Noah Schwartz overturned a two-to-one chip deficit against Ludovic Lacay in the heads-up of WSOPE Event #6 to win his first ever World Series of Poker bracelet
Event #6 of the World Series of Poker Europe was a Mix-Max tournament – in which Day 1 was played nine-handed, Day 2 was played six-handed, and the final four players returned on Day 3 to play heads-up (with their carried forward chip stacks) until a winner is determined.
For the first time in a WSOPE bracelet event the tournament was played using the Pot Limit Omaha format and, despite the buy-in of €3,250, the tournament attracted 127 players and created a prize pool of €373,380 which would be shared among the top sixteen players.
Fitoussi Bubbles as Lacay Leads
Local player Bruno Fitoussi was the unfortunate “bubble boy” – his 10♦ 10♠ K♦ Q♥ falling to Stephen Chidwick´s K♠ K♣ J♥ J♦ – and the field was reduced to the final four players who would contest the bracelet and €104,580 first prize when Ludovic Lacay (10♣ 8♥ 7♠ K♣) turned a Full House to best Jeremy Joseph´s (2♠ 9♠ A♦ K♦) spade flush and eliminate the young American in fifth.
Lacay had been on a roll since the bubble had burst and took a significant chip advantage (667,500 -v- 112,500) into his heads-up semi-final against Vitaly Lunkin; while the second semi-final would be contested between Jyri Merivirta (183,500 chips) and Noah Schwartz (179,000 chips).
Lacay -v- Lunkin
When play resumed on Day 3 of the WSOPE Event #6, just a few minutes of Level 16 remained before the blinds jumped up to 2,500/5,000. With such a big chip advantage, Ludovic Lacay was expected to make light work of Vitaly Lunkin, but the Russian got an early double up when his J♦ 7♠ 5♣ 5♥ flopped a better two pair than his opponent – which then held after Lunkin´s shove and Lacay´s call.
Lunkin (8♣ 3♦ 9♠ 3♥) was not so fortunate on his next attempted double-up. On a board of 5♦ 6♦ Q♦ / A♥ / 4♠ he shoved all-in after the River with nothing better than his pocket Threes, and was called by Ludovic Lacay (10♦ 9♦ Q♠ 2♣) who had flopped the diamond Flush. Lunkin was bust in tied-third, while Lacay took 780,000 chips into the finale.
Merivirta -v- Schwartz
The second semi-final promised to be much closer with only one big blind separating the player´s chip stacks when the cards were in the air. However, Noah Schwartz quickly reduced his Finnish opponent to 60,000 chips with some aggressive post-flop betting which forced Merivirta to fold his cards in big pots.
Merivirta managed one double-up when his A♥ 10♦ 10♥ 8♦ found the 10♣ on the flop and then runner-runner Jacks to fill him up, but Schwartz (J♣ 10♦ 5♦ 3♥) forced Merivirta (A♥ Q♥ J♦ 7♣) all-in on a flop of 4♦ K♦ 2♥ soon after and the 10♥ on the River gave Schwartz a pair of Tens to knock his opponent out in tied-third, and enable him to take 362,500 chips into the climax of the event.
Lacay -v- Schwartz
The climax of the WSOPE Event #6 started as the game was entering Level 18 (blinds 3,000/6,000). Despite starting at a 2:1 chip disadvantage, Noah Schwartz made an early dent in Ludovic Lacay´s chip stack when rivering a set of Threes in hand #5 and then drew level with the chip leader after turning a straight with 8♣ 5♣ on a board of 2♣ 6♦ 7♠ / 9♦ / 9♥.
Two pivotal hands put Noah Schwartz firmly in control of the WSOPE PLO Mix Max tournament. In the first Schwartz (Q♦ 5♣ 3♦ 2♦) rivered a straight to capture a 350,000 chip pot and, in the second, a post-river shove into a pot already containing 700,000 chips forced a fold out of Lacay and reduce the former chip leader to less than 100,000 chips.
Victory in a few minor pots enabled Ludovic Lacay to get competitive again, but in hand 62 it was all over. Lacay (8♦ Q♦ 5♣ 6♠) raised to 100,000 chips on a board of 5♦ 6♣ K♠ after flopping two pairs. Noah Schwartz (K♠ A♣ 8♥ 7♦ – for top pair and an open-ended straight draw) responded by shoving all-in and Lacay made the call for the last of his chips. The Turn of A♠ and River of 3♦ gave Noah Schwartz a better two pair and victory in the WSOPE PLO Mix Max Event #6.
WSOPE PLO Mix Max Event #6 Result
It has been a good twelve months for Noah Schwartz in major live poker events. His victory in the WSOPE PLO Mix Max event followed a third place in the NL Hold´em equivalent three days ago, a second place finish in the WSOP Pot Limit Omaha Event #22 in June, a final table appearance at the EPT Monte Carlo Main Event and victory in the WPT Jacksonville Main Event last fall. However, he described winning his first WSOP bracelet as “surreal” in the post-game interview, and more important than the €104,580 first prize.
|#||WSOPE PLO Mix Max Result||Prize|
|1||Noah Schwartz||€ 104,580|
|2||Ludovic Lacay||€ 64,600|
|3||Vitaly Lunkin||€ 34,500|
|3||Jyri Merivirta||€ 34,500|
|5||Jeremy Joseph||€ 21,000|
|6||Aku Joentausta||€ 21,000|
|7||Phil Laak||€ 16,000|
|8||Stephen Chidwick||€ 16,000|
|9||Matt Ashton||€ 10,500|
|10||Manuel Bevand||€ 10,500|
|11||Padraig Parkinson||€ 6,700|
|12||Mihails Morozovs||€ 6,700|
|13||Jenvik Meinsohn||€ 6,700|
|14||Dan Shak||€ 6,700|
|15||Viatcheslav Ortynskiy||€ 6,700|
|16||Konstantin Puchkov||€ 6,700|