Event #17: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Days:
123

Event Info

Players 4425

Level Info

Level 31
Blinds 60,000 / 120,000
Ante 15,000

Hands #12-14: Phillips Flips Up

• Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Dennis Phillips
Dennis Phillips

Hand #12: Donald Maas opened for 200,000 and nobody wanted to tangle. Blinds and antes go to Maas as the raise has the effect he wanted.

Hand #13: Anthony Wise open shoved. No callers for Wise.

Hand #14: Dan Heimiller made it 160,000 and Dennis Phillips called on the button.

The flop was {4-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}{7-Spades}. Heimiller checked and Phillips bet 230,000. Heimiller raised to 350,000 and Phillips moved all in.

Heimiller wanted to know how much more it was and the count was 365,000.

Heimiller took a couple of minutes to make his decision and called.

Phillips turned over {5-Hearts}{5-Clubs} and Heimiller showed {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}. The turn {8-Diamonds} and river {10-Hearts} saw a big pot shipped to Philips.

Dennis Phillips us 2,450,000 1,205,000
Dan Heimiller us 1,700,000 -2,440,000

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Final Table Interview: Dennis Phillips

• Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Dennis Phillips
Dennis Phillips

To the poker community, Dennis Phillips is best known for his horn-blowing rail and third-place finish in the 2008 Main Event. For that win, Phillips earned just over $4.5 million and since then he has earned an additional $1 million in live tournament winnings mostly from small to medium buy-in tournaments.

While we were waiting to speak with Phillips, we overheard a few people talking about him. They didn’t recognize him from his Main Event run, but rather from his runner-up finish to Allyn Jaffrey Shulman in the 2012 Seniors Championship. We spent of few minutes catching up with Phillips to find out what is he’s up to and what’s so special about the Seniors Championship.

PokerNews: You have always said how much you love play the Seniors Event. What about it makes it one of your favorite tournaments?

Dennis Phillips: It is such an enjoyable thing. I love playing in this event. These are the guys I grew up playing with. I have been playing poker for 40 years so we kind of know how to play. And it’s a heck of a lot of fun and when you are relaxed, you sometimes do better.

You have registered some consistent circuit event finishes during the first part of the year. What is it about the circuit events that you like playing?

I just started playing them. I missed the first 16 of them and then I final tabled a couple and thought I might as well try to make a run for the National Championship. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the top 50, I came in 62nd. But heck I only played the last five, so that isn’t too bad.

Will you keep them on your schedule?

I don’t know. I have a lot of things going on. I enjoy playing them but we’ll see.

How much poker are you playing now?

Actually, not nearly as much as I used to. I own a number of companies now and I am doing consulting work for a couple of companies. I play less now than I used to. I’ll only be playing six or eight events this summer. That’s about it. But this event is one I look forward to each summer.

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Jim Custer Eliminated in Ninth Place ($51,573)

[user38873] • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Jim Custer
Jim Custer

Hand #11: Jim Custer raised to 150,000 and Smith three-bet to 400,000 out of the small blind. The big blind folded but Custer moved all in for what looked like 800,000. Smith called within a matter of moments and both turned over their cards.

Smith: {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs}
Custer: {A-Hearts}{6-Hearts}

Both players with suited aces and Custer had some more outs after the {7-Spades}{3-Spades}{5-Spades} flop and the {9-Clubs} turn. However, the {Q-Diamonds} was a brick and he has been eliminated in ninth place for a payday of $51,573.

Jim Custer US Busted

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Hands #7-10: Raise and Take it

[user38873] • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #7: David Tran raised to 180,000 and David Veda moved all in to take down the pot.

Hand #8: Doc Barry raised to 180,000 and claimed the blinds and antes.

Hand #9: David Smith joined the raise and take it club.

Hand #10: Dennis Phillips made it 160,000 to go and nobody wanted to pay that.

