06/10/13 12:20:24 AM PDT
Tom Schneider Wins Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. ($258,960)
Tom Schneider captured his third World Series of Poker gold bracelet, defeating Owais Ahmed in a short heads-up match. Schneider topped a field of 862 runners to add a H.O.R.S.E. bracelet to the ones he won in Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Eight or Better and Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo Eight or Better.
Coming into Day 3, Schneider ranked fifth in chips with 21 players remaining. He continued to hover around the top stacks for the majority of the day, and he all but assured his victory with this hand, which vaulted him from simply the chip leader to having more than 80 percent of the chips in play.
Both of his opponents were left with just a handful of big bets after that, and it was only a matter of time before Schneider finished them each off. On the final hand Schneider made a seven-five in Razz to eliminate Owais Ahmed, who will pass the $1 million mark in recorded tournament cashes.
Schneider, the 2007 WSOP Player of the Year, will add $258,960 to a career winnings tally that already exceeds $1.7 million. He topped a final table that included bracelet winners Ahmed (one), Frankie O'Dell (two, finished fifth) and Rep Porter (two, finished fourth).
06/10/13 12:03:08 AM PDT
Owais Ahmed Eliminated in 2nd Place ($159,950)
Tom Schneider completed the bet with , and Owais Ahmed made the call with . He called again on fourth with after Schneider got . Schneider then checked fifth. Ahmed took the opportunity to fire, and Schneider began to think. After about a minute, he came out with a check-raise. Ahmed reluctantly called, then called sixth,
Schneider tossed two red chips in on seventh to match Ahmed's last two, and Ahmed called. Schneider showed for a seven-five. Ahmed turned over his cards briefly, but he couldn't beat Schneider's hand, and we didn't see them before the dealer swept them into the muck.
|Owais Ahmed||0||-810,000 |
06/09/13 11:51:48 PM PDT
"We Could've Had Some Fireworks"
Tom Schneider pushed forward the bring-in bet showing a , and Owais Ahmed completed with his . Schneider called, and Ahmed bet out on fourth street after being dealt the . Schneider, who had received the , called. On fifth street, Ahmed again bet after adding the to his board. Schneider received the and folded.
After he folded, Schneider said he started with 3-4-6. Ahmed then showed an a hidden ace and deuce. Schneider remarked that with those starting cards, "We could've had some fireworks."
06/09/13 11:44:50 PM PDT
Sitting and Walking
Heads up has been slow going so far, with almost every pot either being a walk or a raise-and-fold.
06/09/13 11:36:10 PM PDT
Owais Ahmed raised, and Tom Schneider called. Schneider check-raised a flop, and Ahmed reraised all in. Schneider called.
Ahmed's hand held to ensure his double.
|Tom Schneider||2,800,000||-350,000 |
|Owais Ahmed||810,000||510,000 |
06/09/13 11:31:58 PM PDT
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy Eliminated in Third Place ($108,701)
Stud Eight or Better
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy bet out on fifth street showing , and Tom Schneider raised showing . Ortynskiy called for the last of his chips. When all the cards were out, Schneider had for two pair and no low, and Ortynskiy had for no low and a pair of eights. Schneider scooped the pot, and Ortynskiy has been eliminated. He will receive $108,701 for his third-place finish.
06/09/13 11:31:44 PM PDT
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06/09/13 11:26:58 PM PDT
Schneider Now Dominating Leader
Stud Eight or Better
Tom Schneider completed the bet with , and Owais Ahmed called from the bring-in with . Ahmed called a bet on fourth street with after Schneider caught . Ahmed then led out after he got a on fifth, but Schneider called with . Schneider then fired sixth and seventh.
Schneider had a six-low and a pair of tens, and Ahmed couldn't beat either. Two-time bracelet winner Schneider now appears poised to add number three, as he has a vast majority of the chips in play.
|Tom Schneider||3,150,000||780,000 |
|Owais Ahmed||300,000||-845,000 |
06/09/13 11:11:14 PM PDT
Owais Ahmed has been cleared to play by the medical staff, and the floorman has restarted the clock. Cards are once again in the air, but hopefully not flying at the players too fast!
06/09/13 11:09:46 PM PDT
Before the break, Owais Ahmed was cut on his hand by a card as it was dealt to him. The bleeding has not stopped, and "for the health of everybody," according to the floorman, the clock has been paused until the grievous wound is properly bandaged.
06/09/13 10:59:47 PM PDT
All three players are in their seats and play is resuming with more Razz.
06/09/13 10:44:23 PM PDT
Time for a Break
The players are now on a short break. Play will resume in 20 minutes. Here are the players' current chip counts:
|Tom Schneider||2,370,000||70,000 |
|Owais Ahmed||1,145,000||45,000 |
|Viatcheslav Ortynskiy||365,000||15,000 |
06/09/13 10:44:05 PM PDT
Schneider Bests Ortynskiy
Tom Schneider completed the bet with a , and Viatcheslav Ortynskiy raised with . Schneider made the call. He caught good on fourth, while Ortynskiy caught bad, and he took the betting lead. Ortynskiy called him down until they both checked sixth.
