Monday, June 21, 2010 12:47 AM Local Time
The Seniors Championship has come to an end with 78 year-old Harold Angle outlasting a record field of 3,142 to take down the gold bracelet and nearly half a million dollar first-place prize. The day started with 23 players on the march to a winner. Eliminations came fast and furious, with ten players busting within the first two hours. Among those eliminated was 2007 Player of the Year, Tom Schneider, who was the sole notable name remaining in the field. After a few more eliminations, the final table was set.
It was at the final table that John Woo built up a large chip stack and seemed to be in control of the table. He made some tremendous calls that stunned the crowd and allowed him to make it all the way to the final three players alongside Mike Minetti and Harold Angle.
Angle played a solid, aggressive game to build a stack of his own and was nearly even with Woo when a hand that changed the tournament developed. Woo held pocket queens and was up against the ten-jack of Angle, who had flopped two pair. Woo couldn't improve and Angle doubled to over 8 million while both Woo and Minetti were left with less than a million apeice.
Woo never managed to recover from his loss to Angle and was eliminated in third place. Heads-up play began with Angle holding a commanding 9-1 chip lead over Minetti. The two jockeyed back and forth for over an hour, with Minetti managing to double up early on; however, Angle's dominant chip lead proved too much to overcome. Minetti was dispatched when Angle's king-jack flopped a king and defeated Minetti's pocket jacks.
Even though he has been playing poker for over 60 years, the Seniors Championship was Angle's first major tournament and first WSOP event. The Sun City, Florida resident will take home nearly half a million dollars and a WSOP gold bracelet.
Congratulations to Harold Angle, Event #34 Champion!
Monday, June 21, 2010 12:39 AM Local Time
Harold Angle limped on the button and Michael Minetti went all in from the big blind for about 700,000. Angle called immediately.
The flop came down as Angle jumped out to the huge lead, leaving Minetti with just one out. He found no help from the turn and river, finishing in 2nd place for $301,839.
Monday, June 21, 2010 12:34 AM Local Time
Michael Minetti went all in on the button for 365,000 and Harold Angle made the call.
The hand was pretty much over when the flop came down , giving Minetti trips. The turn and river changed nothing and Minetti doubled to about 750,000.
Monday, June 21, 2010 12:18 AM Local Time
Harold Angle limped from the button and Mike Minetti checked his option from the big blind. The flop came and Minetti bet 140,000. Angle min-raised to 280,000 and Minetti made the call.
Minetti lead out for 255,000 when the hit the turn. Angle called and the came on the river. Minetti checked and Angle moved all in. Minetti quickly folded and he dropped to under 600,000.
Monday, June 21, 2010 12:10 AM Local Time
Harold Angle called from the button and Mike Minetti checked his option from the big blind. The two saw a flop of and both checked. Minetti bet 115,000 when the came on the turn only to have Harold Angle raise to 315,000.
Minetti mucked and dropped to 1.26 million.
Monday, June 21, 2010 12:07 AM Local Time
Mike Minetti raised to 240,000 and Harold Angle made the call. When the flop came , Angle bet 375,000 and Minetti mucked. Minetti is down to 1.58 million while Angle has 7.655 million.
Monday, June 21, 2010 12:00 AM Local Time
Mike Minetti was on the button and raised to 190,000. Angle made the call and the flop came . Angle checked and Minetti bet 125,000. Angle folded and Minetti has managed to grind his way up to 2.05 million.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:49 PM Local Time
Harold Angle and Mike Minetti are swapping blinds back and forth with no major pots developing.
Although, in one pot Minetti limped from the small blind and Angle simply mucked. We'll chalk it up to being a senior moment.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:38 PM Local Time
Harold Angle, who entered heads-up play with a commanding chip lead, limped from the small blind and Minetti checked his option.
Both players checked the flop. Minetti then checked the on the turn and Angle moved all in. Minetti called and showed for three of a kind, which was way ahead of Angle's . Angle couldn't hit a king on the river and Minetti doubled to 1.26 million. Angle still has around 8.4 million.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:34 PM Local Time
Harold Angle called from the button and Minetti folded from the small blind. John Woo then checked his option from the big blind and the flop came down .
