European Poker Tour London Main Event Won By Ylitalo
This weekend was the culmination of the London leg of the European Poker Tour, with the Main Event being played to a conclusion. It was won by Robin Ylitalo, a 27 year-old professional player, who had started the weekend in third place. He was well behind chip leader Jeff Rossiter and the second placed Georgios Karakousis but came through the field to be crowned champion.
When the weekend’s play got started, the players left reflected the truly international make-up of this tournament. Eight players were left and seven different countries were represented. The chip leader at the time, Rossiter, is from Australia and the player who was just behind him, Karakousis, is from Greece. The eventual winner, Ylitalo, is from Sweden and there were also players from England, Scotland, Slovakia and Norway.
The first elimination on Saturday was Englishman Kully Sidhu. He was followed by Jan Sjavik of Norway and then the Slovakian Stefan Vagner. The chip leader at the start of the day, Rossiter, went out next, having frequently battled with Karakousis throughout the day. By the time Scot Ludovic Geilich went out in fourth, Ylitalo had hit the front with over 12 million in chips.
Third place went to Leo McLean of England, leaving Ylitalo to battle it out with Karakousis. Karakousis started the heads-up phase of the tournament brightly, but Ylitalo was to hold out and take first place. The final hand saw all the chips go in pre-flop, with Ylitalo’s A-K comfortably ahead of his opponent’s A-6 and holding up.
Ylitalo took home over £560,000 for his victory, with second placed Karakousis getting just under £350,000. The third placed finished, McLean, won a shade under a quarter of million.
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