Day 1 completed
Day 1 completed
At the start of the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship close to 4,000 players were registered, and that number grew to 4,425 once the registration was closed at the start of level seven. For the third year in a row the event drew more than 4,000 entries and the previous record attendance of 4,406 from 2013 was overthrown. After the introduction by Oklahoma Johnny Hale, things escalated quickly at the tables and more than 2,800 players were sent to the rail before the dinner break at the end of level six.
Five more levels were played after dinner and 486 players will return for Day 2 with the top 468 places getting paid. The final chip counts will be available on wsop.com within the hour.
Among those that didn't bag chips were the likes of Michel Abecassis, Marcel Luske, Pierre Neuville, European Poker Tour founder John Duthie, actor James Woods, Cyndy Violette as well as the WSOP bracelet winners Jorg Peisert and Susie Isaacs.
Duthie folded to a river shove from Richard Munro on a four-card-flush board and then ran into shortly after, whereas Munro is among the chip leaders with 104,400 chips after eleven levels of play. Other big stacks include Sam Farha (89,600), who had been running hot in the last few levels after being short on chips for most of the day, Marcee Topp (78,900), Donna Rosenthal (70,400), James Traber (70,700) and Terry Timmins (67,000).
Former WSOP Main Event runner up Dennis Phillips lost three flips towards the end and bagged up 16,900, WSOP bracelet winner Nikolaus Teichert (9,300) will come back with even fewer chips. Other notable names include Simon Trumper (45,400), Barny Boatman (39,100) and Irish legend Mick McCloskey (21,200).
Day 2 restarts at 11am Vegas time in the Amazon Room and it won't be long before the remaining players face the money bubble with less than 20 spots to go until a min cash of $1,752. The top 468 spots will earn at least that amount whereas the winner takes home a stunning $627,462 and a WSOP Gold Bracelet.
Dennis Phillips called a shove for most of his stack with and was up against the baby pair .
We haven’t met anyone who has liked ace king in this tournament and Phillips was no different.
He shook his head as the flop fell and kept right on shaking it until the end as the turn and river saw him left with fumes with a few more hands to play tonight.
"Dealers please complete the hand and then deal three more hands," was the announcement through the speakers and thus the clock has been stopped.
Richard Munro defended his big blind against an under the gun raise and then check-folded the flop, flashing the after the bet of the pre-flop raiser. "Jack no good?". His opponent shook her head and mucked both cards. Munro is up nicely regardless of that minor setback though.
Gary LaDuca raised to 2,200 from the button, one seat over Barny Boatman three-bet to 6,800 and LaDuca called to see the . Boatman carefully counted his chips and then bet 7,000, almost immediate fold from his opponent.
Tony Hoskins doesn’t seem to have been able to get much going since we last checked in with him. He was in the small blind and called a raise to 3,500 from a lady who had a stack of over 40,000.
They got it heads up and saw a flop of . Hoskins led right into the raiser betting 4,000. That didn’t seem to have the desired effect as she raised him to 12,000.
Hoskins raised his arm up and mucked his cards in disgust. As she collected the pot he asked his opponent, “What did you have that time?”
“Two cards.” she replied. “Two beautiful cards. I had the flush, it was pretty obvious I had the flush.”
Hoskins is now playing an average stack and is 45 places of the money.
Not only Donna Rosenthal is doing pretty well, Marcee Topp also tops her table with a more than rock solid stack of 80,000 in chips. With half an hour to play and 522 players remaining, that is more than three times the current average!
Perhaps the subdued nature of Sam Farha earlier in the day was due to the hours he regularly keeps as he is now smiling and chatting with the table. Or perhaps it is also due to his growing chip stack.
A hand we witness certainly had him chuckling. He checked the flop of and then bet 4,500 on the turn card. His opponent folded and Farha flashed his neighbour his hole cards and the showed the table . “Two black aces.” Another player said.
“Listen buddy.” Farha began, “I’ve been gambling for three days straight and I said to myself at the start of this, only aces.”