They may have fallen just short of winning the $50,000 Poker Players Championship but Luke Schwartz and his fellow Brit Stephen Chidwick will be able to console themselves with the fact they won a combined $660,233 in prize money.
The eight-handed final table had already lost Frenchman Bruno Fitoussi and the mathematician Bill Chen by the time the the first of the two Brits fell. During a Pot Limit Omaha round Chidwick opened to 72,000 when the action folded to him in the small blind. Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi was the big blind and he made the call. The duo shared a flop reading flop, a flop that Chidwick lead out for 60,000 chips and Mizrachi called. The turn saw Chidwick move all-in for his last 230,000 chips and Mizrachi snap-called.
Mizrachi had flopped a very unlikely full house, much to the dismay of Schwartz who sat shaking his head. The river completed the hand and with that Chidwick was eliminated in sixth place, a finish worth $253,497.
With Chidwick out of the tournament it was up to Schwartz to fly the Union Jack for the folks back home but it just was not meant to be for the opinionated cash game specialist. Roland Israelashvili busted out in fifth place which meant Schwartz was only three opponents away from his first World Series of Poker bracelet and the $1,451,527 first place prize.
During a No Limit Hold'em round the action fodled around to Chris Klodnicki in the small blind and hafter a flurry of action Schwartz was all-in but all-in whilst in a dominating position. The Brit held to Klodnicki's dominated and it looked as if Schwartz was going to double up because by the turn the board read .
“Just put a card lower than a five” pleaded Schwartz to the dealer, “Anything but a six!”
But the dealer did not oblige. Instead he burned a card and placed the onto the felt for the river card and Schwartz flung his arms into the air in disbelief.
Although bitterly disappointed with not going the distance Schwartz must be happy with his first non-Hold'em and non-Omaha tournament cash and having made the biggest score of his career so far, topping the scales at $406,736. In fact if you check out Schwartz's Facebook page you will see evidence that the man known as Full Flush has been out partying into the small hours of the Las Vegas night with the likes of Sam Trickett and Chris Sly.
The eventual winner was Mizrachi who won this very event back in 2010; a superb showing by The Grinder.
Congratulations boys, onto the next one!
Event #45 $50,000 Poker Player Championship Final Table Results