Day 1 Completed
Day 1 Completed
It was huge turnout for Day 1 of Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship, as 5,916 players showed up and came just short of setting an attendance record for this event. The record was set last year at 5,918 players, meaning the 2019 edition of this event came up just two entries short of matching last year’s total.
The field whittled down to 1,778 grinders by night’s end, and those players will come back to the Rio Friday at 11 a.m. for the Day 2 restart. With 888 money spots up for grabs, the money bubble will most likely burst Friday as the remaining field battles for the $662,594 first prize and the WSOP bracelet!
Albert Halfon (271,700) is one of the big stacks coming back for Day 2, and he ended his night with a bustout he’ll probably remember for the rest of his life. The 15-time bracelet winning Phil Hellmuth entered the event late and sat at Halfon’s table, but Hellmuth didn’t last long as Halfon knocked him out, took his 20,000-chip stack and had his table mates calling him “Moneybags” after eliminating the legendary Hellmuth.
Other large stacks making it through Day 1 include Ron Larsen (289,900), Anthony Martin (273,700), Chisu Danut (264,000), and Michael Mischkot (226,800) all of whom will be looking to add to their piles when the Day 2 restart begins with Level 11, and the blinds at 800/1600.
Notable players making it to Day 2 include Matt Savage, David Einhorn, Barry Greenstein, Cliff Josephy, Layne Flack, Barbara Enright and Joe Hachem (80,000).
In addition to Hellmuth, other notable Day 1 bustouts included Norm MacDonald, who survived to Level 9 but suffered a brutal elimination and had to head for the exit.
This event is scheduled for four days of action, with 10 one-hour levels on the slate for Friday. The tournament will play down to six players Saturday, and the final table will commence on Sunday and play down to a champion!
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In the penultimate hand of the night, five players saw a flop of . It checked to Albert Halfon, who just moved all in for 260,000 odd, comfortably covering even the next-highest stacked of his opponents (140,000).
"I'm all in," Halfon said, "Take it or leave it."
So close to Day 2, they all left it. He was shown by the player with 140,000 behind. Halfon showed .
The clock has been paused, and the last seven hands of Day 1 announced. Then comes the extended bagging procedure, as nearly 2,000 players must be accounted for. Those who bag will unbag again at 11am tomorrow for Day 2.
Wendy Weissman has lost over a third of her steadily-built stack in the closing session of Day 1. She led out for 9,000 on a flop of , and her in-position opponent min-raised, making it 18,000. She made the call and saw the on the turn. This street neither player bet. On the river, Weissman checked and her opponent threw in another 9,000. She made the call to see the other two sevens in her opponent's hand. She flashed her hand to the table but mucked too quickly to note it.
Albert Halfon has busted one of the great bracelet-hunters (and catchers) of all time - Phil Hellmuth. A late registrant, Hellmuth will not be winning his 16th bracelet in the Seniors 2019.
Down to 20,000 or so, Hellmuth's last hand was a three-way pot. An early position player limped for 1,200, Hellmuth made it 6,000 to go and was called by the limper and button Halfon.
Flop: . Check to Hellmuth who moved all in. Halfon called, and the third player folded.
Halfon: for top pair.
Hellmuth: , an overcard, flush draw and straightening potential.
Nothing came to improve Hellmuth's hand on the turn and river and he was up and off in moments.
It took Michael Mischkot several minutes to stack all of his newly won chips after scoring a huge bustout at the end of Level 9.
Mischkot was on the button, his opponent in early position, and each player put 30,000 chips in on the flop . The turn came the and the early position player went all in for his remaining 47,200, Mischkot thought it over for awhile before putting in the call.
The at-risk player's flop two pair was counterfeited on the turn, giving Mischkot the lead with his with the queen kicker. The river ran out the , and Mischkot now has one of the biggest stacks heading into the conclusion of Day 1.
Another player at the table asked Mischkot why he wasn't worried about his opponent having a jack on the paired turn, and Mischkot said the opponent's timing gave it away.