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Zachary Schneider Wins 2018 WSOP Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event

25-Year-Old Poker Pro Outlasts 1,094-Entry Field To Win $302,492


Zachary Schneider has won the 2018 World Series of Poker Circuit Horseshoe Hammond $1,700 no-limit hold’em main event, defeating a field of 1,094 total entries to win his first WSOPC gold ring and the top prize of $302,492.

“I feel blessed,” Schneider told WSOP reporters after coming out on top. “I ran really well today. I didn’t really have any hurdles to get over. Things just kind of flowed naturally. It came to me today.”

The 25-year-old poker pro from Harvard, Illinois came into the final day of this event in second chip position with 23 players remaining. He remained near the top of the leaderboard by the time the field had been narrowed to the final table, and quickly took the lead when he picked up the QHeart SuitQDiamond Suit and called an all-in from Royce Matheson, who had the 10Spade Suit10Club Suit. Schneider’s queens held up to send Matheson to the rail in ninth place ($29,999).

Schneider won with pocket queens, and then later on at the final table he won against them. Young Hoon Kohgot all-in preflop with the QDiamond SuitQClub Suit and Schneider called holding the ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit. He spiked a king on the turn to win the pot, eliminating Koh in fifth place ($79,506).

Schneider began to roll from there, knocking out David McDermott in fourth place ($104,417) and Sami Shurbaji in third place ($138,825) to take just over a 2-to-1 lead into heads-up play against Nick Pupillo.

On the final hand the two players saw a flop of QHeart Suit6Spade Suit5Spade Suit and Schneider checked. Pupillo bet 300,000, only to have Schneider check-raise to 800,000. Pupillo called and the 6Heart Suit paired the board on the turn. Schneider check-called a bet of 875,000. The river was the KClub Suit and Schneider checked again. Pupillo moved all-in for over 2 million in chips and Schneider made the call with the QSpade Suit7Heart Suit for queens and sixes. Pupillo had run a bluff with the 4Club Suit2Club Suit and was knocked out in second place, earning $186,823.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Zachery Schneider $302,492 960
2 Nicholas Pupillo $186,823 800
3 Sami Shurbaji $138,825 640
4 David McDermott $104,417 480
5 Young Koh $79,506 400
6 Giuliano Lentini $61,528 320
7 Mark Wahba $47,750 240
8 Jacob Baumgartner $37,640 160
9 Royce Matheson $29,999 80