06/24/17 11:24:42 PM PST
Matthew Schreiber Runs Over Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table to Capture His First Bracelet and $256,226
Less than three hours into play at the final table, Matthew Schreiber remained the last man standing in the Event #44: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. Schreiber waltzed through the final table in a lethal fashion, earning the $256,226 first-place prize along with his first bracelet. "It feels surreal," the newest WSOP champion said.
Schreiber came back for the final day sixth in chips with 18 players left in contention. It was a day of fast-paced action, but Schreiber wasn't looking to be the main man. He doubled Mike Matusow inside the last two tables and dropped to a short stack.
However, Schreiber got some wheels thereafter and vaulted into the chip lead just in time for the start of the nine-handed final table. Schreiber conquered the finale with decisive force, extending his giant lead into the dinner break. There were four players still hoping to claim the gold at that point, but it took Schreiber less than an hour to deny all of his three opponents early after dinner.
"Obviously, it was a difficult field," Schreiber said after he'd posed for the winner photos. "I didn't play well at the start of the tournament, but once I accumulated some chips, I played well," he admitted.
There was a moment early on the final day when Schreiber exchanged some words with Valentin Vornicu. Apparently, Schreiber got lucky in a stud hand against the nine-time WSOP Circuit winner, and Vornicu got a little bit salty.
"I can play three of the games well. I don't know the others," revealed a humble Schreiber without trying to hide his weaknesses. Schreiber confirmed that in the post-tournament interview. "Although I play a lot of mixed games, I play cash. I'm very inexperienced in stud and hi-lo," he said.
These two blind spots didn't prevent Schreiber from reaching glory in one of the most complex tournaments on WSOP schedule. His dominating performance at the final table was breathtaking.
Schreiber kept rolling, and it seemed he couldn't lose any pot he contested. Mike Matusow, who fell shy of the final table, was the only player who was able to find any fortune playing against Schreiber. He stated he'd doubled through Schreiber three to five times during the tournament, calling him his friend.
Schreiber, however, outlasted everyone, including Matusow, who'd been the main story until his fall in 11th place. Matusow's inimitable glossary during the tournament was of the most entertaining shows the WSOP has witnessed this year. Grinding a short stack for most of the time, Matusow managed to double up countless times to hang in the tournament field, singing a song of his own invention, "On the nub again."
Matusow's exit was followed by Gabe Paul's elimination at the hands of Schreiber, who spiked a lucky five-outer on the river to send Paul out in 10th place in an Omaha hi-lo hand. Vornicu, who apologized for his earlier rant toward Schreiber, couldn't stay longer than a few hands on the final table. Schreiber was the nemesis who sealed Vornicu's fate, knocking him out in razz.
The first two levels at the final table were extremely eventful as Brendan Taylor (eighth for $21,007) and Ryan Hughes (seventh for $28,910) left the tournament shortly after Vornicu. Hanks Honig laddered up several places with his short stack, but he eventually landed in sixth place for $37,892.
Schreiber was away from the key hands that proved fatal for the sixth- to eighth-place finishers, but he took most of Ryan Himes' stack in a limit hold'em hand that led to Himes' elimination in fifth place ($52,542). Himes had flopped top pair, while Schreiber held the nut-flush draw and middle pair. He spiked a third nine on the river to win a juicy pot, and Phil Hui finished off Himes in the very next hand.
Schreiber handled just over half of the chips in play at the dinner break, and he extended his substantial lead shortly thereafter, taking significant chunks from Tom Koral and David Steicke in stud and stud hi-lo, respectively.
While Schreiber was wounding his opponents, he wasn't sending players to the rail himself. Steicke took care of the rest of Koral's chips, only to find himself knocked out by Hui in the following minutes.
Hui entered the heads-up as a 3:1 underdog, and he wasn't able to fight back. Schreiber won a big limit hold'em hand right away, making top two pair against Hui's top pair. Hui dropped to his last few big bets, and Schreiber's march was soon completed. Hui, who already has a bracelet back home, received $158,361 for a runner-up finish this time.
