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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2011

WSOP $1K NLH Championship Won by Mark Schmid

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Maybe you've thought about reading poker books or even signing up with a poker trainer/instructor to work on improving your game.  Perhaps the guy you want to contact for poker lessons is Mark Schmid, winner of World Series of Poker Event #34 $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em.  

And why Schmid?  Not only did he win the event but he put his own training knowledge to work. He is an instructor at the online poker training website and in the last two years has created about 60 training videos that are up on the site.

Schmid outlasted a field of 3,144 and took down $488,283 for 1st place and a gold bracelet. The event paid 324 places and had a total prize pool of $2,829,600.  

The final day was a battle for all the players, but Mark Schmid seemed composed enough to bring his patience and skill to the table and managed to outlast all the coolers and bad beats and ended up heads-up with Justin Cohen.  

When the two started the final battle, Schmid was facing a nearly 3 to 1 chip deficit. The play went back and forth where Cohen was one card away from the title but Schmid snatched it away.

On the final hand Schmid limped on the button and Cohen checked the option.  The flop rolled out with the {K-Spades}{10-Spades}{7-Hearts} which brought a check from both players.  The {7-Spades} popped off on the turn and Cohen check-called Schmid's bet of 250,000.  When the river brought the four-flush with the {A-Spades}, Cohen checked for a third time.  Schmid bet 450,000 to which Cohen announced he was all-in.

"I don't see how I can fold," Schmid said as he made the call.  Cohen's {J-Hearts}{7-Clubs} was in deep trouble when Schmid turned over the {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}. Justin Cohen finished in 2nd place out of a field of 3,144 players and took home $302,031.

Mark "pimpindonks" Schmid may start a new training video soon, or he may just take the time to finish out the World Series of Poker with 1st place prize money of $488,283 in his pocket and a new gold bracelet on his wrist...or he may win another one just for good measure.  Congratulations Mark!

The final nine:

Mark Schmid 
Justin Cohen
Andrew Rudnik
Jonathan Clancy
Trevor Vanderveen
Benjamin Volpe
Robbie Verspui
Michael Souza 
Jeremy Kottler 

   For more detailed hands and information about the event, visit PokerNews Live Reporting.

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