Monday, June 19, 2017 4:51 PM Local Time
Frank Maggio Crowned Champion of Record-Breaking 2017 WSOP $1,000 Seniors Championship ($617,303)
Frank Maggio capped off a four-and-a-half-hour final table to win his first WSOP gold bracelet and $617,303. Maggio is the winner of Event #31: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship. This year's event was the largest ever. Maggio sealed the win after only eight hands of heads-up play against runner-up William Murray. Two hands before the final hand, Maggio gained the chip lead when he five-bet shoved on Murray.
"I had tens," said Murray. "I just decided I wasn't going to back down."
Two hands later, the two players got all in on a queen-high flop. Maggio three-bet shoved and Murray called with middle pair against Maggio's pocket jacks.
"I wasn't that concerned with the three. I was just worried about spades," said Maggio about the hand.
By the time the board ran out, the spades didn't come and Maggio was $617,303 richer. Maggio won his first WSOP bracelet on his third-ever WSOP cash.
"I've been coming out here every year since I turned fifty," he said, "to play the Senior's event and some other stuff."
"I cashed a couple years ago and this year's a big surprise."
Below are the final-table finishers for this record-breaking event:
|1||Frank Maggio||United States||$617,303|
|2||William Murray||United States||$381,233|
|3||Dieter Dechant||United States||$281,691|
|4||Mark Lillge||United States||$209,715|
|5||Anthony Licastro||United States||$157,321|
|6||Gina Bacon||United States||$118,923|
|7||Lewis LeClair||United States||$90,594|
|8||Paul Spitzberg||United States||$69,552|
|9||Dan Heimiller||United States||$53,817|
The final table started when Dan Heimiller was eliminated on the very first hand of play. He four-bet shoved pocket jacks from the big blind and Murray, who had three-bet from the small blind, called with pocket kings.
Paul Spitzberg busted nine hands later in eighth place when he got it all in with ace-king versus the pocket tens of eventual third-place finisher Dieter Dechant.
It only took six more hands to lose the seventh-place finisher, Lewis Leclair. He was eliminated by Murray when the two got all in on an eight-high flop. Murray had a pair of sevens with an ace kicker and Leclair had pocket queens. Murray rivered an ace and took the chip lead with over 9,000,000 chips.
Gina Bacon was the next to go. Her stack had dwindled down to a little over three big blinds before she shoved with ace-jack and ran into the pocket queens of Mark Lillge.
"I got good hands at just the right moments," said Maggio.
The hand that sent Anthony Licastro to the rail in fourth place was the second-biggest pot of the final table — second only to the final hand. Licastro had been very aggressively raising big amounts and he played a massive 14,000,000 pot with Maggio. The single pot was worth more than half the chips in play and set Maggio up for the eventual win.
"I smooth-called with ace-king suited and [Licastro] shoved for a rather large amount. I hit an ace and a king on the flop and I really needed to hit that hand or I would have been out the door."
Mark Lillge was the short stack and busted seven hands after Licastro. He got it all in against Murray with eights and Murray paired one of his two overcards on the flop.
Murray earned his fourth knockout of the final table when he got all in against third-place finisher Dieter Dechant with a set of fives. Dechant had flopped a wheel but couldn't fade the board which paired on the river and was eliminated in third place.
Maggio is a "union sprinkler fitter in Chicago" and says he plans on continuing to play WSOP Circuit events at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.
He will also likely be back next year to defend his title. This closes the book on the largest Senior's Event in the history of the World Series of Poker. The series is in full swing and you can follow the rest of the action on PokerNews.com.
Congratulations to Frank Maggio for outlasting 5,389 players on the way to his first WSOP bracelet.
Monday, June 19, 2017 4:38 PM Local Time
William Murray Eliminated in 2nd Place ($381,233)
Hand #112: Murray raised to 800,000 and Maggio three-bet to 2,400,000. Murray called.
The flop came and Maggio bet 1,900,000. Murray raised to 4,000,000.
Maggio raised all in, putting Murray at risk should he call. Murray called showing middle pair with and was behind Maggio who showed .
The turn was the and the river was the . Murray could not catch up and was eliminated in second place. He will take home $381,233 for his finish.
|Frank Maggio||26,945,000||14,855,000 |
|William Murray||0||-14,760,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 4:33 PM Local Time
Hands #110-111: Huge Pot, No Flop
Hand #110: William Murray raised to 400,000 and Frank Maggio reraised to 1,360,000. Murray took a second, then counted out a raise and four-bet 2,400,000. Maggio shoved all in for 10,700,000 and Murray folded.
Hand #111: Murray got a walk.
Monday, June 19, 2017 4:25 PM Local Time
Hands #105-109: Aggressive Start to the Heads-Up
Hand #105: Frank Maggio raised to 500,000 and William Murray three-bet to 1,400,000. Maggio folded and Murray claimed the first pot.
Hand #106: Murray raised to 500,000 and Maggio called. The flop showed and Maggio bet 500,000, which Murray called. On the turn, Maggio made it 700,000 to go and Murray called. After the river, the board paired and Maggio checked. Murray bet for what appeared to be 1,500,000 and that forced a quick fold from Maggio.
