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

GeoffFisk • 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)

Djinn • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante
Adilson Moraes US
Adilson Moraes
US 379,200
Albert Halfon US
Albert Halfon
US 361,700 101,700
Ravinder Bedi ca
Ravinder Bedi
ca 321,800
Ronald Larsen us
Ronald Larsen
us 289,900
Mark Kroon us
Mark Kroon
us 274,400 134,400
Anthony Martin us
Anthony Martin
us 273,700 700
Cristobal Romano us
Cristobal Romano
us 267,500 76,500
Yue Du cn
Yue Du
cn 266,800
Danut Chisu ro
Danut Chisu
ro 264,000
Kelly Vande Mheen us
Kelly Vande Mheen
us 257,800
Dennis Mckelvey US
Dennis Mckelvey
US 250,600
Harvey Blacker US
Harvey Blacker
US 248,900
David Pham us
David Pham
us 247,700
David Moskalyk CA
David Moskalyk
CA 237,400
Anthony Gianfermi US
Anthony Gianfermi
US 237,200
Gorki Oliveira br
Gorki Oliveira
br 229,700
Michael Mischkot US
Michael Mischkot
US 226,800 -700
Andrew Kaplan us
Andrew Kaplan
us 223,300
Keith Littlewood gb
Keith Littlewood
gb 222,200 62,200
Jordan Fishman US
Jordan Fishman
US 221,100 -3,800
Reuben Nixon us
Reuben Nixon
us 215,400
Ismael Cabrera us
Ismael Cabrera
us 205,100
Chad Mizner us
Chad Mizner
us 199,000
David Einhorn us
David Einhorn
us 195,200 148,700
Jeffrey Ayars US
Jeffrey Ayars
US 194,500

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Halfon Uses Stack Like Sledgehammer in Last Few Hands

Djinn • 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}.

Albert Halfon US
Albert Halfon
US 260,000 10,000

Tags: Albert Halfon

Last Seven Hands Announced

Djinn • Level 10: 600-1,200, 1,200 ante

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.

Ron Larsen
Ron Larsen
289,000
Anthony Martin us
Anthony Martin
us 273,000
Chisu Danut
Chisu Danut
264,000
Joe Hachem au
Joe Hachem
au 80,000 -15,000

Weissman Runs into Quads in Last Half Hour of Play

Djinn • 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.

Wendy Weissman us
Wendy Weissman
us 45,000 -65,000

Tags: Wendy Weissman

Halfon Busts Hellmuth

Djinn • 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.

Albert Halfon US
Albert Halfon
US 250,000
Phil Hellmuth us
Phil Hellmuth
us Busted

Tags: Phil HellmuthAlbert Halfon

Mischkot Eclipses the 200k Mark

GeoffFisk • 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.

Michael Mischkot US
Michael Mischkot
US 227,500 82,500

Tags: Michael Mischkot

Level:
10
Blinds:
600/1,200
Ante:
1,200