Dan Shak is not an amateur, nor is he a professional poker player - he's a tweener who's had tremendous success in Super High Rollers.
In 2010, at the Aussie Millions, Shak defeated Phil Ivey heads up to win the $100,000 Challenge, earning $1,107,553. He also finished runner-up in this event last year, taking home $846,700, and he finished fourth in the 2009 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, pocketing $142,074.
Shak can best is largest score to date with either a second or first-place finish, and even with an eight-place finish today, he's already crossed four million dollars in earnings in his career.
Nick Schulman is no stranger to the PCA's $100K. Back in 2011, when the Super High Roller premiered, Schulman was one of the 38 entries. Not only that, he made the final table where he ultimately finished in fourth place for $400,000. Moreover, Schulman also has an eighth-place finish on his PCA résumé in the 2009 $25,000 High Roller Event, for which he earned $45,700.
Schulman began playing poker in his teens and soon made his way to the virtual felt online. Because he couldn’t play in brick and mortar card rooms until he was 21, Schulman spent his days grinding it out online. He studied the game and improved over the years as he climbed the limits. When he eventually turned of legal age, Nick took to live games and played in underground clubs in New York City.
His time in those clubs didn’t last long as the common raids pushed him to legal venues up and down the East Coast. In 2005, the youngster entered the Foxwoods World Poker Finals and came out on top, earning the $2.1 million plus for first place. An unbelievable start that put Schulman on the map as the youngest winner of a World Poker Tour event.
In 2009, Schulman captured his first World Series of Poker bracelet by winning the $10,000 World Championship No-Limit 2-7 Draw event for $279,751. Amazingly, Schulman won that very event for a second time in 2012 for his second gold bracelet and a $294,321 payday.
All told, Schulman has 5,389,881 in tournaments earnings, which he'll add to here today. Known as “TheTakeover” online, Schulman has been known to do just that in live tournaments... though he'll have his work cut out as he trails the chip leader by nearly a 3-1 margin.
The third and final day of the tenth anniversary PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller is set to begin at 1 p.m. EST today. Your overwhelming chip leader is David "Doc" Sands, who bagged a total of 6.68 million chips after Day 2 (45 percent of the chips in play).
Joining Sands at the final table are fellow professionals Nick Schulman, Philipp Gruissem, and Scott Seiver, amateurs Greg Jensen, Cary Katz, and Vladimir Troyanovsky, and Super High Roller beast Dan Shak. Shak finished runner-up in this event last year, earning $846,700, and won the 2010 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge, pocketing $1,107,553.
Sands' largest cash to date is for $806,370 at the 2012 L.A. Poker Classic Main Event. He can best that today with a second-place finish or better, and if he wins, then his lifetime live tournament earnings will exceed five million dollars.
The cards will be in the air in the next 45 minutes or so, but we will be reporting off of the live stream. That means our updates will be delayed by 60 minutes. We hope that you stay tuned for the coverage of this final and every major final table at the 2013 PCA!