Jennifer Gianera ended Day 3 of Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold'em as second in chips having briefly taken over the chip lead from Massoud Eskandari in one of the last hands of the night, after he completely dominated all day at the 2022 World Series of Poker from its new home at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.
However, Eskandari retook the lead with the last hand of the night. He was chip leader for almost all of the 12 hours of play as he chased his first WSOP bracelet.
The remaining five players will return at 11 a.m. local time on Friday, July 1 to battle for bracelet glory. Action will resume with blinds at 100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 big blind ante and 60-minute levels.
Eskandari already has more than $2,700,000 in live earnings and a win here will move him over the $3,000,000 mark with the grand prize of $330,609. Gianera has just over $80,000 in live earnings with her biggest cash being a victory in the Heartland Poker Tour Main Event at the start of 2020 for almost $40,000. She has already topped that score heading into the final day as each player is guaranteed at least $65,468.
Event #59: $1,000 Super Seniors Day 4 Chip Counts
|1||Massoud Eskandari||United States||19,000,000||95|
|2||Jennifer Gianera||United States||16,500,000||83|
|3||James Jewell||United States||8,425,000||42|
|4||Peter Mylenki||United States||4,200,000||21|
|5||Sharri Crawford||United States||4,200,000||21|
Notables who were eliminated early in the day include defending champion Jean-Luc Adam. He was eliminated early in the day as he bowed out in 40th place ($8,325), along with actor James Woods in 42nd ($8,325). Two-time bracelet winner Barny Boatman also exited early in the day as he was eliminated in 68th ($4,915) having entered the day as a top ten stack. Peter Kamaras was eliminated on the final table bubble in 11th ($23,995).
The final table started with the elimination of PT Hayes in 10th ($23,995) as he was one of many victims of Eskandari's reign of terror throughout the day. Mark Walters was next to be eliminated in 9th ($30,446) as he lost a blind vs blind all-in against Peter Mylenki's pocket tens. Brit Gary Fisher was next to be eliminated in 8th ($38,964) as his pocket queens were no match for Gianera's pocket kings. The penultimate elimination of the day was Eric Van Der Burg in 7th ($50,293) who was also a victim of pocket kings at the hands of Sharri Crawford.
Play concluded when Bruce Olson was eliminated in 6th ($65,468) after his ace-jack was defeated by Eskandari's ace-king. With Gianera and Crawford still in contention the WSOP may not have to wait until the conclusion of the Ladies event for its second female champion at Bally's after Katie Kopp won Event #1: $500 Employees Event.
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