Ylon Schwartz is a professional poker player from Brooklyn, New York, and a fourth place finisher in the $10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold’em Main Event of the 2008 World Series of Poker (WSOP). P
Schwartz was introduced to Texas hold ’em by Fat Nick, a fellow backgammon player. Schwartz entered a pair of poker tournaments at a club run by Fat Nick in 2000, winning both and walking away with $12,000 and a new passion. Schwartz has drawn comparisons between his tournament experience as a ranked chess master, noting that many of the skills he needed to succeed in chess are useful in poker and that the memory skills needed in chess transfer to retaining details on betting patterns of opponents needed to win in poker.
Ylon Schwartz’s father, Neil, had left the family when Ylon was two years old. Neil made a number of attempts to contact Ylon over the years but it never worked out. His father remarried and now lives in New Mexico. Prior to Schwartz making it to the main table at the 2008 World Series of Poker, his biggest WSOP win was three years earlier at the 2005 World Poker Finals in the No-Limit Hold’em $500 buy-in event, in which his third place finish brought him a payout of $49,960.
On November 10, 2008, Schwartz was eliminated after going all in against Peter Eastgate and finishing the tournament in fourth place, earning $3,774,974. As of 2009[update], his total lifetime live poker tournament winnings exceed $4,200,000. His 14 cashes at the WSOP have netted him $4,041,303 in earnings.
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