American Ylon Schwartz was
super happy to take down the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event #27 at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.
The 42-year-old from New York outlasted 888 other entries to pick up the $267,081 first prize from a total prize pool of $1,200,150 after he, David Chiu and Stephen Chidwick returned for an unscheduled fourth day.
With the Day 3 field cut back from 18 players to just this trio of combatants, Schwartz ultimately defeated Vegas’ Chiu in their heads-up clash to secure his first gold bracelet at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Winner Enjoys ‘Amazing Feeling’
Schwartz – who now has $4,426,090 in WSOP earnings – said:
I’ve been banging away, knocking at the door a bunch of times. Forever I was finishing at the second (to last table). They would call me ‘the teenager’ as I was finishing 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th. Then, finally, I got the fourth (in the 2008 main event), and then third and now I finally broke through. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Englishman Chidwick – who was the short stack on 785,000 chips when Day 4 started – was the first to exit in third place for $112,106 during a session of Omaha Hi/Lo. Chidwick had 500,000 in the pot, leaving him with only 135,000, when Schwartz bet on the river card of a 7♠ 9♥ 8♣ 5♥ Q♦ board. Chidwick gave his next move some serious thought before calling all-in.
He showed A♥ Q♥ 10♣ 10♠ to find himself beaten by Schwartz’s straight from his 7♣ 6♥ 6♣ 4♥ cards.
Quad Sevens End David Chui’s Chances
That left Schwartz and four-time bracelet winner Chiu to play heads-up for the gold bracelet and, while Chiu was down on chips, he quickly pulled almost level before losing a huge pot during a round of Stud to pretty well end the clash.
The crucial hand saw Chiu with (x-x)/2♦ A♥ 6♦ 2♥/(x), while Schwartz held (x-x)/3♣ 4♠ 7♠ 7♥/(x). Schwartz called bets from Chiu on fourth and fifth street, before raising on sixth. Chiu then re-raised, only for Schwartz to bet again, prompting the former to call. Seventh street saw Schwartz make a cheeky check-raise, with Chiu calling – to be well beaten by his opponent’s quads from his K♥ 7♦ 7♣ hole cards.
Chiu was all but done now, having been reduced to only 200,000 chips, with the match concluded on the next hand as Texas-based Schwartz snatched the top spot.
Zimnan Ziyard Exits in 12th
Day 3 was packed full of high quality players, but Allen Cunningham (10th for $17,150), Brandon Guss (11th for $13,405), Zimnan Ziyard (12th for $13,405), Bryce Yockey (13th for $10,669), Rep Porter (14th for $10,669), Cliff Josephy (16th for $8,641) and Michael Chow (18th for $7,116) all failed to make the final table.
Once Illinois’ Robert Rasmussen, who started the final table as chip leader, had exited in fourth place for $78,021, the three surviving players played on through to the end of the 10th level before agreeing to bag up and return for an extra day.
WSOP 2012 Event #27 Top 10 Payouts
1. Ylon Schwartz (USA) – $267,081
2. David Chiu (USA) – $164,960
3. Stephen Chidwick (UK) – $112,106
4. Robert Rasmussen (USA) – $78,021
5. Elior Sion (UK) – $55,422
6. John Rogers (USA) – $40,169
7. Jason Brown (USA) – $29,679
8. Marlon Milne (USA) – $22,358
9. Sanjay Pandya (USA) – $17,150
10. Allen Cunningham (USA) – $17,150