The Seniors Championship has come to an end with 78 year-old Harold Angle outlasting a record field of 3,142 to take down the gold bracelet and nearly half a million dollar first-place prize. The day started with 23 players on the march to a winner. Eliminations came fast and furious, with ten players busting within the first two hours. Among those eliminated was 2007 Player of the Year, Tom Schneider, who was the sole notable name remaining in the field. After a few more eliminations, the final table was set.
It was at the final table that John Woo built up a large chip stack and seemed to be in control of the table. He made some tremendous calls that stunned the crowd and allowed him to make it all the way to the final three players alongside Mike Minetti and Harold Angle.
Angle played a solid, aggressive game to build a stack of his own and was nearly even with Woo when a hand that changed the tournament developed. Woo held pocket queens and was up against the ten-jack of Angle, who had flopped two pair. Woo couldn't improve and Angle doubled to over 8 million while both Woo and Minetti were left with less than a million apeice.
Woo never managed to recover from his loss to Angle and was eliminated in third place. Heads-up play began with Angle holding a commanding 9-1 chip lead over Minetti. The two jockeyed back and forth for over an hour, with Minetti managing to double up early on; however, Angle's dominant chip lead proved too much to overcome. Minetti was dispatched when Angle's king-jack flopped a king and defeated Minetti's pocket jacks.
Even though he has been playing poker for over 60 years, the Seniors Championship was Angle's first major tournament and first WSOP event. The Sun City, Florida resident will take home nearly half a million dollars and a WSOP gold bracelet.
Congratulations to Harold Angle, Event #34 Champion!
Harold Angle limped on the button and Michael Minetti went all in from the big blind for about 700,000. Angle called immediately.
The flop came down as Angle jumped out to the huge lead, leaving Minetti with just one out. He found no help from the turn and river, finishing in 2nd place for $301,839.
Michael Minetti went all in on the button for 365,000 and Harold Angle made the call.
The hand was pretty much over when the flop came down , giving Minetti trips. The turn and river changed nothing and Minetti doubled to about 750,000.
Harold Angle limped from the button and Mike Minetti checked his option from the big blind. The flop came and Minetti bet 140,000. Angle min-raised to 280,000 and Minetti made the call.
Minetti lead out for 255,000 when the hit the turn. Angle called and the came on the river. Minetti checked and Angle moved all in. Minetti quickly folded and he dropped to under 600,000.
Harold Angle called from the button and Mike Minetti checked his option from the big blind. The two saw a flop of and both checked. Minetti bet 115,000 when the came on the turn only to have Harold Angle raise to 315,000.
Minetti mucked and dropped to 1.26 million.
Mike Minetti raised to 240,000 and Harold Angle made the call. When the flop came , Angle bet 375,000 and Minetti mucked. Minetti is down to 1.58 million while Angle has 7.655 million.
Mike Minetti was on the button and raised to 190,000. Angle made the call and the flop came . Angle checked and Minetti bet 125,000. Angle folded and Minetti has managed to grind his way up to 2.05 million.
Harold Angle and Mike Minetti are swapping blinds back and forth with no major pots developing.
Although, in one pot Minetti limped from the small blind and Angle simply mucked. We'll chalk it up to being a senior moment.