Sampo Ryynanen is a 23-year old professional poker player from Finland. He has been playing poker for seven years and has been a professional for the last three. His favourite game is actually Heads-Up Pot-Limit Omaha and this is only his second WPT main event, and his first-cash. Ryynanen's biggest live cash to date was $68,296 for a third place at the 2011 Unibet Open held in this very venue.
Ryynanen's favourite player is Phil Hellmuth, and so he would have been overjoyed to have sat next to him in the earlier stages of this tournament. The Fin was one of the quietest players when we moved to a preliminary final table of 10, but did wake up and find pocket aces to eliminate Jack Salter in eight place to give him the cushion needed to cruise to the final table.