Schneider sprung to life again on seventh street with a bet, and Ortynskiy made the call. Schneider showed for an eight-five, and Ortynskiy couldn't beat it.
|Tom Schneider||2,300,000||450,000 |
|Viatcheslav Ortynskiy||350,000||-525,000 |
06/09/13 10:36:16 PM PDT
Three-Way Action, but Little Chip Movement
Omaha Eight or Better
The players took the flop three-handed, a rarity so far for this contest, as Tom Schneider raised from the button, Viatcheslav Ortynskiy called from the small blind, and Owais Ahmed called from the big blind. All three players checked the , and then Ortynskiy led out when the fell on the turn. Ahmed called and Schneider folded, then the completed the board. Ortynskiy checked, and then called Ahmed's bet. It was time for a showdown:
Ahmed won the low with his sixty-five. Ortynskiy won the high with his six-high straight, and the players split the pot.
06/09/13 10:20:15 PM PDT
Top Set Good for Ahmed
Owais Ahmed raised on the button, and Viatcheslav Ortynskiy made the call from the big blind.
Ortynskiy check-raised the flop, and Ahmed called. The turn came , and Ortynskiy fired a bet. Ahmed did the raising this time, however, and Ortynskiy called. The river brought a , and Ortynskiy check-called. Ahmed tabled for top set.
"Nice hand," Ortynskiy said, patting the table.
|Owais Ahmed||1,100,000||375,000 |
|Viatcheslav Ortynskiy||875,000||-1,100,000 |
06/09/13 10:14:36 PM PDT
Ortynskiy Catches Schneider
Tom Schneider limped from the small blind, and Viatcheslav Ortynskiy checked from the big blind. The players checked around on both the flop and turn as the board rolled out , then Schneider pushed out a bet on the river. Ortynskiy quickly called, and Schneider turned over . Ortynskiy held , and his ace-high was enough to win the small pot.
06/09/13 10:04:51 PM PDT
Rep Porter Eliminated in 4th Place ($75,652)
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy completed the bet from first position, and Rep Porter raised him with all but his last few thousand.
"It's a gamble," Ortynskiy said, raising to put Porter all in.
Both players had the making of straights early on, and both caught good on fourth: Ortynskiy with a and Porter with . Neither got anything on fifth and sixth, and we headed to seventh with two gutshot straight draws and not much else. Porter tabled a for a pair of tens, but Ortynskiy spiked his straight with a to send Porter to the rail.
|Viatcheslav Ortynskiy||1,975,000||575,000 |
|Rep Porter||0||-300,000 |
06/09/13 09:57:03 PM PDT
Full Boat Good for Ortynskiy
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy completed on third street with a showing, and Owais Ahmed ( ) was the only caller. Ahmed led out on fourth street after being dealt the , and Ortynskiy called with his . Ortynskiy received the on fifth street and bet out, then called after Ahmed raised with his . On sixth street, Ortynskiy received the and Ahmed the . Both players checked, and Ortynskiy bet out on the river. Ahmed went into the tank, thinking for longer than we've seen during most of this final table. After over three minutes, he elected to call. Ortynskiy turned over for a full house, and Ahmed mucked his cards.
06/09/13 09:39:40 PM PDT
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy completed with , Owais Ahmed raised with and Tom Schneider cold-called with . Ortynskiy made the call as well. On fourth street, Ortynskiy bet again after catching a . and Ahmed raised all in for just under one more bet. Schneider cold-called again, and Ortynskiy called. Both players checked the side pot on fifth despite Schneider pairing, and Ortynskiy folded to a bet on sixth.
Ahmed said he had an eight-low, but we didn't catch the exact cards. Schneider announced an "eight-perfect," and caught a on the end, so Ahmed needed to improve his own eight-low to win. He did just that with a on seventh.
|Owais Ahmed||725,000||-5,000 |
06/09/13 09:32:16 PM PDT
Porter Survives with Three-Quarters
Omaha Eight or Better
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy raised from the button, and Rep Porter called from the big blind. The flop came , and both players checked. Porter bet out on the turn card, and Ortynskiy called. The river was the , and Porter bet all-in for his last 55,000. Ortynskiy called, and Ortynskiy turned up for 8-6-5-3-2 low and two pair for high. Porter turned over for an identical low and three sixes for high. Porter won the high with his trips, and the players split the low half of the pot.
After being all-in on the hand, Porter is now up to 300,000, while Ortynskiy took a small hit but still sits with 1.4 million in chips.
|Viatcheslav Ortynskiy||1,400,000||-100,000 |
|Rep Porter||300,000||-100,000 |