Tom Schneider Sweeps HORSE Events, Razz Kicks Off

BLUFF's Tim Fiorvanti mulling over a tough decision in the Razz event. (Photo by Jay Newnum)

BLUFF’s Tim Fiorvanti mulling over a tough decision in the Razz event. (Photo by Jay Newnum)

The 2013 WSOP turned three weeks old on Tuesday and came up on the halfway point for events – though on the calendar its not halfway over with the Main Event stretched over so many days. Some of the best players around jumped in the $5,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em event at noon, the $5,000 HORSE event went to a fourth day, two events returned for a Day 2 and the $2,500 Razz event started at 5 pm.

Event 32: $5,000 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em

The short-handed high buy-in events attract a field of monsters and today was no exception. Just over 500 of the most serious live players and a collection of online wizards combined for an event that had no soft spots. Spotting a Table of Death usually requires a bit of leg work in WSOP fields but today’s field just needed a functioning pair of eyes.

Christian Harder, Bertrand “ELkY” Grospellier, Taylor Paur, Jared Hamby and Steve O’Dwyer were all sat together. Andy Frankenberger, Brian Hastings, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates and Victor Ramdin were playing together. Another table had David Peters, Yevgeny Timoshenko, Scott Seiver and James Carroll.

Carroll was recently in a boating accident where his foot got caught in the propellers. He had two toes almost entirely cut off but had surgery to reattach them. His foot was propped up in a cast and he said, “I’m pretty comfortable it doesn’t affect my play.” Then with a smile he said, “The pain pills are certainly helping.”

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Randy Lew – 89,000
  2. Steve O’Dwyer – 81,500
  3. Brian Hastings – 66,000
  4. Olivier Busquet – 66,000
  5. Brian Rast – 63,000
  6. Terrence Chan – 63,000
  7. Brock Parker – 61,000
  8. Dan O’Brien – 60,000
  9. Erick Lindgren – 58,000
  10. Daniel Negreanu – 56,500

Event 30: $1,000 No Limit Hold’em

Day 2 of the event ended with 13 players in the field reached the official final table pretty quickly. Dimitar Yosifov entered the day as chip leader as the only player with a seven-figure count. When the final table was trimmed to six players Yosifov still held the chip lead but Carter Myers moved up to third in chips with just shy of a million.

Myers and Yosifov couldn’t hold onto thier chips and Myers was eliminated in fifth and Yosifev out in fourth. Chris Dombrowski, Jesse McEuen and Matthew Moore remain to play for the bracelet.

Final Table Payouts

  1. TBD -$346,332
  2. TBD – $215,578
  3. TBD  – $149,850
  4. Dimitar Yosifov – $107,922
  5. Carter Myers- $78,876
  6. Chris Bolek – $58,248
  7. Matt Seer – $43,730
  8. Mike Pickett – $33,191
  9. Jonathan Thompson – $25,448

Event 31: $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

The event pulled 936 players at the start and took 129 players into Day 2. Eric Rodawig led the charge with 154,800 and  a full 20,000 chip lead over second in chips Joao Simao. Plenty of notables remain in the field with Andy Seth, Leif Force, David “Doc” Sands, Barry Greenstein, Matt Giannetti, Leif Force, Allen Cunningham, Jeffrey Lisandro and David Williams all contending for a deep run.

Most poker fans will remember Force from his 11th place finish in the 2006 Main Event, but he considers himself an Omaha specialist. He won his first bracelet in 2012 in the Heads-up No Limit Hold’em/Pot Limit Omaha mix.

“PLO 8 in a tournament format is the best game with the softest fields. The $5,000 buy-in is my favorite event of the summer,” Force said. “It’s a game where you can exploit hand ranges and some of the best players think of the game completely wrong. It gives an edge to the players that are patient and know how to play the game.”

  1. Andy Seth – 90,500
  2. Joao Simao – 180,000
  3. Eric Rodawig – 175,000
  4. Noomis Jones – 160,000
  5. Andreas Hoivold – 133,000
  6. Barry Greenstein – 108,000
  7. Leif Force – 107,000
  8. David “Doc” Sands – 105,000
  9. Matt Gianetti – 93,000
  10. Marco Johnson – 90,000

Event 29: $5,000 HORSE

Day 4 of the event returned with four players and Tom Schneider won his second WSOP gold bracelet of the summer. Schneider has three bracelets overall after sweeping both HORSE events and his first came in 2007 in a Seven Card Stud/Omaha Hi-Lo mixed event.

Former chip leader Greg Mueller had to return with just over one big bet to start the day. He still managed to outlast another player to finish third in the event.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Tom Schneider – $318,955
  2. Benjamin Scholl – $197,228
  3. Greg Mueller – $129,228
  4. Viatcheslav Ortynskiy – $94,663
  5. Chris Klodnicki – $70,093
  6. Adam Friedman – $52,613
  7. David Benyamine – $40,039
  8. Konstantin Puchkov – $30,876
  9. Alexander Dovzhenko – $24,129

Event 33: $2,500 Razz

The 5 pm Razz event is the only time Razz appears on the 2013 WSOP schedule and it brought out some older than old school players along with young mixed game aficionados. Jason Mercier, Ben Yu, David “ODB” Baker, Allen Kessler, Mickey Doft, Andy Bloch, Steve Albini and John Monnette were at their seats for the start of play.

BLUFF”s own Senior Writer Tim Fiorvanti took advantage of the schedule and registered in the event and said, “It’s a tremendous opportunity to get to play one WSOP event each year. It’s not going to be the easiest field of the year, but I’m ready to go out there and get the worst run of cards a guy can get.”

Top Ten Chip Counts

  1. Aaron Steury – 11,700
  2. Allen Kessler – 9,100
  3. John Monnette – 9,000
  4. Gary Benson – 8,150
  5. Tim Burt – 7,600
  6. Marco Traniello – 7,500
  7. Cindy Violette – 7,500
  8. Bryan Devonshire – 7,500
  9. Mickey Doft – 7,500
  10. Tim Fiorvanti – 7,500

Daily Deepstack

The 3 pm Daily Deepstack event pulled another huge field with 1,207 entrants. They built a prize pool of $229,330 and will pay out the top 144 finishers with a min-cash at $357. The winner will walk away with $44,813 and a final table run will guarantee $3,201 for ninth place.

The $185 6 pm Daily Deepstack event had 78 players at the start of play and should ultimately have around 120 players when registration closes.

Carnivale of Poker

The Carnivale of Poker tournament that kicked off today was $580 No Limit Hold’em event that pulled 147 entrants. The field has been trimmed to just under 50 players and will pay out the top 18 finishers. First place is worth $19,485 and ninth place will pick up $1,827.

The Day 2 field from the $380 event has seven players remaining and they’re all guaranteed at least $2,333 and the winner will lock up $21,403 for his efforts.

Cash Games on an Uptick

The early action in the cash game section had the high stakes area had long waiting lists. There was one table of $75/150 Omaha Hi-Lo and a $100/200 Omaha Hi-Lo game that had been running since Monday night. There were also $50/100 Pot Limit Omaha and $50/100 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo games running.

The Open Face Chinese action was highlighted with 2005 WSOP Main Event Champ Joe Hachem playing at $50 a point with a table of Russians, including Alexander Kravchenko. Six tables were spread overall at $10, $25 and $50 a point.

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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