Past November Niners Turn Up at the WSOP
June 20, 2012
2008 World Series of Poker Main Event fourth place finisher Ylon Schwartz won his first bracelet this year, nearly four years after almost becoming the WSOP champ. Schwartz, a chess master and pro poker player from Brooklyn managed to come out on top of the 889-player field in Event #27: $1,500 HORSE.
Day 3, being the final scheduled day of the event, started with 17 players left including Brandon Guss, Zimnan Ziyard, Cliff Josephy, Michael Chow, Rep Porter, Bryce Yockey, and Allen Cunningham. Heads up was down to Schwartz and David Chiu, and ultimately, Schwartz landed his first WSOP bracelet and $267,081; Chiu took home no bracelet and a $164,960 consellation prize. Third place went to Stephen Chidwick with a $112,106 payout.
Another November Niner and 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion, Joe Cada was also in on some final table action in Event $#31: $1,500 NLH, but unfortunately, Cada wasn’t as lucky as Schwartz and only made it to second place, giving up the bracelet to Carter Phillips after a grueling heads up battle that paid Phillips $664,130. This event drew 2,811 participants that saw Viktor Blom, Andy Frankenberger, Greg Raymer, Matt Affleck, David Williams, and Kara Scott out after a harsh Day 1. By Day 2 there were only 331 players left.
Cada, who finished Day 2 as the chip leader of 19 players was so close to snagging his second WSOP bracelet; however, by the final table, he had become the short stack of the remaining nine players. He cashed out with $412,424, though—not a bad day at the office.