MAIN EVENT FINAL TABLE – PLAYER PROFILES 2018 AUSSIE MILLIONS POKER CHAMPIONSHIP - 05 February 2018
Seat 1 – Espen Solaas (28, Norway) – Known as “Essi” to his friends, Espen Solaas, is a young Norwegian based in London whose live breakout came in the €880 Norwegian Championship Main Event in 2015. There, Solaas won just over $100,000 and has since won about another $180,000 live, supplementing his online earnings, where he plays pot-limit Omaha cash games and has been grinding since he was a 17-year-old. Solaas showcased his PLO skills at last year's Aussie Millions, where he won the A$5,000 PLO event for A$100,815. He'll try to grab a second, much bigger title here in 2018.
Seat 2 – Johan Schumacher (18, Belgium) – Schumacher might a relative neophyte to live poker – he's just 18, after all – with just $8,761 in recorded cashes, but he said a different game is his specialty: Mario Kart. Don't
challenge him on Bowser's Castle. Poker, he says, is something he only plays “after every moon eclipse” when taking breaks from dodging red shells. Jokes aside, the Belgian comes into the final table with the shortest stack but appears to be long on personality and certainly long on garish fashion, if his bright pink attire on Day 4 is any judge.
Seat 3 – Mike Del Vecchio (29, USA),– “Mikey D” announced his presence on the tournament scene in a big way last year, when he added his name to the WPT Champions Cup at WPT Rolling Thunder. He nearly grabbed an even more prestigious title less than two months ago, when he finished third at WPT Five Diamond for a career-best $752,196. The Las Vegas-based pro made his first trip to Aussie Millions this year and has had a wild ride going from massive chip leader to shortest stack on Day 4 and now back to around average heading into the final table.
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