About Ralph Schwartz

Ralph Schwartz
Ralph Schwartz

Coming from New York City, Ralph Schwartz probably doesn’t see much for horses, but he managed to ride the $5k H.O.R.S.E. event of the 2007 World Series of Poker all the way to a victory.

It was his first major event win and his second cash in the 2007 WSOP. Not bad for a money manager on Wall Street who specializes in managing hedge funds.

Now he’s got himself as a client with his $275,683 for first place in the H.O.R.S.E. event plus another $3,500 for placing 100th in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em earlier in the series.

Perhaps he has a little luck, or the power of the Schwartz, to thank for his success at the World Series. He had nearly given up on Day 1 of the $5k H.O.R.S.E. event after nearing the end of the day low in chips.

He told PokerListings.com he was down to $2,000 in chips and decided he wanted to just end the night and go out partying with his friends on Day 1. So at 2:35 a.m., with play ending for the day at 3 a.m., he adopted a super aggressive style to go out with a bang.

Instead, he ended up with about $16,000 in chips when play ended, about average for most players heading into Day 2.

From there, the tournament rolled on for the Northwestern Graduate, and after ending up heads-up with Bill Gazes, he dominated the Omaha round and took home the victory before they got to Razz.

Schwartz had about four years of serious poker experience before winning his first WSOP bracelet and perhaps he’ll be looking to take the game even more serious with that win.

Tournament Placing

Place Winnings Tournament
1 $275,683.00 2007 WSOP - Event 26, H.O.R.S.E.
100 $3,500.00 2005 WSOP - Event 2, $1,500 No-limit Hold'em

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