All eyes were on Noah Schwartz as he tried to win his first WSOP gold bracelet. Schwartz was the dominator on Day 2 and had five times as many chips as his closest competitor at one point.
But the fickle card fairy set course in another direction and the high-stakes cash-game player from Florida gave away a big chip lead in heads-up play — and that meant 29-year-old Josh Pollock was there to scoop them all up in a lengthy heads-up match.
When heads-up hit, Schwartz had a three-to-one chip lead against Pollock, but poker was never designed to be easy and so it was with this match.
It ran into a 62-hand heads-up battle where Pollock managed to score a few fortunate doubles and then took the chip lead shortly after. He managed to whittle Schwartz down and then Noah Schwartz raised to 155,000, and Josh Pollock called. Schwartz checked the flop, and Pollock bet with Schwartz calling off the last of his chips.
Pollock's flopped straight was better than Schwartz's who was already drawing dead. The and finished the board and Josh Pollock won his first WSOP bracelet.
Josh gets a visit from Sarah Grant: