WSOP Event #21: Ylon Schwartz takes early hit
After a prolific day at the tables yesterday, Team PokerStars Pro Ylon Schwartz was looking forward to chasing down the chip lead in today's third start of the $3,000 HORSE.
Starting with 186,000, he was in confident mood as he sat down a little late at the table, but before too long he took a big hit, a crushing blow on the river of a Stud hand, when he lost 76,000.
It was Matt Hawrilenko who did the damage. Such was the early-street betting action he was all in - and by fifth street they were on their backs:
Schwartz: A♣Q♣ - A♠5♠K♥4♣
Hawrilenko: A♥A♦ - 9♠6♣3♥5♦
Both had aces, but Schwartz' kicker was a mile ahead, as the last card was dealt, Hawrilenko knew he was in trouble, his tournament very much on the line. But while Schwartz' hand remained the same, Hawrilenko paired a three to make his aces up.
A cruel blow for Schwartz, who leapt from the table for a brief walk to calm himself. He's a steady and composed man, though, who by final tabling last year's Main Event showed he is capable of taking hits on board while chasing the big goal.
That goal here, with 20 of the 452 starters left, is the bracelet and the $311,899 first prize.
Team PokerStars Holland Pro Marcel Luske finished 26th last night for $6,449, while Team Pro Barry Greenstein made it to 43rd for $5,277.
Also playing today are Team PokerStars Pro Greg Raymer in day two of the $10,000 World Championship No Limit 2-7 Draw, and Team PokerStars Mexico Pro JC Alvarado who won his first $1,500 No Limit Hold'em Shootout match yesterday and is back for round two, already in the money with $5,236.
The Rio is busy again, with the start of the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em kicking off a short while ago with around 2,500 starters.