Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:25 PM Local Time
Tom Schneider Captures Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. Gold Bracelet ($318,955)!
It's all over, and Tom Schneider has done it!
In just over a week's time, Schneider has secured his second gold bracelet here at the 44th annual World Series of Poker. On June 9, Schneider won Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $258,960. He's again recognized as part of the elite club of players to win more than one bracelet in a single year, and belongs to an even more elite club of players to win four pieces of WSOP hardware.
Coming into the fourth and final day, Schneider had the big chip lead. He held nearly 64% of the chips in play and never gave it up. After Viatcheslav Ortynskiy fell in fourth place and Greg Mueller hit the rail in third place, all that stood between Schneider and the gold was former WSOP gold bracelet winner Benjamin Scholl.
Scholl's chip deficit was big, and he could never really get anything going in the few hands that heads-up play lasted. In the end, Schneider edged him out in the final confrontation during a hand of hold'em, and Scholl earned nearly $200,000 for his runner-up finish.
Schneider's first two bracelets both came in 2007, the year he also won WSOP Player of the Year. With two pieces of gold jewelry here in 2013, Schneider's name is right in the mix for Player of the Year once again, and he'll be looking to become the first player to win that honor twice. And for him, the poker isn't over. In his winner interview with PokerNews' own Lynn Gilmartin, Schneider mentioned he'll be hopping right into the 5 p.m. $2,500 Razz event and will be looking for another deep run and another gold bracelet. You can catch the interview in the following video:
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:25 PM Local Time
Plenty of Extras Being Given Away At This Year's WSOP
The buzz inside the walls of the Rio extends beyond just the tournaments on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule. Online poker in Nevada is a very, very hot topic right now, and WSOP.com is making a lot of noise.
While the site has yet to launch, you can head to the Lambada Room of the Rio or look for one of the beautiful and friendly WSOP.com ladies walking the hallways to sign up for a free, personal WSOP.com online poker account. This is a great way to get a jump on the site's registration, and plenty of people have already taken this opportunity.
What's more is that the WSOP will be hosting daily raffles for everyone that has taken the time to register for WSOP.com at the Rio. What can you win? Plenty of fantastic prizes including 36 WSOP seats!
Players 21 years of age and older who sign up for a WSOP.com account will automatically be entered into the "36-Seat Giveaway" where a randomly-selected winner will win a seat into the next day's first WSOP gold bracelet event. One of the events eligible in this promotion is the $111,111 One Drop High Roller No-Limit Hold'em tournament that is expected to feature a $10,000,000 prize pool and allow you to play poker with the biggest names in the game. In total, $182,333 in WSOP seats, including a seat to the WSOP Main Event, are being given away during this one-of-a-kind WSOP.com promotion.
In addition to the 36-Seat Giveaway, a "Hot Seat" promotion will allow any player who signs up for a WSOP.com online account and wears their WSOP.com patch on their chest at the table while playing an event to be randomly selected to receive 500 bonus dollars deposited directly into their WSOP.com online account once the site has received all regulatory approvals and launches.
With 62 WSOP gold bracelet events and three winners promised for the Main Event, this promotion includes $32,000 worth of value to those participating.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:16 PM Local Time
Benjamin Scholl Eliminated in 2nd Place ($197,228)
On the turn with the board reading , Tom Schneider and Benjamin Scholl put all the money in. Schneider was in front with the and looking to clinch his second World Series of Poker gold bracelet within a week, both in H.O.R.S.E. Scholl was at risk holding the for a second-best pair.
The final card to the board on fifth street was the , pairing the board and locking up the win for Schneider. Scholl was eliminated in second place and earned himself just under $200,000 for his efforts.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:12 PM Local Time
The Mouth Arrives
"Tom Schneider is my f***ing hero!" was the yell from behind the media table. When we turned around, it was none other than Mike "The Motuh" Matusow coming to sweat his friend. "I love his wife more, though," joked Matusow.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:11 PM Local Time
Level 30 started
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:09 PM Local Time
Scholl Check-Raises Schneider On River
From the button, Tom Schneider raised. Benjamin Scholl called from the big blind, and the flop came down . Both players checked.
Both players also checked the turn card, then Scholl checked the that hit the river. Schneider fired a bet, and Scholl check-raised. Schneider folded, showing the , and Scholl scooped the pot.
