Seat 1: Nick Schulman (2,295,000)
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.