Travis Baker ships $1K WSOP Seniors Championship

Scott Seiver looking poised to add another big pay day to his resume, leading the final 47 of the $50K Players Champs heading into Day 3.

At 50 years of age Oklahoman Construction Manager Travis Baker would’ve been considered a young buck by most of his opponents in the WSOP Seniors Championship, but he showed some of the more seasoned veterans on the circuit – including godfather of the game Doyle Brunson – how to get the job done by topping the massive 4,193 player field to capture $613,466 in prize money and a first gold bracelet.

Considering the position he was in at the start of the final table, holding almost half the chips left in play, Baker would’ve been disappointed with anything other than the victory heading in. But after just over 100 hands the tournament was already into heads up, and Baker would make short work of his opponent in Carl Torelli.

The final hand of the event saw Torelli, who managed a 14th place finish in the same tournament last year, get his remaining chips in the middle with Jd-7c on a Js-7s-5s board for top two pair and Baker call it off holding Ks-10s for a flopped flush. The 3h bricked out on the river, confirming Baker – whose previous best recorded live cash was less than $9,000 - as the champion.

I’m just a regular weekend tournament player from Oklahoma,” he said after the win. “I saw Moneymaker win in 2003 and since then, I’ve been playing small tournaments around, like in Choctaw and Hard Rock Tulsa, but I’ve never experienced anything like this.”

“I’m so overwhelmed right now. For me this is gratifying and satisfying. It’s an exclamation point.”

Elsewhere at the series, the big news is that the prestigious $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship event has accumulated just 84 entrants, the lowest number in the tournament’s nine year history.

At the end of Day 2, Scott Seiver leads the remaining 47 players left in the hunt for the prestigious title and $1,270,086 in prize money – which is also a record low for the event.

Double champion of this event Michael Mizrachi is still alive sitting ominously in 11th place, as well as Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky (6th), Jean-Robert Bellande (14th),  Phil ‘OMGClayAiken’ Galfond (21st), current POY leader Paul Volpe (24th) and Jason Mercier (32nd).

 

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