LEE MARKHOLT WPT BESTBET JACKSONVILLE FALL POKER SCRAMBLE (LIVE STREAM) PROFILE

Lee Markholt

Lee Markholt

nickname:
Seattle Set

hometown:
Tacoma, Washington

Career Stats

Earnings $1,457,499
Cashes 24
Final Tables 3
Titles 1
Tournaments Played 109

Current Standings

Est. Current Chipcount

Est. Average Chipcount
14,310,000

Current Chipleader
-

Chipcount History

Day 1-A
164,100

Day 2
244,000

Day 3
1,720,000

Day 4
6th

 

Noah Schwartz Quickly Takes Down the WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

By Diana Cox 

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 10heart9spade3heart, Kaverman bet 400,000 and Schwartz again called. The turn was the 4spade, 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 10club9club for two pair, tens and nines, and Schwartz turned up Qspade10spade for a pair of tens. With both players and their rails on their feet the dealer peeled off the river card, the Qclub, 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 QdiamondQspade. Markholt held AdiamondKclub and when the board completed 10club5club5heartJclub7diamond 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 Qclub10heart and from the small blind Schwartz would pick off his second victim of the night. With Kspade10club Schwartz called to see a board of AheartKclub8spade4heart8club 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 3club3heart against Winzeler's AspadeJclub. The dealer spread Kheart9heart6diamondQclub9club 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 8heart8club and Hartman revealed QdiamondJdiamond. After a flop of Qheart7heart5club Hartmann looked in good position to double up but the 6spade on the turn gave Kaverman additional outs to take the lead again. One of those outs, the 9heart, 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


Sorted In: Featured Blog, Noah Schwartz, Byron Kaverman, Ryan Hartmann, Hans Winzeler, Brian Senie, Lee Markholt, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
07:43 PM, 11/13/12

Hand #1: Lee Markholt Out in 6th Place ($61,819)

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Hans Winzeler min-raises from the cutoff to 80,000, Brian Senie reraises from the button to 200,000, and Noah Schwartz cold four-bets it to 570,000 from the small blind.

Then Lee Markholt cold five-bets all in from the big blind for 1,715,000.

It's the first hand of the final table, and four different players have already raised this pot.

Winzeler and Senie both fold, and Schwartz tanks for a while before he calls with QdiamondQspade. Markholt turns over AdiamondKclub, and it's a race situation.

The board comes 10club5club5heartJclub7diamond, and Markholt picks up a gutshot straight draw and a club flush draw, but improves no further. Noah Schwartz wins the pot with his pocket queens to eliminate Lee Markholt in sixth place.

Seat 1.  Lee Markholt  -  Out in 6th Place ($61,819)
Seat 2.  Byron Kaverman  -  1,070,000  (26 bb)
Seat 3.  Ryan Hartmann  -  1,395,000  (34 bb)
Seat 4.  Hans Winzeler  -  1,960,000  (49 bb)
Seat 5.  Brian Senie  -  1,860,000  (46 bb)
Seat 6.  Noah Schwartz  -  7,995,000  (199 bb)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Lee Markholt, Noah Schwartz, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
02:34 PM, 11/13/12

Seat 1: Lee Markholt (1,720,000)

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Lee Markholt comes to the final table with 1,720,000. The former professional bull rider turned poker player picked up his 23rd WPT career cash during this tournament and currenlty holds the record for the most WPT cashes.

Markholt, who comes to the final table from East Olympia, Wash., has nearly $3 million in live tournament earnings. He is also the only Champions Club member at the final table, having won the WPT Season VI World Poker Challenge.

Markholt is also a father of two and grandfather of three.

Sorted In: Lee Markholt, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
01:54 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.

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.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Lee Markholt, Byron Kaverman, Ryan Hartmann, Hans Winzeler, Brian Senie, Noah Schwartz, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
02:56 AM, 11/13/12

Hands #62-64: Lee Markholt Doubles Thru Shon Mekyten

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #62  -  Noah Schwartz raises from the cutoff to 85,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #63  -  Noah Schwartz raises from the hijack to 90,000, Ryan Hartmann calls from the small blind, and Hans Winzeler calls from the big blind. All three players check to the river on a board of 10spade5club3heartAheart3club. It checks to Schwartz, who bets 115,000, Hartmann folds, and Winzeler calls.

