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WSOP Day #27 Round Up: Travis Baker Wins the Seniors Event; Barny Boatman and Scott Seiver Looking for More Gold

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Lee Davy hands you a review of the 27th day of the 46th Annual World Series of Poker, including news of a victory for Travis Baker in the Seniors Championships, Barny Boatman leading the final 24 players in the Extended Play event, and Scott Seiver looking to go wire-to-wire in the Poker Players Championship.

WSOP Day #27 Round Up: Travis Baker Wins the Seniors Event; Barny Boatman and Scott Seiver Looking for More GoldThe World Series of Poker (WSOP) can be a dream, and it can be a nightmare. It can produced tears of joy, and tears of absolute misery. It can energize you, and it can turn you into a George Romero zombie. The contrast is stark; it’s tough; it’s poker.

Take Tony Cousineau for example. He first cashed in the WSOP in 1999. 71 cashes later and he still doesn’t know what it feels like to have that piece of gold draped around his wrist. The same is true of Tom McCormick. He first cashed in 1992, and 50 WSOP cashes later, still has not won a bracelet.

Then you have people like Travis Baker. The 50-year old construction worker, from Oklahoma, first entered a WSOP event in 2007. He came nowhere. Eight years later, he decided to give it another shot. He went on to defeat 4,193 players to win the $613,466 first prize, the Golden Eagle trophy, and of course the WSOP bracelet.

“I have no idea what I will do with the money.” Baker told the WSOP after his win.

Baker got into poker after Chris Moneymaker injected hope into the veins of everyday Americans back in 2003. Since then he has played most of his poker in his home state. His largest win, before this, was $9,215 for finishing second in a 2008 Wild Wild West tournament in Tulsa.

The final table was a quick one. The five handed action lasted barely 30-minutes. Baker defeated Carl Torelli in heads up action. Torelli has two cashes on his Hendon Mob resume: a 14th place finish in this event last year, and now this. It seems this competition was ready made for him.

Asked how Baker would celebrate his victory, he said: “I am an old man now. I think I will take a nap.”

Final Table Results

1st. Travis Baker – $613,466

2nd. Carl Torelli – $378,766

3rd. Jim Hopperstead – $274,989

4th. Michael Smith – $202,157

5th. Justin Tucker – $149,929

6th. Lee Budin – $112,154

7th. Stephen Nussrallah – $84,644

8th. Steve Gee – $64,417

9th. Shane Goldsmith – $49,435

Scott Seiver Leads Event #44: The Poker Players Championship

Can Scott Seiver go wire-to-wire and win the Poker Players Championship? There is a long way to go, but he remains the chip leader at the end of Day 2, as he was at the end of Day 1.

47 players remain from the 84 that entered, and 12 will receive a minimum of $87,010. There is $1.2m up top. Former champions Matthew Ashton (607,900), Michael Mizrachi (361,500) and David Bach (258,400) are still in contention; last years winner John Hennigan busted on Day 2.

Top Five Chip Counts

1st. Scott Seiver – 688,500

2nd. Abe Mosseri – 657,400

3rd. Matthew Ashton – 607,900

4th. Dee Tiller – 602,400

5th. Mike Gorodinsky – 488,000

Barny Boatman Leads Event #42 $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em

It may have taken Barny Boatman 15-years to win his first bracelet, but now he knows the way. That will hold him in good stead as he leads the final 26 players going into Day 4 in Event #42 $1,500 Extended Play No-Limit Hold’em.

It won’t be easy for the former Hendon Mobster. Boatman still has the likes of Patrick Leonard (581,000), Justin Zaki (381,000), Konstantin Puchkov (367,000) and Yevgeniy Timoshenko (226,000) to get through.

Jonathan Little busted in 28th place, and Antonio Esfandiari likewise in 40th place.

Top Five Chip Counts

1st. Barny Boatman – 1,152,000

2nd. Luis Duarte – 1,079,000

3rd. Artem Metalidi – 1,056,000

4th. Yehoram Houri – 895,000
5th. Anthony Diotte – 817,000

Wayne Knyal Leads Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em

25 players remain from the 1,533 that started Event #43: $1,000 Super Seniors No-Limit Hold’em, and Wayne Knyal holds the lead in that one. Jack Effel kindly changing the rules to allow the super seniors to take a bathroom break at the end of every level. It comes to us all eventually.

Barry Shulman cashed in 31st place, but Dan Harrington and Pierre Neuville didn’t quite make it. There is $262,220 reserved for the winner, and the remaining 25 players are guaranteed $7,671.

Top Five Chip Counts

1st. Wayne Knyal – 779,000

2nd. Jon Andlovec – 652,000

3rd. Charles Havens – 644,000

4th. Mark Schwartz – 457,000

5th. Paul Keller – 445,000

Brayden Fritzhall Leads Event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em

The 1,655 players that entered event #45: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em represented a 4% increase in field size year-on-year. Brayden Fritzhall leads the final 260 players; 171 will get paid.

Top Five Chip Counts

1st. Brayden Fritzhall – 194,700

2nd. Justin Kindred – 183,000

3rd. Jorden Fox – 147,600

4th. Eyal Revah – 146,800

5th. David Jackson 141,900

Other notables with chips include Andrey Pateychuk (128,800), Eric Baldwin (105,900) and Barry Hutter (93,800)

Arseniy Makhaev Leads Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed

Event #46: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed is a new event for the WSOP. 682 players entered, and 154 remain at the end of the first day of action. Here are the top five chip counts.

Top Five Chip Counts

1st. Arseniy Makhaev – 213,700

2nd. Bjorn Wiesler – 185,700

3rd. Ilya Krupin – 183,500

4th. Jeffrey Gibralter – 168,600

5th. Ashton Griffin – 168,300

Other notables with chips include Erick Lindgren (150,700), Joe Ebanks (135,600) and Mohsin Charania (112,500).

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