At every World Series of Poker a few players indelibly leave their mark on the summer poker series, and this year was no exception. Out of all the competitors and the entire list of WSOP bracelet winners, the following five people were in my opinion the best of the best:
- Dan Kelly
- David “Bakes” Baker
- Tom Schneider
- Marco Johnson
- Matthew Ashton
In this series I will give a little back-story to each of these players and detail their accomplishments during the 2013 WSOP, continuing with Tom Schneider.
Tom Schneider isn’t one of these hotshot 20-somethings, but the 53 year-old isn’t some grizzled veteran either. Schneider got his start in poker during the poker boom, making him one of the few older players to really break into the game during the online era.
Schneider came out of virtually nowhere at the 2007 World Series of Poker to win two WSOP bracelets along with the WSOP Player of the Year award., and this year he is trying to replicate that achievement, considering he has won two more bracelets in 2013 and is in the hunt for the WSOP Player of the Year title. Over the course of his dozen years in the poker world Schneider has pocketed over $2.3 million in career live tournament earnings, won four WSOP bracelets, and made two WPT final tables, finishing 3rd at the 2006 WPT World Poker Challenge in Reno, and 4th in the 2007 WPT Legends of Poker. Visit Titan Poker Promotions for the latest deals and games available.
Schneider hasn’t just won two bracelets this year, he is also among the series leaders in cashes with seven (this after cashing seven times at the 2012 WSOP as well), and is the first player to win two HORSE bracelets at the same World Series of Poker. For his career, Schneider has cashed an impressive 32 times at the WSOP, dating back to 2002, averaging nearly three cashes per year over that span.
Here is a look at Schneider’s seven 2013 WSOP cashes:
- Event #5 $2,500 Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo: 27th place for $5,496
- Event #10 $1,500 Limit Hold’em: 59th place for $2,873
- Event #13 $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo: 23rd place for $9,583
- Event #15 $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.: 1st place for $258,960
- Event #20 $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo: 84th place for $3,066
- Event #29 $ 5,000 H.O.R.S.E.: 1st place for $318,955
- Event #35 $3,000 Pot Limit Omaha: 60th place for $5,765
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