Event #26: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Event #26: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 2 completed

James Miller Leads The Final 34; Lind and McClendon Close Behind

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 200 ante
James Miller
James Miller

Today started with 491 players, just 50 spots off the money. It didn’t take long for the money bubble to burst and eliminations kept up a quick pace throughout the day. The day ended with just 34 of the original 4,497 players. It is James Miller (1,088,000) leading the way with Kenneth Lind (1,057,000) and James McClendon (1,029,000) not far behind. All three players stayed under the radar while quietly accumulating chips to build impressive stacks.

Some of the notables that were lost in the flurry of bust outs include John Strzemp (125th), Young Ji (104th), Robert Varkonyi (73rd) and Dan Heimiller (39th), who busted during the last level of play. Hoyt Corkins (266,000), who placed fourth in this event last year, is looking to better his finish but has his work cut out for him as he sits with a below average chip stack.

The remaining players will be returning tomorrow to the Amazon Room at 11 a.m. battle it out for the first-place prize of $634,809 and a WSOP gold bracelet. Stay tuned to PokerNews for live updates and hand-for-hand coverage of the final table. See you back here tomorrow. Good Night from Las Vegas!

Tags: Dan HeimillerHoyt CorkinsJames McClendonJames MillerJohn StrzempKenneth LindRobert VarkonyiYoung Ji

Official End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 200 ante
James Miller us 1,088,000 -32,000
Kenneth Lind us 1,057,000 657,000
James McClendon US 1,029,000 947,000
Steven Albini us 930,000 500,000
Michel Bouskila au 915,000 265,000
Timothy Mccarthy CA 716,000 665,700
Dana Ott us 492,000 426,500
Lacy Wills us 488,000 468,200
Jo Iannello US 477,000 442,500
John Holley us 476,000 231,000
Scott Wanzer US 398,000 356,200
Michael Thorpe US 396,000 349,900
Barry Bashist US 391,000 355,200
Randolph Spain us 370,000 214,000
Mark Kroon us 358,000 -392,000
Jerrold Jackson ca 322,000 290,200
George Wright US 317,000 200,000
Stephen Lutz US 280,000 208,000
Hoyt Corkins us 266,000 -94,000
Raymond Spencer US 256,000 244,100
Fernando Halac us 246,000 204,000
Charles Goldstein US 236,000 -214,000
Jim Downend US 201,000 180,200
Jimmy Earnest us 200,041 167,941
Daryl Katz US 186,000 -49,000

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Call It A Night

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 200 ante

Play is done for the evening. Stay tuned for a complete list of chip counts from our remaining players.

Michel Bouskila Charges a Pretty Steep Greens Fee

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 200 ante

With just twenty more minutes separating our remaining players from an appearance on Day 3 of this Seniors Championship, many are playing cautiously in hopes of ensuring their survival. Fortunately for Michel Bouskila, one player had a prior engagement.

We caught the action on the flop, with the board reading {3-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{5-Hearts}, and Bouskila with an all-in lammer in front of his fairly large stack.

His opponent was standing over his own sizable stack, eyeing Bouskila and the board cards warily.

"I've got somewhere to be tomorrow, I call!," he announced suddenly, turning over {A-Diamonds}{A-Hearts}.

His read on the hand was right, as he will not be returning to the Rio for tomorrow's final day of play. His rockets had been shot down by Bouskila's {10-Hearts}{10-Spades} for top set.

After the turn and river brought no more bullets on board, the player graciously slid his stack over to Bouskila, wishing his tablemates well as he departed the tournament floor.

When asked what plans were so pressing, the recently defeated player said simply "a golf trip with my buddies," and here's hoping he avoids the hazards there as well as he did through two full days of Senior Championship play.

Michel Bouskila au 650,000 580,300

Four More Hands

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 200 ante

The tournament director has announced that each table will play exactly four more hands tonight, then players will bag up their chips.

"I Got Bailed Out"

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 200 ante
Mark Kroon
Mark Kroon

Kimberley Kilroy opened the preflop with action with a raise to 25,000. Mark Kroon then three-bet to 83,000. Everyone folded to Steven Albini in the big blind, who verbally announced a raise. He then put out enough chips to match Kroon's bet, and made no motion to push out any more. Kroon eventually asked what he was doing, since he'd announced raise. Albini apparently didn't notice Kroon had raised and was trying to three-bet over Kilroy's 25,000. Having verbally committed to a raise, Albini pushed out a min-raise to 141,000. Kilroy folded, and Kroon moved all in. Albini said he thought was pot committed, and called, and the players revealed their cards:

Kroon: {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}
Albini: {a-Hearts}{4-Hearts}

The flop came {a-Spades}{6-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}, and Albini outdrew Kroon's tens. Kroon was a little upset about the way events unfolded preflop, and Albini was a little self-conscious about misreading the betting before the action got to him. After the hand, he said to us, "I sh** the bed real bad on that hand, and I got bailed out." However, the bailout worked wonders for his stack, and he had 430,000 when the hand was over.

Mark Kroon us 750,000 -300,000
Steven Albini us 430,000 405,400

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Play Is Slowing Down

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 200 ante

There is 30 minutes left in the day and the players are just two eliminations away from a $3,000 pay jump. As a result, play is slowing down and short stacks are battening down the hatches in hopes of making day 3.

Oklahoma Johnny Hale Watching Over His Brand

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 200 ante
Oklahoma Johnny Hale (Seen Here Delivering the Opening Address at the 2011 Seniors Championship) is a Fixture on the Senior Poker Circuit
Oklahoma Johnny Hale (Seen Here Delivering the Opening Address at the 2011 Seniors Championship) is a Fixture on the Senior Poker Circuit

We noticed the unmistakable Oklahoma Johnny Hale buzzing around the tournament floor on his motorized mount, as he graciously congratulated each and every senior still left standing for reaching this late stage of the tournament.

Oklahoma Johnny was kind enough to regale us with a few tales from his storied poker career, and he even showed off the glittering gold bracelet awarded to him by Jack Binion in 1980. When asked what he thinks of a seniors tournament attracting more than 4,400 players, Hale was not surprised in the slightest.

"These players are the lifeblood of poker," he told us. "Their the ones that come to the casino early and start the games, and its their extra money that starts the whole thing going."

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