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

Debbie Millican Delivers a Dagger With Set of Sixes On the Turn

• Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante

We passed by a table and found Debbie Millican all-in for her last 83,500 chips. The board read {3-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and her opponent studied both the cards and Millican for more than three minutes. He eventually apologized to the table for the delay, saying "I'm sorry guys, I have a real tough decision here."

After thinking things through, the man decided to make the call and put his tournament life at risk. He showed down the {A-Hearts}{10-Diamonds} for top pair, top kicker. When he saw Millican's {6-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} he discovered that his read was dead on and he had made a tremendous call.

The dealer burned and turned, dropping the {6-Spades} on the table and delivering a dagger to the man's hopes. Millican had spiked her two-outer and now the man was drawing dead. The {A-Diamonds} on the river only served to rub salt in his wounds, and his top two-pair were rendered useless by Millican's set of sixes.

She now sits with over 150,000 chips, good for a little under the average with only 61 players remaining.

Tags: Debbie Millican

Play Has Slowed to a Crawl At Seniors Championship

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

We just witnessed a hand that typifies the current play here at the Seniors Championship. After a raise to 32,000 in front of him, a player pushed all-in for his stack of around 200,000. The raiser went into the tank but eventually folded his {A-Spades}{Q-Spades} face up.

The player who shoved all-in saw the hand and showed his {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} to the table while dragging the chips. While players of the current generation may have tried to extract maximum value in a situation like this, the seniors who have survived to this point simply want the hand to end.

After a flurry of bustouts following the money bubble bursting, eliminations have slowed to a crawl as the remaining players struggle to assure themselves a seat during the final day of play.

A Few Chip Counts From Around the Room

Gregory Meredith 480,000 -10,000
Harvey Bundy 460,000 25,000
James Hess 370,000 45,000
Andrew Bradshaw 340,000 140,000
Hans Pfister 305,000 -55,000
Richard Harwood 295,000 -15,000
Paul Magriel 190,000
Jack Ward 140,000 47,000
Ralph Crow 126,000 -16,000
David Moskowitz 85,000 58,500

Anthony Hornyak Hacks Two Players Down With Aces

We caught Anthony Hornyak making a call to put a pair of all-in players at risk. The first player held {K-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds} and had shoved for 50,000, while the second player tabled {4-Diamonds}{4-Spades} after committing his last 70,000.

Hornyak was in a dominant position with his {A-Spades}{A-Diamonds} and after the dealer spread a board of {Q-Hearts}{3-Hearts}{6-Spades}{3-Clubs}{7-Clubs} across the table, his aces were best. After the double elimination, Hornyak built his stack to nearly 350,000 chips to put him in great shape at this stage in the tournament.

Anthony Hornyak 345,000 316,200

Tags: Anthony Hornyak

Seniors Playing Their Cards Faceup

• Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 500 ante

We have seen some strange occurrences during the course of this Seniors Championship, but seeing some competitors playing their hands faceup takes the cake.

On no less than three separate occasions, we have passed by a table to see a player with their cards faceup on the felt and the action on them. While all three incidents involved different players, the common thread in each hand was a player in the big blind failing to notice another player limping in.

After seeing the action fold around, these players have looked down to find premium holdings, and each time they have turned them faceup to show the table their bad luck. However, with an unseen limper already in the pot, these players have been allowed to retain their big blind option with the action still pending.

In the last case we witnessed, a man had his {K-Hearts}{K-Diamonds} faceup with the under-the-gun player having already called. The floor was called and it was determined that the man with kings could still act on his hand. He immediately shoved all-in and his opponent mucked. The player was then forced to sit out for a round as a penalty for exposing his cards prematurely.

With Day 2 winding down deep into the night, we expect more of these mental mishaps to take place as the seniors struggle to maintain their focus following nearly 10 hours of intense play.

Payout Information (82nd - 99th)

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
82Timothy Peters$4,254
83Donald Umphries$4,254
84Ernesto Gonzalez$4,254
85Richard Simone$4,254
86Hollis Barnhart$4,254
87Tim Thorpe$4,254
88Mike Sica$4,254
89Edward Rudd$4,254
90Jim Voigt$4,254
91Carl Merkling$3,613
92Elaine Colton$3,613
93Joseph Davidman$3,613
94Monte Kapple$3,613
95Michael Bienenstock$3,613
96William Ellis$3,613
97Edward Balchen$3,613
98Jeffrey Granowsky$3,613
99Michael Rabith$3,613

Payout Information (100th - 119th)

• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante
100Ron Jenkins$3,106
101Vincent Lepore$3,106
102Bradford Weiss$3,106
103Calogero Maltese$3,106
104Ronnie Williams$3,106
105Charles Sewell$3,106
106Eric Stemp$3,106
107Samir Hanna$3,106
108Alden Hermansen$3,106
109Edwin St. Amour$3,106
110George Tsukamoto$3,106
111Dwight Koch$3,106
112Alfred Collins$ 3,106
113William Hou$3,106
114William Steffin$3,106
115David Kopp$3,106
116Alan Miles$3,106
117James Thomas$3,106
118Andrew Garvin$3,106
119Frank Juarez$3,106


• Level 17: 2,000-4,000, 500 ante

The remaining players are on a 20-minute break.