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 #68: Ryan Hartmann Out in 3rd Place ($153,403)
Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Byron Kaverman moves all in from the small blind, and Ryan Hartmann (big blind) says, "It's time to gamble." Hartmann calls with QJ, and Kaverman turns over 88. Hartmann will need to improve to stay alive.
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The board comes Q7569, and Hartmann pairs his queen on the flop, only to see Kaverman catch a runner-runner nine-high straight to win the pot.
Ryan Hartmann is eliminated in third place, earning $153,403.
There will be a short break before heads-up play between Byron Kaverman and Noah Schwartz, who are nearly even in chips.
05:38 PM, 11/13/12
Hand #52: Ryan Hartmann Triples Up
Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
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.
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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.
04:57 PM, 11/13/12
Seat 3: Ryan Hartmann (1,400,000)
Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Ryan Hartmann has been playing poker professionally for the past eight years, having been introduced to the game by his brother.
Ryan Hartmann, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
Originally from Compton, Calif. and residing in Minneapolis, Minn., Hartmann's biggest career cash was for $111,000. His previous poker accomplishments first and third place finishes at the Heartland Poker Tour and a third place finish at the Bellagio 5 Diamond Classic.
01:57 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
Hands #53-54: Edward Gray Eliminated in 8th Place ($33,581)
Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Hand #53 - Byron Kaverman min-raises under the gun to 80,000, Hans Winzeler calls from late position, and Lee Markholt calls from the big blind. The flop comes 953, and it checks to Winzeler, who bets 110,000. Markholt and Kaverman both fold, and Winzeler takes the pot.
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Hand #54 - Ryan Hartmann raises under the gun to 110,000, Edward Gray moves all in from the button, and Hartmann calls with KK. Gray turns over 8-8, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.
The board comes J10732, and the pocket kings hold up for Hartmann to win the pot and eliminate Gray in eighth place.
Ryan Hartmann - 1,600,000 (40 bb)
Edward Gray - Out in 8th Place ($33,581)
02:00 AM, 11/13/12
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.
Ryan Hartmann, Brian Senie, Edward Gray, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
The flop is 972,, 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)
09:22 PM, 11/12/12
John Racener Doubles Up
Level 22: 8,000-16,000, 2,000 ante
Justin Zaki raises to 24,000 from under the gun, Ryan Hartmann calls from UTG+1, Hanz Winzeler calls from the button, John Racener calls from the small blind. and Edward Gray calls from the big blind. The flop is 642.
John Racener, Justin Zaki, Edward Gray, Ryan Hartmann, Hanz Winzeler, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
Racener checks, Gray checks, Zaki bets 65,000 Hartmann folds, Winzeler calls, Racener raises to 160,000, Zaki folds and Winzeler calls.
The turn is the 2. Racener moves all-in for 350,000 and Winzeler folds.
Racener is now up to about 850,000.
John Racener - 850,000 (53 bb)
05:48 PM, 11/12/12
Day 2 Chipleader Joseph Elpayaa Eliminated in 25th Place ($9,158)
Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Ryan Hartmann raises from middle position to 22,000, James Calderaro calls from the cutoff, and Joseph Elpayaa (pictured) reraises from the button to 67,000. Hartmann thinks for a while before he moves all in for 540,000. Calderaro quickly folds.
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Elpayaa tanks for a while before he calls with 1010. Hartmann turns over AK, and it's a race situation between nearly identical chip stacks.
The board comes QQ5AA, and Hartmann wins the pot with a full house, aces full of queens.
The chip stacks are counted down, and Elpayaa is covered by just 3,000 -- less than a small blind. Joseph Elpayaa, who was the chipleader when this level began, is eliminated from the tournament.
Ryan Hartman - 1,108,000 (138 bb)
Joseph Elpayaa - Out in 25th Place ($9,158)
01:48 PM, 11/12/12
Jeremy Menard Eliminated in 26th Place ($10,685)
Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
Byron Kaverman raises to 16,000 preflop from the hi-jack and Jeremy Menard reraises all in for 159,000 on the small blind. Ryan Hartmann went into the tank but calls on the big blind. Kaverman folds and the final two players flip over their cards:
Jeremy Menard, Ryan Hartmann, Season XI, bestbet Jacksonville
Hartmann wins the hand and Menard is eliminated in 26th place.
Ryan Hartmann - 520,000 (65 bb)
Jeremy Menard - Eliminated in 26th Place ($10,685)
01:42 PM, 11/12/12