American Ylon Schwartz will take the chip lead into the final day of the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event #27 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.
Schwartz, from Austin in Texas, holds 416,000 chips to sit well ahead of Pennsylvania’s Brandon Guss (368,000) and New Jersey’s Sanjay Pandya (353,000) after Day 2 saw the field cut back to the final 18 players from an original starting field of 889 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Certainly, Schwartz will start as the favourite to collect the $267,081 top prize and the gold bracelet after 147 players were sent to the rail on the second day, with the likes of David Sklansky, Marcel Luske, Christian Harder, Bryan Devonshire, Frank Kassela, Jason Mercier and Alex Bolotin falling short of the money.
Bryce Yockey Still In Contention
However, Schwartz will face a tough task to stay ahead with the likes of Bryce Yockey (eighth on 265,000), Stephen Chidwick (ninth on 220,000), Zimnan Ziyard (11th on 204,000), David Chiu (12th on 149,000), Allen Cunningham (14th on 131,000), Cliff Josephy (15th on 129,000) and Rep Porter (16th on 128,000) still in contention.
California’s Andrew Prock was the unfortunate bubble boy in 97th place, allowing Vegas-based Dan Heimiller to collect the lowest cash of $2,676. He was soon joined at the rail by players such as last year’s main event runner-up Martin Staszko (88th for $2,676), Linda Johnson (87th for $2,676), Brent Wheeler (85th for $2,676), Jacobo Fernandez (78th for $2,904) and ‘Miami’ John Cernuto (73rd for $2,904).
Huck Seed Exits in 50th
Other well-known pros who cashed but failed to make it into Day 3 included Mike DeGilio (71st for $3,156), Justin Young (69th for $3,156), Eli Elezra (63rd for $3,468), Steve Landfish (53rd for $3,876), Tristan Wade (51st for $3,876) and Huck Seed (50th for $3,876), Chris Bell (37th for $5,088), Cary Katz (33rd for $5,088), Maria Mayrinck (30th for $5,964), Yuval Bronshtein (28th for $5,964), Sam Grizzle (27th for $5,964), and Daniel Idema (24th for $7,116).
In what was an exciting day, it seemed that the only player who was never really in danger of exiting was Schwartz, who eliminated one-time big stacks David Williams (23rd for $7,116) and Nick Kost (20th for $7,116) just before the chips were bagged up for the night.
Phil Hellmuth Fails To Cash
Day 1 witnessed the demise of numerous big-name players, including Shaun Deeb, Owais Ahmed, Erick Lindgren, Greg Raymer, actor James Woods, Daniel Negreanu, Barry Greenstein, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Glantz, Men ‘The Master’ Nguyen, Jonathan Duhamel, Mickey Petersen, George Lind III, Matt Hawrilenko, Andrey Pateychuk, Eugene Katchalov, Jan Fisher, Jennifer Harman, Jon Turner, Jeff Madsen, Joseph Cheong, Mike Sexton, Carlos Mortensen, John Juanda, Marsha Waggoner, Scott Seiver, Scott Fischman, Bill Chen, Bret Jungblut, Mel Judah, Xuan Liu, Michael Mizrachi, David ‘ODB’ Baker, Maria Ho, Joe Serock, Allen Kessler, Chris Tryba, Barry Shulman, Steve Billirakis, Karina Jett, David Benyamine and Jeff Shulman.
WSOP Event #27 Final 18 Players
1. Ylon Schwartz (USA) – 416,000
2. Brandon Guss (USA) – 368,000
3. Sanjay Pandya (USA) – 353,000
4. Robby Rasmussen (USA) – 315,000
5. Benjamin Lukas (USA) – 285,000
6. Elior Sion (UK) – 282,000
7. Jason Brown (USA) – 267,000
8. Bryce Yockey (USA) – 265,000
9. Stephen Chidwick (UK) – 220,000
10. Marlon Milne (USA) – 218,000
11. Zimnan Ziyard (UK) – 204,000
12. David Chiu (USA) – 149,000
13. Michael Chow (USA) – 141,000
14. Allen Cunningham (USA) – 131,000
15. Cliff Josephy (USA) – 129,000
16. Rep Porter (USA) – 128,000
17. Charlie Ng (USA) – 72,000
18. Dave Rogers (USA) – 60,000