World Series of Poker Circuit Event #5 Winner: Ylon Schwartz


Ylon Schwartz, the 2008 November Niner, and World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet holder, has just won his first WSOPC gold ring, after achieving victory in Event #5 $365 No Limit Hold’em (NHLE) at the IP Casino Resort and Spa in Biloxi.

World Series of Poker Circuit Event #5 Winner: Ylon SchwartzSchwartz’s victory comes just four days after he finished second in Event#1, when he fell short during heads-up action against James Pomranky. Those two results means Schwartz takes a very early lead in the WSOPC Casino Championships.

The WSOP brand has been good for Schwartz, with 21-WSOP cashes contributing towards a princely sum of $4.7m in live tournament earnings stretching back a decade. Schwartz picked up $12,474 and the WSOPC gold after defeating Christopher Hall in heads-up action.

Schwartz bucked the trend when being interviewed after his victory, preferring to be more authentic about the state of his game, “[My game] has probably degraded [since the November Nine],” Schwartz said with a laugh. “I was hungry back then. Now things are a little more cushy. I drink a bit more wine and I own a bar. I’m probably a weaker player than I used to be.”

Schwartz becomes only the fourth player to ever follow up a November Nine appearance with a WSOPC gold ring victory: John Dolan, Michael Mizrachi and Dennis Phillips the other three players to hold that honor; and Dolan also made the final table in Event #2 at Biloxi where he finished in fourth place.

Schwartz defeated a field of 154 entrants and a final table that included Allan Farber (8th) who just like Schwartz was making his second final table appearance of the Biloxi series.

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