“This is great. There are probably like 500 people following me online back in North Dakota. I think I am the first player from North Dakota to win,” said Schock. “There was a kid who is very good who came in second a few years ago, but I think I am the first. So, I am going to go back home with the gold bracelet and everyone is going to be patting me on the back – and buying me free drinks.”
Schock has now cashed five times, made three final tables and won a bracelet. He beat a 606-player field to win the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha/Hold’em event and $310,225. The money will come in handy and it’s not going to be about buying himself a fancy sportscar.
“I’m a simple man, I have a simple house, my kids and I and we get by just like anybody else,” said Schock, whose three kids are 9, 12 and 15 years old. The success Schock has had this summer almost didn’t come to be. After nearly 15 years of grinding away Schock found himself burned out and tired. He stopped playing for three months earlier this year.
“I actually got pokered-out this winter and took a couple months off. Just kinda took a step back, started over and came back for the World Series. I feel like I’m really playing as well as I’ve ever played in my life,” said Schock.
Name: Mitch Schock
Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota
Occupation: Professional poker player
Lifetime tournament earnings: $976,941
Notable poker achievements: Four career WSOP final tables including three in 2011. Prior to this victory his best finish was 3rd in the $1,500 HORSE event in 2009.
Memorable quote: (on his best game) “I have a lot of cashes in other games. I got a third in a HORSE a couple of years ago. My biggest cash is in No Limit Hold’em. I honestly don’t know what my best game is, I think it’s tournament strategy.I love playing everything and I try to focus on tournament strategy rather than the game.”
(on if his kids understand how important the bracelet is) “My oldest son, he understands, he’s 15. He’s athletic, he understands how hard I compete.”