Event 20: Jake Schwartz Takes Down $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo For First Career Title

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
Event #20
$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo 
Total Entries: 147
Total Prizepool: $147,000

Jake Schwartz takes down $1,100 No Limit Hold'em Turbo
Jake Schwartz takes down $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo

Jake Schwartz is a well-known high-stakes professional poker player with over $1.1 million in career tournament earnings, but a live title has eluded him for his entire poker playing career.

That all changed on Friday night.

He bested a field of 147 players to take down the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo event. He took home his first trophy along with adding $42,628 to his career earnings.

“It’s kind of embarrassing, but this is my first live win.” said Schwartz after the tournament. “So it’s cool and I’ll take it in this high variance turbo .”

The turbo format pushed the action throughout the day and in about five hours the 147 was down to the unofficial final table of 10. It’s a format that favors players who are well-versed in short stack poker.

Schwartz doesn’t generally prefer the turbo formats, but used his poker prowess to outlast the competition.

“It’s actually probably a disadvantage for me,” said the 25-year-old poker professional. “I’m not that familiar with turbos, but I’m a poker player and I know how to play them. I know push/fold better than a lot of people, so I figure that probably propelled me to victory.”

About two hours after the players redrew for seats at the unofficial, 10-handed final table, Schwartz had amassed all the chips in play and earned the title.

It wasn’t an easy road for Schwartz en route to his victory. He bested a final table that featured SHRPO Team member Cate Hall, Darren Rabinowitz, Joe Kuether, and Ben Heath. Schwartz defeated Dermot Blain heads-up to finish off the final table.

The timing was good for Schwartz as well. He had been on a cold stretch of cards in the previous preliminary events and hadn’t picked up a cash in the series before today.

The extra cash in his pocket helps both of his bank account and his future buy-ins, since he is expecting to play the “Big 4 events” which start up on Saturday with the $5 million guaranteed main event.

Schwartz is a New York native, but recently moved down to the South Florida area, and considers the Seminole Hard Rock his new poker home.

“I live like 10 minutes from here now,” said Schwartz. “So technically this is like my home casino. So it’s nice to win one at my home casino.”

After everything was over and the photos were taken, Schwartz just wants the public to know how much he loves his grandmother.

“I want to give a shout-out to my grandman, Gagi,” said Schwartz. “She’s my favorite person.”

Here is a look at the final table results:

1st: Jake Schwartz – $42,628
2nd: Dermot Blain – $24,990
3rd: Alexander Khanas – $14,700
4th: Gregory Marcus – $11,760
5th: Ben Heath – $8,820
6th: Darren Rabinowitz – $7,350
7th: Anthony Lombard – $5,880
8th: Cate Hall – $4,410
9th: Staffan Lind – $3,308
10th: Joe Kuether – $2,940

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Event 20: Jake Schwartz Wins $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Level 29: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 147

Jake Schwartz
Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz moved all in on the button and Dermot Blain quickly called from the big blind. Blain was the player at risk and all in for about 600,000.

Schwartz showed Ah5h and was in the lead against Blain’s KsQh. The board ran out AcQcThTd9d and Schwartz dragged the pot with aces and tens.

Blain is eliminated in second place and took home $24,990, while Schwartz took the title and the $42,628 first place money.

Dermot Blain
Dermot Blain

Jake Schwartz – $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Champion
Dermot Blain – Eliminated 

Event 20: Alexander Khanas Eliminated in 3rd Place ($14,700)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 147

Alexander Khanas
Alexander Khanas

Alexander Khanas moved all in on the button and Dermot Blain called out of the small blind. Jake Schwartz called out of the big blind and there would be a side pot with any further action.

There was no side pot as Blain and Schwartz checked the hand all the way down as it came JcTh9s8d9h.

Blain showed Ac3h, Schwartz showed As4d, and Khanas showed 3d2c.

Khanas was eliminated in third place and the other two players chopped up the main pot. Schwartz and Blain will play heads-up for the title and $42,628, while Khanas headed off to collect his $14,700.

