Day 2 of Event #49, the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament, has ended and only 21 players remain in the field. Of those 21, Robin Ylitalo is the man to catch; his 1,151,000 stack being the largest of the surviving players.
Ylitalo, a Swedish professional poker player, has some excellent results in major live tournaments in Europe including a final table appearance at the EPT Campione Main Event and at the WP Copenhagen Main Event. Ylitalo has one cash at the WSOP, ironically it came in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2012 WSOP where he finished 32nd. He’s guaranteed to beat that finish in this event.
Paul DaSilva goes into the third and final day’s play as the only other player to bag up a seven-figure stack. We have been unable to uncover any major live cashes belonging to DaSilva, but he and the rest of the field in Event #49 are guaranteed to take home at least $15,622 for their efforts so far.
Taras Kripps and Valentin Messina both ended with over 900,000 chips each, too.
Other notables to look out for on Day 3 include British pro Barny Boatman (347,000) and Kevin MacPhee (136,000). The latter lost all but three big blinds of his stack during the second half of play on Day 2, but managed to grind his way through to make Day 3. He will start with less than 10 big blind, but if anyone can claw his way back into contention from such a position it is MacPhee.
Play resumes at 1 p.m. Las Vegas time and will continue until one man has won all of the chips in play. This player will become Event #49’s champion, a title worth more than the WSOP bracelet and the $546,080 awarded to them.