EPT Prague: May the Schwartz be with you

In Vegas in November, you couldn't move for people named Schwartz.

At the final table of the World Series Main Event was the PokerStars Million Dollar Man, Ylon Schwartz, who went all the way from the New York sidewalk chess scene to a four million bucks payday as a poker hero. I also visited the World Series of Poker archive at the University of Nevada, sampling some of the history of the event. It is presided over by an author and historian by the name of Dave Schwartz.

Then a trip to the legendary Gambler's Book Shop in downtown Vegas yielded a lengthy conversation on all things poker with Howard Schwartz, who has managed the industry's premiere literature outlet for longer than most of us have been alive.

A couple of minutes ago there was a discussion going on on table eight of the grand ballroom here, nothing more acrimonious than a discussion about betting tactics, player reads and styles of play. The most vocal participant might just be the chip leader in the early stages of this tournament, so I waited for a break in the conversation to lean in and ask his name.

"Luke Schwartz," he said. "S-C-H-W-A-R-T-Z."

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Luke Schwartz

It made sense.

Schwartz has been added to the official chip counts page, where the latest stack sizes will continue to appear from now until the end of he tournament.

Howard Swains
@howardswains in European Poker Tour