WSOP TODAY: June 15; Rubie goes for gold, Schwartz wins $1500 H.O.R.S.E.

Highlights from day 20 of the 2012 WSOP (June 15)

Brendon Rubie is ideally positioned to become Australia’s next WSOP bracelet winner after topping the chip count on day two of event #28, the $2500 No Limit Hold’em Four-handed event. Having already outlasted 742 of the 750 starters, Rubie is already assured a payout of USD $38,279 and a first prize of USD $392,476.

With just eight players remaining, Rubie holds 1,682,000 and leads from James Schaaf (USA, 1,126,000), Greg Merson (USA, 870,000), Tim Adams (Canada, 628,000), Andrey Gulyy (Russia, 509,000), Anthony Gregg (USA, 406,000), Toan Trinh (USA, 318,000) and Torrey Reily (USA, 199,000).

The four-handed action was fast and furious with notable players sent to the rail on day two including Annette Obrestad, Isaac Haxton, Gavin Smith, Humberto Brenes, Lex Veldhuis, Jake Cody, Jon Turner, Tony Dunst and Brian Rast.

• Ylon Schwartz (pictured above, with thanks to, a former chess master and professional poker player originally from New York City topped a highly competitive field of nearly 900 players in the $1500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament (Event #27) to claim the first prize of USD $267,081 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

The former November Niner, who finished fourth in the 2008 WSOP Main Event Championship, out-duelled David Chiu, a four-time gold bracelet winner in heads-up play, finally managing to defeat his formidable foe on an unscheduled fourth day of competition.
Schwartz’s victory in this event, once again, validated H.O.R.S.E.’s long-held reputation as poker’s ultimate test of skill featuring Hold’em, Omaha High-Low Split, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, and Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split.

Schwartz became one of the very first November Nine finalists. He took fourth in the WSOP Main Event that year, collecting the mind-boggling sum of $3,774,974 in prize money – a ghastly financial boon for a man who once considered a $100 profit playing chess to be a “great day.”

• No poker event held anywhere, at any time in history, had more starters assembled in a single day than the 2012 Seniors World Championship. A door-crushing 4128 seniors flowed into the WSOP with the full force of a human tidal wave.

Amazingly, this was the biggest start day in poker history. No previous tournament drew as big – not the 2006 WSOP Main Event, not the $1K Stimulus Special in 2009, not any of the monster-sized No Limit Hold’em events spread during the height of the poker boom. Indeed, it was a day to remember. Radwan Khuri finished the day atop the chip count on 112,600 with 462 players through to day two.

• Event #30, the $1500 buy-in Deuce-To-Seven Lowball (No-Limit) enters day two with 66 players remaining from the starting field of 285. The current chip leader is Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi who leads an elite field of contenders. Two other new events kick-off today – Event #31 ($1500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em) and Event #32 ($10,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament).

• Additional reporting, Nolan Dalla,

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