Hand #107: Maggio raised to 500,000 and Murray called. On the flop, Murray checked and Maggio checked behind. The appeared on the turn and Murray checked. Maggio checked behind to see the river and both checked. Murray showed a king and Maggio won the pot, having paired the nine.
Hand #108: Murray raised it up to 680,000 and Maggio called. The flop came and Maggio checked before Murray quickly bet 700,000. Maggio gave it some consideration and called. After the turn, both players checked.
The river resulted in a bet worth 800,000 by Maggio and Murray let go.
Hand #109: Murray received a walk.
|William Murray||14,760,000||600,000 |
|Frank Maggio||12,090,000||-600,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 4:12 PM Local Time
William "Bill" Murray and Frank Maggio are back in their seats and the action has resumed.
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:58 PM Local Time
Heads-Up Counts and Early Break
There are 19 minutes left in the level and the two remaining players have agreed to take the upcoming 15-minute break early before determining the champion. Action will resume at 4:10 p.m. local time and the chip counts of the final two contenders can be found below.
|William Murray||14,160,000||4,960,000 |
|Frank Maggio||12,690,000||-1,310,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:54 PM Local Time
Dieter Dechant Eliminated in 3rd Place ($281,691)
Hand #104: Dechant raised to 650,000 from the button and Murray called from the small blind. Maggio called. The flop came and Murray bet 900,000 and Dechant shoved all in, Murray called.
Dechant had a made wheel with and was up against the of Murray. The turn was the and the river was the , pairing the board and sending Dechant to the rail in third place.
|Dieter Dechant||0||-4,000,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:51 PM Local Time
Hands #100-103: Murray Wins Three in a Row
Hand #100: William Murray got a walk.
Hand #101: Murray raised to 500,000 from the small blind and Frank Maggio folded the big blind.
Hand #102: Murray raised to 600,000 and everyone folded.
Hand #103: Dieter Dechant opened to 580,000 from the small blind and Murray folded.
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:44 PM Local Time
Mark Lillge Eliminated in 4th Place ($209,715)
Hand #99: Mark Lillge moved all in first to act and William Murray announced call on the button. Dieter Dechant in the big blind asked for a count and Lillge was all in for 1,355,000.
"You got a pair?" Lillge asked and Murray shook his head before the cards were tabled.
"I gotta call, right?" Murray replied.
Lillge said, "You can get away from it."
The flop fell and Murray immediately improved to a pair of kings. He stayed in the lead on the turn and the river was a blank as well to eliminate Lillge in fourth place for $209,715. The remaining three players have $281,691 guaranteed.
|William Murray||9,200,000||2,300,000 |
|Dieter Dechant||4,000,000||-400,000 |
|Mark Lillge||0||-1,800,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:38 PM Local Time
Hands #93-98: William Murray Gains Some Ground
Hand #93: William Murray got a walk.
Hand #94: Dieter Dechant raised under the gun to 520,000 and everyone folded.
Hand #95: Frank Maggio raised to 600,000 from the small blind and Dechant folded the big blind.
Hand #96: Maggio raised to 500,000 on the button and everyone folded.
Hand #97: Murray got a walk.
Hand #98: Murray raised to 600,000 from the small blind and Maggio called from the big blind. The flop came and Murray bet 600,000. Maggio folded and Murray collected the pot.
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:34 PM Local Time
Anthony Licastro Eliminated in 5th Place ($157,321)
Hand #92: William Murray raised to 500,000 and Maggio called from one seat over. Anthony Licastro immediately moved all in out of the big blind and Murray folded. Maggio announced call and the cards were tables.
The flop of provided both overcards for Maggio and the turn and river failed to improve Licastro. Both stacks were counted and Licastro had 6,500,000, which Maggio had covered by just a few big blinds.
Licastro takes home $157,321 and the remaining four players have $209,715 locked up. Mark Lillge, especially, was happy about that and joked, "Bless you, Frank."
|Frank Maggio||14,000,000||8,000,000 |
|William Murray||6,900,000||-100,000 |
|Mark Lillge||1,800,000||-150,000 |
|Anthony Licastro||0||-7,000,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:28 PM Local Time
Hands #90-91: Lillge Gets Short
Hand #90: Mark Lillge raised to 400,000 and Frank Maggio three-bet to 1,180,000 out of the small blind.
"I should have just pushed and not have so much to think about," Lillge sighed when the action was back on him. Lillge had 2,000,000 behind and folded after plenty of consideration.
Hand #91: Dieter Dechant raised to 580,000 and Lillge quickly folded.
|Dieter Dechant||4,400,000||-300,000 |
|Mark Lillge||1,950,000||-580,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:18 PM Local Time
Hands #84-89: Frank Maggio Wins Three Uncontested Pots
Hand #84: Frank Maggio got a walk.
Hand #85: Anthony Licastro raised to 650,000 and everyone folded.
Hand #86: Maggio raised to 650,000 from the button and everyone folded.
Hand #87: Mark Lillge shoved all in from the small blind for about 2,500,000 and Licastro folded.
Hand #88: Maggio raised to 550,000 from under the gun and everyone folded.
