Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
Day 4 Completed
Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em
Day 4 Completed
Event #36: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em is a wrap, and after two full levels of the unscheduled fourth day of play, Farhintaj Bonyadi defeated Robert Beach heads-up to walk away with the victory and $311,451.
Along with her first bracelet, Bonyadi becomes the first female to win a bracelet event of the summer. Bonyadi and her son, Farzad “Freddy” Bonyadi, also become the first mother-son duo to win WSOP gold, Farzad with three bracelets to his credit.
Official Event #36 Final Table Results
|1||Farhintaj Bonyadi||United States||$311,451|
|2||Robert Beach||United States||$192,397|
|3||Paul W Lee||United States||$140,273|
|4||Linda Iwaniak||United Kingdom||$103,215|
|6||Alan Denkenson||United States||$57,465|
|7||Charles Thompson||United States||$43,489|
|8||Neil Henley||United States||$33,227|
|9||Bill Fogel||United States||$25,633|
“She wants to catch me now,” her son joked after watching mom close it out.
“I’m just so so happy,” Farhintaj said of finally getting a victory after finishing runner-up in Rio Daily Deepstacks in 2012 and 2016 for her two previous best scores of $35,992 and $27,097, respectively.
While the more experienced poker-playing son did provide his mother some advice including to play patiently today, he emphasized, “She did it all on her own.”
“I told her to play patiently when she was short and she did it,” Farzad said. “I think she played masterfully today.”
Bonyadi came into the day facing a 4.5:1 chip deficit, but that didn’t stop her from fighting back. Both players appeared to adopt a small ball preflop strategy with most flops occurring in limped pots. However, Bonyadi began to put more pressure on, betting several flops and taking pots uncontested.
She closed the gap to just over 2:1 and turned up more post-flop aggression, including working in some flop check-raises that were usually met with folds. Then, after making a couple hands that got value, including a turned straight with six-four and two pair with queen-nine, Bonyadi won a few more pots and suddenly held the lead.
She extended her lead with continued post-flop aggression with bets and flop raises that worked out, and in the final hand, Beach completed and called a raise from Bonyadi. She then check-raised the flop from 600,000 to 1.2 million and got a call from Beach. She led 600,000 on the turn and shoved on the river that put a straight on the board.
Beach made the call for his remaining 2,450,000 but was staring at Bonyadi’s pocket eights for the higher straight, his playing the board. Beach may have been let down to miss out on the bracelet, but he’s likely happy with the $192,397 consolation prize that dwarfs his previous tournament earnings of just over $5,000.
The $1,000 buy-in Super Seniors drew 2,191 entries, creating a total prize pool of $1,971,900 that was divided amongst the 329 top finishers. The money was reached on Day 2, with the majority of payouts going out that day and 43 returning.
Some players to bust in the money short of the final table were Sam Grizzle (32nd place - $8,120), bracelet winners Michael Moore (125th Place - $2,209), Konstantin Puchkov (180th place - $1,972) and Gary Benson (230th place - $1,780), and Swedish poker icon and two-time bracelet winner Chris Bjorin (263rd place - $1,625).
The final table was reached just four levels into Day 3, and it was two-time bracelet winner Steve Zolotow who bubbled the official final table. With 16 left, Zolotow doubled up Bonyadi when he called her late position shove with ace-king but couldn’t beat her jack-nine suited that rivered two pair.
The last of it went to Beach after the two got in stacks, Zolotow in a dominating position with ace-king against ace-queen. Beach found a queen on the flop though that sent Zolotow out in tenth ($19,968), putting an end to his run for bracelet number three.
Bill Fogel was the first final table casualty, running his pocket sevens into Neil Henley's nines. The next two out would suffer a similar fate, running pairs into bigger ones and finding no help from the board.
Henley got all his chips in with tens, only to run into the aces of Linda Iwaniak and then, Charles Thompson's sevens fell to Bonyadi's eights.
