A look at the WPT Championship final table competitors

With a day off in between the final table being set and the final table being played, it gives me a chance to dig up some background information on the six remaining players who will be battling it out on Friday for the $1.6 million first-place prize-money at the 2011 WPT $25k Championship taking place at the Bellagio.

  • Seat 1: Galen Hall – 5,095,000 chips

Hall is a relatively young player but has already made a huge splash in the poker world thanks to his 2011 PCA Main Event victory where he booked a $2.3 million payday after making a huge comeback against Chris Oliver in heads-up play.

Since his PCA win Hall has gone on to final table the €25k High-Roller tournament at the EPT Grand Final and finished 2nd to Jason Mercier in the Champion of Champions freeroll.

  • Seat 2: Justin Young – 1,750,000 chips

Young is a prolific tournament pro who has amassed nearly $2.3 million in career tournament earnings. Best known for his runner-up finish in the 2008 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond Poker Championship, Young is still looking for his first major win, although he has a number of wins in preliminary tournaments.

  • Seat 3: Tony Gargano – 3,550,000 chips

Gargano has been playing in major tournaments since 2007 and has amassed 8 WSOP cashes and now 6 WPT cashes! With about $350,000 in winnings Gargano will have his first chance at a major victory, and will be making his first televised appearance at the poker tables.

  • Seat 4: Roger Teska – 3,600,000 chips

Teska is the least experienced player in the field, but does have nearly $173k in career tournament winnings. No stranger to big tournaments, Teska has 5 WSOP cashes on his resume, but is in uncharted territory at the final table of a major tournament.

  • Seat 5: Scott Seiver – 5,075,000 chips

Seiver is quickly proving himself to be one of the best poker players in the world, whether playing tournaments, online, or in high-stakes cash games. Quietly having amassed over $2 million in tournament winnings for his career, including a WSOP bracelet in 2008, Seiver is on the verge of superstardom in the poker world.

  • Seat 6: Freddy Bonyadi – 2,470,000 chips

Bonyadi is the elder statesman at the final table, and has amassed over $2.7 million in career tournament earnings -a career that traces all the way back to his first cash in 1994! Bonyadi is a two-time WSOP bracelet winner and made a very deep run in the 2005 WSOP Main Event before finishing in 41st place.

Amazingly, Bonyadi is the only sponsored player at the final table -Bonyadi is a Full Tilt Poker Red Pro.

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