RESIDES: SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
CHIP COUNT: 15,155,000
The chip counts and starting position (seventh) may be nearly identical, but that's basically where the similarities stop when comparing the 2011 WSOP champion Pius Heinz to Robert Salaburu. The Texan has been the most polarizing figure of the final table because of table demeanor, incredibly quick actions and seemingly chaotic chip splashing. Believe us, it's all calculated. Salaburu knows what this opportunity is all about and after going from rags to riches and back again, he's not going to let this shot pass him by.
This is Salaburu's first WSOP cash and based on history, this final table appearance should lead to a very deep finish. When he's made a final table, 50 percent of the time he's finished in the top three. He has two live tournament wins, with his biggest coming in a $1,000 buy-in event at the 2011 NAPT Mohegan Sun. During the final table break, he scored two cashes, including an eighth-place finish (out of 374 players) at HPT Daytona Beach. After six years of being a true grinder, Salaburu hopes this will be the end of the day-to-day struggle for money and the start of a new chapter in his life.