Famed sports bettor Alan Denkenson was next out, getting it in ahead with ace-king against Beach's ace-eight. An eight on the flop shot Beach into the lead and Denkenson couldn't find a king and he was forced to settle for sixth place.
Russell Sutton then got in his short stack with pocket tens over a raise from Bonyadi. She made the call with king-queen and spiked a queen to send Sutton packing in fifth.
Iwaniak became the fourth-place finisher after raising with pocket tens and getting calls from both blinds. She shoved on the flop, only to be snapped off by Paul Lee, who held eight-deuce suited in the big blind for trips. Iwaniak couldn't catch up and she was the first player in the tournament to collect a six-figure payday.
Lee was the short stack three-handed and took a big hit with pocket queens that were no good against Beach's ace-jack suited after he spiked trip jacks on the flop. The turn double-paired the board and Lee couldn't get away on the river, calling a check-raise. He dwindled for a while and got in the remainder with queen-ten in the small blind against Beach's king-seven.
A king on the flop ended things for Lee, who went out in third place. Beach started heads-up with a 3:1 chip advantage. Despite chipping up here and there in the 61 hands they played before bagging and returning for Day 4, Bonyadi finished the night down 4.5:1 in chips.
After a night’s rest and two hour-long levels of play on Wednesday though, Bonyadi walked away with the win that represented bracelet number four for the mother and son duo.
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Farhintaj Bonyadi came back from only 15 BBs at the start of play to capture the WSOP gold bracelet in the $1,000 Super Seniors No Limit Hold'em event.
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Hand #338: In the final hand of the heads-up match, Robert Beach completed in the small blind and Farhintaj Bonyadi raised to 425,000. Beach called and they saw a flop of .
Bonyadi checked, Beach bet 600,000 and Bonyadi check-raised to 1.2 million. Beach called and the turn brought the . Bonyadi led out 600,000 and Beach called.
The river brought the , putting a straight to the seven on the board. Bonyadi moved all in and Beach called, only to see Bonyadi had the straight to the eight, holding . Beach showed his before sending it to the muck, and Bonyadi put her arms in the air in celebration.
Beach looked over at his friends on the rail and told them, "She got it." Beach earns $192,397 for his runner-up finish.
Bonyadi becomes the first woman of the summer to win a bracelet, also taking home $311,451. A full recap of the event will be posted shortly.
Hand #332: Robert Beach completed and Farhintaj Bonyadi checked her option. On the flop, Bonyadi checked, Beach bet 325,000 and Bonyadi made it 800,000. Beach folded and Bonyadi took the pot.
Hand #333: Beach got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #334: Beach completed in the small blind and Bonyadi checked in the big blind. The flop was and Bonyadi checked. Beach bet 400,000 and Bonyadi folded.
Hand #335: Beach got a walk.
Hand #336: Beach completed in the small blind and Bonyadi raised to 325,000. Both players checked the flop and on the turn, Bonyadi checked, Beach bet 400,000 and Bonyadi folded.
Hand #337: Beach got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #326: Robert Beach limped in and Farhintaj Bonyadi checked. Both checked the flop of and turn before Bonyadi took it down with a bet of 400,000 on the river.
Hand #327: Bonyadi limped in and Beach checked. The flop came and Beach's 400,000 bet was enough to make Bonyadi fold.
Hand #328: Beach limped in and Bonyadi checked. They checked on the flop, too, before Bonyadi bet 300,000 on the turn to take down the pot.
Hand #329: Bonyadi limped and Beach checked. Another two checks on the flop followed before Beach check-folded to a 400,000 bet on the turn.
Hand #330: Beach limped in and Bonyadi checked. The flop came and Beach check-folded to a bet of 500,000.
Hand #331: Bonyadi raised to 320,000 and Beach called. The flop of and the turn were checked through before Beach took down the pot with a bet of 700,000 on the river.
Hand #321: Farhintaj Bonyadi completed in the small blind and Robert Beach raised to 525,000. Bonyadi let it go and Beach took down the pot.
