The PokerStars.com European Poker Tour London Main Event played down to its final two tables on Thursday, leaving only 16 players in the running for the £560,980 winner’s prize. In pole position for that bankroll-boosting sum is New Zealand’s David “MissOracle” Yan who was one of only two players to finish Day 4 with more than two million chips.
Yan is a long time SuperNova Elite at PokerStars who has grinded his way up from low stakes 180-man turbo tournaments to arguably the world’s biggest stage, the EPT. Yan has won more than $400,000 in 2013 so far thanks in part to his sixth place finish in the 2013 Aussie Millions Main Event ($232,254) and a third place finish in the APPT Melbourne Main Event in September ($119,912).
As mentioned, Yan was one of two players to end Day 4 with more than two million chips, the other being Sweden’s Robin Ylitalo and his 2,146,000 stack. Ylitalo has a number of impressive cashes to his name, including an eighth place finish at EPT Campione, a 13th place finish at EPT Berlin, and a sixth place finish in a $1,500 No Limit Holdem event at the 2013 World Series of Poker. The young Swede should be delighted with his table draw for the penultimate day’s play because he has avoided the majority of the big hitters. Could another EPT final table be on the cards for Ylitalo?
Among the final 16 players and vying for that massive first place prize are five players who are calling the United Kingdom home. UKIPT Marbella champion Ludovic Geilich is the best placed of those five, the Scot’s 1,447,000 stack being enough to place him sixth overall. Kuljinder Sidhu (814,000), Leo McClean (444,000), Senh Ung (428,000) and Neophytos Neophytou (333,000) are the other Brits still in with a chance of glory.
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Day 5 kicks off at the luxurious Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Gardens at 12 p.m and continues until the eight-handed final table is reached. With the likes of Australian duo Martin Kozlov and Jeffrey Rossiter still the field and Romania’s Tudor Purice still making a nuisance of himself, everything points to a superb day of poker in the EPT London Main Event.
EPT London Start of Day 5 Chip Counts
|1st||David Yan||New Zealand||2,313,000|