About Tom Schneider
|Current Residence||Scottsdale Ariz.|
|Birth Place||Indianapolis Ind.|
In fact, Schneider has won enough coin during his time on the felt to justify writing a book about it: Oops! I Won too Much Money. The paperback's subtitle - Winning Wisdom from the Boardroom to the Poker Table - neatly sums up his career path.
The 47-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz. native grew up in Indianapolis before starting his career as a certified public accountant. An entrepreneur at heart, Schneider eventually went into business for himself and opened a golf supply company.
His focus drifted to poker though and, after learning he had enough talent on the felt to earn a decent living, Schneider dedicated himself to full-time cash-game play.
Since making the move, he has graduated to high-stakes cash games and high-profile tournaments, his regular game being $400/$800 Mixed.
As in the boardroom, Schneider met with success at tournaments when he quit his day job in 2002 to play full time. His first World Series of Poker cash was also a final-table appearance in 2002, where he busted out of the $3,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event in fourth.
He got paid again in 2003 and made a second final table at the 2006 WSOP but went out in fifth in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout. Earlier that same year, he took third in the championship event of the World Poker Challenge in Reno to win more than $250,000.
And yet, he was still without a major win.
That is, until the 2007 Series. There, Schneider proved why he wrote the book on poker by claiming first place in the Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better event to win $214,000.
Despite Omaha and Stud not being his strongest games, Schneider was unflappable after the gold bracelet win.
"Jewelry isn't important to me," he told PokerListings.com after the victory. "I like to say I've won a WSOP event, however, because very few people can say that."
Very few people can also say they've managed to win two events in one year, but Schneider accomplished that as well in 2007 when he won the $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo event. In between the two wins, he also made it to the final table of the $2,500 H.O.R.S.E. event.
With a record like that at the World Series, we probably haven't seen the last of Tom Schneider.
- Holds a gold bracelet in Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better
- Authored the poker and business book Oops! I Won Too Much Money
- Hosts a regular poker podcast in the Phoenix area called Beyond the Table