Old School Poker – Seniors Set Record, Hellmuth Eyes Another Final Table

Brief bites of what went down at the Rio yesterday.

May the poker gods bless the Seniors. One of the best events on every WSOP schedule is when the “of age” set of friendly seniors descend on the Rio to flood the WSOP tables with stories of bad beats and bunions.

This year was no different as the field of old schoolers hit all-time highs, setting a record for number of entrants for the $1K Seniors Championship. Of the massive field only 486 return for Day 2.

Speaking of old school. It’s been 25 years since the oft-maligned poker prowess of Phil Hellmuth won his World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet. The man known as “The Poker Brat” is celebrating in style by crushing big field poker tournaments yet again. He came just hands away from taking down his 14th WSOP bracelet against Ted Forrest and now he’s in position, yet again, to make a run at a bracelet.

With only 15 left in the $3K 6-Max, Event #15, Hellmuth sits 6th in chips. It’s No Limit, so anything can happen, but it sure is looking like there’s another WSOP Final Table in Phil’s future.

There was a bracelet given away as well as the $1500 Omaha Hi-Lo event played down to a winner. Last year’s champion, Calen McNeil, was deep into the hunt and according to Bluff Magazine, even had the chip lead at the dinner break. A back-to-back bracelet finish was not in the cards though as McNeil fell in 4th and it would be Nick Kost that would cash the $283,275 check while wearing gold.

The $1500 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball will also be returning to award a bracelet in today’s action while the superstars came out to play in the $10K Seven Card Razz Championship as well.

Want to read even longer write-ups of what went down? We’ve got you covered. Check out Bluff Magazine's write up of all the day’s activities.

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