Craig Natte has earned just over $70,000 in tournament winnings, including a third-place finish in the 2005 Mirage Poker Showdown $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em event, where he earned $41,600. Natte also made a final table in the $2,500 PLO event at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in 2004. Natte has one previous WSOP cash, having just made the money in the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event in 2005.
Prior to today, Stanley Statkiewicz has had just two cashes, the most significant being a second-place finish at the 2006 Jack Binion WSOP Circuit $500 No-Limit Hold'em event, netting him an $80,000 payday.
In addition to her considerable online success, chip leader Vanessa Selbst has already earned over $340,000 in just a couple of years of live tourney play. Selbst has cashed five times previously at the WSOP, including three final-table finishes (all in hold'em events). Earlier this year, Selbst was accepted at Yale Law School. Click here to read a PokerNews profile of Selbst from last spring just prior to her second place finish at the WPT Ladies Championship in April. With over a million chips heading into today's final table, Selbst currently has almost half of the total chips in play.
Californian Jamie Robbins has earned $73,000 in career tourney winnings previously, with his largest prior cash coming for finishing 21st at the 2008 WPT World Poker Challenge in Reno. He has already cashed once at this year's WSOP, in Event No. 7, the $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em event. All of his prior cashes have been in hold'em events.
Eugene Todd has amassed over $1.6 million in career tourney winnings since 2005, and has made two WPT final tables. He has cashed in 13 WSOP events, including this summer in Event No. 3, the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event. Todd is a frequent and popular guest on PokerRoad Radio, where he now has his own video blog. Almost all of Todd's previous cashes have been in hold'em tourneys, with one cash in a WSOP H.O.R.S.E. event last year. Todd was overheard saying on Day 1 that this was his first-ever Omaha event.
Nightclub owner and professional poker player Jamie Pickering has won over $100,000 lifetime, mostly of which he earned in his native Australia. Before this year, Pickering cashed three times at the WSOP in '05 and '06, all in Hold'em events. Prior to today, his largest career cash was at the 2006 Victorian Poker Championships when he won the $100,000 Challenge, netting him A$50,000 (about $38,000 U.S.). Pickering has come on especially strong of late, cashing four times at the 2008 Aussie Millions, including a first place in the Limit Hold'em event, and one cash in a PLO event.
It's a 2pm PDT resumption of play in the final session of Event 19, $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha. Vanessa Selbst will be the favorite here, given her dominant chip lead over the other eight finalists. WIth seat assignments, home towns and chip counts, here are the final nine:
Seat 1: Jamie Pickering (QCD , Australia) -- 329,000
Seat 2: Eugene Todd (Brooklyn, New York) -- 127,000
Seat 3: Mel Randolph (Waikiki, Hawaii) -- 117,000
Seat 4: Jamie Robbins (San Diego, California) -- 70,000
Seat 5: Vanessa Selbst (Brooklyn, New York) -- 1,047,000
Seat 6: Stanley Statkiewicz Jr (Itasca, Illinois) -- 318,000
Seat 7: Ken Lairson (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) -- 16,900
Seat 8: Craig Natte (Hudsonville, Michigan) -- 108,000
Seat 9: Thom Schultz (Littleton, Colorado) -- 144,000