The remaining players are on a 20-minute break while the black 100-denomination chips are raced off.
With the money bubble burst long ago, many of the competitors in the Seniors Championship have become increasingly concerned with moving up on the payout schedule.
We have spotted many players holding printed sheets with the payout structure, including seasoned pro Susie Isaacs, and disputes have arisen between players and floor staff regarding the issue. Apparently may seniors have been relying on the TV screens surrounding the tournament area to tell them exactly where they stand. Although these screens understandably run with a slight delay, as the WSOP staff sorts through the latest eliminations, many players have been displeased to find that they did not jump a payout level before busting out.
Anyone placing between 207th and 154th earned $2,667 for their showing, while the next tier of eliminations between 153rd and 100th place will pocket $3,106. Apparently this extra $500 or so dollars is a meaningful prize for many of the seniors here today, and they are adjusting their strategies to assure themselves of a pay jump.
With his in the hole, Jerome Jasicki liked the flop of and he raised all-in over an opponent's bet of 11,000. When the other player snap-called with authority in his voice, Jasicki began to worry just a bit, thinking perhaps his pocket rockets had crashed into a flopped set.
The other player turned over his as if they were aces and asked Jasicki "I got you right, you got ace-king?" When he saw Jasicki had the real deal, the opponent began to bemoan his bad luck, stating to himself "I gotta run into aces there, its always the aces."
The turn card came and the player with pocket deuces picked up a gutshot straight draw, but the on the river missed him and Jasicki collected the pot.
An early-position player raised to 7,500 and a player in middle position called all in for 3,600. Action folded to Rodney Clarida in the big blind and he shoved with the bigger stack. The player in early position called all in for an additional 16,100 with and found himself trailing the short stack's and Clarida's .
The board ran out , scoring the double knockout for Clarida.
Daniel Dinzik looked down at his and heard an opponent announce "All-In!" Holding big slick, the decision was easy for Dinzik and he made the call to put the other player at risk. His opponent tabled and both men laughed as they expected to chop the pot.
The flop came down and the opponent's joking laughter turned to a nervous giggle after Dinzik flopped two hearts. The on the turn ended the laughter entirely, with Dinzik one card away from the unlikely win.
Dinzik had made a heart flush and the pot would not be chopped after all. His shaken opponent stood to shake hands and then made his way to the cashier's cage shaking his head.
With more than 30,000 chips already up for grabs and the flop reading , John Sozio sat still as a stone after betting 20,000. His opponent was deep in the tank while contemplating his decision and Sozio offered nothing in terms of a read. Holding only 32,000 chips at the time, calling Sozio's bet would effectively commit this player to the pot, and he decided to announce himself all-in.
Sozio instantly called and tabled the for a flopped two-pair, and his opponent found himself trailing with the . The turn offered no help, coming and the on the river closed the door, giving Sozio the win with a full house.