Jake Schwartz – 1,000,000 (33 bb)
Dermot Blain – 700,000 (23 bb)

Event 20: Dermot Blain Shoves The River

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 147

Alexander Khanas completed from the small blind and Dermot Blain checked his option out of the big blind.

Both players checked a flop of Ah3d2h and the 2c came on the turn. Khanas bet 30,000 and Blain called.

The river was the Jd and Khanas bet 60,000. Blain moved all in and Khanas took a few moments before folding. Blain mucked his hand and left Khanas with just over 5 big blinds.

Dermot Blain – 620,000 (21 bb)
Alexander Khanas – 165,000 (5 bb)

Event 20: Gregory Marcus Eliminated in 4th Place ($11,760)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 147

Gregory Marcus
Gregory Marcus

Gregory Marcus moved all in from the cutoff for 260,000 and Jake Schwartz moved all in for more from the small blind.

Marcus showed AcKd and was in bad shape against Schwartz’s AhAs.

The board ran out Th7s5dQh4c and Marcus couldn’t make running cards for Broadway and Schwartz wins the pot. Marcus was eliminated in fourth place for $11,760 and Schwartz took the chip lead heading into three-handed play.

Jake Schwartz – 875,000 (36 bb)
Gregory Marcus – Eliminated 

Event 20: Gregory Marcus Doubles Through Alexander Khanas

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 147

Alexander Khanas raised to 48,000 out of the small blind and Gregory Marcus quickly moved all in from the big blind for 135,000.

Khanas got an exact count from the dealer and then took a minute before calling. Khanas showed 6h3h and was dominated by Marcus’ Ad6c.

“There have been a lot of six-high all ins,” joked Khanas.

The flop was Qc9h8h and Khanas flopped a heart draw to give Marcus a sweat.

Khanas was asking the dealer for another heart, but the 2d on the turn and the 9d on the river come and brick off for Khanas’ draw to give Marcus the double up.

Event 20: Ben Heath Eliminated in 5th Place ($8,820)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 147

Ben Heath
Ben Heath

Ben Heath was under the gun and moved all in for about 290,000. It folded to Dermot Blain in the small blind and he moved all in for roughly the same. The remaining players folded and the hands were turned up.

Blain: ahks
Heath: kcqs

The stacks were close, and it was unclear who had who covered. The board was laid jctc2ckh[5] earning Blain the hand. After a quick countdown of the stacks, it was revealed Heath claimed 286,000 to Blain’s 290,000. Heath busted 5th earning $8,820 while Blain took the chip lead.

Dermot Blain – 665,000 (27 bb)
Ben Heath – Eliminated in 5th Place ($8,820)

Event 20: Darren Rabinowitz Eliminated in 6th Place ($7,350)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Level 25: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 147

Darren Rabinowitz
Darren Rabinowitz

Darren Rabinowitz moved all in for 149,000 from middle position and Alexander Khanas moved all in for about 415,000 on the button.

Khanas showed AdQs and was flipping with Rabinowitz’s 5d5h.

The flop was KdQh4s and Khanas took the lead with a pair of queens. The turn was the Jd and the river was the 6h to send the pot to Khanas and eliminate Rabinowitz.

Rabinowitz took home $7,350 for his finish and Khanas is one of the bigger stacks remaining.

Alexander Khanas – 570,000 (29 bb)
Darren Rabinowitz – Eliminated 

Event 20: Dermot Blain Doubles Again

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 147

Dermot Blain moved all in for 76,000 from early position. It folded to Darren Rabinowitz on the button and he shoved for more — 231,000. The remaining players folded and Blain was at risk and in trouble.

Rabinowtiz: acjd
Blain: ad2c

The runout was kind, falling ks9c6s2d9s. Blain’s pair of twos was good and he earned another double.

Dermot Blain – 200,000 (8 bb)
Darren Rabinowitz – 150,000 (7 bb)