Hand #322: Beach completed on the button and Bonyadi made it 325,000. Beach called and they saw a flop of . Both players checked and Bonyadi bet 700,000 on the turn. Beach folded and Bonyadi took the pot.
Hand #323: Beach got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #324: Beach completed on the button and Bonyadi checked. The flop was and Bonyadi check-folded to Beach's bet of 300,000.
Hand #325: Bonyadi completed in the small blind and Beach checked. The flop brought and Beach led 200,000. Bonyadi raised it up to 700,000 and Beach let it go.
Hand #313: Farhintaj Bonyadi limped in and Robert Beach checked. Beach bet out 500,000 on and Bonyadi folded.
Hand #314: Beach limped in and Bonyadi checked. Both checked the flop, then the hit the turn. Beach bet out 400,000 and Bonyadi raised to 800,000. Beach called but then check-folded to Bonyadi's push on the river.
Hand #315: Bonyadi limped in and Beach checked. They both checked on the flop, then Beach took it down with a bet of 500,000 on the turn.
Hand #316: Beach limped in and Bonyadi checked. On the flop, Bonyadi bet 300,000 and Beach folded.
Hand #317: Bonyadi limped the button and Beach checked. Beach bet out 200,000 on the flop but folded as soon as Bonyadi raised to 500,000.
Hand #318: Beach gave Bonyadi a walk.
Hand #319: Bonyadi returned the favor and gave Beach a walk.
Hand #320: Beach limped in and Bonyadi checked. Bonyadi check-folded to a bet of 300,000 on the flop.
Hand #305: Farhintaj Bonyadi completed in the small blind and Robert Beach checked his option. Both players checked the flop and the turn was the . Beach led 400,000, Bonyadi raised to 800,000 and Beach let it go.
Hand #306: Beach completed and Bonyadi checked. They also checked the flop and the turn. On the river, Bonyadi checked, Beach bet 500,000 and Bonyadi folded.
Hand #307: Beach got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #308: Beach completed and Bonyadi checked. On the flop, Bonyadi checked, Beach bet 400,000 and Bonyadi called. They both checked the turn and the river and Bonyadi's for a pair of fours was good.
Hand #309: Bonyadi completed in the small blind and Beach made it 500,000. Bonyadi called and they saw a flop of . Beach checked and then folded to Bonyadi's bet of 400,000.
Hand #310: Beach completed and Bonyadi checked. The flop came and Bonyadi check-folded to Beach's bet of 500,000.
Hand #311: Bonyadi completed, Beach raised it to 600,000 and Bonyadi let it go.
Hand #312: Beach completed, Bonyadi checked and the flop came . Bonyadi led 300,000 and Beach folded.
Hand #295: Farhintaj Bonyadi limped in but folded to Robert Beach's raise to 500,000.
Hand #296: Beach limped in and Bonyadi checked. The flop of saw Bonyadi check. Beach bet 500,000 and Bonyadi check-raised to 1 million. Beach called and called a bet of 700,000 on the turn as well. The on the river saw both players check.
Bonyadi showed and Beach mucked.
Hand #297: Bonyadi limped in and Beach checked. Beach bet out 400,000 on and Bonyadi folded.
Hand #298: Beach limped in but folded to Bonyadi's 420,000 raise.
Hand #299: Bonyadi limped in and Beach checked. The flop of saw Beach check. Bonyadi bet 250,000 and Beach folded.
Hand #300: Beach limped in and Bonyadi checked. Both players checked on the flop of and turn. The river saw Bonyadi check. Beach bet 500,000 and Bonyadi folded.
Hand #301: Bonyadi limped in and Beach checked. Beach check-called 200,000 on and another 300,000 on the turn. The river brought the on the table and both players checked. Bonyadi showed and beat Beach's .
Hand #302: Beach limped in and Bonyadi checked. The flop came and Bonyadi check-folded to a 400,000 bet from Beach.
Hand #303: Bonyadi limped in but folded to a raise to 625,000 by Beach.
Hand #304: Beach limped in but folded to a raise to 550,000 by Bonyadi.