Travis Baker earned the largest score of his poker career on Monday after taking down the $1,000 Seniors Event for $646,045. Meanwhile, Barny Boatman leads the final 26 players into the final day of the $1,500 Extended Play NL.
The Super Seniors Event is down to just 25 players and bracelet winners Rod Pardey and Perry Green are still in contention. Scott Seiver was also able to hold onto the chip lead for a second day in the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship.
Travis Baker Wins Seniors Championship
The final table of the $1,000 Seniors Championship kicked off on Monday with Travis Baker leading a talented group of seniors, including bracelet winner Steve Gee who started as one of the short stacks.
Here’s how the final eight players began play:
- Travis Baker – 4.93 million
- Stephen Nussrallah – 4.06 million
- Jim Hopperstead – 2.83 million
- Justin Tseng – 1.95 million
- Carl Torelli – 1.64 million
- Lee Budin – 1.63 million
- Shane Goldsmith – 1.6 million
- Steve Gee – 1.45 million
- Michael Smith – 855,000
Gee was the second shortest stack at the start of play and was the second player eliminated from the final table. He found a good spot to double but got unlucky. He was all-in pre-flop with pocket jacks and called by Carl Torelli with As-Qs. A queen on the flop put Torelli in the lead and his hand held to send our only bracelet winner to the rail in eighth.
Heads-up play was setup after Jim Hopperstead was eliminated in third place by Travis Baker. Hopperstead raised to 400,000 pre-flop, followed by a three-bet to 1.2 million by Baker. Hopperstead shoved and Baker made the easy call. Hopperstead held pocket nines while Baker held pocket aces. The board failed to produce a nine and Baker faced off against Carl Torelli in heads-up action.
Baker held 5.79 million in chips versus the 3 million of Torelli at the start of heads-up play, a battle that lasted a single hand. Baker made it 560,000 to go pre-flop and Torelli called to see a flop of Js-7s-5s.
Action was checked around and the turn fell the 5d. Torelli bet 1.5 million and Baker raised to 4 million. Torelli moved all-in and Baker insta-called. Torelli showed Jd-7c for top two pair while Baker showed Ks-10s for a flopped flush. The river fell the 3h and Baker takes the title.
To say this was the largest score of Baker’s career is an understatement. Prior to this victory, his largest score was a $9,215 runner-up finish in a 2008 event in Tulsa, OK. This event earned him $646,045, the gold bracelet and the Golden Eagle trophy awarded to the Seniors Event champion. Congratulations.
Barny Boatman Leads Final 26 in Extended Play NL Hold’em
Day 3 of the $1,500 Extended Play NL Hold’em started on Monday with 114 players looking to make the final table. Play didn’t quite get there as 26 bagged and tagged at the end of Monday’s action.
Day 3 coming up in the $1500 extended NL.— Mark Radoja (@markradoja) June 22, 2015
Antonio Esfandiari started the day second in chips but wasn’t able to get much going on Monday. Ultimately, he hit the rail in 45th. Other notables falling on Day 3 included Zo Karim, Mark Radoja, Lisa Hamilton, Blair Hinkle and Jonathan Little.
Barny Boatman will come back as chip leader on Monday with 1.15 million. He is one of only three players to crack the 1 million mark on Monday. Bracelet winner Konstatin Puchkov also has chips heading into the final day as does short stack Yevginiy Timoshenko.
Made Day 4 of Extended Play. Ended with 226K heading to 6/12K. Had over 800K at one point but the last level didn't go well. #downbutnotout— Yevgeniy Timoshenko (@JovialGent) June 23, 2015
Play will resume at 1 p.m. and is scheduled to continue through the final table, but don’t be surprised if this slow structured event needs to roll over into Wednesday.
Perry Green and Rod Pardey Deep in Super Seniors – Seiver Leads $50k PPC
Just 25 players remain in the inaugural Super Seniors after Day 2. Action began with 253 players returning on Monday looking to make the money and begin the march towards the final table. Among the notables that cashed on Monday were Artie Cobb (63rd), Vince Burgio (40th) and Barry Shulman (31st).
Wayne Knyal leads with 779,000 heading into the final day but a couple of big names remain in contention. Three-time bracelet winner and 1981 Main Event runner-up Perry Green is currently sixth in chips while two-time bracelet winner Rod Pardey is eighth. Action will resume at 11 a.m. PDT and continue until the bracelet is awarded.
Day 2 of the $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship started with 80 of 84 registered players taking their seats to begin the long four-day grind to the bracelet. Seven new players entered prior to the start of play on Monday to bring the total to 84, creating a first place prize of $1.27 million.
Throughout the day, close to half the field hit the rail. Among the most notable eliminated on Tuesday were Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Jeff Lisandro and Brian Hastings. Scott Seiver was able to retain his chip lead and will lead the final 47 players into action on Tuesday.
Fritzshall Leads $1,500 NL – Makhaev Leads $3k PLO Six-Max
Two new events kicked off on Monday. The Noon event was Event #45, $1,500 NL Hold’em. This event drew a solid field of 1,655 players, not bad for a Monday. After eleven levels of play, just 260 players remain and will return later today to battle to the money and begin the grind towards the final table.
260 remain from 1,655 starting in today's $1,500 no-limit hold'em event. Play resumes Tues at 1pm PT. CHIP COUNTS: http://t.co/epc5VrNhI6— WSOP (@WSOP) June 23, 2015
Brayden Fritzshall is the chip leader after Day 1 with 194,700. Other notables advancing to Day 2 include Loni Harwood, Jason Koon, Ari Engle, Carlos Mortensen, Olivier Busquet and Faraz Jaka.
The evening event, $3,000 PL Omaha Six-Max, saw a sizable increase over last year’s attendance due to a drop in buy-in. This year’s event was just $3,000 versus $5,000 in 2014. A field o 682 players took to the felt yesterday, up from 452 last year.
Day 2 of the $3K six-handed PLO event resumes tomorrow at 2pm with 154 remaining from 682 starting. Full chip counts: http://t.co/DbH0K5LTLZ— WSOP (@WSOP) June 23, 2015
After ten levels, just 154 of those players remain with Arseniy Makhaev leading with $213,700. Other notables advancing to Day 2 are Ashton Griffin, Erick Lindgren, Yuval Bronshtein, Jeff Rossiter, Daniel Idema, Taylor Paur, Joe Hachem and Eoghan O’Dea.
Going to blow off some steam and get my sweat on playing soccer then late regging the $3k PLO— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) June 23, 2015
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