Final Table Results:
|1||Matthew Schreiber||United States||$256,226|
|2||Phil Hui||United States||$158,361|
|3||David Steicke||Hong Kong||$107,458|
|4||Tom Koral||United States||$74,382|
|5||Ryan Himes||United States||$52,542|
|6||Hanks Honig||United States||$37,892|
|7||Ryan Hughes||United States||$27,910|
|8||Brendan Taylor||United States||$21,007|
|9||Valentin Vornicu||United States||$16,165|06/24/17 10:41:43 PM PST
Phil Hui Eliminated in 2nd Place ($158,361)
Schreiber: / /
Hui: / /
After suffering yet another blow to his stack, Phil Hui was down to not even two big bets. Matthew Schreiber was first to act with the showing, and he opted to complete. Hui raised, and the rest of the chips followed shortly after.
Hui held four cards to a wheel on fifth street, but he missed his first shot by pairing up on sixth. Schreiber completed an eighty-seven low on sixth street, and Hui needed to hit the river to survive. He quickly flipped his face-down card to reveal the , another pair.
"Good game, buddy," Hui said while shaking Schreiber's hand.
Hui, who won a bracelet in 2014, missed out on his second one and had to settle for second place this time. Schreiber fell in the arms of his buddies to celebrate his first WSOP bracelet win.
|Matthew Schreiber||5,985,000||650,000 |
|Phil Hui||0||-550,000 |06/24/17 10:29:18 PM PST
Schreiber Approaches the Finish Line
Matthew Schreiber just took another bite from Phil Hui's stack, increasing his chip lead to nearly 11:1.
Schreiber was in the big blind, calling Hui's opening raise. The flop saw Schreiber check-raise, and Hui was ready to battle. He called. Hui then paid off two further bets on the turn and the river.
Schreiber, however, had the goods with for top two pair. Hui showed his for top pair, and Schreiber's momentum grew stronger once again. Hui's stack is down to less than five big bets, as the wind keeps blowing Schreiber's way.
|Matthew Schreiber||5,335,000||1,010,000 |
|Phil Hui||550,000||-950,000 |06/24/17 10:22:54 PM PST
David Steicke Eliminated in 3rd Place ($107,458)
Phil Hui raised on the button, David Steicke three-bet from the small blind, Hui made it four bets, and Steicke called.
Both players checked the flop. Steicke bet the turn, Hui raised to put Steicke all in, and the Steicke called.
Steicke needed one of the remaining fives to survive, but it wasn't meant to be. The river was the to seal Steicke's fate. The high roller scored his second six-figure cash of the 2017 World Series of Poker after finishing in 12th place in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for $310,550.
|Phil Hui||1,500,000||570,000 |
|David Steicke||0||-500,000 |06/24/17 10:16:17 PM PST
Tom Koral Eliminated in 4th Place ($74,382)
Matthew Schreiber has been capturing one pot after another, and his opponents are approaching the danger zone. Tom Koral and David Steicke seemed to realize they had to make their moves, and they clashed with each other in stud hi-lo. Koral was all in on fourth street.
Tom Koral: / /
David Steicke: / /
Steicke was ahead with a pair of deuces, and he improved to two pair on fifth street. Koral had four cards to a low, and sixth street determined he couldn't scoop, as Steicke's hand strengthened to a full house.
Koral looked at his last card, but it wasn't anything within the required deuce-to-five range. He mucked, shaking hands with all three remaining players. Koral pocketed $74,382 for his fourth-place finish.
|David Steicke||500,000||-100,000 |
|Tom Koral||0||-505,000 |06/24/17 10:10:44 PM PST
Schreiber Scoops Steicke
Steicke: / /
Schreiber: / /
Matthew Schreiber brought it in with the , Phil Hui completed with the , David Steicke made it two bets with the , Schreiber called, and Hui folded.
