Tom Schneider, Poker Biography
by Jennifer Newell
Tom Schneider is mostly known for his incredible run at the 2007 World Series of Poker, with two bracelet wins and the Player of the Year nod. But his poker career spans many years and continues today.
A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Schneider was born in December 1959 and grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. He entered the business world as a certified public accountant and later formed his own golf supply company. His career as a high-level executive also included stints as President and Chief Financial Officer for several companies, including Loudmouth Golf at present.
Schneider has always had a penchant for poker, which grew into more than a simple hobby when his cash game play earned him a place at some high-stakes tables. Years of cash games and some poker tournaments led him to quit the business world in 2002 and play poker on a full-time basis. While his regular games of up to $400/$800 - in everything from No Limit Hold'em to mixed games - were his staple, he was attracted to the tournament scene.
His first major tournament final table came in 2002 at the WSOP, where he finished fourth in a $3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em tournament for $29,600. That same year, he also finished 30th in the WSOP $10K Main Event for $30K. The following year, he came close but missed a final table in the $3K PLHE tournament and ended his run in 14th place.
Schneider's tournament career started to heat up in 2006 when he final tabled the World Poker Tour World Poker Challenge Main Event in Reno, finishing in third place for $256,115. He played the WSOP Circuit Main Event in Las Vegas soon after and finished seventh at the final table for $78,854, and then he made a WSOP final table in the summer series, taking home $28,610 for fifth place in a $1,500 NLHE Shootout.
Fame found Schneider in 2007 at the WSOP. At the very beginning of the series, he won his first bracelet in the $2,500 Omaha/Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-Better tournament for more than $214K. Less than one week later, he made the final table of the $2,500 HORSE tournament and took fourth place for nearly $55K, and later in the month, he won his second bracelet with a victory in a $1K Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo 8-or-Better event for more than $147K. Winning two bracelets and making another final table also gave him WSOP Player of the Year honors that year.
Later in 2007, he also final tabled another WPT event, that time at the Legends of Poker in Los Angeles and finishing fourth for more than $228K. More final tables followed, including one of his five 2008 WSOP cashes being a fifth place finish in a $5K No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw event for more than $104K. While he continued to have deep runs in tournaments around the United States in years to come, it wasn't until 2013 that he hit the spotlight once again. In the second week of the WSOP, he won a $1,500 HORSE event for nearly $259K, and one week later, he won the $5K HORSE tournament for nearly $319K. Another two-bracelet year was in the works, and he was again looking at possible Player of the Year points.
While continuing his work for Loudmouth Golf, the author of "Oops! I won Too Much Money" Winning Wisdom from the Boardroom to the Poker Table" is finding success once again at the WSOP. His wife, Julie Schneider, has had numerous deep runs and final tables as well, and the Schneider team pushes forward in the game they both love.
Read Steve O'Dwyer's Profile for more information including tournament results and total winnings.
Jennifer Newell is a freelance writer, originally from St. Louis but now living in Los Angeles. She fell in love with poker while working at WPT and began writing about it in 2005.