The day began with lowered expectations. Team PokerStars Pros Barry Greenstein and Ylon Schwartz both managed to make the $2,500 Mixed Hold’em final table, but neither had much of a stack at the start of play. Then, hope, as is its wont, sprung.
Over the course of the next five hours both poker powerhouses either grasped or neared the chip lead. For an hour or so, it looked as if we might actually see the two Team Pros face off for a bracelet.
Then things started to go wrong. After playing near perfect poker for most of the day, Greenstein’s game took a turn. He said after the event, “I had good enough cards to win, but I made too many bad decisions.” He’s probably being a little hard on himself, but we’re all allowed to be our own worst critic. And, as we mentioned before, Greenstein’s fifth place cash earned him more than enough money to freeroll the $50,000 HORSE event.
For his part, Schwartz thrived after Greenstein’s exit. He held the chip lead at the dinner break and threatened to walk away with the bracelet. Dinner must not have settled well, however, because upon his return to the table it seemed Schwartz couldn’t win a hand. Within an hour of coming back, Schwartz was eliminated in third place for $112,000.
Though we won’t be celebrating a bracelet tonight, coming back from short stacks to fifth and third place finishes is impressive enough on its own. Collectively, the two turned $5,000 in tourney entries into nearly $170,000. That’s not a bad three days.
Congratulations to both Team Pros for great performances.
Also we can’t let the evening go by without offering congratulations to Team Pokerstars Pro Noah Boeken for a 27th place finish in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event. He earned $6,604.
Nice job, Noah.