Event #30: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Event #30: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship
Day 2 completed

Day 3 Table and Seat Draw

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
TableSeatPlayerChips
2801Richard Harwood549,000
2802Craig Zotter91,000
2803Donald Belanger113,000
2804Jimmy Parker359,000
2805Leo Whitt320,000
2806Michael Millard543,000
2807Ralph Crow187,000
2808Andrew Bradshaw414,000
2809Brett Tannenbaum342,000
    
2861Craig Koch915,000
2862Debbie Millican294,000
2863Bruce Baker573,000
2864Michael Johnson240,000
2865Gregory Alston624,000
2866John Sozio238,000
2867Kenneth Russell429,000
2868Iry Taylor190,000
2869Walter Browne276,000
    
2921Charles Cohen275,000
2922James Jewell193,000
2923Bruce MacGregor281,000
2924Joseph Bolnick293,000
2925Louis Cheffy24,000
2926Gregory Meredith250,000
2927Robert Mitchell115,000
2928Stephen Krieg384,000
2929Jack Ward488,000
    
2981James Hess491,000
2982Stuart Krasney260,000
2983Peter Lipton341,000
2984--empty----
2985James Jarvis442,000
2986Hans Pfister148,000
2987Albert Balayn183,000
2988Rodney Clarida139,000
2989Gary Mcdonald276,000

Day 2 of Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship In the Books!

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Jack Ward from Last Year's Senior Event Final Table
Jack Ward from Last Year's Senior Event Final Table

After ten more levels of grueling competition here at the Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship, Day 2 saw 529 hopefuls play their way down to the final four tables. During this time our money bubble was burst and 396 seniors found themselves in the money after navigating their way through a record setting field. Following that milestone, the bustouts began occurring at a frantic pace and the familiar call of “payout!” was heard across the Amazon Room.

John Bovin, our chip leader after Day 1, was dispatched during the second day of competition and finished in 65th place. Notable players Paul “X-22” Magriel (50th) and Susie Isaccs (132nd) also made deep runs but ultimately fell short of their goal.

Heading into Day 3, our new chip leader is Craig Koch of Eugene, OR, who built a massive stack of 915,000.
Other big stacks to keep an eye on during tomorrow’s final day of play include Bruce Baker (573,000) and Richard “Dick” Harwood (520,000). Jack Ward (488,000) will also be a major story during Day 3, as he looks to make the final table of this event in back to back years.

While the biggest stacks in the field will be drawing most of the attention, short stacks Craig Zotter (91,000) and Gary Braufman (52,000) wanted us to know that they will be players to watch as well.

Check in with PokerNews at 3:00 PDT to follow all of the action, as the remaining players battle for the $557,435 1st place prize and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

Here is your daily update.

Tags: Bruce BakerCraig ZotterCriag KochGary BraufmanJack WardJohn BovinPaul MagrielRichard HarwoodSusie Isaacs

Parker Gets There

Holding {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}, Jimmy Parker was in a bit of trouble as an all-in opponent held pocket queens. Parker, though, picked up outs with a two-heart flop and caught his flush when the {4-Hearts} hit the turn. For good measure, Parker paired his ace on the river and closes out his Day 2 on a strong note.

Jimmy Parker 275,000 135,000

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Mitsuhiro Nakao Mounts Epic Comeback, Finally Falls

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

After going all-in for his last 11,000 chips, good for just a single big blind and an ante, Mitsuhiro Nakao found a double-up and began making moves. He rode the momentum provided this first win and eventually built his tiny stack to over 200,000, putting him above average for a few minutes.

Nakao eventually moved all-in again with {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} and was hoping for a coin flip, but found himself in bad shape against his opponent's {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}.

The final board rolled out {4-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{4-Spades}{Q-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} and Nakao's miraculous run came to an abrupt end.

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Payout Information (46th - 54th)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
PlacePlayerPrize
46Glenn Martinez$8,847
47Greg Oleson$8,847
48Daniel Dinzik$8,847
49Eddie Coyne$8,847
50Paul Magriel$8,847
51David Cupps$8,847
52Bernard Wheeler$8,847
53Ron Mcmillen$8,847
54James Pritchard$8,847

Koch Takes The Lead

We picked up the action on a {K-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{2-Spades} board that Craig Koch bet 65,000 at. Harvey Bundy, one of the big stacks throughout the day, shoved all in for an additional 236,000. Koch though it over momentarily but called to create a huge pot. He turned over {A-Diamonds}{K-Spades}, holding a massive lead against Bundy's {J-Diamonds}{J-Spades}.

No miracles came for Bundy as the {9-Clubs} turn and {7-Hearts} river sealed the deal, propelling Koch to the biggest stack in the tournament.

Craig Koch 875,000 440,000
Harvey Bundy Busted

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Payout Information (55th - 63rd)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
PlacePlayerPrize
55Frank Presley$7,260
56Bruce Van Horn$7,260
57Maureen Blatter$7,260
58Steven Saxon$7,260
59Ronald Nutt$7,260
60Lenox Baza$7,260
61Jerome Jasicki$7,260
62Timothy Porter$7,260
63Robert Whalen$7,260

Craig Koch Fades the Deck to Have Aces Hold Up

Harvey Bundy raised to 33,000 from the hijack and a player holding the button reraised all-in for 170,000. Craig Koch snap-called and tabled his {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} with authority. Bundy quickly got out of the way and the all-in player showed down his {K-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} in disappointment.

When the flop came {3-Hearts}{7-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} his hopes were lifted slightly, as he could now win by hitting a heart to complete his flush. The {Q-Spades} on the turn provided even more outs and Koch found himself dodging kings, queens and hearts if his aces were to hold up.

River: {A-Clubs}

Despite the numerous outs available to the all-in player, the river hit Koch's hand and gave him the win. He now sits with a stack of 435,000, good for double the chip average.

Craig Koch 435,000 365,000

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Payout Information (64th - 72nd)

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
PlacePlayerPrize
64Larry Ramsey$6,010
65John Bovin$6,010
66Gregory Sellgren$6,010
67Bruce Peterson$6,010
68Robert Chow$6,010
69Randy Mckay$6,010
70Richard Mombourquette$6,010
71Michael Nolan$6,010
72Jerry Milanos$6,010