The WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble is now down to the final six players. All the bounties have been claimed and those remaining hope to add their names to WPT Champions Cup and take home the $341,486 first-place prize money.
The winner also secures a $15,000 seat in the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions along with 1,000 points toward the Hublot WPT Player of the Year race.
Here’s a look at those players remaining:
Seat 1: Jake Schwartz (4,785,000, 160 bb)
The player with the most WPT experience at this final table, Jake Schwartz has more than $1.7 million in live tournament winnings and will be looking to use his stack to take home this title and move that total beyond $2 million. With numerous big finishes and final tables, Schwartz has $745,000 in WPT earnings and has come close to a title on a couple of occasions. In Season XIV at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic he finished fourth for $412,187 and also has two sixth-place finishes.
In 2013 Schwartz came close to winning a WSOP bracelet when he finished runner-up in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Shootout event for $202,035. At the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, he took down a $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo for $42,628.
Schwartz grew up in New York City and currently lives in the Fort Lauderdale area, and has been playing poker professionally for 10 years. While in college, he began playing to help pay for college. When not playing cards, he enjoys sports and watching movies. As play resumes on Tuesday, he’ll be the chip leader and looking to score his first WPT win.
Seat 2: Ping Liu (1,710,000, 57 bb)
Originally Grand Blanc, MI, Liu enters the final table fourth in chips after finishing Day 2 as chip leader. The 29-year-old graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in neuroscience and economics. After working for a year, he decided to give poker a shot full-time. Liu now lives in Irvine, CA and is also a regular cash game player at the Gardens Casino.
Liu has more than $742,000 in live tournament earnings and is a regular on the WPT. Some of his biggest cashes include taking third in the $1,675 WSOPC Main Event in 2014 at the Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for $133,110 and finishing fourth in Season XVI at WPT Rolling Thunder $3,500 Main Event for $97,510.
Liu has been playing poker 11 years, six of those as a pro. He started playing the game with friends as a teenager and has since continued to build up his bankroll from its original $2,000. When not at the tables, he enjoys sports, working out, and learning to cook. Studying poker is also obviously a hobby. While he has several final table appearances, Liu will be hoping for that first breakthrough win.
Seat 3: Ray Qartomy (2,345,000, 78 bb)
No stranger to big finishes on the WPT, Ray Qartomy has more than $609,000 in live tournament winnings including and already has a nice finish in 2018. In May at ARIA, Qartomy finished eighth for $45,975 in the Bobby Baldwin Classic. His best finishes on the tour both came in Season XIII in the Borgata Poker Open (sixth for $174,637), and at the WPT World Championship for $208,647.
Beyond the WPT, this player from Sugar Land, Texas, has $3.1 million in live tournament winnings including several titles and numerous six-figure scores. His biggest cash came in 2013 when he finished fourth in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open for $639,925. He scored a runner-up finish in that same event in August for $206,297.
A business owner in his regular job, Qartomy is also a regular poker player and has been playing for 12 years. With many final tables under his belt, Qartomy will be hoping to parlay that into his first WPT title.
Seat 4: Dominique Mosley (515,000, 17 bb)
This 32-year-old South Florida pro calls Miami home and has been playing professionally for nine years. He brings plenty of experience to the tables, with $586,000 in live tournament winnings. A regular on the Florida tournament poker scene, Mosley won his second major tournament in February in the $3,250 WSOPC Coconut Creek High Roller for $75,480.
This is second-straight WPT cash after finishing 56th in WPT Maryland for $7,031. Mosley was among the chip leaders throughout Day 3 and continued to move his stack up throughout Monday’s action. A win here in Jacksonville would be the biggest cash of his career.
Mosley has been poker pro for nine years and away from poker he enjoys playing video games, watching movies, and hanging out with his girlfriend. He also enjoys playing basketball and is missing his league championship to be here at bestbet. Choosing poker looks like it’s a good decision.
Seat 5: Kelly Minkin (3,210,000, 107 bb)
This also marks two straight WPT cashes for Minkin after finishing 44th for $7,910 at WPT Maryland. This is Minkin’s fifth cash on the tour and she’s looking to become the second woman to win an open event on the WPT. She came close to adding her name to the WPT Champions Cup at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Season XIII, finishing third for $262,912.
For her career, Minkin has $1.14 in live tournament winnings and cashed seven times this summer at the WSOP. That included a 50th-place finish in the Main Event for $156,265. She also had a deep run in the same event in 2015, finishing 29th for $211,821. At the L.A. Poker Classic in 2015, Minkin won a $570 No Limit Hold’em event for $54,630. In December she took third in the WSOPC $1,675 Main Event at the Bicycle Casino in L.A. for $95,880.
The 31-year-old Minkin graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in molecular and cellular biology as well as a Juris Doctorate. She practiced law before becoming a poker pro about six months ago. At the tables, Minkin describes her play as aggressive and likes to keep her table light with plenty of laughs and smiles. With plenty of big wins and experience at the tables, Minkin will definitely be smiling if she can bring home a title.
Seat 6: Tony Tran (1,675,000, 56 bb)
While he may not have as much experience as others at the final table, Tony Tran does bring some nice bullet points on his poker resumé. With $322,000 in live tournament winnings, Tran has played plenty of poker and hoping for a real breakthrough performance here in Florida. From Philadelphia, Penn., Tran only has two WPT cashes including a 51st-place finish at the Borgata Poker Open in Atlantic City for $11,123.
At the Borgata in 2012, the 30-year-old Tran recorded a win in the $100,000 Guaranteed Saturday Series. The $400 tournament scored him $58,202. Another nice finish came in March of 2017, where he took runner-up in a $1,100 No Limit Hold’em event at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $40,410.
A real estate investor when not playing poker, Tran has a degree in biology in Temple University. He has two children and engaged to get married. This WPT title would certainly be a nice addition – especially considering with 30 players left Tran was at one point down to only two big blinds. A win would complete a huge comeback.
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