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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | Poker Personalities

WSOP Diary of Tom Schneider: Focused & Motivated

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Most would call it, at the very least, an above-average start to the 2008 WSOP – three cashes, including one final table and the near-miss of another. But Tom Schneider has higher expectations. They are not unreasonable, as his goals spurred him on to an amazing 2007 WSOP, but it is exactly those expectations that have propelled him to achieve so much success in the business world and in poker.

Tom has been playing for the better part of each day of the World Series of Poker thus far. And if he’s not in a tournament, he’s in the high limit cash games at the Bellagio. While the latter is not going as well as he had hoped, he is not currently stuck (as far as I know!) and has high hopes for achieving his 2008 WSOP goals of winning two bracelets and back-to-back Player of the Year titles.

The Series is just over 1/3 complete as far as the events themselves are concerned, and he has three cashes thus far – 12th place in the $10,000 World Championship Mixed event, 64th in the $1,500 Limit Hold’em, and 5th place at the final table of the elite $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/Rebuys tournament alongside players like Barry Greenstein, Eric Lindgren, Mike Matusow, Jeff Lisandro, David Benyamine, and Tony G. And his dedication to making this another stand-out Series is evident in his reaction to being eliminated from the 2-7 final table; he immediately went to the window and bought in to the $3,000 H.O.R.S.E. event that was already in progress.

JN: Tell me about your experience in the deuce-to-seven tournament.

It’s one of my favorite events because I like the game so much. It’s probably one of the worst events for value because when you get to the final table, everybody knows what they’re doing. There were really no chips being given away, and in my opinion, it was more of a card-catching contest once we got down to the seven players who were there because they’re all good. I didn’t catch cards, but I caught some a little bit early to double up, which I needed to do, but then I just went card dead. I finally caught a hand against two players when I had a 10-7-4-3-2, which is a great hand against one player and I was a little bit of a favorite against the other two guys. But I got by one guy and Matusow caught the card to knock me out. Overall, it was fun, and I enjoyed it.

JN: You maximized your short stack for quite some time…

I worked the short stack pretty well. I feel good about the way I played, but it’s one of those things where you have to catch cards to win the tournament. I’d like to see Erick Lindgren win it; he’s playing well and running good. My bet is on him. [Note: Lindgren was the next player to bust from the tournament, despite his long-time chip lead. Mike Matusow went on to win the event.]

JN: How do you feel about your Series so far?

I’ve got a final table, I got 12th in the mixed game, which is one of the toughest games, and then I’ve got the limit hold’em cash. I’ve got three cashes, and I only had three cashes in all of last year. I liked the cashes last year better than this year! But the Series is young; that was event 18 that I just final tabled, so I’ve got a real shot to cash two, three, or four more times and make another final table or two.

JN: What made you turn around and enter the H.O.R.S.E. tournament after busting from the final table?

I’m a little tired, but I like H.O.R.S.E., so I felt like I had to play it. I just want to make it through the night of Day 1 and wake up tomorrow fresh with any kind of chips so I can keep going.

[Note: According to the official chip counts from Day 1 of the H.O.R.S.E. tournament, Tom finished 33rd in chips out of 133 remaining players.]

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