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2018 49th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Friday, June 15, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018

Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $1,000
  • Prizepool: $5,326,200
  • Entries: 5,918
  • Remaining: 0
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EVENT UPDATES

06/18/18 08:03:00 PM PDT (about 127 days and 19 hours ago)
Matthew Davis Tops Biggest Seniors Event Ever to Win $662,983

Matthew Davis

After a final table that featured the excitement of monster suckouts, quads, former bracelet winners and final tablists, Matthew Davis has been crowned the winner of the largest Seniors Event in WSOP history.

Davis topped a field of 5,919 players to take home the gold WSOP bracelet after defeating 2012 Senior Event final tablist Bill Stabler heads-up.

Davis, who teaches statistics at Chabot College in Haywood, California has two previous WSOP cashes in 2007 and 2009 worth $7,459, but today takes home a whopping $662,983 in prize money.

Official Final Table Results:

PositionPlayerCountryPrize
1Matthew DavisUnited States$662,983
2Bill StablerUnited States$409,456
3Scott Hamilton-HillNew Zealand$303,859
4Gary FriedlanderUnited States$227,111
5Bill BennettUnited States$170,973
6Rachel DelatorreUnited States$129,648
7Frank BerryUnited States$99,032
8Joseph SchulmanUnited States$76,204

Speaking moments after securing the victory, Davis said that he was "elated beyond belief." Having come back from dinner break behind in the chip counts, it took him just 15 hands to turn the tables and close out the victory shortly before 7:30pm local time.

"Honestly, during the dinner break, I just went and enjoyed time with my family and friends. We talked about other things, and when they asked me about poker I just said not now.

"I came and played my first WSOP event in 2007, and I managed to secure a little over a min-cash. And I was talking to my daughter afterward - she was in first or second grade - and she asked me how much I had to spend to enter the tournament, so I told her that it was a $1,500 event.

"So she said 'Wow, Dad that's kind of a big risk!' And I was curious by what she meant by that, I mean she was only six or seven. So I asked her. And she said 'Well Dad, you're not that good at poker!'

"And now I have a bracelet!"

Final Table
Final Table

Final Day Recap

Coming into the final day, it was Gary Friedlander who held the chip lead. There were no major moves among the players until a gin-flop caused the first all-in and call. On a     flop Bill Bennett had flopped a set of eights while Joseph Schulman had flopped a set of fives. The two got their stacks in, with Schulman emerging second best and becoming the first elimination of the final day.

It was Bennett who would send the second player to the rail. Frank Berry shoved pre-flop with ace-seven, and after Bennett had gotten rid of another caller, he denied Berry the triple up by flopping a pair with ace-deuce and it held to send Berry to the rail.

Bennett was looking to set a new record for time between winning two bracelets, having taken down a $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 1984 World Series of Poker, and he showed he still had some moves, pulling an audacious bluff with four-high to clip then chip leader Friedlander.

By the time players had recovered from the set over set that eliminated Schulman in the first level of the day, Rachel Delatorre fell to one of the most brutal beats at this WSOP, or indeed any WSOP.

Getting her remaining chips in with pocket tens on a nine-high flop, she feared a set when called by Matthew Davis. In fact, Davis turned over the exact same hand - pocket tens. However, the turn and river were both hearts and Delatorre was eliminated in gut-wrenching fashion.

This elimination pushed Davis to the top of the counts by the time the remaining five players went on their first break of the day. When they returned Bennett would move up the counts, using well-timed shoves to put pressure on Davis. But one mistimed shove would see Bennett eliminated in fifth place.

Bill Bennett
Bill Bennett

After betting a queen-high all-club flop, Davis called Bennett's bet and saw a ten roll off on the turn. Bennett shoved and got snap-called. Davis had flopped the nut flush, while Bennett had turned a set. The board failed to pair on the river and Davis moved to almost half the chips in play four-handed.

The next elimination was start-of-day chip leader Friedlander who got his remaining seventeen big blinds in with ace-five against Stabler's ace-jack. A jack on the turn sent Friedlander to the rail.

Scott Hamilton-Hill was the sole non-American at the final table, and the New Zealander narrowly missed out on the heads-up section of the competition after a poor run of cards saw him eliminated holding ace-deuce against Stabler's king-nine after Stabler flopped a pair.

Coming into heads-up play both Davis and Stabler were fairly level in chips and through over 100 hands of heads-up play, there were some show-stopping moments (including quads for Davis!). But most importantly the players were still very deep, meaning there wasn't a single all-in and call until the final moment in the tournament.

Even then the drama wasn't over. Getting it in with a flush draw against the flopped pair of Stabler, Davis didn't even realize that the river had given him a pair to secure the victory.