Hand #6: Maas Doubles Through Heimiller

[user38873] • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Hand #6: Dan Heimiller raised to 160,000 from early position and Donald Maas three-bet, Heimiller moved all in and Maas called quickly all in for his last 1,420,000.

Heimiller: {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}
Maas: {J-Hearts}{J-Clubs}

The {2-Hearts}{5-Spades}{K-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds} board delivered no hit for the chip leader and Maas is now a solid second in chips.

Hands #1-5 Fight to the Finish

• Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

We are back with the final nine and hand for hand action so you won’t miss a thing from now until a winner is crowned.

Hand #1: Doc Barry opened in middle position for 120,000 and takes it down.

Hand #2: Dan Heimiller opened for 160,000 from middle position and he took down the blinds and antes.

Hand #3: David Vida went all-in and nobody called.

Hand #4: David Tran opened for 125,000 and he won the pot unopposed.

Hand #5: Jim Custer raised to 200,000 and Custer took it down.

Interview With Chip Leader Dan Heimiller

Jonathan_Zaun • Level 31: 60,000-120,000, 15,000 ante
Dan Heimiller
Dan Heimiller

After building up a big chip lead heading into the unofficial ten-handed final table, World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dan Heimiller took a few minutes to chat with PokerNews about his second deep run in the Seniors Championship.

PokerNews: Dan, you've been playing the game for more than two decades, competing against the toughest players on the circuit in open events all around the world. Describe the difference between the play you encounter in those tournaments and the game being played by your fellow seniors.

Dan Heimiller: They're standing right there, I don't want them to hear it...don't tell anybody. OK, they play their hands straightforward more often, and they tend to call, some players tend to call weak. So there's about two or three players out of every ten that they call a little weak, so you have to careful too because you can't bluff them so often as in other tournaments.

PokerNews: They don't necessarily know how to figure out what you're trying to represent?

They are more liable to believe that you're stealing, they're a little bit more paranoid than other players are. So you've got to be careful of that, and then they play their hands straightforward. Which means, if they have something they bet it, they tend not to check-raise as often.

PokerNews: As a member of poker's old school, would winning the Seniors Championship mean anything special to you, or is this just another stop along the circuit you've been travelling for nearly half your life?

Oh that would be huge, because if I hit this one that would be the most money I've ever won in any tournament. And also, it's very difficult to get through 4,400 players, and although 20 percent or 30 percent are a little weak, there's at least 50 percent of the field that are really sharp. They've been playing a long time.

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The Chip Counts For the Official Final Table (full)

[user38873] • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
SeatPlayerChip Count
1Jim Custer895,000
2David Smith1,185,000
3David Tran1,625,000
4Dennis Phillips1,245,000
5David Vida805,000
6Doc Barry1,035,000
7Donald Maas1,480,000
8Dan Heimiller4,140,000
9Anthony Wise865,000
Dan Heimiller us 4,140,000 630,000
David Tran us 1,625,000 475,000
Donald Maas us 1,480,000 -150,000
Dennis Phillips us 1,245,000 45,000
David Smith us 1,185,000 -215,000
Doc Barry US 1,035,000 40,000
Jim Custer US 895,000 130,000
Anthony Wise US 865,000 -150,000
David Vida US 805,000 -150,000

Michael Frederick Eliminated in 10th Place ($40,024)

• Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Michael Frederick - 10th Place
Michael Frederick - 10th Place

Dan Heimiller opened for 150,000 on the button. Wise folded the small blind and, after a moment spent contemplating, Michael Frederick moved all in from the big blind.

Heimiller had everyone covered at the table and quickly made the call.

Frederick {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}

Heimiller {a-Spades}{9-Spades}

Off to the races.

The dealer put out {a-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{6-Spades}. Frederick was left looking for one of the last two remaining threes in the deck but they stayed put and he was out after a great run.
The official final table of nine was set to go.

Michael Frederick us Busted

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Level:
28
Blinds:
30,000/60,000
Ante:
10,000