"I guess I could've just checked the river," said Schneider after the hand.
|Tom Schneider||2,910,000||-265,000 |
|Benjamin Scholl||1,010,000||265,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 3:07 PM Local Time
Two Pair for Scholl
Tom Schneider: ( ) / / ( )
Benjamin Scholl: ( ) / / ( )
On third street, Benjamin Scholl brought in, and Tom Schneider called. On fourth street, Schneider led with a bet, and Scholl made the call. On fifth street, Scholl bet, and Schneider called. On sixth street, both players checked, then also checked seventh street.
Scholl showed the from the hole for two pair, and Schneider mucked his hand.
|Tom Schneider||3,175,000||140,000 |
|Benjamin Scholl||745,000||-140,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:54 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Chip Counts
|Tom Schneider||3,035,000||195,000 |
|Benjamin Scholl||885,000||-115,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:53 PM Local Time
Greg Mueller Eliminated in 3rd Place ($129,600)
Greg Mueller: ( ) / / ( )
Tom Schneider: ( ) / / ( )
Benjamin Scholl: ( ) / — fold
On third street, Greg Mueller brought in, Tom Schneider completed, Benjamin Scholl called, then Mueller raised. Schneider reraised, Scholl folded, and Mueller just called, claiming that he could get away if Schneider paired his king on fourth street.
On fourth street, Schneider bet to put Mueller all in, and Mueller call.
As the boards ran out, Mueller picked up the lead on fifth, but then fell behind on sixth. Although Mueller made a flush on seventh street, Schneider boated up and eliminated Mueller in third place.
|Greg Mueller||0||-160,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:47 PM Local Time
Mueller Falling Shorter
Benjamin Scholl: ( ) / — fold
Greg Mueller: ( ) /
Tom Schneider: ( ) / — fold
Benjamin Scholl brought in, Greg Mueller completed, then Tom Schneider called. Scholl folded. On fourth street, Mueller folded to a bet from Schneider and dropped to 160,000 in chips.
|Tom Schneider||2,840,000||380,000 |
|Benjamin Scholl||1,000,000||-50,000 |
|Greg Mueller||160,000||-240,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:42 PM Local Time
Schneider Folds Trips
From the small blind, Greg Mueller limped in. Tom Schneider raised from the big blind, and Mueller called to see the flop come out. Mueller checked, Schneider bet, and Mueller folded.
On the next hand, Schneider limped in from the small blind, and Benjamin Scholl checked his option in the big blind. The flop came down , Schneider led with a bet, and Scholl called.
The turn paired the board with the , and Schneider bet out. Scholl raised, and Schneider tank-folded. When Schneider folded, he showed the .
"Wow!" commented Mueller immediately. "Did you figure you were drawing dead?"
Schneider just seemed to smile and chuckle as the pot was passed to Scholl.
|Tom Schneider||2,460,000||-190,000 |
|Benjamin Scholl||1,050,000||250,000 |
|Greg Mueller||400,000||-110,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:41 PM Local Time
Interview: Chip Leader Tom Schneider
Tom Schneider has a massive chip lead here on Day 4 of Event No. 29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. Sitting on the top of the leaderboard, Schneider has an opportunity to win his second H.O.R.S.E. bracelet of the 2013 WSOP — and the fourth overall in his career.
Schneider recently won Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. for $258,960. In 2007, he earned the WSOP Player of the Year award by winning the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud 8-or-Better event and the $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo 8-or-Better tournament, and he also finished fourth in the $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event, collecting over $416,000 between the three final tables.
Before the final table resumed on Tuesday, we had an opportunity to talk with Schneider and get his thoughts on adding more mixed-games to the field, how he's adjusted to a new-age of players, and how he felt going into the final table.
You won the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event just ten days ago. Why do you think you do so well in this event?
I'm lucky. I like a lot of different games and I've always played a lot of different games and I think that the more games you learn to play then the better off all your poker skills become. I've always thought that it's best to really learn and get good at all the games because then you can go to the cash games and sit down on any table in the room and be a good player.
Greg Mueller may be equally as successful as you at the WSOP. How do you feel about playing against him in today's event?
I love being on the final table with Greg; we have a great time. He is a great, great player and tough to beat so one just has to get lucky against him.
