John Sozio raised to 57,000 from under-the-gun and watched as Iry Taylor moved all-in for his last 102,000. Sozio held and liked his hand enough to make the call. Taylor flipped up his and the players were in a classic coin flip situation.
Sozio saw high cards hit the flop but not the right ones, although he did pick up a gutshot draw to the Broadway straight. He could now win if Taylor made a set of tens.
Sozio missed his outs and Taylor's pair of tens were good enough to earn the double. He built his stack to 240,000 with the win and Sozio dropped to just 130,000 after losing the race.
Donald Belanger raised all-in from under-the-gun, putting his last 111,000 into the pot. Richard "Dick" Harwood decided to make the call with his and put Belanger at risk. The Canadian turned over his and would need to spike a card to overcome Harwood's made hand.
Belanger had found one of the kings he needed and took the lead in the hand. The turn and river came and respectively, giving Belanger the win with his better full house. He climbed to 252,000 with the win while Harwood fell to 380,000.
Hans Pfister got his last 135,000 into the middle before the flop and Peter Lipton made the call to put him at risk.
Lipton had Pfister in bad shape with his pair of queens, and despite Pfsiter pairing on the flop of , Lipton took the pot when the turn and river came and . He now sits with a little over 600,000 while Pfister hits the rail in 35th place.
Welcome back to Day 3 of Event #30: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship. So far we've managed to dwindle our record-setting Day 1 registrants down to just 37 after two long and hard-fought days of No-Limit Hold'em poker. Of these remaining 37, it is Craig Koch who leads the pack with a massive 915,000 in chips - just over three times the current average stack.
Joining Koch are fellow big stacks Gregory Alston (624,000), Bruce Baker (573,000) and Richard Harwood (549,000). We will also be keeping an eye on Jack Ward, who placed seventh in last years Seniors Championship and enters Day 3 with 488,000.
Play is scheduled to resume at 3:00 p.m. PDT, however, this is contingent on enough tables (from other events) breaking so there is sufficient space to fit our remaining seniors. Our objective is to crown a winner, however, as per the new rules of the WSOP, if 10 levels pass and a winner has not been named, we will return for a fourth day where the remaining players can duke it out until just one is left standing.