Event #17: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Event #17: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day 2 completed

Detienne Leads Seniors Championship with 32 Left

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Kevin Detienne leads
Kevin Detienne leads

Day 2 of Event #17: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship resumed today with 486 players returning from a record starting field of 4,425. At the end of the day, only 32 remained in contention for the massive $627,462 top prize.

Kevin Detienne ended the day as chip leader and was close to breaking the million-chip mark, finishing with a whopping 988,000. Michael Wilson will return Sunday in second place with 714,000, and Mitchell Lehman is third with 700,000.

Detienne spoke to PokerNews at the end of the day and told us that making an ace-high flush on the river early on had built his stack up. From there, he was always in contention, playing aggressive poker and avoiding any big coin flips with stacks that could hurt him.

"I don’t like coin flips," Detienne stated emphatically.

Dennis Phillips, the third-place finisher in the WSOP Main Event in 2008, rocked a short stack for most of the day but later on he clawed his way back into contention and ended the day in seventh place with 613,000.

The money bubble burst before the end of the first level of the day, and with 468 places paid it fell to Stanley Statkiewicz to be the unfortunate player to be the last to leave with nothing to show for his valiant efforts. After the bubble burst, the dam broke and a flood of players soon began pouring towards the payout desk holding their tickets for an initial min-cash of $1,752. "Payout!" was the constant background soundtrack as dealers called out the fallen players.

A few notables managed to hang on for a bit longer, but Sammy Farha and Barny Boatman couldn’t convert their chips into a big payday. Farha ran hot at the end of Day 1 and returned as one of the top-five stacks, but after doubling up a couple of opponents he was down to below average and eventually went out when he flopped top pair only to finish second best to his opponent’s bottom set. Boatman went out when he called a shove with the {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts} and was up against the {k-Spades}{q-Spades}. The final board of {6-Spades}{j-Spades}{8-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} saw an end to his tournament.

After six levels of play, the field was reduced to 95 and the last four levels after the dinner break quickly saw the returning bunch reduced to 32 before bagging up chips for the night.

The players return Sunday at 11 a.m. when they will play down to a winner.

The PokerNews Live Reporting team will bring you all the eliminations and up-to-date chip counts as well as hand-for-hand coverage of the final table of nine as the seniors battle it out for a WSOP bracelet and a top prize of $627,462.

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End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante
Kevin Detienne US 988,000
Michael Wilson US 714,000
Mitchell Lehman us 700,070 70
Milwood Motley US 687,000 601,000
Doc Barry US 666,000
David Vida US 629,000 -96,000
Dan Heimiller us 613,000 -37,000
Dennis Phillips us 613,000
David Tran us 576,000 514,600
Robert Cramer us 494,000 169,000
James Miller us 468,000 -52,000
Stephen Wood US 457,000 457,000
Anthony Wise US 450,000 146,000
Richard Lysinger US 439,000 -21,000
Arthur Hatcher US 437,000 398,700
Alan Gillespie US 414,000 -16,000
Deborah Phillips us 412,000 52,000
Carl Torelli US 408,000 168,000
Richard Munro us 397,000 147,000
Donald Maas us 310,000 270,900
Lenard Sepke CA 284,000 208,900
Michael Frederick US 261,000 -49,000
Robert Cutshall US 250,000 231,000
Kurt Chenchick US 216,000 46,000
David Smith us 215,000 193,000

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No Further Bustout

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

There were three all in situations but none of them caused an elimination. The most cruel double up happened in favor of Alan Gillespie, who won the flip with {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs} versus {Q-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}. All chips went in pre flop and Gillespie was at risk for his last 203,000, the {5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} provided a four card flush.

Dan Heimiller lost some 86,000 change after raising and calling an all in with {A-Clubs}{4-Clubs} versus {A-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}, the {9-Diamonds} in the window set things straight with the first community card.

Alan Gillespie US 430,000 280,000

Seven More Hands Please

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

"Dealers, please finish the hand you are on and then deal seven more hands." Raised eyebrows from some of the players and Dennis Philipps raised his hand: "Sorry guys, that is all my fault." He drew the dreadful card.

One table over, Deborah Phillips bet 55,000 out of the big blind on a {9-Clubs}{A-Diamonds}{2-Clubs} flop and got raised by a further 90,000. Phillips elected to fold and wait for a better spot.

King Vida

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

Poker involves coolers and we just saw another.

Tim Roberts had his stack in the middle and was holding {q-}{q-}

David Vida had his stack committed too and had found {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}.

The cards ran out {4-Spades}{3-Spades}{k-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{6-Spades}.

The stacks were counted down and Vida had 359,000 against the 358,000 of Roberts.

One more for the exit.

David Vida US 725,000 495,000
Timothy Roberts US Busted

Positions 45-37

• Level 21: 6,000-12,000, 2,000 ante

All the below players ran out of chips in the last half an hour and will receive $12,704. This does include Peter Alson, who pretty much stayed around 20 big blinds almost the entire day and climbed a few payout steps with a lot of patience.

Ronald Bradway US Busted
Paul Pavlides US Busted
Peter Alson US Busted
Michael Fisher GB Busted
Greg Genge CA Busted
Sean Byrne IE Busted
Theresa Hatcher us Busted
Tanya Gawarecki US Busted
Ronald Lemco us Busted