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WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond Main Event now in the books

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WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond Main Event now in the books

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.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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