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Poker instructor wins $488,283, WSOP bracelet

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Jan 8, 2008
Mark Schmid, a 31-year-old professional poker player from Grand Rapids, Mich., won the latest $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker, defeating a field of 3,144 players to claim the $488,283 first-place prize.

Schmid’s victory was due in part to his efforts and association as an online pro and instructor for poker training website Sharkscopers.com. Schmid has posted about 60 training videos to the site.

However, his talent clearly extends beyond just poker as an academic exercise. Schmid has cashed in nearly half of the WSOP tournaments he's entered over the last two years. This marked his sixth career in-the money finish.

Schmid endured a roller coaster final table. He had the chip lead during much of play; however, Schmid lost the chip advantage late in the tournament to Australian Justin Cohen. Schmid played a tenacious game, never tilting or giving up despite enduring a number of emotional and financial swings.

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