Tuesday June 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Only 6 out of 87 remain in 2018 WSOP Poker Players Championship. The Grinder bagged up an impressive lead with nearly 8.9 million, or twice as much as Dan Smith in second place. Johnny World Hennigan, Aaron Katz, Benny Glasser, and Mike Leah are still left in the hunt for the Chip Reese Trophy and $1,239,126 for first place. Meanwhile over in the Seniors event, statistics professor Matthew Davis outlasted a record-setting field of 5,918 seniors (50+) to win Event #32 SENIORS $1,000 NL for a score worth $662,676.

Manic Monday at the Rio. The Seniors crowned their champion. This year's Seniors event broke a record with 5,918 players seeking a bracelet. The gigantic $1K Seniors event required an additional fourth day to complete the final table. Matthew Davis, a math professor from California, called in sick to work so he could chase the bracelet. Davis played his first WSOP event during the boom in 2007 and it took him 11 years before the amateur final tabled an event and got a shot at a bracelet. Davis didn't squander the sick day and this rare opportunity to take down the Seniors bling.

Meanwhile, over in the $50,000 Pokers Players Championship, they played down to a final table of six. This six pack chasing the Chip Reese trophy includes several of the premier players in the world. Two-time $50K Champ, The Grinder, bagged up the big stack and he's got nearly 2x as much as his closest competitor. Can Dan Smith, Benny Glasser, Aaron Katz, Mike Leah or Johnny World Hennigan stop The Grinder?

Event #32 SENIORS $1,000 NL - Final Results


Old people love poker. Old people don't like young people. And it's very obvious... older players don't like playing against the silent assassins in hoodies, or the young'n shit-talkers. But if you host an event with an age requirement... they will show up in droves. Almost 6,000 players. After all, most folks who are 50+ have disposable income and will savor the WSOP experience a little more than the average 20-something. Maybe it's a generational thing, or maybe it's simply vibes. Whatever it is... it's hard to ignore the math. Heck, even a math professor won this event!

Perhaps the WSOP will add a Seniors event EVERY WEEKEND for the 2019 WSOP? Just kidding. Maybe I shouldn't give the WSOP suits a free idea like that. It's probably good business to consider a second $1K event or even third Seniors event with a bigger buy-in. How about a $10K Seniors High Roller? That would be fun. Shit, how about an entire Seniors tour? With Seniors Stud and Seniors Omaha8?

Matthew Davis is a statistic professor from California and the math geek had one heck of a weekend. David faded a field of 5,918 old folks to win nearly $663K. The overall prize pool was $5.3 million. I wonder how many SS checks got cashed at the cage?

Matthew Davis picked off Bill Stabler heads-up for the bling. Stabler, a broker from Oregon, final tabled the Seniors back in 2014 when he took fifth, but he couldn't go all the way to the Promised Land this time. Stabler banked $409K for a runner-up share.

Sotirios Zafiris bubbled off the final table in tenth place.

Only the top 888 players were paid out. Notables who went deep into the Seniors and finished in the Top 100 or so... Men the Master, Keith Lehr, Per Hildebrand, Russ Fox, and Eric Hershler.

Familiar names who cashed in the Seniors included... John Drohan, James McManus, David Levi, Lee Markholt, Kevin O'Donnell, Will the Thrill, Carol Fuchs, Steve Z, John Esposito, Andreas Krause, Mike Gordon, and Barry Greenstein,

The Club Poker WSOP Name of the Day goes to... JOHNNY STACK! Stack cashed in 852nd place.

2018 WSOP - Event #32 SENIORS $1,000 NL

Entrants: 5,918

Prize Pool: $5,326,200

Payouts: 888


Final Table Results:

1. Matthew Davis (USA) $662,676

2. Bill Stabler (USA) $409,387

3. Scott Hamilton-Hill (New Zeland) $303,807

4. Gary Friedlander (USA) $227,072

5. Bill Bennett (USA) $170,944

6. Rachel De la Torre (USA) $129,626

7. Frank Berry (USA) $99,015

8. Joe Schulman (USA) $76,191

9. Thad Smith (USA) $59,064

Event #33 $50,000 Players Championship - Day 4 Update

And then there were six. The Grinder heads into the final day of action with a chip lead and an inside track on his third career $50K Players Championship. Brian Rast also won two of these, but he busted in eighth place. Only five other players can prevent The Grinder from returning to the winner's circle for a third time in the 50K. Can anyone stop The Grinder? The guy has mad finishing skills. Will Dan Smith, Benny Glasser, Mike Leah, Aaron Katz, or Johnny World Hennigan take out the big dog?

The Grinder has almost 8.9 million, while Dan Smith bagged up the second most chips with 4.4M. Katz and Johnny World are in the middle of the pack with approx.. 2.5M each. Benny Glasser is the token Brit/Euro at the table. He finished 5/6 with 2.2M. Mike Leah limps into the final table with the short stack and 1.2M.

The format is 8-game mixed.

Greg FBT Mueller bubbled off the official final table in seventh place.

First place pays out $1.2 million and 1,315 POY points. Johnny World is currently in second place for the POY, trailing Elio Fox. But even a min-cash at this final table will thrust him into first place overall. But a victory for Johnny World would give him over 3K POY points, or almost 1K more than Elio Fox.

Only the top 14 places paid in the $50K PC. Among those who already busted but cashed included... FBT, Brian Rast, Phil Ivey, Shaun Deeb, Chris Votch, Bobby Bellande, Randy Ohel, and Yehuda Buchalter.

Action resumes at 2pm PT. The final table will be streamed on PokerGO (subscription).

2018 WSOP - $50,000 Players Championship

Entrants: 87

Prize Pool: $4,176,000

Payouts: 14

Final Table Payouts:

1. $1,239,126

2. $765,837

3. $521,782

4. $364,197

5. $260,578

6. $191,234


Final Table Chip Counts:

Grinder Mizrachi 8,865,000

Dan Smith 4,485,000

Aaron Katz 2,600,000

John Hennigan 2,420,000

Benny Glaser 2,210,000

Mike Leah 1,220,000

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Tuesday July 10, 2018 at 5:47 pm
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Thursday July 5, 2018 at 5:57 pm
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