Schreiber paired up on fourth and led out, only for Steicke to raise again. Schreiber came along with the call. Schreiber check-called a bet from Steicke on fifth street, and both players checked on sixth. Schreiber bet the river, and Steicke called.
Schreiber tabled for the wheel, and Steicke nodded and mucked his hand.
Schreiber now has more than two-thirds of all in the chips in play.
|Matthew Schreiber||4,325,000||625,000 |
|David Steicke||600,000||-230,000 |06/24/17 10:03:26 PM PST
Rich Get Richer; Koral Falls Under Five Bets
After a series of minor hands, Tom Koral and Matthew Schreiber finally clashed in a pot that might possibly evoke major consequences.
Koral completed with the , and Schreiber raised with the . Koral matched the price and called another bet on fourth street before both players checked fifth and sixth streets. Schreiber bet once more on seventh, and Koral called.
Tom Koral: / /
Matthew Schreiber: / /
Schreiber had in the hole for kings up. Koral mucked his hand, which looked to be nines and sixes.
Schreiber is now guarding around 3.7 million chips and comfortably navigating the final table. Meanwhile, Koral's stack is wounded, as he's maneuvering only 505,000.
|Matthew Schreiber||3,700,000||625,000 |
|Tom Koral||505,000||-645,000 |06/24/17 09:43:45 PM PST
Level 27 started
|06/24/17 08:45:00 PM PST
Dinner Break for 60 Minutes
Players are on a one-hour dinner break. Current chip distribution can be seen below.
|Matthew Schreiber||3,075,000||75,000 |
|Tom Koral||1,150,000||-300,000 |
|Phil Hui||930,000||-120,000 |
|David Steicke||830,000||255,000 |06/24/17 08:42:23 PM PST
Hui Back Over a Million
Tom Koral entered the hand with a raise from the cutoff. David Steicke came along on the button, and so did Phil Hui from the big blind.
The flop was checked to Steicke, who bet. Hui, however, reacted with a check-raise, forcing Koral out of the way. Steicke decided to continue and called.
Hui led with a bet on the turn, and Steicke wasn't ready to fold yet. However, Hui's final bet on the river convinced Steicke to lay his hand down.
A nice addition without showdown pushed Hui's stack back over one million, while Steicke dropped below six big bets.
|Phil Hui||1,050,000||350,000 |
|David Steicke||575,000||-475,000 |06/24/17 08:36:46 PM PST
Ryan Himes Eliminated in 5th Place ($52,542)
Ryan Himes opened from the cutoff and Matthew Schreiber defended his big blind. The flop was , and Schreiber checked. Himes bet, Schreiber check-raised, Himes put in three bets, and Schreiber called.
On the turn, Schreiber check-called another bet from Himes. The river paired the board with the , and Schreiber led out. Himes called and got shown the bad news by Schreiber, who held . Himes open-folded and was left with just 90,000.
In the next hand, Himes went all in from under the gun, and Phil Hui called from the big blind.
The flop all but sealed it, and the on the turn decided it, making the river meaningless. Himes added a big five-figure payday of $52,542 to his bankroll for his fifth-place finish.
|Matthew Schreiber||3,000,000||650,000 |
|Phil Hui||700,000||250,000 |
|Ryan Himes||0||-675,000 |06/24/17 08:19:25 PM PST
Koral Rivers Straight
Tom Koral completed with the , and only Phil Hui stepped in his way, calling with the . Koral continued on fourth street, and Hui stuck around. The next two streets ceased fire, but Koral put in one more bet on seventh. Hui paid him off.
Phil Hui: / /
Tom Koral: / /
"Straight," announced Koral, apparently surprising Hui. He revealed for proof, and the river straight hurt Hui, who dropped down.
