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Noah Schwartz Wins World Poker Tour Jacksonville Main Event

Florida Native Captures First WPT Title And $402,970


Noah SchwartzAt 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.

Byron KavermanSchwartz 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 10Heart Suit9Spade Suit3Heart Suit. Kaverman bet 400,000 and Schwartz called. The turn brought the 4Spade Suit and Kaverman bet 700,000. Schwartz raised to 1.925 million and Kaverman moved all-in.

Schwartz called with QSpade Suit10Spade Suit for top-pair and a flush draw, while Kaverman revealed that he had flopped two-pair with 10Club Suit9Club Suit. Schwartz was behind, but had a ton of outs, one of which materialized in the QClub Suit 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:

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Noah Schwartz $402,970 1080
2 Byron Kaverman $236,592 900
3 Ryan Hartmann $153,403 720
4 Hans Winzeler $106,848 540
5 Brian Senie $77,083 450
6 Lee Markholt $61,819 360