Schneider wins HORSE bracelet

2007 WSOP Player of the Year wins third career bracelet

Updated: June 10, 2013, 4:45 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Every year at the WSOP, the $1,500 HORSE event manages to attract one of the largest no-limit fields of the summer. Most of the time, the field is packed with amateurs who like to play a variety of games, and most of the time, the pros enjoy exploiting that "dead money" as they roll toward victory. This year was no exception, as Tom Schneider outlasted a pro-heavy final table to win his third career WSOP bracelet and $258,960. This was the 53-year-old's first victory since his double-bracelet WSOP Player of the Year performance in 2007.

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WSOP.com Tom Schneider won his first bracelet in six years in HORSE Event 15.

"It had been a while," said Schneider to the WSOP. "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."

Schneider has four cashes already in 2013, giving him 29 in his career. He cracked the top 20 in the WSOP Player of the Year race with the victory. Away from the felt, Schneider is an investor and CFO for Loudmouth Golf, but takes time each summer to head to Vegas.

"The thing is, the WSOP peaks my interest in poker," he said. "Other things don't. There's nothing like the WSOP. If you are a golfer, there's nothing like The Masters and if you are a poker player, you have to play the World Series. It's the one event that I look forward to. I commit myself to this."

The majority of players at the final table have also showed their dedication to the craft with proven results. Schneider topped Owais Ahmed heads-up, giving Ahmed, a bracelet winner in 2011, his second close call of the summer after finishing fourth in Event 5. Two-time WSOP champs Rep Porter and Frankie O'Dell finished fourth and fifth, while the rest of the final table was back in the money for at least their third time on the WSOP felt. It was a table filled with those that excel in each of the five games and one of the most decorated we'll see all summer.

"The thing I like about HORSE is, there are five games. You have to play them all pretty well," said Schneider. "If you can only play two or three of them pretty well, you're at a big disadvantage. There are just so many traps you can get into, if you don't play these games. A lot of hold 'em players like to learn the games, but it takes different skills to win."

Schneider shared the victory with his wife Julie, who also made a final table during this year's Series. She finished eighth in Event 5.

Other notable finishers include David Bach (12th), James Mackey (14th) and Dan Kelly (16th).

Below are the complete results of Event 15 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 15: HORSE
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 862
Prize pool: $1,163,700
Players in the money: 96


1. Tom Schneider ($258,960)
2. Owais Ahmed ($159,950)
3. Viatcheslav Ortynskiy ($108,701)
4. Rep Porter ($75,652)
5. Frankie O'Dell ($53,739)
6. Scott Bohlman ($38,949)
7. Eddie Blumenthal ($28,778)
8. Mark Klecan ($21,679)
9. George Rechnitzer ($16,629)
10. Dan Heimiller ($16,629)
11. David Singer ($12,998)
12. David Bach ($12,998)
13. Michael Cooper ($10,345)
14. James Mackey ($10,345)
15. Tyson Marks ($8,378)
16. Dan Kelly ($8,378)
17. Darin Thomas ($6,900)
18. Jeff Tims ($6,900)
19. Ron Fast ($6,900)
20. Stewart Yancik ($6,900)
21. John Spadavecchia ($6,900)
22. Farzad Rouhani ($6,900)
23. Jonathan Aguiar ($6,900)
24. Jon Seaman ($6,900)
25. Daniel Idema ($5,783)
26. Gaurav Kalro ($5,783)
27. Hernan Salazar ($5,783)
28. Alexander Kuzmin ($5,783)
29. Tam Hang ($5,783)
30. Andrey Zaichenko ($5,783)
31. Daniel Barrett ($5,783)
32. Maxcel Verdugo ($5,783)
33. Randy Ohel ($4,934)
34. Jonathan Green ($4,934)
35. David Chiu ($4,934)
36. Tom Koral ($4,934)
37. Brian Malcolm ($4,934)
38. Andreas Krause ($4,934)
39. Kwang Choi ($4,934)
40. Sam Grizzle ($4,934)
41. Alex Kravchenko ($4,270)
42. Sergey Altbregin ($4,270)
43. Justin Tobin ($4,270)
44. Xuan Liu ($4,270)
45. Michael Deveronica ($4,270)
46. David Ebright ($4,270)
47. Joseph Couden ($4,270)
48. Luis Santoni ($4,270)
49. Daniel Buckley ($3,758)
50. Avinash Kataria ($3,758)
51. Thomas Devenport ($3,758)
52. Marius Fritz ($3,758)
53. Jeremy Ensrud ($3,758)
54. Donald Yucius ($3,758)
55. Rostislav Tsodikov ($3,758)
56. Israel Banadera ($3,758)
57. Michael Horowitz ($3,363)
58. Mark Vronskii ($3,363)
59. Matt Grapenthien ($3,363)
60. David Eisendrath ($3,363)
61. Larry Stjean ($3,363)
62. Jacobo Fernandez ($3,363)
63. Dave Fox ($3,363)
64. Dustin Bush ($3,363)
65. Andrew Brown ($3,060)
66. Mihails Morozovs ($3,060)
67. Jack Deutsch ($3,060)
68. Steven Mckelvey ($3,060)
69. Nick Guagenti ($3,060)
70. Dennis Brent ($3,060)
71. Ashly Butler ($3,060)
72. Joshua Roe ($3,060)
73. Noah Bronstein ($2,816)
74. David Tarbet ($2,816)
75. Oliver Gill Gaber ($2,816)
76. Jack Ernest Ward ($2,816)
77. Roderick Pahl ($2,816)
78. Jonas Mackoff ($2,816)
79. Jonathan Breneman ($2,816)
80. Larry Tull ($2,816)
81. John Cover ($2,595)
82. Matt Waxman ($2,595)
83. Dylan Easley ($2,595)
84. Ryan Tepen ($2,595)
85. Michael Sanders ($2,595)
86. Jesse Sylvia ($2,595)
87. Andy Bloch ($2,595)
88. Joe Brandenburg ($2,595)
89. Timothy Duckworth ($2,595)
90. Robert Stevanovski ($2,595)
91. Mike Puskarich ($2,595)
92. Ed Tonnellier ($2,595)
93. James Demartini ($2,595)
94. Young Phan ($2,595)
95. David Levi ($2,595)
96. Stephen Reid ($2,595)


Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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