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Noah Schwartz Wins World Poker Tour Jacksonville Main Event
Florida Native Captures First WPT Title And $402,970
At his fourth World Poker Tour final table appearance Noah Schwartz has finally emerged victorious, taking down the 2012 WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble $3,500 no-limit hold’em main event. For winning his first WPT title the Florida native earned $402,970 and 1,080 Card Player Player of the Year points, moving him into 17th place in the overall POY standings.
This was Schwartz’s fourth final table of the year, with a sixth-place finish in the EPT Grand Final high roller, a fourth-place showing in the WPT L.A. Poker Classic main event and a win in a $5,000 pot-limit Omaha prelim at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. All told, Schwartz has garnered year-to-date earnings of $1,076,035.
A total of 477 players turned out for the second running of this up-and-coming stop on the WPT at the bestbet Jacksonville, building a prizepool of $1,526,400. After four days of play, only the final six remained with Schwartz holding a sizable lead. Joining him at the final table were 2008 WPT World Poker Challenge champion and five-time WPT final tablist Lee Markholt, 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,000 prelim winner Byron Kaverman and three-time WSOP final tablist ‘Miami’ Hans Winzeler, but with roughly 43 percent of the chips in play, Schwartz looked to be a strong favorite to come through.
Schwartz eliminated Markholt in the very first hand at the final table, and then busted Brian Senie in fifth place to extend his already massive lead. Byron Kaverman mounted a solid comeback, eliminating Hans Winzeler in fourth and Ryan Hartmann in third in order to enter heads-up play with stacks essentially even, but in Schwartz won the majority of heads-up pots to extend his lead again.
On the final hand, Schwartz called from the button and Kaverman raised to 250,000. Schwartz called and the flop came 1093. Kaverman bet 400,000 and Schwartz called. The turn brought the 4 and Kaverman bet 700,000. Schwartz raised to 1.925 million and Kaverman moved all-in.
Schwartz called with Q10 for top-pair and a flush draw, while Kaverman revealed that he had flopped two-pair with 109. Schwartz was behind, but had a ton of outs, one of which materialized in the Q which rolled off the deck on the river. With that, Schwartz sealed the deal and sent Kaverman to the rail as the runner-up with $236,592.
Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:
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