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Noah Schwartz Wins World Series of Poker Europe Mixed-Max Pot-Limit Omaha Bracelet

American Wins First Gold Bracelet, Tops Tough Final Eight That Included Lacay, Lunkin, Laak and Chidwick


Noah Schwartz Just two days after reaching the semifinals in the 2013 World Series of Poker Europe €5,300 mixed-max no-limit hold’em event, Noah Schwartz improved on his showing in yet another mixed-max event (this time playing pot-limit Omaha), winning his first WSOP gold bracelet, the €104,580 ($143,024 USD) first-place prize and 396 Card Player Player of the Year points.

“[The bracelet] is something that’s eluded me for a very long time, so to be able to actually hold the bracelet in my hands and know that it is mine is mind-boggling,” Schwartz told “I never envisioned…I remember growing up and seeing all these guys on TV winning bracelets and it has always been a dream of mine. To hold it and know it is mine is one of the best feelings ever.”

This was Schwartz’ fourth final table finish of 2013, with his recent fourth place finish at the WSOP Europe, a runner-up finish this summer at the WSOP in Las Vegas in a $1,500 pot-limit Omaha event and a sixth-place finish in the European Poker Tour Grand Final main event in Monte Carlo for $245,360. As a result he has climbed into 21st place in the overall Card Player Player of the Year rankings, with 2,280 POY points and year-to-date earnings of $645,997.

A total of 127 players posted the €3,250 buy-in in this event, building a €373,380 prize pool. This event will go down in history as the first to award a WSOP bracelet for a pot-limit Omaha tournament utilizing the unique mixed-max format. The tournament started with eight-handed play, then shifted to six-handed play on day two, which continued until the final four was set, at which time the play would shift to heads-up matches, with carrying their chips from six-handed play into their randomly-drawn pairings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded to the final eight:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Noah Schwartz $143,024 396
2 Ludovic Lacay $88,347 330
3 Vitaly Lunkin $47,182 264
4 Jyri Merivirta $47,182 198
5 Jeremy Joseph $28,720 165
6 Aku Joentausta $28,720 132
7 Phil Laak $21,882 99
8 Stephen Chidwick $21,882 66

Photos courtesy of Joe Giron / WSOP.