2013 World Series of Poker

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

2013 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
j9
Prize
$634,809
Event Info
Buy-in
$1,000
Entries
4,407
Level Info
Level
32
Blinds
80,000 / 160,000
Ante
20,000

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
Player Chips Progress
James Miller us
James Miller
1,088,000
-32,000
-32,000
Kenneth Lind us
Kenneth Lind
1,057,000
657,000
657,000
WSOP 1X Winner
James McClendon us
James McClendon
1,029,000
947,000
947,000
Steven Albini us
Steven Albini
930,000
500,000
500,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Michel Bouskila au
Michel Bouskila
915,000
265,000
265,000
Timothy Mccarthy ca
Timothy Mccarthy
716,000
665,700
665,700
Dana Ott us
Dana Ott
492,000
426,500
426,500
Lacy Wills us
Lacy Wills
488,000
468,200
468,200
Jo Iannello us
Jo Iannello
477,000
442,500
442,500
John Holley us
John Holley
476,000
231,000
231,000
Scott Wanzer us
Scott Wanzer
398,000
356,200
356,200
Michael Thorpe us
Michael Thorpe
396,000
349,900
349,900
Barry Bashist us
Barry Bashist
391,000
355,200
355,200
Randolph Spain us
Randolph Spain
370,000
214,000
214,000
Mark Kroon us
Mark Kroon
358,000
-392,000
-392,000
Jerrold Jackson ca
Jerrold Jackson
322,000
290,200
290,200
George Wright us
George Wright
317,000
200,000
200,000
Stephen Lutz us
Stephen Lutz
280,000
208,000
208,000
Hoyt Corkins us
Hoyt Corkins
266,000
-94,000
-94,000
WSOP 2X Winner
Raymond Spencer us
Raymond Spencer
256,000
244,100
244,100
Fernando Halac us
Fernando Halac
246,000
204,000
204,000
Charles Goldstein us
Charles Goldstein
236,000
-214,000
-214,000
Jim Downend us
Jim Downend
201,000
180,200
180,200
Jimmy Earnest us
Jimmy Earnest
200,041
167,941
167,941
Daryl Katz us
Daryl Katz
186,000
-49,000
-49,000

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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.

Player Chips Progress
Michel Bouskila au
Michel Bouskila
650,000
580,300
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.

Player Chips Progress
Mark Kroon us
Mark Kroon
750,000
-300,000
-300,000
Steven Albini us
Steven Albini
430,000
405,400
405,400
WSOP 2X Winner

Tags: Mark Kroon

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."

Tags: Johnny Hale