2018 World Series of Poker

Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Day: 3
Event Info

2018 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
200,000 / 400,000

Friedlander Takes Chip Lead into Final Table of the $1,000 Seniors Championship

Level 30 : 40,000/80,000, 10,000 ante
Gary Friedlander
Gary Friedlander

After ten levels of 60 minutes each, play has ended with 8 players on Day 3 of Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship. The day started with 101 hopefuls that survived the record-shattering field of 5,919 players. At the end of the day, it’s Gary Friedlander that takes the chip lead into the final table with 8,080,000 in chips. He will be in prime position to scoop up the first-place prize of $662,983 and the coveted gold WSOP bracelet.

Friedlander won most of those chips by doubling up against Bill Bennett with pocket aces, by flopping a pair of aces against Frank Berry, and by taking out Thad Smith when he flopped two pair and made a full house on the turn. Trailing in second place is Bill Stabler with 6,085,000. Stabler took out Sotirios Zafiris and Daniel Rosenberger.

Closing out the podium is Matthew Davis (6,010,000) who went on a bit of a heater during the last two levels of the day. He managed to take out Richard Behling in eleventh place who was pretty aggressive the whole day at all of his tables. Behling actually finished eleventh for the second time in this event, repeating his performance from 2016.

Bill Bennett, Frank Berry, Rachel Delatorre, Joseph Schulman, and Scott Hamilton-Hill round out the final table of eight. For Bennett, this will be his biggest cash ever. The American wasn’t expecting to make it this far as he claimed he didn’t even have a hotel room booked for tonight. Berry has over $200,000 in live tournament cashes but no WSOP cash yet, and will be looking to make his first one very memorable.

Delatorre is the last woman standing and has probably surpassed all of her expectations. Her biggest recorded live tournament cash up until now is worth just $1,940 and she’ll be looking to become the first female bracelet winner of 2018. Schulman has over $400,000 in cashes and but only around $20,000 of that on the WSOP circuit. Hamilton-Hill is the only non-American player. The New Zealander will be trying to win the second WSOP bracelet for his country.

Final Table Seat Draw

RoomTable/SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
AmazonFT/2Joseph SchulmanUnited States1,510,00015
AmazonFT/3Scott Hamilton-HillNew Zealand1,455,00015
AmazonFT/4Rachel DelatorreUnited States1,645,00016
AmazonFT/5Matthew DavisUnited States6,010,00060
AmazonFT/6Bill StablerUnited States6,085,00061
AmazonFT/7Frank BerryUnited States2,090,00021
AmazonFT/8Gary FriedlanderUnited States8,080,00081
AmazonFT/9Bill BennettUnited States2,735,00027

At the start of the day, more than 20 players left the field within the first 30 minutes. Action was fast and furious for a while and didn’t really slow down much. The oldest player in the field today was Andreas Dassopoulos (83) and unfortunately for him, he was also the first to be sent to the payout desk. Bracelet winners Larry Wright and Keith Lehr finished the day earlier than they would have wanted. The same could be said for Day 2 chipleader Ronald Bishop, who bowed out in 47th place. Former November Niner Dan Sindelar’s father, William Sindelar, finished in 38th place.

The eight remaining players will return at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 18, to play down to a winner in the Amazon room at one of the feature tables. They will return in level 31, which features a small blind of 50,000, a big blind of 100,000, and a running ante of 15,000.

This is what they’re playing for:

9$59,074Thad SmithUnited States

A winner will be crowned on Monday and PokerNews will be there to bring you all the action live from the feature table, so make sure to follow all the updates as we crown the 2018 Seniors Championship winner.

Rachel Delatorre
An incredible run: final tablist Rachel Delatorre's previous best recorded cash is just $1,940

Tags: Andreas DassopoulosBill BennetBill StablerDaniel RosenbergerFrank BerryGary FriedlanderJoseph SchulmanMatthew DavisRachel DelatorreRichard BehlingScott Hamilton-HillThad Smith