Hand #89: Licastro raised to 650,000 on the button and everyone folded.
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:11 PM Local Time
Level 32 started
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:11 PM Local Time
Hands #80-83: Two Pairs for Dechant
Hand #80: Mark Lillge raised to 310,000 from under the gun and Dieter Dechant called out of the big blind. The flop of was checked by both players to see the on the turn. Again neither player bet and the appeared on the river. Dechant bet 325,000 and Lillge called.
Dechant showed for two pairs and raked in the pot.
Hand #81: Dechant raised it up to 360,000 from the small blind and Lillge forfeited his big blind.
Hand #82: Lillge raised to 310,000 and Anthony Licastro immediately three-bet to 1,000,000, forcing a fold from Lillge.
Hand #83: Dechant raised to 275,000 and William Murray three-bet to 650,000
|William Murray||7,000,000||950,000 |
|Anthony Licastro||7,000,000||-700,000 |
|Frank Maggio||6,000,000||-100,000 |
|Dieter Dechant||4,700,000||900,000 |
|Mark Lillge||2,530,000||-970,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 3:02 PM Local Time
Hands #74-79: William Murray Makes Up Some Ground
Hand #74: Anthony Licastro opened to 350,000 from the small blind and William Murray reraised to 900,000 from the big blind. Licastro folded.
Hand #75: Murray raised from the small blind to 400,000 and Frank Maggio folded the big blind.
Hand #76: Licastro limped under the gun and Murray called behind. Mark Lillge checked his option. The three players saw the flop. The action checked to Murray who bet 275,000 both opponents folded.
Hand #77: Murray raised to 360,000 under the gun and Maggio reraised to 1,050,000. Murray folded.
Hand #78: Maggio raised to 375,000 and Murray called from the big blind. The flop came and Murray bet 375,000. Maggio called. The turn was the and Murray bet 500,000 and Maggio folded.
Hand #79: Dieter Dechant raised to 410,000 from under the gun and everyone folded.
Monday, June 19, 2017 2:48 PM Local Time
Hands #68-73: Three-Bet and Shove by Licastro
Hand #68: William Murray raised to 400,000 and all opponents folded.
Hand #69: Frank Maggio started the hand with a raise to 350,000 and claimed the blinds and antes.
Hand #70: Mark Lillge raised to 290,000 and Maggio called out of the big blind. On the flop of , Maggio checked and Lillge continued for 375,000. Maggio gave him a little staredown and elected to fold.
Hand #71: Lillge raised to 310,000 and claimed the second pot in the row after all opponents folded.
Hand #72: Maggio raised to 500,000 from the button and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #73: Murray's raise to 400,000 from under the gun and Anthony Licastro quickly three-bet to 1,200,000 when the action was on him. Murray called and the flop showed and Licastro immediately moved all in. Murray folded and was shown the .
|Anthony Licastro||7,700,000||1,400,000 |
|William Murray||6,050,000||-1,250,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 2:37 PM Local Time
Updated Chip Counts
|William Murray||7,300,000||-1,100,000 |
|Anthony Licastro||6,300,000||1,000,000 |
|Frank Maggio||6,100,000||500,000 |
|Dieter Dechant||3,800,000||100,000 |
|Mark Lillge||3,500,000||-600,000 |
Monday, June 19, 2017 2:32 PM Local Time
Hands #62-67: Frank Maggio Gains Steam
Hand #62: Frank Maggio opened to 350,000 on the button and everyone folded.
Hand #63: Mark Lillge limped from the small blind and Anthony Licastro raised to 625,000. Lillge folded.
Hand #64: Maggio opened to 325,000 from under the gun. Dieter Dechant called in position and William Murray called from the big blind. The flop came and Maggio was the first to bet, he made it 550,000. Dechant and Murray both folded.
Hand #65: Licastro opened 650,000 and everyone folded.
Hand #66: Dechant got a walk.
Hand #67: Dechant raised to 335,000 from the small blind and Lillge called from the big blind. The flop came and Dechant bet 350,000. Lillge folded after about 40 seconds.
Monday, June 19, 2017 2:21 PM Local Time
Hands #57-61: Murray Folds Sevens
Hand #57: Anthony Licastro raised to 800,000 William Murray called in the cutoff. The flop came and Licastro immediately shoved all in. Murray folded face up and Licastro said "are you kidding me?" before raking in the pot.
Hand #58: Frank Maggio raised to 375,000 and won the blinds and antes.
Hand #59: Mark Lillge made it 280,000 and that shut down all further action.
Hand #60: Dieter Dechant raised it up to 480,000 and that was enough to win the pot without further resistance.
Hand #61: Maggio made it 360,000 to go from the small blind and Dechant called in the big blind. The flop came and Maggio checked, Dechant checked behind. On the turn, Maggio checked and Dechant bet 500,000. After brief consideration, Maggio folded and the rail chanted "go Dieter!"
|William Murray||8,400,000||-1,000,000 |
|Frank Maggio||5,600,000||-320,000 |
|Anthony Licastro||5,300,000||715,000 |
|Mark Lillge||4,100,000||-80,000 |
|Dieter Dechant||3,700,000||380,000 |