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Noah Schwartz Wins 2012 World Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville

Day 4 of the 2012 World Poker Tour bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble began on Tuesday with a final table of six players. Noah Schwartz led the pack with nearly 44 percent of the chips in play to start the day, and won the tournament in just five hours. Schwartz earned $402,970 for the win, which includes a seat in the season-ending $25,000 WPT World Championship.

The final table looked like this:

According to the WPT Live Reporting Team, Lee Markholt was eliminated on the very first hand of play. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000/5,000, Hans Winzeler min-raised from the cutoff to 80,000. Brian Senie three-bet to 200,000 on the button, Schwartz cold four-bet to 570,000 in the small blind, and Markholt cold five-bet jammed all in for 1.715 million from the big blind. The action folded back to Schwartz, who tank-called.

Schwartz{q-Diamonds}{q-Spades}
Markholt{a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

The board ran out {10-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}, eliminating Markholt in sixth place. He earned $61,819 for his efforts, while Schwartz extended his chip lead.

During the next 25 hands, there were no cold five-bet all ins. In fact, there were only six flops. But on Hand #27, Schwartz, the chip leader, doubled up Byron Kaverman. Kaverman three-bet shoved for 810,000 over a 100,000-chip raise from Winzeler and a call from Schwartz. Winzeler released, but Schwartz made the call.

Kaverman{a-Diamonds}{j-Spades}
Schwartz{4-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}

Kaverman won the race when the board came {q-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{j-Clubs}{a-Clubs}, more than doubling him to 1.745 million chips.

Five hands later, Schwartz eliminated Brian Senie, who open-shoved his last 600,000 on the button at 25,000/50,000/5,000. Schwartz called out of the small blind.

Senie{q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}
Schwartz{k-Spades}{10-Clubs}

Schwartz had Senie dominated, and held as the flop, turn, and river produced {a-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{8-Clubs}. Senie earned $77,083 for fifth place.

On Hand #50, after doubling through Winzeler in a previous hand with quad eights, Kaverman eliminated Winzeler. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000/10,000, Kaverman opened to 120,000 on the button. Winzeler moved all in for 1.025 million from the big blind, and Kaverman called.

Kaverman{3-Clubs}{3-Hearts}
Winzeler{a-Spades}{j-Clubs}

The threes held as the board ran out {k-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{q-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, eliminating Winzeler in fourth place ($106,848).

Entering three-handed play, Ryan Hartmann was the short stack. He won a few small hands, but was never able to get anything going and was eliminated on Hand #68. Kaverman moved all in from the small blind, having Hartmann well covered, and Hartmann said, “It’s time to gamble.”

He called, and it was yet another race situation.

Hartmann{q-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}
Kaverman{8-Clubs}{8-Hearts}

Hartmann took the lead on the {q-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{5-Clubs} flop, but the turn and river came {6-Spades}, {9-Hearts} respectively, giving Kaverman a winning straight. Hartmann’s “gamble” didn’t pay off, but he still earned $153,403 for his third-place finish.

When heads-up play began, Kaverman had less than one big blind more than Schwartz, and both players had over 80 big blinds. Shockingly, the tournament was over within a dozen hands. Schwartz won the first five hands of heads-up play, and on Hand #80, he won all of Kaverman’s chips.

Schwartz called on the button, and Kaverman raised to 250,000. Schwartz called. The flop came {10-Hearts}{9-Spades}{3-Hearts}, and Kaverman led for 400,000. Schwartz called. The turn was the {4-Spades}, and Kaverman led again — this time for 700,000. Schwartz raised to 1.925 million, Kaverman moved all in, and Schwartz called.

Schwartz{q-Spades}{10-Spades}
Kaverman{10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

Kaverman was ahead with two pair, but any three, four, queen, or spade would give Schwartz the best hand and the trophy. The river was the {q-Clubs}, giving Schwartz a better two pair, eliminating Kaverman in second place ($236,592).

Schwartz earned $402,970 for the win, the largest score of his career, and earned a seat in the $25,000 WPT World Championship to be played at the Bellagio in Las Vegas in May.

WPT bestbet Jacksonville Fall Poker Scramble Final Table Payouts

PlacePlayerPrize
1stNoah Schwartz$402,970
2ndByron Kaverman$236,592
3rdRyan Hartmann$153,403
4thHans Winzeler$106,848
5thBrian Senie$77,083
6thLee Markholt$61,819

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