Seat 2: Philipp Gruissem -- 126,000
Every time there is a high roller event somewhere in the world, you can expect Philipp Gruissem to be in the field. In fact, you can probably expect him to finish in the money and be a very big threat to win the thing.
Gruissem will enter the final table fourth in chips and ahead of only Erik Seidel. Already this year, Gruissem landed himself a score of $400,700 by placing fifth in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller. This is after coming off a career year that saw him earn over $1.7 million in live tournaments.
In 2011, Gruissem won two high rollers on the European Poker Tour (EPT Barcelona and EPT London), earning a combined $1,041,495. In fact, Gruissem defeated another player at this final table, Igor Kurganov, in the EPT London High Roller to take that title. He also finished 28th in the World Series of Poker Main Event that year, earning $242,636.
Gruissem continued to crush in 2012, final tabling the World Poker Tour Grand Prix de Paris, the WSOP Europe €50,000 Majestic High Roller and finishing 10th in the Macau High Stakes Challenge. In the latter two, he earned €275,000 and $587,778, respectively.
In total, Gruissem has netted over $3.77 million in live tournaments earnings, and will already be adding to that today as he's in the money and guaranteed at least AU$51,000.