Online cash game pro Luke “Full_Flush1” Schwartz may be in his early twenties, but even at such a young age his reputation is starting to precede him. The British poker player’s penchant for antics and mouthing off is starting to catch up with him, as recent events at the PartyPoker World Open V suggest he may be banned from almost every casino in England.
Schwartz first got into trouble earlier this month when he refused to take off his hat while playing poker in the Victoria Casino in London. His refusal to comply with the casino’s dress code resulted in Schwartz receiving a ban from all Grosvenor-owned casinos. Since the European Poker Tour’s (EPT) stop in London was just around the corner, one of London’s highly regarded gamblers, Eddie Hearn, stepped in on Scwartz’s behalf to get the ban lifted in time for FullFlush to play in the EPT Main Event.
Immediately after busting out of the Main Event, Schwartz found himself in trouble once again, this time for stealing a sandwich. Schwartz allegedly stole a sandwich from a snack cart outside the tournament area and refused to pay for it even after security arrived on the scene. According to a report from Poker Listings, Schwartz supposedly said he was a VIP and deserved to be treated as such, which in his mind meant that he did not have to pay for snacks.
In the wake of the sandwich incident, Schwartz was said to be banned from all Grosvenor properties once again, but an incident at this weekend’s PartyPoker World Open V suggests his troubles may extend past that one casino group. When Schwartz arrived at the Palm Beach Casino in London to take part in Heat One of the World Open, he was told by casino security that he was not allowed on the premises. PartyPoker’s official blog reported that Schwartz had been flagged in the casino’s security system as banned, likely as a result of his behavior at the EPT London event.
It appeared as if a new player would have to be added at the last minute, but tournament staff and casino security were able to reach an agreement that allowed Schwartz to take part in the event. He was allowed in the casino, but only on the condition that he was accompanied by an escort the entire time he was on the premises.
The drama did not seem to affect Schwartz though, as he managed to win his tough heat, which also included World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Main Event winner Yevgeniy “Jovial Gent” Timoshenko, November Nine member James Akenhead and PartyPoker sponsored pro Ian Frazer. After a lengthy eight hour session, Schwartz was able to get the best of online qualifier Christian Schaffer during heads-up play to claim the first seat at the World Open V final table.
Another player who advanced to the final table is Phil “The Unabomber” Laak who rallied back from a short stack to win Heat Two, beating the likes of Remy Biechel and JP Kelly. There is a chance Laak’s longtime girlfriend Jennifer Tilly will join him there, as she is one of the three players remaining in Heat Three, which will play out on Tuesday afternoon.
The preliminary heats wrap up on Wednesday and the final table will play out Thursday afternoon. Keep checking in with Tight Poker for all the latest news and updates from the London event.

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