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2019 50th Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, June 13, 2019 to Sunday, June 16, 2019

Seniors No-Limit Hold'em (Event #32)

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Monday, June 17, 2019 3:05 AM Local Time
Howard Mash Wins First Bracelet and $662,594 in Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Howard Mash

Howard Mash has taken down Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship, winning his first career bracelet and the $662,594 first prize after a hard-fought heads up battle with Jean-René Fontaine. These two players started Day 4 – fourteen hours ago – as the top two players in the Day 3 chipcounts and finished the night the same way they started the day.

Mash, a financial advisor from Florida, had taken the chip lead all the way back in Day 2, and kept a vice-like grip on it that only slipped briefly during the mid-stages of play today.

"At one point I was just staying alive barely," Mash said after his victory. "I stayed in and stayed in, then got lucky. Any tournament with 5,900 people, you have to get lucky to win."

Mash is more than a keen amateur, with over $319,000 in prior winnings, who makes time to study. Having only just qualified for the Seniors Event (he turned 50 last month), he says that poker is "like a hobby – but a pretty serious hobby."

Day 3 had whittled an in-the-money field of 252 down to 19 competitors over ten one-hour levels. Before the live streaming began, more than two thirds of them had busted to collect prizes ranging from $28,772 for 19th (Dane Nielsen, prompting the first redraw of the day) to $76,165 for 8th place (Mike Lisanti just missing out on having his hole cards broadcast to the world). The final table bubble spot fell to British player Ali Zihni (10th for $46,114).

Final table payouts:

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Howard MashUnited States$662,594
2Jean-René FontaineFrance$409,249
3James McNurlanUnited States$303,705
4Adam RichardsonUnited States$226,996
5Donald MatusowUnited States$170,887
6Farhad JamasiUnited States$129,582
7Samir HusaynueUnited States$98,981
8Mike LisantiCanada$76,165
9Mansour AlipourfardUnited States$59,044

Final Table action:

The start of today's final table saw the chips distributed very unevenly, with Jim McNurlan almost hidden behind a wall of gaming discs totalling over 33 million. Nothing in no-limit hold'em is predictable, however, and as the blinds rose ever higher other stacks rose to match McNurlan's and finally surpass it.

The money jumps grew serious as the final table played down, but the lively, warm spirit of the tournament as a whole never faltered. There were hugs shared as opponents hit the rail and copious banter led by short stack Samir Husaynue, who manoeuvred his way past the elimination of Mansour Alipourfard in 9th ($49,044), and Lisanti to end up busting in 7th ($98,981).

After a cagey start six-handed, Farhad Jamasi ran out of wiggle room stack-wise and Adam Richardson took him on preflop with    vs.   , hitting quads to bust him in 6th ($129,582). He was followed to the rail by Donald Matusow in 5th ($170,887) and play continued four-handed for a good portion of the day overall. McNurlan and Richardson traded time spent as the short-handed chip leader, with pots flying back and forth between them. Mash dwindled at this point, but as he later said, "didn't go on tilt, played solid and it worked out."

Bustouts often come like buses: not at all for hours and then in a flurry. Richardson was eliminated in 4th place ($226,996) just minutes before McNurlan lost a final flip to take 3rd ($303,705).

In a day of several chapters, the heads up section was the most intense. Mash rediscovered his form and kept his cool when Fontaine doubled repeatedly, fighting hard throughout. The two of them were also evenly matched in terms of supporters; cries of "one time" from Mash's friends (some of them also handsomely rewarded backers) mingled with "allez-la!" from the French-speaking quarter.

Fontaine, from the French territory of Réunion, is no stranger to large-field tournament success, having won the 4,348-runner EPT National in Barcelona last year for over $620,000. He was to be denied a bracelet this time, however, as a small-ball favouring Mash eventually closed out the lengthy one-on-one battle. Fontaine took home $409,249 for his runner up finish.

Of his win, Mash said, "I had a bad year last year personally and this totally makes up for it. I'm in shock. It's like a dream come true for me."

Monday, June 17, 2019 1:53 AM Local Time
Howard Mash is the 2019 Seniors Champion

Howard Mash has taken down Event #32: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship, winning his first career bracelet and the $662,594 first prize! An event recap will follow shortly.

Monday, June 17, 2019 1:48 AM Local Time
Jean-René Fontaine Eliminated in 2nd Place ($409,249)

Jean-René Fontaine

Hand #217: Fontaine limped the button and Mash checked. It checked down to the river, the board standing      , Mash check-folded to Fontaine's bet of 5,000,000.

Hand #218: Mash folded his button.

Hand #219: Fontaine raised to 4,500,000 on the button. Mash three-bet to 11,000,000. Back to Fontaine, who four-bet all-in for nearly half the chips in play: 50,700,000. Call!

Fontaine:   
Mash:   

The rail, which had gone a little quiet for both players recently, erupted.

