2013 WSOP: “Donkey Bomber” a Master H.O.R.S.E.man, Schneider Wins Second
Tom “Donkey Bomber” Schneider kept his name (and nickname) in the World Series of Poker headlines this week after capturing his second bracelet of the summer on Tuesday night, the first player to accomplish the feat during the 2013 WSOP. Here’s a rundown of all of the most recent results.
Event #24 ($1,500 NLHE): Harrison Hangs On
Cory Harrison, a college teacher from Alabama, won the third $1,500 no-limit hold’em event of the summer, topping a field of 1,731 to earn a $432,411 first prize. Harrison survived a lengthy final table to earn a first WSOP bracelet in only his second cash ever at the Series.
The event drew fewer entrants than the first two $1,500 NLHE events (excluding the “Millionaire Maker”), which drew 1,819 (Event #14) and 2,105 (Event #17). A year ago the average field size across seven $1,500 NLHE events was 2,640.
Mohsin Charania (who finished sixth) and Zimnan Ziyard (who finished seventh) were the best known players to make the final table, with noted poker author and 2000 WSOP Main Event final tablist Jim McManus earning his 10th career WSOP cash at the series by finishing 154th.
Event #25 ($5,000 Omaha Hi-Low): A First for Fuhs
Danny Fuhs of Las Vegas claimed the eighth non-hold’em bracelet of the summer by winning the $5,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event.
Fuhs emerged from a field of 241 to win, needing to outlast a tough final table featuring bracelet winners Robert Mizrachi (who finished third), Brian Hastings (fourth), Viacheslav Zhukov (fifth), and Jeff Lisandro (seventh). Christopher George took second in the event following a very lengthy heads-up battle with Fuhs that saw the chip lead change hands on several occasions.
Mike Matusow, winner of Event #13 ($5,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Low), finished 11th in this one, while Julie Schneider (wife of Tom) notched another deep finish by taking 12th iafter having finished eighth in Event #5 ($2,500 Omaha/Stud Hi-Low). Meanwhile Dan Kelly took 20th for his seventh cash of the summer.
Event #26 ($1,000 Seniors NLHE): Lind Tops Record Field
The Seniors event set records once again with a massive turnout of 4,407 players, marking the 10th straight year the event has topped the former maximum according to the WSOP. And with a single Day 1, the event also marked the largest-ever non re-entry single day starting event at the WSOP.
Ken Lind, a 68-year-old great-grandfather from Utah, took the bracelet, earning $634,809 worth of the almost $4 million prize pool. Steven Albini (12th), Hoyt Corkins (23rd), Dan Heimiller (39th), and Chris Bjorin (45th) comprised the highest-finishing notables.
Event #27 ($3,000 NLHE Mixed Max): Birthday Bracelet for Hagerling
On his 26th birthday, Isaac Hagerling won his first WSOP bracelet after surviving a three-plus hour final match against runner-up Max Steinberg in Event #27, the $3,000 no-limit hold’em “mixed max” event that requires players to play nine-handed on Day 1, six-handed on Day 2, then a heads-up bracket from 32 players to the end.
A total of 593 played in the $3K buy-in event, compared to 409 who played in the $5K version of this event in 2012. Jeremy Ausmus and Jason Koon were semifinalists in the event, while Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Dan Healey, Chris Johnson, and Brandon Cantu went out in the quarterfinals.
Event #28 ($1,500 NLHE): Duval Does It for Canada (Again)
Jason Duval made it seven bracelets so far for Canada by winning another of the $1,500 no-limit hold’em events for a $521,202 first prize. This one drew 2,115 entries, barely making it the largest field of the $1,500 NLHE events thus far. Meanwhile the smallest field for a $1,500 NLHE event a year ago was 2,101.
Masayuki Nagata took third in Event #28, the best finish of the summer thus far for a player from Japan. T.J. Cloutier also made a deep run in this event by finishing 13th, his second cash of the summer after earning a small one in the Seniors event the day before.
Event #29 ($5,000 H.O.R.S.E.): Two Times Two for Tom
For the second time in his career, Tom Schneider earned multiple bracelets at a WSOP after winning Event #29, the $5K H.O.R.S.E. event after having won Event #15 just a week ago. In 2007 Schneider also won two bracelets on his way to earning that year’s WSOP Player of the Year. According to the WSOP, this marks the 14th straight year at least one player has earned multiple bracelets.
Schneider’s win last week was in a H.O.R.S.E. event as well (the $1,500), meaning he scores an impressive sweep of that discipline at this summer’s Series. Schneider currently sits in second place in the WSOP POY standings behind Daniel Negreanu. Both players are gunning for an unprecedented second WSOP POY award, as Negreanu earlier took that honor in 2004.
Schneider topped a field of 261 in this one to earn a $318,955 payday. Greg Mueller (third), Chris Klodnicki (fifth), and David Benyamine (7th) were among the final tablists.
Event #30 ($1,000 NLHE): Dombrowski is the Dude
On Tuesday Chris Dombrowski of Florida became yet another first-time WSOP bracelet winner by besting a field of 2,108 to win Event #30, another of the $1,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em events.
It took about two-and-a-half hours for Dombrowski to outlast Mathew Moore of Las Vegas heads-up and win the title. Dimitar Yosifov of Bulgaria took fourth in the tournament
Event #31 ($1,500 PLO8): Aussie Graham Takes Title
The Amazon Room was relatively quiet for much of Wednesday evening, although there was some crowd and a bit of excitement in the corner where the conclusion of Event #31, the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha Hi-Low event, played out at the secondary feature table.
Both Barry Greenstein (seeking his fourth WSOP bracelet) and Marco Johnson (seeking his first to go with 20 WSOP cashes) earned some of the support, but it was the Australian Jarred Graham who outlasted both three-handed to take the title and $255,942 first prize. Greenstein ultimately fell in third while Johnson took runner-up. Graham began the final day of play dead last out of 14 players, but managed to come all of the way back to earn Australia its first bracelet this summer after the country took just one at the 2013 WSOP Asia Pacific earlier this year.
A total of 936 played the event. The final table featured two other bracelet holders in seventh-place finisher Eric Rodawig (one bracelet) and ninth-place finisher Perry Green (three bracelets, all in the late 1970s). Loni Harwood finished sixth, marking another final table appearance for women at this summer’s WSOP.