Ylon Schwartz, a former chess master, was first picked up on the radar during the 2008 World Series of Poker main event. Since then, Schwartz has made several appearances on the poker circuit. After becoming a member of the first November Nine, Schwartz grew closer to his world championship bracelet goal. Since the 2008 WSOP event, Schwartz found himself at the final table twice, but lost the opportunity to win the event when he finished third. Over time he added two more such near misses, until finally in 2012 WSOP Event 27, he scored his first victory.
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Schwartz has proved to the world not once but many times that he is all about perseverance. It is his perseverance that has finally led him to his victory in 2012 WSOP $1,500 H.O.R.S.E event. This time he did not win because he was lucky, as the sheer number of the 889-player field was a tough one to crack. His victory served as redemption. An ecstatic Schwartz added, “I’m super happy to get this bracelet,” said Schwartz. “I’ve been banging away, knocking at the door a bunch of times. Forever I was finishing at the [second to last table]. They would call me ‘the teenager;’ I was finishing 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th. Then finally I got the fourth, and then third, and now I finally broke through. It’s an amazing feeling.”
Schwartz has cashed millions in the last few years, with amounts ringing to $4.4 million in earnings. Although, he did not earn as much in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, he did take up $267,801 after he defeated WSOP veteran and four-time champion – David Chiu.
The H.O.R.S.E event features five games – Limit Hold’em, Omaha high-low split eight-or-better, Razz, Seven-card stud and Seven-card stud high-low. The five games rotate every eight hands. An extremely difficult version to win, Schwartz however, takes pride in his poker expertise, a talent he owes to his chess background. In chess, there is no single method of play or a definitive way to win. The player is expected to adhere to the rules that govern the game in general, however, every player makes his own moves and chooses his own path. Schwartz loves the idea of mixed Poker, as it gives him the opportunity to use his patience as a ‘weapon’ to win.
At the very end of the game, Schwartz raised the stakes high and maintained his chips. The last few minutes of the game, made his long wait to win bittersweet. Today, the first time bracelet winner can’t stop thinking of his much-deserved break.

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