Brian Senie

Brian Senie

Career Stats

Earnings $77,083
Cashes 1
Final Tables 1
Titles 0
Tournaments Played 3

Current Standings

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Current Chipleader

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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 #32: Brian Senie Out in 5th Place ($77,083)

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Brian Senie moves all in from the button for 600,000, and Noah Schwartz calls from the small blind with Kspade10club. Senie turns over Qclub10heart, and he's dominated as he faces elimination.

The board comes AheartKclub8spade4heart8club, and Schwartz wins the pot with two pair, kings and eights, to eliminate Brian Senie in fifth place, earning $77,083.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Brian Senie, Noah Schwartz, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
03:32 PM, 11/13/12

Seat 5: Brian Senie (1,865,000)

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

Brian Senie is seated at his first final table of an event this large and prestigious and has only played one previous WPT event.

Senie resides in New Orleans and has been playing poker professionally for three years. He says other players would describe his style of play as 'pretty good' and was introduced to poker through his friends.

Senie has nearly $73,000 in live tournament earnings and his largest cash to date is a fourth place finish for just under $22,000 at the 2011 Spring Break Poker Classic.

Sorted In: Brian Senie, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
02:03 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 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 #51-52: Brian Senie Three-Bet Shoves the Flop

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

Hand #51  -  Ryan Hartmann raises from the cutoff to 90,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #52  -  Byron Kaverman raises from early position to 90,000, Brian Senie calls from the cutoff, and Edward Gray calls from the big blind. The flop comes 7club3diamond2spade, and it checks to Senie, who bets 150,000. Gray check-raises to 300,000, Kaverman folds, and Senie moves all in.

Gray folds, and Brian Senie takes the pot.

Brian Senie  -  2,600,000  (65 bb)
Edward Gray  -  600,000  (15 bb)

Sorted In: Brian Senie, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
01:48 AM, 11/13/12

Hand #20: Noah Schwartz vs. Brian Senie

Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #20  -  Noah Schwartz raises from early position to 70,000, and Brian Senie calls from the small blind. The flop comes Jspade10club5heart, Senie checks, Schwartz bets 90,000, and Senie calls.

The turn card is the 6club, Senie bets 200,000, and Schwartz calls.

The river card is the Aheart, Senie checks, Schwartz bets 245,000, and Senie folds. Schwartz takes the pot.

Noah Schwartz  -  2,300,000  (76 bb)
Brian Senie  -  2,650,000  (88 bb)

Sorted In: Noah Schwartz, Brian Senie, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
12:28 AM, 11/13/12

Chipleader Brian Senie

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

2059 Chipleader Brian Senie
Brian Senie is the first player to flirt with the 3 million-chip mark, and leads the field with 11 players left.

Brian Senie  -  2,930,000  (122 bb)

Sorted In: Brian Senie, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
11:00 PM, 11/12/12

Hartmann Lays Ones Down to Senie

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

Ryan Hartmann raises to 57,000 from under the gun, Brian Senie calls from UTG+1 and Edward Gray calls from the small blind. 

The flop is 9heart7club2diamond,, Gray checks, Hartmann bets 161,000 and Senie re-raises to 350,000. Gray folds and Hartmann goes into the tank before folding. 

Brian Senie - 1,450,000 (72 bb)

Sorted In: Ryan Hartmann, Brian Senie, Edward Gray, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
09:22 PM, 11/12/12

Todd Terry Eliminated in 19th Place ($10,685)

Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Brian Senie raises to 30,000 from the small blind preflop and Todd Terry reraises all in for 233,000 from the big blind. Senie calls and they flip over their cards:

Senie: Kclub9diamond
Terry: 5spade5spade

Board: Adiamond9club6club4spade2club

Senie grows his stack close to 1.4 million after the hand and Terry is eliminated in 19th place. After the elimination the clock was stopped so the field could draw for new seats at the final two tables.

Brian Senie - 1,375,000 (114 bb)
Todd Terry - Eliminated in 19th Place ($10,685)

Sorted In: Todd Terry, Brian Senie, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
04:56 PM, 11/12/12
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