Tom Schneider Takes Down Third Career WSOP Gold BraceletMonday, June 10th, 2013 by Ryan
We’ve done a whole lot of talk about the gold bracelet events recently, and that mainly includes the No Limit Hold’em events. Today though we are going to take a look at one of the other events that featured some strong players, and the eventual winner of the event was actually a player who had won two gold bracelets before in their career. As a matter of fact, if you look back to 2007, you’ll see the name Tom Schneider attached with the World Series of Poker Player of the Year (POY) award. While he won the award, not many people knew his name at that point though, and his poker career just began growing more and more from there. The craziest part about his POY award, was that he actually only had three cashes that year at the WSOP, but they were more than impressive. He won two gold bracelets that year, and then got fourth place in another event as well.
While the years after that didn’t see Schneider earn any other gold bracelets, that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t pulling in consistent cashes at the worlds largest poker tournament series. In a run from 2008 to 2012, we saw Schneider cash a total of 18 times at the World Series of Poker, and in 2008 he made a very nice final table run in the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw event. Schneider was eventually knocked out in fifth place of the event, and hadn’t made any major noise really since that point. But that all changed this year at the 2013 World Series of Poker, and it took just 15 events for his name to come up at the top.
By at the top, we mean that he was able to grab his third gold bracelet when he won Event #15, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event that was run over this past weekend. When the final table of action began at this event, he was sitting with a very nice chip lead, and looked poised to be able to grab the win here. He had 880,000 chips, which was a full 300,000 more than any other player at the final table. There was one big hand though that really defined the final table and set him up in a big way to haul in the eventual win. When the hand happened, there were only three players left in the action.
The game that was being played was the Stud Eight or Better, and Schneider had a 5s showing and completed. Owais Ahmed then called with a 4d showing. Schneider was then dealt a Ts on fourth street, bet out, and was called by Ahmed who picked up the Qd. Ahmed started the betting action on fifth street though when he got a 6s, and bet into the 4c of Schneider, who called. Schneider bet the last two streets from there though, and showed 10-A-3/4s-10s-4c-6h, meaning that he had only a pair of tens for the high, and a very nice low hand with 6-low. He ended up winning the pot, and that basically set him up to win the tournament from there. He had four-fifths of the chips that were out there, and that was pretty much it.
Schneider then knocked out Viatcheslav Ortynskiy after that hand, and it took less than 30 minutes for him to be able to knock out Ahmed in second place. Not only did he get the win, but took home a nice pay day that was worth a total of $258,960. Owais Ahmed took home $159,950 for second place, and third place was a payout of $108,701 to Viatcheslav Ortynskiy.
Schneider is definitely a player to watch for the upcoming events at the World Series of Poker, as he’s shown that he can play a wide range of games, and play them well. The WSOP is just getting underway and we have many events left to be played, so be sure to keep your eyes open for updates on other events, and also watch for the big time events like the Main Event and the Players’ Championship just to name a few that could be intriguing.