat 2: Tony Gregg, 27, USA - 410,000 chips
Tony Gregg began playing poker at 18. Since then, he's been able to amass an astounding $8.63 million in live tournament winnings, kick-started by his runner-up finish in the 2009 Main Event for $1.7 million. He was back at the PCA Main Event final in 2012, finishing sixth, and Gregg recently added another runner-up finish to his resume in May 2013 when he earned $996,551 for his second place finish in the EPT Grand Final High Roller event. Most notably, Gregg scored the largest cash of his lifetime in the summer at the 2013 World Series of Poker. Gregg won the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event where he bested a stacked field and defeated Chris Klodnicki heads up for more than $4.8 million in winnings.
Seat 3: Antonio Esfandiari, 35, USA - 2,830,000 chips
Thanks to the $1 Million Big One for One Drop, Antonio Esfandiari sits atop the all-time money list with $25,625,556 in career tournament earnings. However, even if you take away that $18.3 million score, Esfandiari would still have more than $7 million in career tournament earnings, which would put him in the top 50 of all time. Esfandiari's big splash came in 2004, when he won the WPT LA Poker Classic for nearly $1.4 million. Esfandiari added another WPT title in 2010, winning the Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $870,124. His also finished sixth in that event in 2011, and fourth in 2012. Esfandiari also has two WSOP bracelets to go with his bling from One Drop. He won a $2,000 buy-in pot-limit hold'em event in 2004 for $184,860 and a €1,100 buy-in no-limit hold'em event at the 2012 WSOPE.
Seat 4: Matt Glantz, 43, USA - 480,000 chips
Matt Glantz is a professional poker player from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, who has amassed more than $4.8 million in live tournament winnings, dating from 1999. His largest score came in 2009 when he won the EPT London High Roller event, winning $862,837. More recently, Glantz took fourth in the inaugural World Poker Tour Alpha 8 Florida tournament where he cashed for $243,180.
Seat 5: Fabian Quoss, 31, Germany - 2,650,000 chips
Fabian Quoss is one of two Germans at the final table, which is about par for the course. In 2013, he and his close friends Igor Kurganov, Tobias Reinkemeier, Philipp Gruissem, and Niklas Heinecker dominated the big buy-in tournament circuit, raking in more than $17 million between them. Quoss has more than $3.3 million in career tournament earnings, including a $340,000 score at the 2010 English Poker Open Main Event another $190,000 at the 2011 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Main Event.
Seat 6: Vanessa Selbst, 29, USA, Team PokerStars Pro - 3,645,000 chips
Vanessa Selbst became the highest earning female player in poker history when she won the $25,000 High Roller event at last year's PCA. Now, one year later, Selbst is back at the PCA felt and primed to add another victory to her already stellar resume. Selbst has already recorded 16 six-figure scores in live tournament poker and two seven-figure scores. All of these winnings amount to more than $8.24m. Selbst famously won back-to-back NAPT Mohegan Sun Main Events in 2010 and 2011, beating Dan Shak heads up in the latter. However her largest score to date occurred in 2010 when she won the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in Cannes for $1.823m. She also has two WSOP bracelets. At the last two EPT events this season, Selbst won both of the first events she entered: the UKIPT High Roller in London and Eureka/EPT Prague £5k PLO Championship. Ominously for her opponents, the Super High Roller is the first event of the 2014 PCA.
Seat 7: Dan Shak, 54, USA - 3,700,000 chips
Dan Shak is a commodities trader by day and a poker player by night who has more than $5.7m in career tournament earnings and probably much more from his business concerns. His Super High Roller resume is spectacular. In 2009, Shak finished fourth in the Aussie Millions A$100,000 Challenge for $142,000. The following year he won, defeating Phil Ivey heads up and earning $1.1 million. In 2012 he finished runner-up to Viktor Blom in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller, earning $846,700, and last year he finished eighth in the same event for $228,960. Shak added two more Super High Roller cashes in 2013, finishing fourth at Aussie Millions for $250,201 and 23rd in the World Series of Poker One Drop High Roller for $173,723. At 54, he was the oldest player to enter this event, and is joined at the final table by Ole Schemion, who was the youngest.