"Ladies love Howie!" merged with "Allez-la!" as the board came out      , the queens holding with minimal sweat. Just like that, a heads up match that was edging towards epic territory comes to an end, Jean-René Fontaine picking up second place prize money after a sterling performance at the final table.

Howard Mash118,400,00050,700,000
Jean-René Fontaine0-50,700,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 1:42 AM Local Time
Hands #212-216: Mash Gets Some Distance

Hand #212: Howard Mash raised to 3.2 million, and Jean-René Fontaine called. The flop came    , and both players checked to the turn  . Mash bet 2.5 million, getting the fold from Fontaine.

Hand #213: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 3.2 million, and Howard Mash folded.

Hand #214: (hand details unknown).

Hand #215: Jean-René Fontaine limped, Howard Mash raised to 7 million, and Fontaine folded.

Hand #216: Howard Mash limped, and Jean-René Fontaine raised to 4.5 million. Mash called, and the flop came    . Fontaine led out for 6 million, and Mash called. The turn came the  , Fontaine checked, Mash bet 13 million, and Fontaine folded

Howard Mash67,700,0005,700,000
Jean-René Fontaine50,700,000-5,700,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 1:34 AM Local Time
Hands #210-11: A Hand Apiece

Howard Mash

Hand #210: Howard Mash raised on the button to 4,000,000, right back in the saddle. Jean-René Fontaine called. Both players checked the [7d2d8d flop. On the   turn, Fontaine led out for 3,500,000 and Mash made the call. Fontaine checked the   river and Mash put in a bet of 5,000,000. An unusually long think preceded Fontaine's eventual fold.

Hand #211: Fontaine limped the button, check from Mash. The hand ended after a bet from Fontaine of 3,000,000 on a     flop.

Howard Mash62,000,00010,700,000
Jean-René Fontaine56,400,000-10,700,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 1:30 AM Local Time
Hands #206-209: Fontaine Wins an All-In

Jean-René Fontaine

Hand #206: Jean-René Fontaine got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #207: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 3.5 million, and Howard Mash called. The flop came    , Mash checked, Fontaine bet 3.5 million, and Mash folded.

Hand #208 Jean-René Fontaine got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #209: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 3.4 million, Howard Mash reraised to 32.8 million, and Fontaine called for the rest of his chips.
Howard Mash:   
Jean-René Fontaine:   

Board:      

The third diamond on the turn made it a sweat for Fontaine, but his ace-high held up, and he took the chip lead.

Jean-René Fontaine67,100,00037,700,000
Howard Mash51,300,000-37,700,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 1:25 AM Local Time
Hands #201-205: Let's Go, Howie

Hand #201: Jean-René Fontaine called on button, Mash checked. After Masch check-called Fontaine's bet of 2,000,000 on the    , both players checked down the streets as the    appeared on the turn and river. Mash had paired the queen and picked up the pot. "Let's go Howie!" said a supporter on the rail encouragingly.

Hand #202: Mash folded his button.

Hand #203: Fontaine called, Mash checked. The flop of     went check-check. The turn was the  , Mash bet out 2.5 million, Fontaine called. No one elected to bet on the   river. Mash had made two pair with the   , good for the pot.

Hand #204: Mash made the button up and Fontaine raised to 6,600,000, prompting an immediate fold.

Hand #205: Fontaine declined to play his button.

Monday, June 17, 2019 1:19 AM Local Time
Hands #196-200: Mash Doesn't Call Fontaine's All-in

Howard Mash and Jean-René Fontaine

Hand #196: Jean-René Fontaine got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #197: Howard Mash got a walk.

Hand #198: Howard Mash limped, and Jean-René Fontaine checked back. Both players checked the flop of    . Fontaine checked the turn  , Mash bet 2.5 million, and Fontaine folded.

Hand #199 Howard Mash got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #200: Howard Mash raised to 3.8 million, Jean-René Fontaine three-bet all in for 26.8 million, and Mash folded.

Howard Mash89,000,0003,000,000
Jean-René Fontaine29,400,000-3,000,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 1:05 AM Local Time
Hands #190-195: Not Much Change, Players Take a Quick Break

Hand #190: Mash gave up his button small blind.

Hand #191: Fontaine did the same.

Hand #192: Mash made his small blind up to match the big blind. Fontaine checked, and folded to Mash's 3,000,000 bet on the     flop.

Hand #193: Fontaine folded on the button.

Hand #194: Mash called on the button, no raise from Fontaine. A fully-checked down board read         when Fontaine's    was found to have made a pair and won the pot.

Hand #195: Fontaine took a turm limping the button, betting 2,100,000 on the     flop when Mash checked it to him. On the   turn Mash check-folded to Fontaine's 2,500,000 bet.

