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The World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOP) Circuit Horseshoe Hammond Main Event wrapped up on Monday, having attracted 1,094 entries for the $1,700 tournament. 25-year-old Zachary Schneider overcame a number of obstacles to pick up his first WSOPC gold ring and a nice pot worth $302,492.
Following his victory, The Illinois native told reporters, “I feel blessed. I ran really well today. I didn’t really have any hurdles to get over. Things just kind of flowed naturally. It came to me today.”
As the final day was getting started, Schneider sat in a comfortable second-place in chips with only 23 players still battling for the top prize. He maintained a strong position down to the final table and shot to the top spot after scoring a win with pocket Queens against the pocket 10s of Royce Matheson, who would watch the rest of the tournament from the sidelines with his $29,999 consolation prize.
As the final table eliminations continued, Schneider scored another big win, this time with A-K. Young Hoon Koh went for broke preflop with pocket Queens, but a King on the turn gave Schneider the win. Koh would have to settle for a fifth-place finish and $79,506.
Schneider kept his run going, taking out two more players in quick succession. First to go was David McDermott, who picked up $104,417, followed by Sami Shurbaji, who earned $138,825 for his third-place performance. Schneider would now face off against Nicolas Pupillo holding a two-to-one chip lead.
On the final hand of the match, Pupillo was banking on pulling off a magical straight to score a huge pot, but luck wasn’t on his side. A flop of Q-6-5 gave him a very weak straight draw with his 4-2, and he confidently responded to Schneider’s movements. Holding Q-7, the eventual winner already had a pair and a 6 on the turn gave him two. When Pupillo tried to bluff his way to the pot, Schneider didn’t falter and took out his opponent, who would have to settle for $186,823 and a runner-up finish.