With mixed games becoming more popular, have you had to adjust your strategy from years past to now?
Not a whole lot really. I think my strategies years ago were OK and still seem to be working out all right still. I've adjusted a little bit for certain players but I always adjust based on the dynamics of the table as opposed to having a fixed strategy.
Have you ever had any kind of coaching or talk hands with other players or are you more of a self-taught player?
I've read a lot of books on various games. I do have a group of guys that I talk hands with, not very often but mostly when there's an interesting hand or two that needs discussion. I try to think a lot about the game myself. I always say you should become your own expert.
What challenges have you faced playing a younger generation of players?
I think they are very aggressive, which is the right style to play. It's interesting because people give some of the younger players a hard time because some just have attitudes but then again some of the older players have attitudes so it's a universal act. That's the only thing I can say about the game today, I don't like the way some players treat others on the table. I like to have fun and enjoy myself. Younger players now a days, just have a lot more experience in a short amount of time.
How do you feel about the WSOP bringing back the $10K Championships or adding more mixed-game events?
I would certainly love to see that. I think it's become very no limit Hold'em driven and I think that there's a movement towards mixed-games. I would simply just like to see games other than no limit Hold'em be featured all the time. I like no limit but I think there are just too many events of just the one game.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:36 PM Local Time
Scholl Takes One Off Schneider
On the button, Tom Schneider raised. He was called by Benjamin Scholl in the small blind, and Greg Mueller folded from the big blind. On the flop, Scholl checked, Schneider bet, and Scholl called.
The turn was the , and both players checked to see the land on the river. Scholl led with a bet, and Schneider folded.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:34 PM Local Time
One for Mueller
Greg Mueller raised from the button, Benjamin Scholl called from the small blind, and the flop came down . Scholl checked, Mueller bet, and Scholl folded.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:33 PM Local Time
"Play winners!" announced Julie Schneider, Toms' wife, from the rail.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:33 PM Local Time
Mueller Triples; Scholl Doubles
From the button, Greg Mueller raised. Tom Schneider reraised from the small blind, Benjamin Scholl called from the big blind, then Mueller called all in for exactly 180,000.
The flop, turn and river were checked down by Schneider and Scholl as the board ran out . Mueller ripped over the for two pair, aces and nines. He beat Schneider's and Scholl's to triple up.
Shortly after, Scholl raised from the button, Schneider called from the big blind, and the flop came down . Schneider check-called a bet from Scholl, then check-called another bet on the turn. After the river completed the board with the , Schneider bet 90,000 to put Scholl all in, and Scholl called.
Schneider showed the , but Scholl's was the winning hand, and he doubled up.
|Tom Schneider||2,650,000||-490,000 |
|Benjamin Scholl||800,000||200,000 |
|Greg Mueller||510,000||260,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:28 PM Local Time
Viatcheslav Ortynskiy Eliminated in 4th Place ($94,664)
Tom Schneider raised from under the gun, Viatcheslav Ortynskiy reraised all in for 155,000 total from the big blind, and Schneider called. Ortynskiy held the , and Schneider had the .
Following a flop, turn and river runout of , Ortynskiy was eliminated in fourth place for just under $100,000.
|Tom Schneider||3,140,000||130,000 |
|Viatcheslav Ortynskiy||0||-160,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:24 PM Local Time
Scholl's Turn To Double
From under the gun, Viatcheslav Ortynskiy raised. Benjamin Scholl reraised from the small blind, Ortynskiy four-bet things, and Scholl called all in for 270,000. Ortynskiy held the , but was dominated by the for Scholl.
The flop, turn and river ran out , and Scholl doubled up.
|Benjamin Scholl||600,000||360,000 |
|Viatcheslav Ortynskiy||160,000||-245,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:21 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
|Tom Schneider||3,010,000||10,000 |
|Viatcheslav Ortynskiy||405,000||-120,000 |
|Greg Mueller||250,000||70,000 |
|Benjamin Scholl||240,000||-50,000 |
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:20 PM Local Time
Double for Mueller
Greg Mueller was all in on third street with the ( ) / against the ( ) / for Benjamin Scholl. Mueller's board ran out and he bested Scholl's runout of to double up.
|Benjamin Scholl||290,000||30,000 |
|Greg Mueller||180,000||105,000 |