The Blueprint: Tom Schneider


Tom Schneider captured his third bracelet, besting a premier final table in the $1,500 HORSE event at the 2013 WSOP.

Tom Schneider captured his third bracelet, besting a premier final table in the $1,500 HORSE event at the 2013 WSOP.

Tom Schneider joined an elite group of poker players by winning his third career bracelet on Sunday night. The 2007 WSOP Player of the Year won the $1,500 HORSE event and took home $258,960 along with the hardware.

Schneider hasn’t been the only one in the family with success at the 2013 WSOP. His wife Julie has a final table under her belt this year as well, finishing eighth in the $2,500 Omaha Hi-Lo/Seven card Stud Hi-Lo event.

BLUFF caught up with Schneider during the dinner break of the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo event to get some insight on some of the hands he played at the HORSE final table.

Schneider Picks Off a Bluff in Hold’em

With all eight players still remaining at the final table and limits of 20,000/40,000, Mark Klecan raised and was called by Schneider from the big blind. The flop was Q72 and Schneider check-raised Klecan’s continuation bet. Klecan called and the 9 peeled off on the turn. Schneider bet the turn for 40,000 and was called by Klecan. The river was the A and Schneider checked. Klecan bet and Schneider thought for a minute or so before calling. Klecan was unable to beat Schneider’s 44

Tom Schneider: “It was a pretty dry board. I don’t mind two hearts really, it’s just bad luck if he has some sort of heart draw. In hold’em, a lot of people raise with an ace, so my thought process was that I should check-raise and put a little heat on him so if he misses the turn then maybe he’ll fold. A pair of fours looks to be the best hand actually at that point.

“I hated it (the river) because when I bet the turn I was putting him on an ace or he was in later position when he raised, so he doesn’t have to have an ace. He can have K-J or K-10, and there are a lot of hands that he can raise with that don’t have an ace. So I checked to give him a chance to bluff and if I give him a chance to bluff I have to take advantage of that by calling and at the same time I didn’t want to bet and have him raise. By checking I allowed myself to pick up an extra bet. I will call in a spot like that because the pot got pretty big and if I do win in a spot like that, I send a message that you aren’t going to bluff me very often.”

Schneider Quarters Porter

With limits of 25,000/50,000 in Omaha Hi-Lo, Schneider raised under-the-gun six-handed and was called by Rep Porter from the big blind. Porter check-called down every street as the board ran out 7627J. Schneider tabled AJ64, giving him jacks and sevens with an ace-four low and got three-fourths of the pot when Porter showed A964, giving him sevens and sixes and the same low.

TS: “I had a pair of sixes and the second nut low. It looks like I’m probably not going to get scooped. If I think I got half, there is no reason not to keep the pressure on him and maybe get it all. He might have a hand like A-5 and he is going to call me with hands that I can scoop and he is going to have trouble scooping me. There aren’t many combinations of hands that he can have where he can scoop me. It’s a pretty safe bet. I think he has to call with A-4 and he’s got a pair of sixes too. It sucks and he’s not happy about it, but he’s got to call.”

Schneider Takes Razz Pot

Three-handed in Razz with limits of 50,000/100,000 and a 10,000 ante, Schneider completed on third street and was raised by Viatcheslav Ortynskiy. Schneider called and then Schneider led out on fourth and fifth street and was called on both streets. Both players checked sixth street and their boards looked like this:

Schneider: (x-x): 253Q

Ortynskiy: (x-x): AK58

Schneider bet the river and Ortynskiy called. Schneider showed 8x-4x-2x, giving him an 8-5 low and was good for the pot as Ortynskiy mucked his hand.

TS: “I’m not always going to complete there, it depends on the stack sizes, but with an 8-4-2 here I’m always going to complete here. It looks to be the best hand even if he has an ace. I don’t need three good cards here because he can’t really raise there unless he is just ready to play for all of his chips. Then I might just call and try and catch good. Razz is all about boards and you might be able to shut a guy out if he catches a king and you catch a baby.

“If I were to have a pair of deuces on sixth, I would check because I don’t want to get raised and I can still call, but if I were to have made an 8-5 on fifth, I might have checked to check-raise him and get him really committed to the pot. When he checks behind me on sixth, he doesn’t have 8-5-4 or 8-5-3. The best hand when he checks behind me is 8-7-6-5-A. He wouldn’t check an 8-6 or an 8-5. So it tells me he doesn’t have an eight made. If I make an eight, no matter what eight it is, I’m going to bet it.”

Schneider Wins the Braclet in Razz

Heads-up in Razz with those same limits against Owais Ahmed, Schneider completed third street and was called by Ahmed. Schneider bet fourth street, check-raised fifth street, and bet sixth street with Ahmed calling each bet. Their boards looked like this:

Schneider: (x-x): 4925

Ahmed: (x-x): T829

Schendier bet the last of Ahmed’s chips and Ahmed put them in. Schneider showed Ax-7x-7x, which was good for a 7-5 low and the bracelet.

TS: “In Razz, if I shutdown betting, it looks like I started with a steal, I don’t want to put any more in the pot and I’m giving up. It’s a questionable bet (by Ahmed on fifth), but it looks like I’m stealing and that’s why I checked it because either I got a monster or I’m giving up. He wanted to find out if I’m giving up and he stepped in it. I would have probably just checked it if I were him because I’m either way ahead or way behind. So if I’m way ahead or way behind, he’s not going to call if he’s way ahead. In those spots, when you’re short on chips, I don’t like betting there. I don’t think giving me a free card there is as bad as putting your tournament life on the line.”

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