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 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
Noah Schwartz completes the small blind to 100,000, Byron Kaverman raises to 250,000, and Schwartz calls.
The flop comes 1093, Kaverman bets 400,000, and Schwartz calls.
The turn card is the 4, Kaverman bets 700,000, Schwartz raises to 1,925,000, and Kaverman moves all in.
Schwartz calls with Q10 for top pair with a spade flush draw. Kaverman turns over 109 for top two pair, and he'll need it to hold to stay alive.
The river card is -- the Q!
Noah Schwartz catches a queen on the river to win the pot -- and the WPT title -- with two pair, queens and tens.
Byron Kaverman finishes as the runner-up, earning $236,592.
Noah Schwartz wins the WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble, earning $402,970 and a WPT Champions Trophy. That amount includes Schwartz's entry into the season-ending WPT World Championship in Las Vegas, and his name will be engraved on the one-and-only WPT Champions Cup along with every other WPT champion in history.
Congratulations to Noah Schwartz!
1st: Noah Schwartz - $402,970
2nd: Byron Kaverman - $236,592
3rd: Ryan Hartmann - $153,403
4th: Hans Winzeler - $106,848
5th: Brian Senie - $77,083
6th: Lee Markholt - $61,819
Ryan Hartmann moves all in from the button for 380,000, Noah Schwartz calls from the small blind, and Byron Kaverman calls from the big blind.
Schwartz and Kaverman check it down on a board of AQ452. Schwartz shows KQ for a pair of queens, and Kaverman mucks. But Hartmann turns over A5 to win the pot with two pair, aces and fives. Ryan Hartmann triples up in chips.
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 QQ. Markholt turns over AK, and it's a race situation.
The board comes 1055J7, 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)
Seat 6: Noah Schwartz
Hometown: Miami Beach, Florida
Chips: 6,225,000 (156 bb)
Career Earnings: $2,315,288
Noah Schwartz is the overwhelming chip leader with close to half the chips in play at the final table. Schwartz has appeared at three previous WPT final tables but he is still looking for his first WPT victory and membership in the Champions Club. Schwartz has a third-place finish (Festa al Lago Season IX), and two fourth-place finishes to his credit (Borgata Poker Classic Season VI; L.A. Poker Classic Season X).
Schwartz has over $2 million in career earnings and he will be looking for his first major title today. Schwartz recently participated in the prestigious $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop charity event at the World Series of Poker this past summer.