2013 World Series of Poker: Tom Schneider Nearing Historic Double-Double

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Three events will resume Tuesday at the 2013 World Series of Poker while two more will commence. Let’s take a quick look at what is going on at the Rio, focusing on some history that could be in the offing:

Event #29: $5,000 H.O.R.S.E.

The $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event couldn’t quite finish Monday night/Tuesday morning, as four players still remain. That works out just fine, as it gives us more time to think about the significance of what could happen today. Tom Schneider has a gigantic chip lead at this point; his 2.5 million chips are more than the other three players’ holdings combined. Should Schneider maintain his lead and go on to win the tournament, it will be his second bracelet of the 2013 WSOP and fourth of his career. It would also go further to cementing his status as one of the world’s top mixed game players. His bracelet just last week came in a H.O.R.S.E. event and in 2007 he earned the WSOP Player of Year honors by winning an Omaha/Stud Eight or Better event, a Stud Eight or Better tournament, and coming in fourth in yet another H.O.R.S.E. event. His other WSOP cashes span many different games, from Limit Hold’em to 2-7 Draw, to Omaha to more mixed games. A second double-bracelet WSOP would be an amazing accomplishment.

Also still alive in the tournament is Viatcheslav Ortynsiky who just happened to place third in the event that Schneider won last week. Seeing them in just about the same spot again is unbelievable.

Play will pick up at 2:00pm local time Tuesday.

Tom Schneider – 2,500,000
Viatcheslav Ortynsiky – 680,000
Benjamin Scholl – 600,000
Greg “FBT” Mueller – 140,000

Event #30: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em

This tournament should also see a champion crowned Tuesday, as there are just 13 players remaining of the 216 who sat down on Monday. Leading the way is Bulgaria’s Dimitar Yosifov with 1.15 million chips, over 300,000 more than the second place player. He garnered the chip lead thanks to a huge hand late in Day 2 he and Mazin Khoury got into a raising war pre-flop, resulting in Khoury being all-in with A-Q. Yosifov had A-K, though, and crippled Khoury, who would bow out on the next hand.

This tournament will resume at 1:00pm Vegas time.

Dimitar Yosifov – 1,150,000
Carter Myers – 818,000
Chris Dombrowski – 643,000
Mathew Moore – 581,000
Chris Bolek – 470,000
Mike Pickett – 462,000
Jesse McEuen – 458,000
Ben Greenberg – 386,000
John Thompson – 358,000
Matt Seer – 338,000
Ryan Riess – 306,000
Tommy Miller – 204,000
Thien Le – 142,000

Event #31: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better

936 players put up the buy-in for Event #31 and by the time everyone headed off to bed, just 129 players remained. Eric Rodawig will be the chip leader to start Day 2 with 154,800 chips, followed by Joao Simao with 132,100, and 2006 WSOP Main Event 11th place finisher and 2012 bracelet winner Leif Force with 118,200. Also amongst the chip leaders are five-time bracelet winner and 2006 Main Event fourth place finisher Allen Cunningham, “The Robin Hood of Poker” Barry Greenstein, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, Kirill Gerasimov, David “Doc” Sands, Jeff Lisandro, and Jason Mercier.

Eric Rodawig – 154,800
Joao Simao – 132,100
Leif Force – 118,200
Kirill Gerasimov – 88,400
Allan Le – 69,700
Allen Cunningham – 68,200
David Dille – 64,000
Daniel Strelitz – 63,700
Yuval Bronshtein – 60,800
Roland Isra – 56,000

Kicking off Tuesday are two events: $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em and $2,500 Seven Card Razz.

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