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World Series of Poker -- Tom Schneider Wins Second Bracelet of the Summer

Schneider Collects $318,955 and Fourth Career Bracelet


Tom SchneiderIn 2007, Tom Schneider won the World Series of Poker Player of the Year title after capturing two gold bracelets in a single summer. This summer, he is well on his way to securing the same title after capturing his second bracelet of 2013.

Schneider already has six cashes this summer and just last week earned his third gold bracelet in event no. 15, the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. On Tuesday, Schneider proved that he is one of the best mixed-game players in the world by winning event no. 29, the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship.

The 53-year-old Scottsdale, Arizona resident also lists investor and country music singer as his professions, but with $2.2 million in career earnings and eight WSOP final table appearances, Schneider is undoubtedly considered to be a professional poker player.

For his fourth WSOP title, Schneider had to overcome a stacked final table that included former bracelet winners Konstantin Puchkov, David Benyamine, Adam Friedman, Greg Mueller and runner-up Ben Scholl.

“I’m exhausted to be honest,” Schneider said. “Of course, I am so thankful to win and be here, but this was a very tough tournament. They guys I was up against in this event. They were all really great players.”

Schneider credited his other interests and ability to focus on hobbies outside of poker for his recent tournament success.

“Getting away from it on a regular basis clears your mind,” he said. “Doing business or writing songs and making music… it’s constructive for me. So when I arrived this year at the WSOP, I was ready to play. I think poker is an interesting and fun game, but there’s so much more to life and things to experience other than sitting at a poker table. I hate to see young kids when they have commitments outside of poker and they abandon them. There’s so many other things in life you need to pay attention to.”

With his second victory of the year, Schneider picked up an additional 864 Card Player Player of the Year points. When added to the 912 points he won earlier, he now has 1,776 total points, good enough for 26th place overall.

Here’s a look at the final table results:

Place Player Name Payout POY Points
1 Tom Schneider $318,955 864
2 Ben Scholl $197,228 720
3 Greg Mueller $129,600 576
4 Viatcheslav Ortynskiy $94,664 432
5 Chris Klodnicki $70,093 360
6 Adam Friedman $52,613 288
7 David Benyamine $40,039 216
8 Konstantin Puchkov $30,876 144

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Photo credit: Joe Giron/WSOP