Noah Schwartz Quickly Takes Down the WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble
Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante
By Diana Cox
Featured Blog, Noah Schwartz, Byron Kaverman, Ryan Hartmann, Hans Winzeler, Brian Senie, Lee Markholt, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
Topping a field of 477 players Noah Schwartz earned his first career WPT title and became the latest member of the WPT Champions Club during the early evening hours of November 13 at the WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble.
Schwartz came to the final table with nearly half of the 14 million chips in play and a mere sixty eight hands later, Schwartz and runner-up Byron Kaverman began the heads-up match with nearly even stacks. Hand number 80 would prove the end of Kaverman's tournament life and ensure Schwartz his long-awaited WPT title and $402,970.
"Finally," a smiling Schwartz said as he was presented with the winner's trophy.
Schwartz and Kaverman stayed fairly even throughout the short heads up match with no big pots playing out until the final hand of the night.
Schwartz completed from the small blind and Kaverman raised to 250,000. Schwartz called to see a flop of 1093, Kaverman bet 400,000 and Schwartz again called. The turn was the 4, Kaverman fired out a bet of 700,000 and Schwartz responded by pushing 1,925,000 to the middle of the table. Kaverman announced he was all-in and Schwartz called. Kaverman flipped over 109 for two pair, tens and nines, and Schwartz turned up Q10 for a pair of tens. With both players and their rails on their feet the dealer peeled off the river card, the Q, giving Schwartz the winning hand.
Kaverman walked away from his second official WPT final table with $236,592.
Lee Markholt, who won the WPT Season VI World Poker Challenge and was the only former WPT champion at the final table, was the first to go, seeing his chance at becoming a repeat champion snuffed out on the very first hand of the day.
Hans Winzeler raised to 80,000 from the cutoff, Brian Senie re-raised to 200,000 from the button, Schwartz made it 570,000 to go from the small blind and Markholt shoved all-in for 1,715,000 from the big blind. Winzeler and Senie got out of the way but Schwartz made the call with QQ. Markholt held AK and when the board completed 1055J7 Markholt made his exit as the sixth place finisher, adding $61,819 to his nearly $3 million in lifetime live tournament earnings.
Senie, who was seated at his first major tournament final table, followed Markholt as the fifth place finisher for $77,083. Senie moved all-in from the button with Q10 and from the small blind Schwartz would pick off his second victim of the night. With K10 Schwartz called to see a board of AK848 and eliminate Senie.
Winzeler followed Senie to the rail as the fourth place finisher for $106,848, but his tournament ended at the hand's of Kaverman. Kaverman raised to 120,000 from the button and Winzeler pushed all-in from the big blind for his last 1,025,000. Kaverman called with 33 against Winzeler's AJ. The dealer spread K96Q9 and Kaverman'won the pot with two pair, nines and threes.
Having hung on with a short stack for much of the final table, Ryan Hartmann's tournament came to an end as the third place finisher for $153,403. Kaverman announced he was all-in from the small blind and being down to just 765,000 Hartmann made his move.
"It's time to gamble," he told the table and called all-in for less than Kaverman.
Kaverman showed 88 and Hartman revealed QJ. After a flop of Q75 Hartmann looked in good position to double up but the 6 on the turn gave Kaverman additional outs to take the lead again. One of those outs, the 9, turned up on the river to give Kaverman the nine-high straight and relieve Hartmann of the last of his chips.
WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble final table results:
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
07:43 PM, 11/13/12
Hand #50: Hans Winzeler Out in 4th Place ($106,848)
Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Byron Kaverman min-raises from the button to 120,000, Hans Winzeler moves all in from the big blind for 1,025,000, and Kaverman calls with 33. Winzeler turns over AJ, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.
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The board comes K96Q9, and the pocket threes hold up for Kaverman to win the pot and eliminate Hans Winzeler in fourth place, earning $106,848.
04:44 PM, 11/13/12
Hand #44: Byron Kaverman Doubles Thru Hans Winzeler
Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante
Hans Winzeler min-raises from the button to 100,000, Noah Schwartz calls from the small blind, and Byron Kaverman calls from the big blind.
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The flop comes 882, it checks to Winzeler, who bets 165,000. Schwartz folds, and Kaverman check-raises to 370,000. Winzeler calls.
The turn card is the 10, Kaverman bets 380,000, and Winzeler calls.
The river card is the 8, and Kaverman moves all in for 615,000, and Winzeler tanks for several minutes before he calls. Kaverman shows 108 to win the pot with quad eights and double up in chips.
04:14 PM, 11/13/12
Seat 4: Hans Winzeler (1,965,000)
Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Seat 4: Hans Winzeler
Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville, Hans Winzeler
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Chips: 1,965,000 (49 bb)
Career Earnings: $914,981
This final-table appearance is the first career cash for Hans Winzeler on the World Poker Tour and he is guaranteed $61,819. Winzeler has cashed 15 times in his live poker career, pulling in close to $1 million in the process. His largest career cash was a runner-up finish at the $5,000 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2011 World Series of Poker. He took home $383,075. Winzeler could book an even larger cash today with a WPT victory.
