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

Day 1 Of The Seniors Event 2014 Ends Close to the Money

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Sam Farha will return on Day 2 with a big stack.
Sam Farha will return on Day 2 with a big stack.

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 {A-}{7-} into{j-}{j-} 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.

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Ronald Bradway US 125,100
Mary Totzke 115,100
Richard Munro us 104,400 9,400
Herbert Bennett US 90,600
Sammy Farha us 89,400
Milwood Motley US 86,000
Kevin Detienne US 85,100 77,100
Dennis Palmer US 79,000 35,000
Marcia Topp US 78,900
Lenard Sepke CA 75,100
Navid Nazem 73,700
Doc Barry US 72,800
James Traber us 70,700 70,700
John Coleman US 70,600 8,600
Donna Rosenthal US 70,400
Hamid Feiz us 68,700
Solomon Rousso 68,100
Terry Timmins US 67,000 5,000
Theresa Hatcher us 64,300
Gary La Duca 64,100
Dennis Pfau 63,900
Lonnie Smith 62,800
Kevin Brown CA 62,100
David Tran us 61,400
Ross Novak 61,400

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Phillips on Fumes

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Dennis Phillips called a shove for most of his stack with {a-Clubs}{k-Spades} and was up against the baby pair {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}.

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 {8-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{q-Spades} and kept right on shaking it until the end as the turn {7-Clubs} and river {6-Clubs} saw him left with fumes with a few more hands to play tonight.

Dennis Phillips us 16,900 -7,100

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Three More Hands For The Night

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

"Dealers please complete the hand and then deal three more hands," was the announcement through the speakers and thus the clock has been stopped.

Gimme More

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Richard Munro defended his big blind against an under the gun raise and then check-folded the {8-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} flop, flashing the {J-Hearts} 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 {K-Diamonds}{2-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}. Boatman carefully counted his chips and then bet 7,000, almost immediate fold from his opponent.

Richard Munro us 95,000 34,000
Gary LaDuca 65,000 -26,000
Barny Boatman gb 30,000 8,000

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Hoskins Slipping

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

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 {9-Spades}{4-Spades}{j-Spades}. 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.

Tony Hoskins US 22,000 -25,000

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Ladies In The Lead?

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante

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!

Marcee Topp 80,000 59,000

Farha Comes Alive

• Level 11: 500-1,000, 100 ante
Sam Farha
Sam Farha

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 {3-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{6-Clubs} 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 {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}. “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.”

Sam Farha us 48,000 22,000

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