Poker pro Noah Schwartz played his big stack to perfection en route to winning his first WPT title in Jacksonville earlier today.
Schwartz will receive $402,970 for outlasting all 477 players in the tournament. The Florida-native entered the six-player final table with a massive stack of 6.2 million chips, just under 50% of the total chips in play.
The other big-name pro at the final table, former WPT winner Lee Markholt, surprisingly busted in sixth place just 20 minutes into the final table when he lost a huge race with ace-king against Schwartz’ pocket queens.
After eliminating Markholt, Schwartz had over 56% of the chips in play and threatened to run over the final table.
Finally Byron Kaverman slowed him down slightly by doubling with ace-jack against Schwartz’ pocket fours.
Schwartz recovered somewhat by busting Brian Senie in fifth but at this point Kaverman went on a tear and busted Hans Winzeler in fourth and Ryan Hartmann in third to enter heads-up play against Schwartz with the chip lead.
Schwartz Obliterates Kaverman Heads-Up
It took just four hands of heads-up play for Schwartz to re-take the chip lead.
Heads-up lasted less than 30 minutes and in the final hand of the tournament Kaverman moved all-in with T♣ 9♣ on a T♥ 9♠ 3♥ 4♠ board. Schwartz called him down with Q♠ T♠ for top-pair and the flush draw. The river was a queen and Schwartz won the tournament with a superior two-pair.
The entire final table only lasted 80 hands and was done in less than four hours.
Here are the complete final-table payouts:
- 1. Noah Schwartz - $402,970
- 2. Byron Kaverman - $236,592
- 3. Ryan Hartmann - $153,403
- 4. Hans Winzeler - $106,848
- 5. Brian Senie - $77,083
- 6. Lee Markholt - $61,819
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