Noah Schwartz Defeats Jake Schindler for WPT Alpha8 Florida Title

Noah Schwartz won $585,000 at the WPT Alpha8 Florida. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Noah Schwartz won $585,000 at the WPT Alpha8 Florida. (Photo courtesy of WPT)

Noah Schwartz won his first WPT Alpha8 title on Sunday, defeating Jake Schindler heads up for $585,000 at the Seminole Hollywood Hard Rock Casino.

They returned for a second day of action to finish out the six-handed event. Jason Mercier, Byron Kaverman, Dan Colman and Bryn Kenney rounded out the field for the $100,000 event but were eliminated during Saturday’s action.

It took around six hours on Saturday for the first elimination – Kenney open-shoved a short stack holding A 9 and Mercier called with A Q. The board ran J 8 3 5 T and Merier’s queen kicker sent Kenney to the rail.

Three hours later, Mercier was the short stack and shoved when found A 9. Schindler called holding A 8 and caught a straight when the board ran J 7 4 6 5 and Mercier was eliminated.

The reigning BLUFF Player of the Year, Colman, three-bet all in holding A 5 and Schindler called holding K Q. Schindler caught a queen on the turn, Colman’s ace didn’t pair and he was eliminated.

The table played three-handed for a little over an hour before Schwartz open-shoved from the small blind and Kaverman called off from the big blind with A 5. Schwartz tabled pocket treys, the board rolled out T 6 2 6 J and Kaverman’s day was done.

Schwartz and Schindler played on for 45 minutes before they bagged and tagged to return on Sunday and play until a winner was crowned.

The pair returned just after noon on Sunday and Schwartz lengethened his chip lead after about a dozen hands. They went to a flop of Q 9 7, Schwartz check-called a small bet and the turn came 3. Schwartz checked, Schindler bet and Schwartz check-raised all in. Schindler tank-folded and Schwartz stacked 460,500 to Schindler’s 140,000.

Schwartz chipped away at Schindler, but Schindler did manage to double once to stave off elimination. After about 40 hands, Schwartz held over 500,000 and Schindler was under 90,000.

Schindler made his final stand holding K 5 and Schwartz called holding Q 9. The board ran Q 6 3 6 Q and Schwartz’s full house ended the tournament and earned him his first WPT Alpha8 title and $585,000.

WPT Alpha8 Florida Payout

  1. Noah Schwartz – $585,000
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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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