Event #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Mark Lillge Leads the Final Table of Event #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship; Heimiller Still Alive Looking to Win His Second Seniors Title

MrCleverFox • Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante
Mark Lillge

There were 67 players returning to start Day 3 of Event #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship, and starting the day in the lead was Dan Heimiller. For a while, it looked as if Heimiller might steamroll his was through the tournament. At the start of the day, Heimiller couldn’t seem to lose a pot. He won multiple coin flips and always seemed to have his opponents all in and at risk while dominated.

Unfortunately for Heimiller, he ran into a massive cooler right at the end of the night, and he lost most of the lead he had amassed when his pocket kings ran into the pocket aces of Frank Maggio. Heimiller managed to make a slight rebound at the end of the night to finish in the middle of the pack, looking to lock up his second Seniors’ Championship. He'll return tomorrow with 2,970,000, which puts him fourth in chips.

Finishing on the top was Mark Lillge. Lillge eliminated Bill Klein in 12th Place ($41,97) when Klein shoved all in with pocket twos and Lillge woke up with pocket jacks in the big blind. Lillge also picked up a big double through Paul Spitzberg, who finished the night eighth in chips (1,320,000) when his ace-king out-raced Spitzbergs pocket queens.

With many short stacks, players fell relatively quickly at the start of the day. Bracelet Winner Larry Wright dropped early (64th for $7,693), as did bracelet winner Blair Rodman (60th for $9,239). Eluterio Rodriguez, who finished Day 2 second in chips, fell at the very end of the night, becoming the final table bubble boy when Lewis LeClair’s ace-king made a flush against his own. He took home $41,972 for his 10th-place finish, while the final nine bagged up to get some rest for Day 4 and the final table.

SeatPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
1Gina BaconUnited States960,00016
2Mark LillgeUnited States5,300,00088
3Paul SpitzbergUnited States1,320,00022
4Anthony LicastroUnited States2,800,00047
5Lewis LeClairUnited States2,530,00042
6William MurrayUnited States4,000,00067
7Dan HeimillerUnited States2,970,00050
8Frank MaggioUnited States4,910,00082
9Dieter DechantUnited States2,375,00040

There are 50:52 minutes left in Level 29 with blinds of 40,000/80,000 and a running ante of 10,000. The final table will commence at 12 p.m. PDT on Monday and will play down to a winner over on the live-streamed feature table. PokerNews will be here with all the action, so be sure to stay tuned.

Tags: Anthony LicastroBill KleinBlair RodmanDan HeimillerDieter DechantEluterio RodriguezEric BlairFrank MaggioGina BaconHarvey LewisLarry WrightLewis LeClairMark Lillge