My heart says Shane but my pea brain says Mika. For 3 primary reasons:
1) home court
2) easier travel schedule prior to
3) the game off the table. If either can get under the other's skin, I think it could be Mika. He can be ... shall I say ... a bit pissy at times and that can throw an opponent. I give Mika the checkmark in the "unintentional shark" category. He's also more likely to be a poor sport and sabotage his game, but on this brightly lit stage, I think he'll be in lock down mode. He's a wiser, more mature player now. JMO.
What an awesome lead in to the Open!
#3. Yes emotions at the table can sometimes rattle an opponent. I agree Mika can be, but no more or less than many people, a little demonstrative at the table and sidelines. He has also gotten better about it too. Shane has an advantage against this type of behavior which he’s used for years…he turns his hearing aid off. I also think regardless of that fact Shane is tough if almost impossible to rattle in general. I’ve seen him laugh that off several times.
no thats the best rapper.
How about a small wager - I'll take Shane for $200
(leaving for pool now - be back tomorrow morning)
He looks like a drug dealer to me, and probably was at one point in his life. Just another show-off with gold chains, diamond jewelry and fancy cars. Pretty disgusting in this era of unemployment, foreclosures and so much despair. Wonder what he has done for his fellow man, if anything. I'm guessing he is obsessed with indulging himself, going by this photo.