Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo 8 or Better are two games in the regular rotation for Mixed Games. The best players in the world match their wits as the game switches regularly between a variety of different forms of poker. Split pot games can be particularly challenging as great hands can be simply chopped with a lucky card on 5th street.
The field was small with 327 entries, but it held an illustrious roster of top pros. Tom Schneider held a massive chip lead (526k), but the table was full of sharks. Annie Duke has cashed thirty-one times in her career with a dozen final tables and one bracelet. She sat with 239k, slightly ahead of David Benyamine's 221k. Benyamine first hit our radar by taking down the 2003 WPT Paris. He is one of the most feared cash game players around, and remarkably this was his first WSOP final table.
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson (193k) is one of the most recognizable players in poker. Ferguson cashed in 45 events, making an incredible 26 Final Tables while winning five WSOP Bracelets. John Phan is known as a NLH specialist, but his first WSOP final table came in the 2005 $5k Seven Card Stud event. He was short stacked, entering the eight-person Final Table with 88k in chips.
The key to split games is scooping the pot, either winning both the high or low hand or winning the high without a qualifying low. For anyone to threaten Schneider's massive chip lead, it would take a strong run of cards to scoop pots and hack into his stack. It didn't happen. John Phan was first to go (8th, $16,922), knocked out by Annie Duke. Schneider then took out Joseph Bolnick (7th, $22,939). David Benyamine and Chris Bell got short stacked, and both went out in succession (Benyamine 6th, $29,708; Bell 5th, $39,109).
By the time Chris Ferguson busted (4th, $50,391), Schneider held more than a million in chips to Annie Duke's 305k and Ed Tonnellier's 185k. Tonnellier went on a nice run at the expense of Annie Duke (3rd, $75,210), and he went heads-up only down 679k to Schneider's 989k. When they returned from the dinner break, Tonnellier slowly lost pot after pot to Schneider. It was his first WSOP cash, and Ed Tonnellier's 2nd place finish ($118,456) was a great payday.
Tom Schneider's win ($214,347) could be a breakthrough for the former accountant and poker radio host. Schneider plays high stakes cash games regularly in Phoenix and Las Vegas, but this could just be the catalyst to push him into the next level of top tournament pros.