Monday June 18, 2012 : SCHWARTZ GETS HIS WORLD SERIES OF POKER BRACELET (Update)
Chess and poker whiz takes down the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event
Ylon Schwartz, the occasionally abrasive chess and poker ace from Brooklyn, New York, has his first World Series of Poker bracelet at last after making several final tables – including one in the main event in 2008 – at the world's biggest poker tournament in the past.
Schwartz (42) took the bracelet and the $267,081 main prize in Event 27 $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. over the weekend, surviving a star-studded entry field of 889 players and a final table that included David Chiu, Stephen Chidwick, Robby Rasmussen, Elior Sion, John Rogers, Jason Brown and Marlon Milne.
On the third day of the event play was halted with just three players still standing – Schwartz, David Chiu and Stephen Chidwick.
Restarting the action on Saturday, Schwartz quickly eliminated Chidwick in third place for $112,106, and entered the heads up against four-time WSOP bracelet holder David Chiu with a useful chip lead.
Schwartz managed to retain the advantage despite Chiu's best efforts to stage a comeback, although at one point the veteran WSOP player came close.
However, Chiu's fortunes took a seriously downward turn when he lost a massive pot in seven-card, leaving him vulnerable to his tough opponent, who immediately despatched him with the runner up prize of $164,960. The day's action was done in an hour-and-a-half.
The win brings Schwartz's career earnings to almost $5 million in 61 tournament cashes.