U.S. pro Mark Schmid wins WSOP Event #34 for $488k
31-year-old Mark Schmid from Michigan turned a $1,000 buy-in into a $488,283 fist prize after winning the WSOP's Event #34 $1,000 NLHE earlier today. The win is the biggest in Schmid's career to date.
34-year-old Michigan pro Mark Schmid today won the WSOP's 34th event this year, as he beat a massive field of 3,144 players to claim the first WSOP bracelet of his career.
Schmid emerged as the winner of the tournament after three days of play at the Rio Hotel and Casino, after having beat Australian Justin Cohen heads-up.
Cohen was according to the WSOP
website running very hot on the nine-player final table, knocking out three players out before facing Schmid for the title.
Schmid, however, came back from a 3-1 disadvantage in chips, and eventually won the event after his pocket queens overcame Cohen's pocket sevens in the final hand.
"It’s huge for me. This is one of my life goals. I remember on my blog last year I posted my goal was to win a bracelet. I cashed three times out of eight tournaments but I didn’t even make a final table. To come through with the win was huge," an elated Schmid said according to Bluff Magazine
following his win.
"There’s so much variance in tournaments that you can’t really expect to win a bracelet. There’s good players that could go a decade without winning a bracelet just because it’s so high in variance," he added.
For the win, Schmid will collect a first prize worth $488,283, alongside the golden WSOP bracelet.
Having only made a handful of minor cashes before in his career as a tournament pro, the result was at the same time his biggest to date.
Runner-up Justin Cohen took home $302,031, while third place finisher Andrew Rudnik - also from the United States - earned $213,747.