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Oops I won WAY too much money! - Tom Schneider Wins Event 46
Tom Schneider has, indeed, done it again. Schneider went into Day 3 of Event 46 with the chip lead and not even Scotty Nguyen (or the six other players at the final table) could stop him from finishing with all the chips.
Schneider has been a one man wrecking crew at this year's WSOP and this marks the third final table he's made and the second bracelet he's won. Not bad for a guy that used to only play cash games. PokerListings.com sat down with Schneider for the second time this summer to get the scoop on his victory:
So Tom, we interviewed you a few weeks ago and here we are again in the same position. How does it feel to win your second bracelet this summer?
Outstanding. It's more fun to win the second one obviously. The pressure to get the first one is a lot more than the second one. I felt a lot more calm, a lot more comfortable and a lot more in control at today's final table.
You're obviously having an incredible summer. To what do you attribute your success?
Boy, I wish I knew. I'd love to know the answer to that. One thing I will tell you is that I have a very supportive wife who has really done a lot of good things for me and supported me in my poker career. I think that's really helped.
What did you think of your heads-up competition, Hoyt Verner?
I actually thought it wasn't going very well for me. He was picking up some hands early and he was getting very aggressive. I was surprised. I didn't think he would be as aggressive as he was but then I decided to change tactics a bit and just smooth call him a lot when he had the bring-in. That slowed him down a lot and I just waited to make some hands to try and get the money in.
Your first bracelet was in Omaha/Stud Hi/Lo. Between Omaha and Stud which do you think is your better game?
I hate to say this but I think Stud Eight-or-Better is my better game. Although honestly it's my least favorite game of them all. I can't stand it but I play it because it's the one game where I feel like I have the most control. There's not a whole lot of ways to get out of control in that game and still win. There are other ways to win in Hold'em and all that but that doesn't work too well for me.
What were your feelings heading into the final table and did it play out like you thought it would?
I was happy to make the final table honestly. I was short-stacked a couple times in the tournament. At one point I was down to $475 in chips when we were playing $200/400 blinds. Just to get to the final table was my goal. Once I got there it seemed to change a bit because I really felt like I could actually win it. There were two or three really good players at the table but the rest were a little bit weak. I felt pretty good about my chances to win and I knew if I could just get to heads-up I could probably take it.
Last time we talked you mentioned your goal was to make three final tables. How does it feel to make good on that?
It's great. I told my wife before the World Series that this was the year where I was going to decide whether to pursue tournament poker or just get a job and do something different. I was getting a little bit tired of poker so I told her that I was going to try and make a run at the player of the year. I know that was a lofty goal considering I've never really been in the standings and I haven't played that much tournament poker. It was pretty nice to make my goal of three final tables and now I'm trying to get player of the year. At least for now I have the lead.
Did this tournament feel a bit different to you in the sense that a few more players probably knew who you were?
I think people didn't really know. Mostly because the tournament I won and the event I came in fourth weren't really high profile. I don't think anybody really knew who I was until the announcer at the final table mentioned I had already won a bracelet this year.
Your last bracelet you mentioned you don't wear jewelry. I'm assuming you won't be wearing this bracelet, either?
No I won't. This one will go to my wife. The first one is going to my Dad and now I've got to win a couple more for more daughters. There's also my Mom so that would be quite a feat winning all those bracelets.
We're starting to run out of events but how many more are you planning on playing?
Every one I can. I'm going to play in the S.H.O.E. Tomorrow and after that I'm just going to keep playing.
Always a pleasure, Tom.
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Schneider is turning into the story of the summer. Despite the fact that he is prone to the more obscure games, two bracelets in one WSOP is no small feat. Schneider's original goal of three final tables in one summer seemed lofty at first but he's already succeeded with time to spare. We'll see if Schneider can outdo even his high standards during the last few weeks at the 2007 WSOP.