Howard Mash86,000,0000
Jean-René Fontaine32,400,0000
Monday, June 17, 2019 1:02 AM Local Time
Hands #183-189: Mash Hits Straight Over Straight

Hand #183: Howard Mash got a walk in the big blind.

Hand #184: Howard Mash limped, and Jean-René Fontaine raised to 4.2 million. Mash folded and Fontaine took it down.

Hand #185: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 3 million, and Howard Mash called. Both players checked through the flop and turn on the      board. The   fell on the river, Mash checked, Fontaine bet 3.5 million, and Mash folded.

Hand #186 Howard Mash limped, Jean-René Fontaine raised to 4.2 million, Mash three-bet to 13 million, and Fontaine folded.

Hand #187: Howard Mash got a walk

Hand #188: Howard Mash raised to 3 million, and Jean-René Fontaine called. The action checked through to the river on a      board. The river fell  , Fontaine bet 4 million, Mash called and took down the pot (showdown cards unknown).

Hand #189: Jean-René Fontaine limped, and Howard Mash checked back. The flop came     and both players checked.

On the turn   Mash bet 3 million, Fontaine raised to 9 million, and Mash called. The river came the  , Mash checked, and Fontaine checked back. Mash showed down    against Fontaine's    for a straight-over-straight win.

Howard Mash86,000,00019,900,000
Jean-René Fontaine32,400,000-19,900,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 12:49 AM Local Time
Hands #177-182: Mash's Rail Believes

Howard Mash

Hand #177: Fontaine gave Mash a walk.

Hand #178: Mash gave him one back.

Hand #179: Fontaine called, throwing in 600,000. Mash checked. On the flop of     both players elected to see a free card.   turn ch Fontaine bet 3,000,000 which prompted a fold from Mash.

Hand #180: Mash raised to 3,000,000 and big blind Fontaine made the call. On the flop of     Mash bet 3,500,000 when it was checked to him, and Fontaine called. Turn:   No bet from either player, nor on the   river. Fontaine showed down    to Mash's   . Fist pump from Mash for his rail as he raked in a modest pot.

Hand #181: Fontaine gave Mash a walk.

Hand #182: Mash called and Fontaine checked his option. Fontaine checked all three streets as the board emerged      , but the final option to bet was taken by Mash; his 2,000,000 bet won him the pot.

Monday, June 17, 2019 12:45 AM Local Time
Hands # 173-176: The Final Two Keep Battling

Hand #173: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 4.7 million, and Howard Mash called. The flop came     and both players checked. The turn came  , Mash bet 3.5 million, and Fontaine folded.

Hand #174: Howard Mash limped and Jean-René Fontaine checked back. The action checked all the way through all streets on a       runout, and Fontaine took the pot down with   .

Hand #175: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 4.1 million, and Howard Mash folded.

Hand #176: Howard Mash bet 3 million, and Jean-René Fontaine called. The action checked through the flop and turn on a board of     . Things got interesting on the river  . Fontaine bet 4.1 million, Mash raised to 10 million, and Fontaine tanked for a bit then folded.

Howard Mash66,100,00014,700,000
Jean-René Fontaine52,300,000-14,700,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 12:38 AM Local Time
Hands #168-172: Back and Forth

Jean-René Fontaine

Hand #168: Howard Mash raised to 3,000,000 on the button, Jean-René Fontaine made the call. They put not one further chip in each, checking down a       runout to end up chopping with ace high apiece (   and   ).

Hand #169: Fontaine raised to 3,500,000 first to act. Mash called, but folded when Fontaine bet 3,000,000 more on the     flop.

Hand #170: Mash made up the big blind on the button and Fontaine checked. Fontaine check-folded the     flop when Mash bet 1,700,000.

Hand #171: Fontaine raised to 3,000,000 and picked up the pot right there.

Hand #172: Mash raised to 3,000,000 on the button and Fontaine threw in the call. Flop:    . Fontaine checked, Mash bet 2,200,000 and the pot went to the latter.

Jean-René Fontaine67,000,0008,000,000
Howard Mash51,400,000-8,000,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 12:32 AM Local Time
Hands #162-167: Still Neck and Neck

Hand #162: Howard Mash limped, and Jean-René Fontaine checked back. The action checked through on the flop of    . The turn brought the  , Fontaine bet 3.5 million, and Mash folded.

Hand #163: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 3.1 million, and Howard Mash called. The flop fell    , Mash checked, and Fontaine bet 4.5 million, getting Mash to fold.

Hand #164: Howard Mash raised to 3 million, Jean-René Fontaine three-bet to 10.7 million, and Mash four-bet all in for his entire 46.4 million stack. Fontaine stood up, thought it over for a bit, then folded.

Hand #165: Jean-René Fontaine gave Howard Mash a walk.

Hand #166: Howard Mash raised to 3 million, and Jean-René Fontaine called. The flop came     and the action checked through to the turn  . Fontaine checked and Mash bet 3.1 million, making Fontaine fold.

