Tom Schneider Takes Down Two Bracelets at WSOP For Second Time in CareerThursday, June 20th, 2013 by Ryan
For a player to win two gold bracelets in one World Series of Poker, they not only have to be a very, very good player, but they have to be running pretty good as well! Playing against some of the best competition in the world in these types of tournaments is definitely a grind, and back in 2007, we saw Tom Schneider actually win two gold bracelets in the same year. He went on to win the 2007 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, which is almost to be expected if the player is able to win two bracelets in the same year. While Schneider is a well-known player these days, he’s not quite as popular as a player like Phil Ivey, but to this point in the 2013 WSOP, it looks like he could actually have a better year this year than he did back in 2007.
How you ask? Well, look at the fact that this week, Schneider was able to take down his second gold bracelet of the 2013 World Series of Poker. This makes twice now in his poker career that he’s won two bracelets in one year, something that is almost unheard of. The second gold bracelet came when he won the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, and also finds himself nearing the top of the Player of the Year leaderboard after his second win as well. What’s even more impressive is the fact that his second bracelet this year, came in the same type of event as the first! He originall won the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event and this means that he’s our all around H.O.R.S.E. champion, without a doubt. He’s cashed in three other WSOP H.O.R.S.E. events in his career, one of which was a fourth place finish back in 2007 in the $2,500 event. That obviously helped him win the Player of the Year award as well.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, just winning two bracelets at this WSOP wasn’t nearly enough for Schneider either, as he’s pulled in a total of six cashes at this years WSOP. He’s got an incredibly well-rounded poker game, and as you can tell, he can play a wide range of different games. The different types of events that he’s cashed in include the likes of Omaha Hi/Lo, Fixed Limit Hold’em, Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, and Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo. The record for cashes at a World Series of Poker is currently held by Konstantin Puchkov, who grabbed 11 cashes last year.
Schneider has to be setting his sites on something bigger than just the gold bracelets though, as he has the chance to be the first player to ever win two Player of the Year titles in their career. Currently he is sitting a total of 19 points behind Daniel Negreanu (who would also have won his second Player of the Year title if he wins), and Schneider has 427.88 points. The closest player behind these two is Dan Kelly with 344.70, and while there are still plenty of tournaments to be played, and also the WSOP Europe as well, we could still see many players make a run at the title. Schneider stated that he wasn’t planning on going overseas to play in the events, but that if he ends up winning one more or has the point lead, then there’s a chance that he could head to play in Europe.
If Schneider wants to lock in the win for the Player of the Year race, or at least feel good about his chances, he’ll likely need to win one more gold bracelet this year, which would be incredible. This has only happened once, and that was back in 2009 when Jeff Lisandro won three Stud events in one year. Schneider does feel good about it though, as he’s playing some incredible poker right now, so anything can happen. For his most recent win in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, he won a nice pay day of $318,955. We’ll definitely have to keep our eyes on Schneider moving forward in this years World Series of Poker to see if he can grab bracelet number three this year.