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Schneider wins second WSOP H.O.R.S.E. title of the summer

19 June 2013

This is turning into an astounding World Series of Poker for poker pro Tom Schneider, and it isn't even halfway over yet.

Schneider won the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament for $318,955, one week after claiming the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. title.

"I have played nothing but poker," said Schneider. "I'm not sleeping as much as I normally do, but that's okay. Don't feel too sorry for me. I'll be alright."

Given the way Schneider is running right now, he's certainly a threat to join the group of players who have won three gold bracelets in a single year. He could also challenge the record for most cashes in a single year, as he currently has six. The player who holds the “most cashes” record with 12, is Konstantin Puchkov, who finished eighth in this tournament.

Should Schneider keep up this level of success, he could also become the first two-time WSOP Player of the Year winner. He currently sits just behind the 2004 Player of the Year, Daniel Negreanu, in this year's ranks.

Schneider collected his fourth career gold bracelet. His two other wins came in 2007, the year he won WSOP Player of the Year honors.

Aside from poker, Schneider is an investor and Chief Financial Officer for Loudmouth Golf, which is the maker of pants and shorts, mostly with shocking color schemes. In fact, Schneider was decked out in one of his favorite pair of shorts at the final table. It's become his trademark.

Schneider is 53-years-old. He lives in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife Julie, herself no stranger to cashing at the WSOP. He is also an aspiring musician and songwriter. He's written several songs, a few of which have been recorded in studio.

"I have other passions outside of poker," said Schneider. "Getting away from it on a regular basis clears your mind. Doing business or writing songs and making music – it's constructive for me. So when I arrived this year at the WSOP, I was ready to play."

Benjamin Scholl, from Trappe, Pa., finished as runner-up for $197,228, while Greg Mueller was third for $129,600.

Other final table finishers included Viatcheslav Ortynskiy (fourth), Chris Klodnick (fifth), Adam Friedman (sixth), David Benyamine (seventh) and Puchkov (eighth).

The tournament drew 261 players, with the top 32 finishing in the money. Notable players who cashed but did not make the final table included Marcel Luske (13th), David Bach (16th), Dan Kelly (17th), Todd Brunson (24th), Gus Hansen (28th), Eli Elezra (30th) and Max Pexcatori (31st).

Tournament recap modified from a report by WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla, used by permission.

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