Luke Schwartz Tops PokerStars High Stakes Leaderboard

Luke "lb6121" Schwartz has had a tough time of it in PokerStars cash games over the past couple of years and is only occasionally seen plying his trade at the world's biggest site these days, but he fared well in yesterday's games, topping the daily leaderboard with a $33,341 profit.

Schwartz's PokerStars cash game results resulted in the brash Londoner becoming embroiled in a bitter battle of words with fellow high stakes pro and popular poker YouTuber Doug "WCGRider" Polk earlier in the year.  Schwartz called out Polk for saying on social media that Luke was "broke" and had to sell a house to stay in the game - something Schwartz vehemently denies. Polk had also, rather unfairly, accused Schwartz of multi-accounting when the pair had played Triple Draw a couple of years ago, saying that he believed it had been Schwartz's friend Viktor "Isildur1" Blom playing on his account (to explain that he was losing to Schwartz). Polk repeated this accusation in a 2+2 thread which further incensed the easily detonated Schwartz. Furthermore, Polk had also made fun of Schwartz's recent PokerStars graph on his YouTube channel, which showed the London pro heavily down in Stars cash games in recent years.

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Above: Luke Schwartz and Doug Polk are not exactly what you'd call the "best of friends" after several online spats

Luke countered that Doug's PokerStars graph is none too impressive, as he had lost some $500k during his last two years of play on the site - he also used a PokerNews.com video interview at the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo back in May to challenge Polk to a live heads-up poker duel, and to generally make fun of the Las Vegas pro.

Unsurprisingly nothing ever came of the heads-up challenge, and with Polk now pretty much out of the high stakes online cash scene, it's unlikely we'll ever see them battle it out online either. However, Luke is very much still an online player, and although he generally prefers softer european sites by all accounts, he is still playing at Stars where he has seen a decent amount of tourney success including two Sunday Million titles and five SCOOP titles. Yesterday it was the cash game tables where he came up trumps after playing at the PLO, 2-7 triple draw, and 8-game tables.

Almost all of Schwartz's profit came from a two hour stint at a $50/$100 PLO table yesterday lunchtime where he played against a table full of regs including, David "Bullitos" van der Weele, Sami "Lrslzk" Kelopuro, André "Sira Al Aziz" Santos, Robert "BlackFortuna" Fuchs, and EEE27. Schwartz walked away a $32,601 winner from 162 hands played. He also won the day's biggest pot during this session:

After turning top two pairs, a flush draw, and an inside straight draw lb6121 leads the turn heads-up against BlackFortuna. BlackFortuna check raises all-in holding an overpair, a higher flush draw, and the same inside straight draw. The river bricks twice handing this $39.8k pot to Luke "lb6121" Schwartz.

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Schwartz also did well in a heads-up $300/$600 2-7 match against Harleyy30040, winning $15k from a 1hr 40min afternoon session. At this stage Schwartz was up close to $50k for the day. Unfortunately for him, he lost most of his Triple Draw winnings back to Harley later on in the day to end up with a total daily profit of $33,341.

Second on yesterday's leaderboard was Mongano who earned his money from a $200/$400 2-7 Triple Draw game. He played three sessions at table Elvira, winning a combined $32,068 from 632 hands played. In third we find recol56, who ended the day up $26,275 from some early afternoon $200/$400 FLHE ring games, and in fourth place on yesterday's leaderboard was RomanHLD who won $24,207, with all of his profit coming from a two hour game at the $50/$100 NLHE six-max tables yesterday afternoon.

Yesterday's Biggest Winners

Player Sessions Hands Winnings
lb6121 7 557 $33,341
Mongano 3 632 $32,038
recol56 6 343 $26,275
RomanHLD 7 295 $24,207

For all yesterday's winners go to our results page, or for current action check out the live results section.

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