"Once I realized I was behind, all I was thinking was 'Diamond, diamond, diamond,'" said Davis, "So when it was black it didn't register. And then when I saw people react, I realized."

Realized that he had a pair. Realized that he had won. And realized a dream of becoming a WSOP gold bracelet winner.

06/18/18 07:19:08 PM PDT (about 127 days and 19 hours ago)
Bill Stabler Eliminated in 2nd Place ($409,456)

Bill Stabler

Hand #232:

Bill Stabler raised to 950,000 and Matthew Davis called. The flop came    . Davis checked and Stabler bet 1,500,000. Davis then check-raised all in.

"I almost snapped," said Stabler, considering his options. He thought a little while longer. "I call."

"I want to see diamonds, and then I am going to buy my wife some," said Davis, tabling    for king high and a flush draw.

"I want to see no diamonds," came the retort from Stabler, tabling    for a pair of threes.

The turn was the   pairing the board.

The river was the  . Stabler clapped both of his hands together, and wheeled around in celebration. It was only until the dealer pointed in the direction of Davis' hand that the two players realised that Davis had in fact rivered a pair, which was enough to send his opponent to the rail.

Stabler, who finished fifth in this event in 2012 for $147,605, and cashed in it last year in 157th place for $4,030, adds a third cash and second-place prize money worth $409,456.

Bill Stabler0-18,720,000
06/18/18 07:16:00 PM PDT (about 127 days and 19 hours ago)
Hands #230-231: Pots for Davis

Hand #230: Bill Stabler raised to 950,000 and Matthew Davis called. The pair checked the     flop and the turn brought the  . Davis checked and Stabler bet 1,000,000. Davis check-raised to 3,000,000 and Stabler folded.

Hand #231: Davis raised to 1,000,000 and Stabler called. Stabler check-folded to another bet of 1,000,000 on a     flop.

Bill Stabler18,720,0006,220,000
Matthew Davis10,875,000-6,220,000
06/18/18 07:12:09 PM PDT (about 127 days and 19 hours ago)
Hands #224-229: Bottom Pair Works for Stabler

Hand #224: Bill Stabler raised the button to 850,000 and Matthew Davis called. The flop came     and both players checked. The   hit the turn, Davis checked, Stabler bet 1.25 million, and Davis folded.

Hand #225: Davis raised the button to 1 million and Stabler called. The flop came     and both players checked. The   fell on the turn, Stabler bet 900,000, and Davis called. The river was the  , both players checked, Stabler showed   , and his hand was good enough to win the pot.

Hand #226: Davis got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #227: Stabler got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #228: Davis got a walk again.

Hand #229: Davis raised to 1 million from the button and Stabler called. The flop came     and Stabler check-called a bet of 1 million from Davis. The turn brought the  , Stabler checked, Davis bet 2 million, Stabler folded, and Davis took the pot.

Matthew Davis17,095,000-1,005,000
Bill Stabler12,500,0001,000,000
06/18/18 07:00:10 PM PDT (about 127 days and 20 hours ago)
Hands #217-223: Davis Moves into the Chip Lead After Dinner

Hand #217: Matthew Davis raised and took down the pot.

Hand #218: Bill Stabler raised to 950,000 and Davis called. Davis check-folded to a bet of 950,000 on the     flop.

Hand #219: Davis raised and took down the pot.

Hand #220: Davis received a walk.

Hand #221: Davis raised to 1,000,000 and Stabler three-bet to 2,500,000. The flop came     and Stabler bet 2,500,000. Davis quickly called.

The pair checked the   turn and   river. Stabler had to show, but elected to muck and Davis took down the pot uncontested.

Hand #222: Davis received a walk.

Hand #223: Davis limped and Stabler raised to 1,500,000. Davis folded.

Matthew Davis18,100,0005,325,000
Bill Stabler11,500,000-5,325,000
06/18/18 06:51:33 PM PDT (about 127 days and 20 hours ago)
Level 37 started
Level: 37 Blinds: 200000/400000 Ante: 50000
06/18/18 05:55:17 PM PDT (about 127 days and 21 hours ago)
Chip Counts at Dinner Break
Bill Stabler16,825,000-4,620,000
Matthew Davis12,775,0004,625,000
06/18/18 05:53:10 PM PDT (about 127 days and 21 hours ago)
Hands #213-216: Last Hands Before Dinner

Hand #213: Bill Stabler received a walk.

Hand #214: Matthew Davis received a walk.

Hand #215: Davis raised to 750,000 and Stabler called. Stabler bet 850,000 on the     flop and Davis folded.

