Tom Schneider, WSOP Comeback Kid

June 14, 2013

Tom Schneider, one of the world’s most well-rounded cash game and tournament poker professionals, made a comeback at Event #15 of the 2013 WSOP to become a three-time gold bracelet winner. In 2007, he won two gold bracelets and received the Player of the Year award.

After a seven-year wait for his third WSOP victory, the Scottsdale, Arizona businessman, country-western singer, and poker pro made away with $258, 960 and the H.O.R.S.E. title in the $1,500 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament held at the Rio, Las Vegas. The tournament combines the finesse of limit poker with multiple poker games, and this falls perfectly under Schneider’s skill set.

This year’s series qualifies as a comeback since Schneider’s last final table was in 2008. The mature player was up against as tough and young a final group of players as has come to be expected each passing year. The last two tables had the likes of Dan Heimiller, Frankie O’Dell, Owais Ahmed, James Mackey, David Bach, Rep Porter, David Singer and Dan Kelly. This made his victory even more meaningful than other high points of his poker career.

“I’ve been cashing a lot in events. Last year, I cashed in six events, but I seemed to be missing out on going deep and making a final table,” said Schneider. ”It had been a while. It’s nice to know I can still play. There are a lot of good players now. The events are tougher than they’ve ever been. It’s just nice to get some validation that I can still play with these younger kids.”

Julie Schneider, Schneider’s wife and a tournament player in her own right- earlier in the series she came in eight at an event- was the first person to congratulate him. Julie and Tom are one of the few husband-wife duos that make same-year WSOP final tables, the others including Harry and Jerri Thomas, and Max and Maia Stern.

This event was this series’ Schneider’s fourth cash. Finishing runner-up was Owais Ahmed from CA. This was the poker commentator and analyst for Live at the Bike’s second final table appearance and it made him the fifth player this summer to make multiple final tables. Earlier in the $2,500 Stud 8/Omaha 8 event, Owais came in fourth place.


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