Daniel Negreanu has company at the top of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Player of the Year (POY) leader board as the ‘Donkey Bomber’ Tom Schneider has become the first player to win two bracelets at the 44th Annual WSOP event.
Schneider accomplished his amazing feat after capturing Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E just eight days after winning Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. The Indianapolis man has so far cashed in six WSOP events and has earned just shy of $600,000 in the process.
The final day was done and dusted in just 60-minutes after Schneider wielded his large stack with as much authority as a man named Thor does with a hammer. There were only four players standing between the big stack and his fourth WSOP bracelet: Greg Mueller, Viatcheslav Ortynsiky and Benjamin Scholl. Two WSOP gold bracelet winners in the shape of Mueller and Scholl and a Russian that Schneider knows a lot about after facing him at the final table of Event #15 where he finished a respectable third.
Ortynskiy couldn’t find the luck he needed to encroach further than that third place finish, and instead had to settle for fourth after Schneider found the fatal cards in the Hold’em round. The Russian put his tournament life on the line with [Kh] [4d], and Schneider made the call with [Ac] [2c]; an ace on the flop sealing the deal and Ortynskiy left with $94,664 in his back pocket.
Multiple bracelet winner Mueller was next to go in the Stud round and once again it was Schneider holding the hangman’s noose. Mueller making a flush on seventh street only to see Schneider nail a full house to send the Canadian packing.
That left Schneider facing Scholl for the title with a 4:1 chip advantage. The confrontation only lasted a few hands when in Hold’em both players got the money in on the turn on a board of [Ah] [Jc] [6s] [Kc] with Schneider holding [Ad] [Th] and Scholl holding [Kd] [Qs]. The river bricked for Scholl and he was awarded $197,228 for this runner-up spot.
So can Schneider do the impossible and win all three H.O.R.S.E events by tying up the $50,000 event?
“I am not sure yet, I kind of like to play when I feel right and everything is going well. I actually feel like I normally do at the end of the World Series…very tired. I’m not sleeping enough as I would like…but hey don’t feel sorry for me.” Schneider told the PokerNews sideline reporter Lynn Gilmartin after his victory.
We’ll try not to Tom…we’ll try not to.
Chris Dombrowski Wins Event #30
You would expect the Americans to do well when playing in a tournament that is being hosted on their home soil, and they are not disappointing. Chris Dombrowski has just managed to wiggle and weave his way through a field of 2,108 players to take $346,332 and the all-important hardware in Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE).
It’s Dombrowski’s second big success after winning the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event held in Turning Stone, Verona, back in 2008.
“I’ve played a lot of these over the past five years, and this is my first final table. Every time I play it seems like such a long shot but I made it. I came into the final table in the middle of the pack, I came in at a really bad spot with the two chip leaders to my left, but I ran pretty well.” Dombrowski told the PokerNews Sideline Reporter Kristy Arnett after his win.
And how is he going to celebrate his momentous win?
“Play some more tournaments.”
That’s my boy.