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

Bruce Baker Withstands the Heat Despite A Major Sweat

• Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante

After a short stacked player moved all-in for his last 18,000, Bruce Baker made the call with {Q-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}. He was in great shape against the {A-Spades}{4-Spades} held by his opponent Baker called for no aces to hit the flop.

Flop: {K-Spades}{5-Hearts}{3-Spades}

Baker got his wish with an ace-free flop, but his opponent had picked up the nut flush draw and a gutshot draw to the wheel straight. With an additional 12 outs to dodge, Baker was now a statistical underdog and he had a serious sweat on his hands while he waited for the dealer to drop the next cards.

Turn: {J-Diamonds}
River: {8-Diamonds}

Despite becoming the favorite on the flop with fifteen outs and two chances to hit them, the all-in player bricked out and hit the rail in 47th place. Baker built his stack to around 515,000 with the win to put himself squarely in contention as Day 2 comes to its conclusion.

Tags: Bruce Baker



• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

The players are on their final 20-minute break of the night.

Bruce Baker Finds Some More Dough

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

We watched one player shove all-in over Bruce Baker's raise and Baker make the insta-call with {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}. His opponent held {j-Clubs}{J-Hearts} and said "Dang it, that's a good hand sir" when he saw Baker's pair of queens.

The final board rolled out {A-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{6-Spades} and the player with jacks hit the rail in 48th place. As he made his way out of the Amazon Room, a fellow player was overheard stating definitively that "there's about fifteen ways to play them jacks, and all of 'em are wrong."

Tags: Bruce Baker

Payout Information (73rd - 81st)

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
73Ronald Kindsfater$5,031
74Johnny Landreth$5,031
75Arthur Molloy$5,031
76David Smith$5,031
77James Haver$5,031
78Larry Ormson$5,031
79James Russell$5,031
80Nicholas Andricopulos$5,031
81Sirous Jamshidi$5,031

Richard "Dick" Harwood Takes Chip Lead

With the flop showing {j-Hearts}{Q-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and more than 40,000 already in the pot, Richard "Dick" Harwood open shoved all-in for his stack of 265,500. His opponent stared Harwood down for nearly two minutes before shrugging and saying simply "I'll gamble with ya sir."

Harwood's opponent tabled the {A-Clubs}{2-Clubs} for the nut flush draw and was shocked to see that his ace was also live. Harwood had risked his entire tournament with just {10-Spades}{10-Clubs} for third pair on the flop. Both players stood to watch the dealer decide their fates.

Turn: {7-Spades}
River: {2-Hearts}

The opponent missed his draws and his entire stack of 216,000 was slid across the table, making Dick Harwood our new chip leader at the moment.

Richard Harwood 520,000 225,000

Tags: Richard Harwood

Joseph Bolnick Bowls Over Two Opponents

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

After raising to 16,000 before the flop, Joseph Bolnick watched as one player in middle position called and another went all-in from the small blind. The woman who was all-in had only 40,000 or so chips while Bolnick's other opponent had a bit less. This player called to put his tournament life at risk and Bolnick came along as well with a stack just larger than the other two, effectively making this a three-way all-in confrontation.


Bolnick: {Q-Spades}{Q-Clubs}
Small Blind: {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}
Middle Position: {K-Diamonds}{Q-Hearts}

Bolnick was in good shape with his pair of queens, but would need to dodge two overcards to earn the victory. The flop fell {10-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{6-Clubs} and the small blind paired her ten, giving her three additional outs.

Turn: {Q-Diamonds}

With that, Bolnick had made a set of queens and had both of his opponents drawing dead. The {7-Diamonds} on the river sealed the deal and gave Bolnick the triple-up. After making sure he had both opponents covered, the dealer pushed Bolnick the pot and he now sits with around 175,000.

Tags: Joseph Bolnick

Cohen Busts Two

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

Charles Cohen has just hit the 300,000 mark after scoring a double knockout.

He held {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} against James Pritchard's {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} and another opponent's {8-Diamonds}{8-Spades}. Cohen nailed the board as it came down {J-Spades}{A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}{K-Hearts}{7-Spades} and is sitting much more comfortable now after nearly tripling up.

Tags: Charles Cohen

Misstep for Magriel Is Ward's Gain

Jack Ward raised to 32,000 in the cutoff and Paul Magriel tanked for a a short while on the button. He stood out of his chair several times to get a good look at Ward's stack. Finally, he put in a hefty raise to 120,000. The blinds got out of the way and Ward called, leaving himself 9,500 behind.

The flop came down {J-Spades}{J-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and Ward put in his last 9,500, sending Magriel into the tank for a good while before ultimately calling with {K-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}. Ward tabled {A-Spades}{J-Hearts} and appeared well on his way to double up, but the {K-Clubs} hit the turn and gave Magriel two outs to win. However, the {3-Spades} river was not one of them and Ward found the crucial double.

Jack Ward 270,000 130,000
Paul Magriel 100,000 -90,000

Tags: Jack WardPaul Magriel

Bundy the Bully

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

A player raised to 25,000 from middle position and Harvey Bundy announced a reraise from the hijack, making it 71,000 to go. The original bettor looked over at Bundy, and his tower of chips, and laughed before saying "I got bad feeling about this one." He mucked his cards and our chip leader dragged the uncontested pot in his direction.

Tags: Harvey Bundy