"Bring the camera over here... this is an all-star table."
So said Ryan Fair at Table 424, spotting the ESPN cameras circling about. Noah Schwartz had just been moved to the table, taking a seat to Sorel Mizzi's right, the two of them sitting across from Fair. In fact, the cameraman did come over... and just in time to capture a bit of drama in a hand involving Schwartz.
A player under the gun opened for 1,100, and Schwartz, sitting one seat over, examined his short stack for a while before making the call. It folded to the button who then reraised to 3,600, forcing out the blinds. The original raiser called, and after tanking a bit Schwartz called as well, leaving himself only about 6,300 behind.
The flop came . The original raiser led out for 5,300, then Schwartz raised all in for a bit more. The button then responded with an all-in shove of his own, which caused the UTG player to walk away from the table for a moment, he was so exasperated. Finally he folded, saying he had pocket queens.
Schwartz quickly tabled for top set, while his opponent showed . The turn was the and river the , and Schwartz survived.
"Set mining!" said Mizzi with a grin. "There is no method to my madness," said Schwartz.