2019 World Series of Poker

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

2019 World Series of Poker

Final Results
Winning Hand
Event Info
Prize Pool
Level Info
600,000 / 1,200,000

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

Day 1 Completed

Huge Field Converges on Day 1 of the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Albert Halfon
Albert Halfon

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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Tags: Albert HalfonBarbara EnrightBarry GreensteinCliff JosephyDavid EinhornJoe HachemLayne FlackMatt SavageMichael MischkotNorm MacDonaldPhil Hellmuth

End-of-Day Chip Counts (full)

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Player Chips Progress
Adilson Moraes us
Adilson Moraes
Day 1 Chip Leader
Albert Halfon us
Albert Halfon
361,700 101,700
Ravinder Bedi ca
Ravinder Bedi
Ronald Larsen us
Ronald Larsen
Mark Kroon us
Mark Kroon
274,400 134,400
Anthony Martin us
Anthony Martin
273,700 700
Cristobal Romano us
Cristobal Romano
267,500 76,500
Yue Du cn
Yue Du
WSOP 1X Winner
Danut Chisu ro
Danut Chisu
Kelly Vande Mheen us
Kelly Vande Mheen
Dennis Mckelvey us
Dennis Mckelvey
Harvey Blacker us
Harvey Blacker
David Pham us
David Pham
WSOP 3X Winner
David Moskalyk ca
David Moskalyk
Anthony Gianfermi us
Anthony Gianfermi
Gorki Oliveira br
Gorki Oliveira
Michael Mischkot us
Michael Mischkot
226,800 -700
Andrew Kaplan us
Andrew Kaplan
Keith Littlewood gb
Keith Littlewood
222,200 62,200
Jordan Fishman us
Jordan Fishman
221,100 -3,800
Reuben Nixon us
Reuben Nixon
Ismael Cabrera us
Ismael Cabrera
Chad Mizner us
Chad Mizner
David Einhorn us
David Einhorn
195,200 148,700
Jeffrey Ayars us
Jeffrey Ayars

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Halfon Uses Stack Like Sledgehammer in Last Few Hands

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

In the penultimate hand of the night, five players saw a flop of {8-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}. 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 {9-Hearts}{9-Spades} by the player with 140,000 behind. Halfon showed {a-Spades}{4-Hearts}.

Player Chips Progress
Albert Halfon us
Albert Halfon
260,000 10,000

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Weissman Runs into Quads in Last Half Hour of Play

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

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 {k-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{7-Spades}, and her in-position opponent min-raised, making it 18,000. She made the call and saw the {9-Diamonds} on the turn. This street neither player bet. On the {7-Diamonds} 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.

Player Chips Progress
Wendy Weissman us
Wendy Weissman
45,000 -65,000

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Halfon Busts Hellmuth

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante
Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

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: {3-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. Check to Hellmuth who moved all in. Halfon called, and the third player folded.

Halfon: {6-Spades}{7-Spades} for top pair.
Hellmuth: {k-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}, an overcard, flush draw and straightening potential.

Nothing came to improve Hellmuth's hand on the {9-Spades}{2-Clubs} turn and river and he was up and off in moments.

Player Chips Progress
Albert Halfon us
Albert Halfon
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
WSOP Main Event Champion
WSOP 17X Winner
Poker Hall of Famer

Tags: Phil HellmuthAlbert Halfon

Mischkot Eclipses the 200k Mark

Level 10 : 600/1,200, 1,200 ante

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.

Michael Mischkot: {a-Spades}{q-Spades}
Opponent: {a-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}

Mischkot was on the button, his opponent in early position, and each player put 30,000 chips in on the flop {a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{3-Diamonds}. The turn came the {j-Hearts} 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 {a-Spades}{a-Clubs}{j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} with the queen kicker. The river ran out the {7-Hearts}, 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.

Player Chips Progress
Michael Mischkot us
Michael Mischkot
227,500 82,500

Tags: Michael Mischkot

Level: 10

Blinds: 600/1,200

Ante: 1,200