Schwartz shows AdiamondJclub to win the pot with two pair, aces and threes, and Winzeler mucks.

Hand #64  -  Shon Mekyten raises under the gun to 135,000, and Lee Markholt calls from the hijack. The flop comes KspadeQspade10club, Mekyten bets 250,000, Markholt moves all in for 635,000, and Mekyten calls with AspadeKheart for top pair, top kicker, and a gutshot straight draw.

But Markholt turns over AdiamondJdiamond for a flopped ace-high straight.

The turn is the 6diamond, the river is the Kclub, and Markholt wins the pot with his straight to double up in chips.

Lee Markholt  -  1,500,000  (37 bb)
Shon Mekyten  -  1,060,000  (26 bb)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Lee Markholt, Shon Mekyten, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
02:33 AM, 11/13/12

Shon Mekyten Bluffs Lee Markholt

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

2024 Lee Markholt vs Shon Mekyten
With the board showing 10diamond8diamond4clubQdiamond on the turn and more than 600,000 already in the pot, Shon Mekyten (right) checks from the small blind, and Lee Markholt (left) checks the cutoff.

The Qclub follows on the river and Mekyten shoves all in. Markholt tanks for a bit but decides to fold. As he collects the pot Mekyten flips over AheartJheart for the ace-high bluff.

"I almost got broke buddy," says Markholt after the hand. "I was ready," replies Mekyten. Mekyten is over 1.5 million after the hand and Markholt drops to 1.2 million.

Shon Mekyten  -  1,560,000  (65 bb)
Lee Markholt  -  1,200,000  (50 bb)

Sorted In: Lee Markholt, Shon Mekyten, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
10:23 PM, 11/12/12

A Chat with Lee Markholt

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

The players are on a break right now, but Lee Markholt was kind enough to stick around for a few extra minutes to chat with Diana Cox about that set-over-set hand and his run at a second WPT title. Have a listen:

 

Sorted In: Lee Markholt, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
10:06 PM, 11/12/12

Ludek Sisak Eliminated in 14th Place ($14,501)

Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Lee Markholt raises under the gun to 44,000, Shon Mekyten calls from the hijack, and Ludek Sisak calls from the cutoff.

All three players check to the turn on a board of Kclub8diamond2heart7spade, and Markholt bets 61,000. Mekyten folds, and Sisak calls.

The river is the 3heart, and Markholt bets 124,000. Sisak thinks for a bit before raising to 334,000, leaving himself a little more than 100,000 behind. Markholt quickly says, "All in."

Sisak calls, and shows 3club3spade for a rivered set of threes. But Markholt turns over 8club8heart to win the pot with a flopped set of eights, and eliminate Sisak from the tournament.

Lee Markholt  -  1,525,000
Ludek Sisak  -  Out in 14th Place ($14,501)

Sorted In: Lee Markholt, Ludek Sisak, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
09:40 PM, 11/12/12

James Calderaro vs. Lee Markholt

Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

James Calderaro raises from the cutoff to 55,000, Lee Markholt raises from the button to 140,000, and Calderaro calls.

The flop comes Kspade10club3heart, and Calderaro bets 140,000. Markholt thinks for more than a minute before he folds, and Calderaro takes the pot.

James Calderaro  -  750,000  (37 bb)
Lee Markholt  -  1,180,000  (59 bb)

Sorted In: James Calderaro, Lee Markholt, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
09:12 PM, 11/12/12

Lee Markholt Cruising After Dinner

Level 23: 10,000-20,000, 3,000 ante

Lee Markholt, who is the last remaining member of the WPT Champions Club in the field, has nearly doubled his chip stack in the 25 minutes since the dinner break ended.

Shon Mekyten min-raises under the gun to 40,000, Byron Kaverman reraises from the cutoff to 100,000, and Markholt thinks for a bit before cold four-betting it to 300,000 from the small blind.

Mekyten folds, and Kaverman thinks briefly before he folds behind. Markholt takes the pot.

Lee Markholt  -  1,290,000  (64 bb)

Sorted In: Lee Markholt, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
08:47 PM, 11/12/12
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