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After a runner-up finish last year and a fourth-place finish just a few days ago, American poker pro Noah Schwartz is done knocking on the door of a WSOP title. Tonight he kicked it in by defeating Ludovic Lacay in the PLO Mixed Max event at the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe. PokerListings.com has the exclusive video interview.
This is actually surreal because the way I feel is just... It's really amazing because earlier on in WSOP this year I got a heads up for the bracelet in the 1500 PLO and I had him five to one and I didn't win. So for me to win this and starting with a two to one chip deficit, it's really affirmation. I feel really good. I've been traveling for a long time, been to a lot of events. This is my first WSOP bracelet, but I feel like as of recently, I've been able to take my game to a new level. Inevitably my main focus was... not my main focus but one of my focuses was to become number one in the world in the GPI, currently in the top 25. I'm sure this will help move me up a couple of notches and just basically show people that I'm the real deal. I won a WPT, now this is my first WSOP bracelet, so it's obviously a little bit more than luck at the end of the day.
I'm involved in a lot of charities currently. I'm a major contributor to St. Jude as well as Make-A-Wish Foundation and now as I aforementioned, I'm starting up my own charity called the Schwartz Foundation. And it's basically just to help create better situations for the less fortunate kids and, for me, just to give my time, my effort, my energy. We're only on this earth for a such a short period of time. At the end of the day, I can't take it with me. So if I can use to make a couple of people's lives better, it would mean a lot to me. That's what I'm really looking forward to. Everything I've always done in life, I've always been very competitive whether it's playing college football on the PlayStation and playing against people on the internet or school. I can't lose in a game of checkers. I get so upset because I'm just motivated. I just believe in perseverance. I want my father, who I lost at 17, to look down on me and say, "Wow", and just be very proud of me. That helps drive me as well.