Noah Schwartz, a popular poker pro from North Miami Beach, notched the biggest win of his career Tuesday, taking down the World Poker Tour bestbet Fall Poker Scramble in Jacksonville.
He earned $402,970 for surviving the field of 477.
The World Poker Tour blog reports that Schwartz came into the final table with 6.2 million chips, which represented more than 45% of the total chips in play.
But the blog reports that Schwartz and Byron Kraverman entered heads-up play on hand 69 with nearly equal stacks. Schwartz pulled away after winning the first five hands of heads-up play, and the tournament would end on hand 80 when Kraverman moved all in on a board of 10h-9s-3h-4s and was called by Schwartz, who held Qs-10s for top pair and flush draw, but found himself behind Kraverman’s top two pair. Schwartz spiked the Qc on the river for a higher two pair and the victory.
Schwartz, who is ranked among the top 100 players in the world, has made three previous WPT final tables, including last season’s televised L.A. Poker Classic at Commerce Casino. This win includes a $25,500 entry into the WPT World Championship at Bellagio,