WSOP Event #21: Ylon Schwartz mounting HORSE challenge

wsop2009_thn.gifWhile we're not really sure if Ylon Schwartz likes riding horses, we feel confident enough to suggest that he doesn't. Instead, poker and chess are the passions in which he has enjoyed considerable success.

Before finishing fourth behind fellow Team PokerStars Pro Peter Eastgate in last year's WSOP Main Event (for $3,794,974), he had already clocked up a nice run of tournament cashes, live and online. His sharp strategic mind also allowed him to play chess at a very high level.


Ylon Schwartz

It's the poker variant of HORSE that occupies his mind today. The WSOP $50,000 HORSE event, which kicks off in a few weeks, is one of the most eagerly anticipated by the pros, seeing as it tests them in key disciplines of Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Low, Stud and Stud Hi-Low eight or better, all at fixed limits.

The pros are out in force today for day two of the WSOP $3,000 HORSE, a nice appetizer for the big dish to be served later in the month, and with 125 left in the field, big names are on most.

Schwartz is one of those, and sitting on his left is Team PokerStars Pro Andre Akkari from Brazil. While Akarri is sitting with 25,000, Schwartz has been on something of a roll and is close to the chip lead with 68,000.

A quiet man at and away from the table, preferring to let his cards do the talking, he is not one to give up chips easily.

Also playing today are serial 2009 WSOP casher and two-times final tablist Daniel Negreanu, who is sharing the same table as Barry Greenstein. Friend of PokerStars Bill Chen was sandwiched between them before busting a short while ago.


Barry Greenstein, Bill Chen and Daniel Negreanu

On the other side of the room, Brazil's Maria Mayrinck and Holland's Marcel Luske, looking as smart as ever in his PokerStars jacket, are both still in, although both have got short.


Marcel Luske