Hammond, Indiana (6 March 2023) - It was a successful return to Horseshoe Hammond for the World Series of Poker Circuit after a three-year hiatus as a field of 1,093 entries were recorded through two starting flights generating a $1,655,985 prize pool.


After the numbers were finalized, players were able to take a piece of it, but in the end, it was David Schonback who walked away with the lion's share, as he claimed the $1,700 Main Event title that came with a $282,725 top prize. 


“It’s a pretty great feeling to be honest,” said Schonback, “Winning two rings in one week isn’t too shabby.”

Schonback took a leave of absence from the poker scene stating that it’s just not a big part of his life anymore but tries to hit the local stops as much as he can with his bud Nick.

“Big shoutout to the Turtle Man and GoSoxOnline, we’ll be in Elgin for the next one.”

Final Table Results 

1st Place - David Schonback - $282,725

2nd Place - Eddie Blumenthal - $174,638

3rd Place - Klaid Hyso - $128,484

4th Place - Keith Thurman - $95,731

5th Place - Mike Melone - $72,059

6th Place - Colin Beveridge - $54,937

7th Place - John Sullivan - $42,432

8th Place - Amalim Onyia - $33,201

9th Place - Brian Brunner - $26,203

10th Place - Mike Puccio - $20,992

 Day 3 Action

The final day of the Main Event saw ten players return from Day 2, each guaranteed at least a $20,992 payday. 

The action kicked right into gear off the bat with an early bust out after Mike Puccio called off his short after flopping top pair, only to be straightened out by David Schonback on the turn, making him the first player to exit on the final day. 

Shortly after, Brian Brunner found himself in a cooler holding a pair of queens against Eddie Blumenthal's pocket kings. Brunner wasn't able to make a set and became the second elimination of the day.

Next on the chopping block was Amalim Onyia, who raised all in with a made hand of fours only to lose a race to Schonback and departed in eighth place. 

The race to the finish line continued after ring winner John Sullvan's pocket sevens came up short against Blumenthal's Big Slick while Colin Beveridge was outkicked by Keith Thurman in sixth place. 

Five handed action only lasted a few short hands after Schonback flopped a straight to crack Mike Melone's pocket aces, sending him home in fifth place for $72,059.

After catching a little hot streak, Thurman found himself racing for his tournament life with a made hand of nines but fell short against Klaid Hyso's ace-king as he made his exit in fourth place for $95,731.

The start of three-handed action saw Blumenthal holding half the chips in play but ran into a few rough hands to drop to the bottom of the count. 

The fall didn't seem to bother Blumenthal as he clawed his way back to the top of the counts without ever receiving a double-up as he watched Schonback trip-up Hyso in third place for $128,484. 

After Hyso’s departure, Schonback won a few big pots off Blumenthal, and it didn’t take long for him to get his short stack in the middle with ace-eight against pocket nines.

Both players made a flush on the river, but Schonback’s was better, and Blumenthal took his exit in second place for $174,638

That wraps up Main Event coverage on the tail end of an exciting and eventful WSOP Circuit stop a Horseshoe Hammond! Make sure to tune in for our coverage of the Bicycle Casino Main Event starting in just two short days!