Hand #216: Stabler raised to 750,000 and Davis called. Davis checked and Stabler bet 850,000 on the     flop.

"Let's go eat dinner," said Davis before folding, as the players headed off on a 60-minute dinner break.

Play will resume at approximately 18:50 local time.

06/18/18 05:51:11 PM PDT (about 127 days and 21 hours ago)
Hands #208-212: King is Good for Davis

Hand #208: Bill Stabler raised the button to 750,000 and Matthew Davis called from the big blind. The flop came     and Davis checked. Stabler bet 750,000, Davis folded, and Stabler took the pot.

Hand #209: Davis raised to 750,000 form the button and Stabler called. The flop came     and Stabler check-called a bet of 700,000 from Davis. The turn brought the   and both players checked. The   fell on the river and Stabler bet 1 million. Davis called, Stabler showed   , and Davis tabled    to take the pot.

Hand #210: Davis got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #211: Davis raised the button to 750,000 and Stabler called. The flop came     and Stabler checked. Davis bet 800,000 and Stabler folded.

Hand #212: Stabler raised to 750,000 and won the pot uncontested.

06/18/18 05:41:58 PM PDT (about 127 days and 21 hours ago)
Hands #201-207: Players Exchange Small Pots

Hand #201: Matthew Davis raised to 750,000 and Bill Stabler called. The pair checked the flop and turn of      and Stabler check-folded to a bet of 900,000 on the   river.

Hand #202: Stabler raised to 750,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #203: Davis raised to 750,000. Stabler called but check-folded to a bet on a     board.

Hand #204: Stabler raised to 750,000 and Davis called. The pair checked the     flop and Davis check-called a bet of 750,000 on the   turn. The river   was checked by both players.

Davis showed    and took down the pot.

Hand #205: Stabler received a walk.

Hand #206: Davis received a walk.

Hand #207: Davis limped and Stabler checked. Stabler check-folded to a bet of 350,000 on the     flop.

06/18/18 05:34:07 PM PDT (about 127 days and 21 hours ago)
Hands #196-200: Stabler Chips Up

Hand #196: Matthew Davis got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #197: Bill Stabler got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #198: Stabler raised the button to 750,000 and Davis called. The flop came     and both players checked. The   hit the turn, Davis bet 800,000, and Stabler folded.

Hand #199: Stabler got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #200: Stabler raised the button to 750,000 and Davis called. The flop came     and both players checked. The turn brought the   and Davis check-called a bet of 1.25 million from Stabler. The   fell on the river and Davis checked. Stabler bet 3.25 million, Davis folded, and Stabler took the pot.

Bill Stabler21,445,0001,550,000
Matthew Davis8,150,000-1,550,000
06/18/18 05:26:05 PM PDT (about 127 days and 21 hours ago)
Hands #190-195: Davis Getting Short Again

Matthew Davis

Hand #190: Matthew Davis received a walk.

Hand #191: Davis raised to 750,000 and Bill Stabler called. Stabler check-folded on a     flop.

Hand #192: Stabler raised to 750,000 and folded to a Davis three-bet to 2,200,000.

Hand #193: Davis raised to 750,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #194: Stabler raised to 750,000 and Davis called. The flop came     and Davis check-called a bet of 1,250,000. The turn   was checked by both players.

The river was the  . Davis bet 2,000,000 and Stabler raised to 4,750,000. Davis folded.

Hand #195: Davis limped and Stabler checked. The flop came     and Stabler bet 400,000 and Davis called. The pair checked the   turn and the river was the  . Stabler checked and Davis bet 1,100,000. Stabler snap-called.

Davis showed    and Stabler took down the pot with   

Bill Stabler19,895,0004,050,000
Matthew Davis9,700,000-4,050,000
06/18/18 05:17:01 PM PDT (about 127 days and 21 hours ago)
Hands #185-189: Davis Four-Bet Shoves

Hand #185: Matthew Davis called from the button and Bill Stabler checked his option. The flop came    , Stabler checked, Davis bet 375,000, and Stabler tossed his hand into the muck.

Hand #186: Stabler raised the button to 725,000 and Davis called. The flop came    , Davis checked, Stabler bet 750,000, and Davis folded.

Hand #187: Stabler got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #188: Stabler raised the button to 725,000 and Davis called. The flop came     and both players checked. The   fell on the turn and Davis check-called a bet of 750,000 from Stabler. The   hit the river and both players checked. Davis tabled    and his hand was good enough to take the pot.

Hand #189: Davis raised the button to 750,000, Stabler three-bet to 2.25 million, Davis shoved, and Stabler folded.