Hand #167: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 4 million, and Howard Mash folded.

Howard Mash59,400,00012,500,000
Jean-René Fontaine59,000,000-12,500,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 12:24 AM Local Time
Hands #159-161: Mash Undaunted

Howard Mash

Hand #159: After swapping stacks, Fontaine raised to 3,100,000 on the button, called by Mash. They saw a     flop, Mash checking and Fontaine beting 3,500,000; call. Both players checked the   turn but after the   fell on the river, Fontaine folded showing a seven to Mash's bet of 10,500,000.

Hand #160: Mash limped the button, Jean-René Fontaine checked. On the     flop Fontaine check-called Mash's bet of 2,000,000. The turn:  . Fontaine checked again, Mash checked behind. On the river   Fontaine checked once more, Mash bet 5,000,000 and took the pot down.

Hand #161: Fontaine gave Mash a walk.

Monday, June 17, 2019 12:18 AM Local Time
Hand #158: Bad River for Mash

Board

Hand #158: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 4 million, and Howard Mash called. The flop came    , and the action checked through to the turn, which fell  .

After another round of check-check, the river brought the  . Mash went all-in, having Fontaine covered, and Fontaine made the call for his last 34.5 million. Mash showed    for two pair, but Fontaine had rivered a set with   .

Jean-René Fontaine71,500,00033,000,000
Howard Mash46,900,000-33,000,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 12:12 AM Local Time
Hands #150-157: Mash Pulls Ahead Again

Hand #150: Fontaine raised to 3,100,000 on the button and Mash laid his hand down.

Hand #151: Mash raised on the button to 3,000,000 with the same effect.

Hand #152: Fontaine folded his button.

Hand #153: Mash folded right back at him.

Hand #154: Fontaine raised to 3,500,000 and picked up another blind from Mash.

Hand #155: Mash raised to 2,500,000 and Fontaine raised to 10,000,000 and took the pot down.

Hand #156: Fontaine let Mash have his small blind.

Hand #157: Mash raised to 2,500,000 once again, and once again faced a three-bet (12,000,000) from Fontaine. He called. On the     flop, Fontaine checked and Mash bet 10,000,000. Fontaine folded after a brief ponder and Mash picked up the biggest pot in a while.

Howard Mash79,900,00013,200,000
Jean-René Fontaine38,500,000-13,200,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 12:09 AM Local Time
Hands #144-149: Too Close to Call

Hand #144: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 3 million and Howard Mash called. The flop came    , and Mash check-called a 2 million bet from Fontaine.

The turn came the  , and the action checked through to the river, which fell  . Mash put in a 5 million bet and Fontaine folded.

Hand #145: Howard Mash raised to 2 million, and Jean-René Fontaine folded.

Hand #146: Jean-René Fontaine raised to 5 million, and Howard Mash folded.

Hand #147: Howard Mash opened to 2 million, and Jean-René Fontaine called. The action checked through the flop and turn on a      board. The river brought the   ,Fontaine bet 3.5 million and Mash called (showdown cards unknown).

Hand #148: Jean-René Fontaine limped, and Howard Mash checked back. The flop came    , Mash checked, and Fontaine bet 2 million, forcing a fold from Mash.

Hand #149: Howard Mash raised to 3 million, and Jean-René Fontaine folded

Howard Mash66,700,0007,600,000
Jean-René Fontaine51,700,000-7,600,000
Monday, June 17, 2019 12:07 AM Local Time
Level 40 started
Level: 40
Blinds: 600000/1200000
Ante: 1200000
Monday, June 17, 2019 12:00 AM Local Time
Hands #135-143: Lull then Huge Double for Fontaine

Jean-René Fontaine

Hand #135: Heads up, the bracelet twinkling between them, Howard Mash and Jean-René Fontaine started their one-on-one battle with a raise from button Mash to 3,000,000, no call.

Hand #136: Fontaine folded his button.

Hand #137: Mash made it 2,500,000 to go from the button and folded to Fontaine's three-bet to 5,500,000.

Hand #138: Fontaine folded his button again.

Hand #139: Mash took the same button-folding option.

Hand #140: Ditto hands #136 and #138.

Hand #141: Another button fold from Mash.

Hand #142: Fontaine raised to 4,000,000 and Mash quickly threw his hand away.

Hand #143: Mash raised to 3,000,000 and Fontaine three-bet 7,500,000. Mash set his opponent all-in for 21,700,000 effective and Fontaine called, in good shape with    vs. Mash's   . The flop and turn had the word "chop" fluttering around the Amazon stage area:      but the   pinged out on the river to keep Fontaine's bracelet hopes very much alive. They're neck and neck now.

Jean-René Fontaine59,300,00031,100,000
Howard Mash59,100,000-31,000,000