Schwartz Claims WPT Double
Noah Schwartz has become the first player in history to hold both a WPT title and a WPT Alpha8 title.
Also, former WSOP bracelet winner Darren Woods will spend the next 15 months in prison after being found guilty of fraud after cheating at online poker.
Noah Schwartz Wins WPT Alpha8 Florida
Noah Schwartz is your latest WPT Alpha 8 champion after taking down the Florida leg of the series. This tournament drew one of the smallest fields in Alpha8 history with just six players participating.
Due to the small field size, the tournament became a winner-take-all format. Jason Mercier, Bryn Kenney, Dan Colman, Jacob Schindler and Byron Kaverman were the other participants.
In the end it was Schwartz against Schindler heads-up and in the final hand, Schwartz's Qs-9s outran the Kh-5h of Schindler for the title. He earned $585,000 in prize money.
Schwartz is now the only player in WPT history with both a WPT title and an Alpha8 title. Schwartz took down the WPT Jacksonville Main Event in 2012 for $402,972.
Darren Woods Jailed for Poker Fraud in the UK
Former WSOP bracelet winner Darren "DooshCom" Woods received the ultimate black mark recently after being convicted of cheating at online poker. Woods was sentenced to 15 months in prison and must repay close to $1.5 million within six months or face an additional six years in prison.
The charges stem from incidents that occurred from 2007 through 2012 where Woods had opened numerous accounts and used them to multiaccount online and to defraud the sites.
Posters on 2+2 forums were instrumental in helping to build a case against Woods. Online poker veteran "jarma-dharma" started a thread back in 2011 accusing Woods of cheating and soon other pros jumped in with hand histories and determined that something was amiss.
Over time, the evidence grew against Woods to the point where UK police started investigating and eventually prosecuted him on fraud charges.
Authorities have confiscated around £911,217 from Woods and he has six months to come up with £283,673 to avoid future jail time.