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Mark Schmid, a respected 31-year-old internet and live tourney poker pro and coach for the past five years, emerged triumphant Wednesday from a field that originally numbered 3,144, many of them top players on the international circuits.
Schmid will take home to Grand Rapids, Michigan his first WSOP bracelet and the first prize of $488,283 in event 34: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em.
The seasoned WSOP player (this was his sixth career WSOP cash) started the third day with 27 other survivors, playing down to a final table where he was the significant chip leader by a 2 to 1 margin on his nearest rival.
The departure of Andrew Rudnik set the scene for a heads up between Schmid and Australian player Jason Cohen, with the latter holding a 3 to 1 chip advantage. Schmid remained calm, however, playing skillful and disciplined poker to eventually overtake and then defeat his Antipodean opponent, who collected a runner prize of $302,031.
324 finishers cashed in the match, including four previous WSOP bracelet holders.