2017 ACOP: Main Event final table player profiles

October 28, 2017

Some more information on the final six in Macau:

Seat 1: Brian Altman (USA) – 1.495 million


With more than $2 million in live tournament earnings, 28-year-old Brian Altman already holds a major title after taking down the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open for a $723,008 payday – also his career best result. Victory in Macau would top. Altman, from Boston, in the United States, held the chip lead for the majority of Day 1A before being pipped at the close by China’s Nan Hong, with the same thing happening on Day 3 with Dominik Nitsche taking the lead on the bubble. This time around Altman will be looking to come out on top.

Seat 2: Alan Lau (Hong Kong) – 2.76 million


The 30-year old poker professional from Hong Kong, Alan Lau, will be a familiar face to many at PokerStars LIVE Macau after winning Asia Player of the Year in 2015 and the (then) largest Red Dragon Main Event this February at MPC26. This deep run at the ACOP Main Event tops a stellar year for Lau who has already all but locked up the 2017 APOY title – becoming the first player ever to win it twice. Along the way Lau has broken nearly every Macau record in sight, making the most points and winning the most titles and over HK$4.6 million in live tournaments. The last time Lau won APOY he proposed to his (now) fiancé Amy Li who will be watching from the rail. Part-time violin teacher Lau will be hoping to serenade her when the final table resumes.

Seat 3: Dominik Nitsche (Germany) – 2.33 million


Dominik Nitsche, a 27-year-old poker pro from Minden, Germany, now live in Edinburgh in the UK and sits in 11th on the German All Time Money List with more than $6.9 million in live tournament winnings. He kicked all that off with victory on the Latin America Poker Tour in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, when 18-year-old Nitsche, looking every inch the moody teenager, won one of the fastest major final tables in history. Since then, Nitsche has added a WSOP bracelet in 2012 for $654,797 and will be looking to add another major title to his poker resume with victory in the 2017 ACOP Main Event.

Seat 4: David Laka (UK) – 1.245 million


While he may be one of the more unfamiliar faces at the final table David Laka, who comes from Spain but currently lives in the UK, has already won over $1 million playing poker tournaments. He was railed in the deep stages of Day 4 by Adrian Mateos, currently the best of the young Spanish crop of players. Laka’s previous career best came last September with a $600,000 runner-up score in Sochi, Russia. He also took down a $10,000 High Roller 24-hours before that for a $250,000 payday. All six of players remaining in the tournament are poker professionals and Laka will be looking to add a Macau flag to his short, but quickly growing poker CV.

Seat 5: Stephen Chidwick – 2.79 million


Widely considered among the best players in the world, Stephen Chidwick, from Kent, in the UK, has the chance to bring his live tournament earnings past the $10 million mark should he finish either first or second in Macau. This year alone he won $25,000 buy-in tournaments at both the PokerStars Championship Panama and a similar event in Barcelona. Chidwick married his long-time girlfriend Marine this summer and she celebrated her birthday by watching her husband bludgeon his way to today’s final table. Chidwick asked Marine what she wanted for her birthday, and she requested a first place in the ACOP Main Event. So far, so good.

Seat 6: Aaron Been (USA) 4.805 million

Aaron Been is a 31-year-old poker professional with career winnings of close to $700,000. Been is from Tallahasse, Florida, in the United States and has been playing for more than 13 years with his previous best result a $242,550 third place finish in the 2014 Aria $100k Super High Roller. Should Been finish in fourth place or better he will be guaranteed a career high from what would be his first live tournament victory. Been pulled out all the stops for Day 4 at the Main Event, sending two of the final nine players to the rail to edge into the chip lead. Been cites Isaac Haxton as his poker hero and has had the pleasure of battling it out at the baize against him and several other of the games best over the series – and outlasting a great many of them. Should he keep up this run of form the Golden Spadie could well be his for the taking.

With thanks to Ben Wilson, Media Coordinator


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