Hui and Koral tangled in another pot shortly thereafter, in stud hi-lo for a change. Koral emerged as the winner again, and Hui's stack is now reduced to about 450,000.
|Tom Koral||1,450,000||425,000 |
|Phil Hui||450,000||-495,000 |06/24/17 08:13:02 PM PST
Trolled Live? Norm for Norman Chad
06/24/17 07:56:16 PM PST
Hanks Honig Eliminated in 6th Place ($37,892)
Matthew "Hanks" Honig opened from under the gun. Ryan Himes three-bet from the big blind, and Honig put the rest of his stack in.
Himes flopped a set of queens on the flop, but Honig still had plenty of outs to win the hand. The on the turn wasn't one of the outs he needed, nor was the on the river. Honig said his goodbyes and was off to collect his $37,892 in winnings.
|Ryan Himes||675,000||255,000 |
|Hanks Honig||0||-200,000 |06/24/17 07:50:00 PM PST
Updated Chip Counts
|Matthew Schreiber||2,350,000||220,000 |
|David Steicke||1,050,000||200,000 |
|Tom Koral||1,025,000||-25,000 |
|Phil Hui||945,000||-185,000 |
|Ryan Himes||420,000||-100,000 |
|Hanks Honig||200,000||-70,000 |06/24/17 07:41:50 PM PST
Level 26 started
|06/24/17 07:38:04 PM PST
Ryan Hughes Eliminated in 7th Place ($27,910)
Steicke: / /
Hughes: / /
David Steicke completed with the , Ryan Hughes put in two bets with the , and Steicke called. On fourth street, Hughes' last chips went in after a series of raises.
Steicke was ahead with his pair of jacks and improved to two pair on sixth street. Hughes rivered a lower two pair, and the two-time WSOP bracelet winner was eliminated.
|David Steicke||850,000||200,000 |
|Ryan Hughes||0||-250,000 |06/24/17 07:30:40 PM PST
Brendan Taylor Eliminated in 8th Place ($21,007)
Himes: / /
Taylor: / /
After being punished in an earlier hand, Brendan Taylor was down to his last 25,000 chips. Himes brought it in for 10,000, Taylor shoved, and all other players folded to Himes, who committed the extra chips.
Himes made a pair of fives after all seven cards were dealt, which was one more pair than Taylor was able to make. He also couldn't make a low. Taylor was escorted to the payout desk to collect his $21,007 in winnings.
|Ryan Himes||520,000||35,000 |
|Brendan Taylor||0||-345,000 |06/24/17 07:22:54 PM PST
Hui Hits Tens Full
Ryan Hughes completed with the , and his left-hand opponent, Phil Hui, raised it up with the in front of him. Hughes called and received a nice-looking on fourth street. He led out and bet on fifth, as well. Hui called twice before they both checked sixth street. Hui, however, bet out on the river, and Hughes called quickly.
Ryan Hughes: / /
Phil Hui: / /
Hui turned up for tens full, earning an applause from his railbirds. Hui scooped a large pot to move over 1.1 million, while Hughes had only about 250,000 left.
|Phil Hui||1,130,000||730,000 |
|Ryan Hughes||250,000||-350,000 |06/24/17 07:10:05 PM PST
Valentin Vornicu Eliminated in 9th Place ($16,165)
Valentin Vornicu was up against Matthew Schreiber in a razz pot, and Schreiber is currently in beast mode. He demonstrated it against Vornicu.
Schreiber completed with a , and Vornicu raised with a . Schreiber called and received another wheel card on fifth. He let Vornicu bet again and called. Fifth street brought yet another wheel card for Schreiber, and he led out for 43,000 effective. Vornicu called off to put himself at risk.
Valentin Vornicu: /
Matthew Schreiber: /
Schreiber had already made a seventy-six, and Vornicu's chances to survive were thin. Schreiber even improved on sixth, getting an . Vornicu's sixth card was a . He knew it was all over for him right there. Nonetheless, both players rolled over their respective river cards in respect of the rule book.
While Vornicu left the final table area, Schreiber is now sitting on over 2,000,000, handling a substantial chip lead.
|Matthew Schreiber||2,130,000||560,000 |
|Valentin Vornicu||0||-390,000 ||