It didn't take long for a double bracelet winner to emerge at the 2013 World Series of Poker. Just nine days after winning Event #15: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E., Tom Schneider captured victory in another H.O.R.S.E. event, Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E.
Also winning a bracelet on Tuesday was Chris Dombrowski, who took down Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em.
Four players returned for an extra day on the schedule in Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E., and it didn't take long to determine a winner. Tom Schneider, who held an overwhelming chip lead entering the day, capitalized yet again to win his second bracelet in 2013 and fourth of his career. Schneider bested former WSOP gold bracelet winner Benjamin Scholl heads-up to collect the $258,960 top prize.
Schneider began the day with 64% of the chips in play, and his lead grew when he eliminated Ortynskiy in fourth place and two-time WSOP bracelet winner Greg Mueller in third place. He began heads-up play against Scholl with the nearly four-to-one chip advantage, and it took only 20 minutes for him the snag all of them.
On the final hand of the tournament, in the limit hold'em round, Scholl put the rest of his chips in with on a board of . Schneider was ahead with , and the on the river paired the board to seal the deal for Schneider, who was embraced by his wife and supporters.
After a lengthy, back-and-forth heads-up battle that last two-and-a-half hours, Chris Dombrowski claimed victory in Event #30 to earn the $346,332 first-place prize and the coveted gold bracelet.
Of the 13 returning players, Dombrowski started the day third in chips. Thomas Miller (13th), Thien Le (12th) and Ryan Riess (11th) were eliminated within the first 30 minutes of play, creating the unofficial final table at the ESPN Feature stage. Thirty minutes later, Ben Greenberg hit the rail in 10th place to secure the first WSOP final table for Dombroski and several others.
Jonathan Thompson was the first elimination of the final table and it occurred just 10 hands into play. He was followed by Mike Pickett (8th) and Matt Seer (7th). The tournament played six-handed for over an hour before the elimination of Chris Bolek, and it was another two hours before Carter Myers was eliminated in fifth place. Just a few hands later brought the elimination of day two chip leader Dimitar Yosifov.
Three-handed play saw chips moving back and forth with Dombrowski trying to take control but Mathew Moore and Jesse McEuen were playing back and finding hands. It took McEuen and Dombrowski with all the money in the middle each holding ace-high before another elimination would occur. Dombrowski made a flush on the river to send McEuen to the rail in third place and set up a heads-up match with Moore.
The 2 1/2-hour heads up match saw chips going back and forth but Dombrowski never gave up the lead. In the end, Moore made a move with but Dombrowski was ahead with his . The board was kind to Dombrowski and Moore was eliminated in second place, taking home $215,578 for his efforts. While this may be Dombrowski's first WSOP final table, it is his 16th WSOP cash and he has found success both online and in live tournament play, even laying claim to a WSOP circuit ring.
Day 2 of Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better came to a close Tuesday night with Perry Green leading the way with 491,000. Green, a three-time WSOP bracelet winner, will attempt to add another one to his collection on Wednesday after a 35-year gap.
Day 2 saw 129 players take their seats in the Amazon Room, and by the time 10 one-hour levels were completed only 14 players were remaining. Not far behind Green are Marco Johnson (475,000) and the last remaining female in the field Loni Harwood (444,000), as well as bracelet winners Barry Greenstein (287,000) and Eric Rodawig (212,000).
The players were 12 eliminations from the money at the start of the day, and it was David Greene who earned the unlucky title of bubble boy. From there on in, several notables hit the rail, including Eoghan O’Dea (93rd), Jason Mercier (83rd), Jonathon Little (75th), Matthew Vengrin (62nd}, Nick Binger (58th), Allen Cunningham (44th), Owais Ahmed (42nd), David Sands (41st), Mike Matusow (40th), Allen Le (36th), Matt Giannetti (35th), Mel Judah (27th), Jeff Lisandro (24th) and Leif Force (23rd).
Play resumes at 1:00pm local time on Wednesday and continues until one player is crowned the next World Series of Poker bracelet winner. Be sure to stay tuned as PokerNetwork brings you all the exciting action from the final day of play.
Day 1 of Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed) attracted many of the top poker players in the world. When registration closed, 516 players had ponied up the buy-in event and the top prize was set at over $600,000. Finishing the day in the pole position was Jonathan Little with 179,700 in chips. Hot on his heels are a group of tough competitors including Daniel Negreanu (168,600), Brian Rast (151,200) and Justin Smith (149,800).
Many top pros fell by the wayside during the day, including Jason Mercier, Vanessa Selbst, Phil Hellmuth, Ben Lamb and Joe Hachem, but plenty of big names advanced to Day 2. Among them moving on are Brock Parker, b, Chris Klodnicki, Allen Bari, Max Steinberg, TJ Cloutier, Matt Waxman and Gavin Smith.
Day 2 will kick off at 1 p.m. Wednesday, and the plan is to play through the money bubble and as close to the final table as possible final table. Stay tuned to PokerNetwork as we bring you all of the coverage from the floor of the Amazon Room.
There were 301 runners for Event #33: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz, and at the end of the day only 131 were left standing. Leading the way heading into Day 2 will be David Bach, who eliminated PokerNews reporter Mickey Doft late in the day to extend his chip lead. Bach (51,300 in chips) will be followed by Nicholas Verkaik (46,100), Elyahu Dror (44,800), Harry Eisenberg (39,400) and Ivan Schertzler (38,700).
Showing up late to make his title defense was Phil Hellmuth. He came in at the beginning of level five after busting Event #32 and then going for a three-mile run but never got much going for himself once he took his seat. He finished the day with only 2,800 chips. That was better than many other notables who were nowhere to be found at the end of the night. Some of the top pros unable to advance were David "Bakes" Baker, Phil Ivey, Bill Chen, Abe Mosseri, Chad Brown, Cyndy Violette, Erik Seidel, Antonio Esfandiari, and John Juanda.
The remaining 131 players will return at 2 p.m. local time Wednesday to continue their long trek to earn a bracelet.PokerNetwork will be around all day with plenty of updates, so make sure to stay tuned.
Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low 8-or-Better is the only event scheduled to crown a champion on Wednesday. Event #32: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed) and Event #33: $2,500 Seven-Card Razz are expected to reach a final table, and two events will get underway: Event #34: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em and Event #35: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha.
In just over one week's time, Tom Schneider secured a second gold bracelet at the 44th annual World Series of Poker. Lynn Gilmartin spoke with Schneider about his domination in H.O.R.S.E. and winning his fourth bracelet overall.
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