Bill Stabler15,845,000-3,655,000
Matthew Davis13,750,0003,650,000
06/18/18 05:07:42 PM PDT (about 127 days and 21 hours ago)
Hands #179-184: Two Shoves From Davis

Hand #179: Matthew Davis raised to 750,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #180: Davis received a walk.

Hand #181: Davis raised to 750,000 and Bill Stabler three-bet to 2,250,000. Davis folded.

Hand #182: Stabler raised to 750,000 and Davis called. Davis check-folded on a flop of    .

Hand #183: Davis limped and Stabler made it 1,250,000. Davis then raised all in for 8,200,000.

"Is this the one?" said Stabler aloud.

"For you to decide," replied Davis. Stabler eventually folded.

Hand #184: Stabler raised to 752,000, and folded to a jam from Davis.

Bill Stabler19,500,00050,000
Matthew Davis10,100,000-50,000
06/18/18 05:00:01 PM PDT (about 127 days and 22 hours ago)
Hands #173-178: Three Walks for Davis

Hand #173: Matthew Davis raised the button to 750,000 and won the pot uncontested.

Hand #174: Davis got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #175: Davis raised the button to 750,000, Bill Stabler three-bet to 1.7 million, and Davis folded.

Hand #176: Davis got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #177: Davis called from the button, Stabler raised to 925,000, and Davis called. The flop came    , Stabler bet 1.25 million, and Davis folded.

Hand #178: Davis got a walk in the big blind.

06/18/18 04:51:17 PM PDT (about 127 days and 22 hours ago)
Level 36 started
Level: 36 Blinds: 150000/300000 Ante: 50000
06/18/18 04:47:21 PM PDT (about 127 days and 22 hours ago)
Break

Players are taking a short break. Here are the chip counts.

Bill Stabler19,450,000-1,345,000
Matthew Davis10,150,0001,350,000
06/18/18 04:46:50 PM PDT (about 127 days and 22 hours ago)
Hands #167-172: Davis Four-Bet Jams

Hand #167: Matthew Davis raised to 545,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #168: Bill Stabler raised to 580,000 and Davis called. Davis check-folded to a bet of 625,000 on the     flop.

Hand #169: Davis raised and took down the pot.

Hand #170: Davis received a walk.

Hand #171: Davis raised to 525,000 and Stabler three-bet to 1,425,000. Davis four-bet all in for 8,920,000 and Davis folded.

Hand #172: Stabler raised to 580,000 and took down the pot.

06/18/18 04:40:10 PM PDT (about 127 days and 22 hours ago)
Hands #162-166: Stabler Keeps Firing

Bill Stabler

Hand #162: Bill Stabler raised the button the 580,000 and Matthew Davis called from the big blind. The flop came     and Davis check-called a bet of 625,000 from Stabler. The turn brought the  , Davis checked, Stabler bet 1.25 million, and Davis called. The   hit the river and Davis checked. Stabler bet 2.25 million, Davis folded, and Stabler took the pot.

Hand #163: Davis raised the button to 545,000 and Stabler called. The flop came     and Stabler checked. Davis bet 600,000, Stabler folded, and Davis took the chips.

Hand #164: Stabler raised the button to 580,000, Davis three-bet to 1.84 million, and Stabler called. The flop came    , Davis bet 2 million, and Stabler folded.

Hand #165: Davis raised the button to 540,000 and Stabler called. Both players checked all the way down the       board and Davis showed    to take the pot.

Hand #166: Stabler raised the button to 580,000, Davis three-bet to 1.82 million, Stabler four-bet, and Davis folded.

Bill Stabler20,795,0001,300,000
Matthew Davis8,800,000-1,300,000
06/18/18 04:25:11 PM PDT (about 127 days and 22 hours ago)
Hands #156-161: Quads for Davis; Big Pots for Both Players

Hand #156: Bill Stabler raised to 580,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #157: Matthew Davis raised to 545,000 and took down the pot.

Hand #158: Davis received a walk.

Hand #159: Davis raised to 545,000 and Stabler called. The flop came     and Stabler check-called a bet of 525,000. The turn was the   and both players checked.

The river was the  . Stabler bet 525,000, and Davis raised to 4,000,000. Stabler called quickly and Davis turned over    for quad eights.

Hand #160 Davis received a walk.

Hand #161: Davis raised to 545,000 and Stabler called. The flop came     and Stabler check-called a bet of 525,000.

The turn was the  . Stabler checked and Davis bet 1,000,000. Stabler then check-raised to 2,250,000 and Davis called.

The river was the  . Stabler bet 2,500,000 and Davis snap-called. Stabler flung    onto the table for a flush, while Davis showed    for a rivered two pair.

Bill Stabler19,495,0002,400,000
Matthew Davis10,100,000-2,400,000