UKIPT4 Marbella2: Final table player profiles
Here are the details of the eight players who will today go looking for the title of UKIPT4 Marbella2 champion. Here's a review of how they got here. Remember and you can follow along on pokerstars.tv.
Seat 1. Katja Svendsen, 34, Norway, PokerStars Qualifier - 3,910,000
Katja Spillum Svendsen originally hails from Norway but now lives near East Grinstead in England. Katja is a professional poker player specializing in online games, and she qualified online at PokerStars. She also plays backgammon professionally. Katja goes into the final table as chip leader, and we could see UKIPT and Estrellas history being made by the end of the day - if she wins, Katja will be the first female winner of either a UKIPT or an Estrellas Main Event.
Seat 2. Gareth Hamilton, 35, Derry, UK - 590,000
Gareth Hamilton lives in Derry, Northern Ireland, where he mostly spends his time playing live tournaments. All the evidence suggests that he is extremely good at them - he won his Main Event seat in a €40 satellite at his local card room, and among his other live results are a $30,000 cash in the WSOP Main Event and an Irish Open side event that he chopped for €24,000. He's come over from Northern Ireland with a big group of friends, so expect some enthusiastic railing for Gareth come the final table.
Seat 3. Marcin Barwinski, 22, Lubcin, Poland, PokerStars Player - 1,055,000
At just 22 years-old, Marcin Barwinski has been playing poker since the moment he came of age, four and a half years ago. He describes himself as a heads-up cash game professional and although he admits he doesn't make a lot of money, he says it's enough for him to live in relatively inexpensive Poland. Consequently he won't be going overboard if he wins tomorrow - but he concedes that he might treat himself to a new car
Seat 4. Rodrigo Espinosa, 34, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier - 705,000
Rodrigo Espinoso lives in Burgos in Northern Spain. He is mostly a live player, but whichever place he finishes in, this will be his best ever live result. He keeps good company too - Espinosa is good friends with Ruben Velasco who finaled an Estrellas Main Event in 2012 and is one of the best-known players in Spain.
Seat 5. Jake Cody, 25, Rochdale, UK, Team PokerStars Pro - 1,600,000
Triple Crown winner and Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody needs no introduction. A veteran of countless final tables and possessor of over $3.7 million in tournament winnings despite his tender years, Cody is by far the most experienced player at this final table, and the fact that he is going into the final with less than half the stack of chip leader Katja Spillum Svendsen will not faze him in the slightest.
Seat 6. Daniel Rodriguez, 26, Cordoba, Spain - 720,000
Daniel Rodriguez comes from near Cordoba, and is our official short stack going into the final table. He is unlikely to be worried, though - Daniel makes his living as an online poker pro playing mostly €1,000 NLH cash games, and he is used to playing for big bucks. He plans to go to Las Vegas this summer to play the WSOP Main Event, so the minimum €13,030 cash he picks up tomorrow at the PokerStars Marbella Festival final table will definitely be put to good use.
Seat 7. Christian Bauer, 27, Germany - 2,425,000
Christian Bauer hails from Germany but is now resident in Vienna where he makes a living as a professional poker player. He plays both live and online, but despite finishing ninth in the Eureka Main Event in Vienna earlier this year, he leans heavily towards the online game. He plays on PokerStars under the screen name "iPUNI$H" where he's amassed almost $1.3 million in total winnings, including $47,000 for first place in a TCOOP event.
Seat 8. Javier Elorza, 24, Pamplona, Spain, PokerStars Qualifier - 880,000
At just 24 years-old, Jave Elorza is our second youngest finalist, and our second shortest stack going into the final. Elorza hails from Pamplona where he mostly plays online. This is his biggest live score by far - his total live winnings up until today comprise just €386, but he is clearly a force to be reckoned with at the live table.