Woo moved all in for around 300,000 and Angle made the call. Woo showed for bottom pair, which was ahead of Angle's . Unfortunately for Woo, he was drawing dead when the gave Angle the nut flush on the turn. After the was run out on the river, Woo was officially eliminated from the tournament in third place ($213,612).
Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:29 PM Local Time
Mike Minetti moved all in from the small blind and John Woo called for his remaining 205,000 from the big.
The flop was kind to Woo when it came . The on the turn ensured his double up and the was put on the river for good measure. Woo is up to 440,000 while Minetti dropped to 960,000.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:23 PM Local Time
John Woo raised to 160,000 from the button and was called by both Harold Angle from the small blind and Mike Minetti from the big.
The flop came down and Angle bet out 250,000. Minetti folded and Woo raised to 750,000. Angle called and then bet 500,000 when the hit the turn. Woo moved all in and Angle didn't take long to call, flipping over the for two pair.
Woo seemed devastated as he revealed the , although he still had a lot of outs to win. The crowd leaned in as the dealer slowly burned and put the on the river. Angle, who is now the huge chip leader, doubled on the hand to over 8 million while Woo is down to just 220,000.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 11:17 PM Local Time
John Woo called from the small blind and Harold Angle checked his option from the big. The flop came and Woo checked. Angle fired out 150,000 and Woo made the call.
Woo again checked when the came on the turn. Angle bet 150,000 and Woo called. Both players checked the on the river. Angle showed but was no good against Woo's . Woo is up to 4.08 million while Angle sits with 3.87 million.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:50 PM Local Time
Players are now on a 20 minute break.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:46 PM Local Time
John Woo was on the button and limped. Harold Angle then raised to 190,000 from the small blind. The big blind folded and Woo made the call.
The flop came down and Angle bet 250,000. Woo raised to 750,000 and Angle immediately reraised to 1.425 million. Woo, who was left with 3.715 million, mucked and gave a big chunk of change to Angle, who is the new chipleader with 4.205 million.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:39 PM Local Time
Both John Woo and Harold Angle limped and Mike Minetti moved all from the big blind for 440,000 more with the . Angle folded and Woo made the call and showed .
Minetti was in great shape until the flop came . Suddenly he needed to catch a nine, queen or running hearts to stay alive. His odds improved a little when the came on the turn. That was one of the hearts he needed, and the on the river was the other.
Minetti doubled to 1.075 million while Woo dropped to 4.6 million.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:33 PM Local Time
John Woo raised to 185,000 from the small blind and Eric Stemp made the call from the big. The flop came down . Woo moved all in and Stemp instantly called and showed .
Stemp's supporter's seemed to like his chances, that is until they saw the of Woo. Stemp's supporters started calling for a seven, to complete the straight, and began to cheer when the hit the turn. It took a moment for them to realize that the card gave both players a flush.
Stemp did pick up a straight flush draw. He was looking for the seven or three of clubs to stay alive. It was not meant to be as the came on the river. Woo increased his stack to around 4.8 million while Stemp was eliminated from the tournament in fourth place ($154,624).
Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:19 PM Local Time
Eric Stemp was in the small blind and raised to 160,000. Harold Angle called from the big blind and the two saw a flop of .
Stemp checked and Angle fired out a bet of 250,000. Stemp made the call and then checked the on the turn. Angle fired another 400,000 and this time Stemp folded.
Angle is up to 3.45 million while Stemp is down to around 960,000.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:13 PM Local Time
Mike Minetti raised to 170,000 from the cutoff and Harold Angle called from the big blind. The flop came down and Angle bet 175,000. Minetti made the call as the hit the turn.
Angle bet 300,000 and again Minetti called. When the was put out on the river, Angle bet 500,000 and Minetti made the call. When Angle showed , Minetti mucked. He is down to around 900,000 while Angle is over 3 million.
Sunday, June 20, 2010 10:09 PM Local Time
Everyone limped to Stemp in the big blind who moved all in for 555,000 more. Action folded to John Woo who, as usual, went into the tank. Instead of folding after tanking, as he had done the past few times Stemp moved all in, Woo made the call and showed .
Stemp was ahead with the as the flop came . Woo picked up a straight draw to go with his overs. The on the turn gave Woo even more outs, but when the came on the turn, Stemp doubled to 1.32 million. With that loss, Woo is still the chip leader with 3.875 million.