02:01 PM, 11/13/12
WPT Final Table: Official Chip Counts
Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
The final six players are set for tomorrow afternoon's WPT Final Table, which begins at 2:00 pm ET. The WPT Live Stream will be on a 30-minute delay (w/ holecards), so it will begin at 2:30 pm, with live commentary from Tony Dunst and Jonathan Little.
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Here are the official chip counts:
1. Lee Markholt - 1,720,000 (43 bb)
2. Byron Kaverman - 1,075,000 (26 bb)
3. Ryan Hartmann - 1,400,000 (35 bb)
4. Hans Winzeler - 1,965,000 (49 bb)
5. Brian Senie - 1,865,000 (46 bb)
6. Noah Schwartz - 6,255,000 (156 bb)
Noah Schwartz catapulted into the chip lead in the final minutes of the night, and he enters the final table with more than 43% of all the chips in play.
On the other side of the table, Lee Markholt will be going for his second WPT title.
Return to WPT.com tomorrow (later today?) at 2:00 pm for complete hand-for-hand coverage of all the action, from the first shuffle to the final river card.
02:56 AM, 11/13/12
Hand #61: Noah Schwartz Doubles Thru Hans Winzeler
Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Hand #61 - Chipleader Hans Winzeler min-raises from early position to 80,000, Brian Senie calls from the hijack, and Noah Schwartz reraises from the button to 285,000. Winzeler moves all in, Senie folds, and Schwartz tanks for a while before he calls all in for about 2.25 million.
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Winzeler shows AQ, but Schwartz turns over a dominating AK.
The board comes K8747, and Schwartz wins the pot with two pair, kings and sevens, to double up in chips.
Noah Schwartz - 4,640,000 (116 bb)
Hans Winzeler - 2,200,000 (55 bb)
How big was Winzeler's chip lead before this hand? He was able to double up the second-biggest chip stack, and he still has enough to be second in chips when the dust settles.
02:23 AM, 11/13/12
Hands #43-45: Hans Winzeler Fills Up Against Byron Kaverman
Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Hand #43 - Hans Winzeler min-raises from the hijack to 60,000, winning the blinds and antes.
Hans Winzeler, Byron Kaverman, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
Hand #44 - Brian Senie min-raises from the hijack to 60,000, and Edward Gray calls from the small blind. Both players check to the turn on a board of 5547, Gray checks, Senie bets 130,000, and Gray folds.
Hand #45 - Hans Winzeler min-raises from middle position to 60,000, and Bryon Kaverman calls from the big blind. The flop comes 964, Kaverman checks, Winzeler bets 65,000, and Kaverman calls. The turn card is the 2, Kaverman checks, Winzeler bets 140,000, and Kaverman calls.
The river card is the 2, and Kaverman bets out for 200,000. Winzeler raises to 450,000, and Kaverman calls.
Winzeler shows 66 to win the pot with a full house, sixes full of deuces, and Kaverman mucks.
Hans Winzeler - 3,500,000 (116 bb)
Byron Kaverman - 1,600,000 (53 bb)
01:16 AM, 11/13/12
Hand #9: Hans Winzeler Doubles Thru Shon Mekyten
Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante
Hans Winzeler, Shon Mekyten, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
Photo: Everyone watches as Shon Mekyten (right) calls the all-in bet of Hans Winzeler (left).
Hand #9 - Brian Senie raises under the gun to 50,000, Shon Mekyten (UTG+1) calls, and Hans Winzeler reraises from the button to 112,000. Senie and Mekyten both call.
The flop comes 842, Senie and Mekyten both check, and Winzeler bets 147,000. Senie folds, and Mekyten check-raises to 450,000. Winzeler moves all in for 797,000, and Mekyten thinks for a while before he calls with 55. Winzeler turns over AA, and he'll need it to hold to stay alive.
The turn is the 6, giving Mekyten a double-gutshot straight draw, but the river is the A. Hans Winzeler wins the pot with a set of aces to double up in chips.
Hans Winzeler - 1,920,000 (80 bb)
Shon Mekyten - 770,000 (32 bb)
11:43 PM, 11/12/12
Hans Winzeler Doubles Thru John Racener
Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante
In the last hand before the break, Hans Winzeler (button) and John Racener (small blind) reraise each other preflop until Winzeler is all in for 503,000 with KQ. Racener turns over 88, and it's a race situation.
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The board comes Q956A, and Winzeler pairs his queen on the flop to win the pot and double up.
Hans Winzeler - 1,050,000 (43 bb)
John Racener - 665,000 (27 bb)
10:04 PM, 11/12/12
Jonathan Aguiar Doubles Up Through Hans Winzeler
Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
There is 60,000 in the pot and a board reading 852 when Jonathan Aguiar checks on the hi-jack and Hans Winzeler bets 25,000 on the button.
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Aguiar spends some time in the tank and then moves all in for 156,000 total. Winzeler takes a moment with his decision and eventually does make the call. Their cards:
Turn and River: A6
Aguiar doubles up on the hand to survive and Winzeler took a hefty hit to his stack.
Jonathan Aguiar - 360,000 (36 bb)
Hans Winzeler - 645,000 (64 bb)
03:12 PM, 11/12/12