The new event was PLO Split, which is the game most quickly gaining popularity in the poker community. Fields for the Omaha events are growing each year, and those with $1,500 buy-ins are attracting new PLO addicts…e-r-r-r…players, by the hundreds. The only players missing from this event day were those who plan to enter the $50K H.O.R.S.E. tournament tomorrow; to double dip with that much money on the line is normally not wise, even for the most avid gamblers.
And while Omahalics gathered, the 220 seniors who survived the Seniors NLHE World Championship Day 1 action returned to the Rio in an attempt to play down to the final table. While that field was mostly comprised of amateurs, it was no less exciting for those in it. And the moments of forgetfulness – players forgetting the blinds, betting amounts, and seat numbers – only added to the overall charm of the 50 and older crowd who just wanted to play a little poker.
Let’s get to the details:
12noon - Event #43 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better (Day 1)
The ever-popular Omaha tournament began with some notable players in the field. Scott Clements, two-time Omaha bracelet winner, and Lee Watkinson and Barry Greenstein, both singular Omaha bracelet holders, were both in the field and anxious to play this unique game. Also turning out for this event were Tom Schneider, Chip Jett, Jimmy Fricke, Joe Hachem, Humberto Brenes, Gavin Smith, Rolf Slotboom, James Van Alstyne, Clonie Gowen, and Mark Seif.
And just as quickly as they entered, some of them left. Katja Thater was one of the unfortunate eliminations early in the first round, and players like Barry Greenstein and Tom Schneider followed soon after. As the rounds went by and the evening hours passed, the field had dwindled from an original number of 720 to just under 80, and the inevitable hand-for-hand took place as players looked at the clocks to go home for the day.
Finally, with the elimination of Layne Flack and Aurelien Guiglini, the 72 paid finishers were left, and with the quick ousting of a few more, play ended with 69 players. When it was all sorted out, Ed Smith was the chip leader with Shannon Shorr in second and Gabe Costner and Erik Seidel also in the top ten. They were set to return on Wednesday, June 25th at 2pm to play down to the final table players.
2pm - Event #42 - $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em World Championship (Day 2)
The experience, the stories, the happy faces – all are part of the seniors’ only event. Mix those warm and fuzzy moments with some senior moments when players can’t find their seats after the break and fall asleep at the table, and it becomes nothing but interesting. Out of the record field of 2,218 players who entered the event, only 220 lived to see another tournament day. Among those, Duane Gerleman was the chip leader with names like Tom Franklin, Men Nguyen, and Tom McEvoy close behind.
The seniors had quite the long day in store to get down to the final nine players, and it turned out to be a test for them all. It wasn’t until about 4:30am that Ronald Puelo was knocked out in 10th place so that the others could go home. But the final nine were happy to have waited. They would return later in the same day to play for a WSOP bracelet, and those players were as follows:
Seat 1: Marc Fluss 873,000
Seat 2: Charles Wood 531,000
Seat 3: Ed Clark 504,000
Seat 4: Martyn Wilson 454,000
Seat 5: Peter Silverstein 435,000
Seat 6: Dale Eberle 1,414,000
Seat 7: Fred Berger 518,000
Seat 8: Dan Lacourse 1,364,000
Seat 9: Jerry Yamachika 558,000