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Fahrintaj Bonyadi Wins 2018 WSOP $1,000 Super Senior's Event

Mother of Three-Time Bracelet Winner Farzad Bonyadi Tops Field of 2,191 To Win First Bracelet Of Her Own


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Farhintaj Bonyadi has won the 2018 World Series of Poker $1,000 Super Senior’s no-limit hold’em event. The 83-year-old defeated a field of 2,191 players, all of whom had to be at least 60 years of age in order to participate. Bonyadi is the mother of three-time bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi, and with this win, the two became the first ever mother and son duo to win WSOP titles. In addition to earning her first bracelet, Bonyadi also was awarded $311,451 for emerging victorious in this event.

“It’s just only my first bracelet,” Bonyadi told WSOP reporters after claiming the title. “I’m so happy. My son has three. I’m just so happy.”

Farzad taught his mother how to play poker, and was there on the rail when she took down this event for the biggest title of her career.

“I was standing there for 20 hours trying to help her out, but she did it on her own,” said Farzad. “I’m so happy for her. She deserves it. She’s been cashing so many times. She won a tournament for $50,000, for $45,000, but this is her biggest score.”

Bonyadi entered the final table of this event in seventh chip position. She was able to knock Paul Lee out in third place ($140,273) to enter heads-up play against Robert Beach at a 3-to-1 chip disadvantage. By the time play was halted at the end of day 3 of this event Beach had extended that advantage to 4.5-to-1.

Robert BeachDespite being down, Bonyadi refused to give up. The too ultimately battled it out for 175 hands of heads-up action. Bonyadi was able to fight her way into the lead by the time the final hand arose.

With blinds of 60,000-120,000 with an ante of 20,000 Beach limped in from the button and Bonyadi raised to 425,000. Beach called the 7Club Suit6Diamond Suit4Diamond Suit hit the board. Bonyadi checked to Beach, who bet 600,000. Bonyadi check-raised to 1.2 million and Beach made the call. The turn brought the 3Spade Suit. Bonyadi bet 600,000 and Beach made the call. The 5Heart Suit on the river brought a seven high straight on the board. Bonyadi shoved all-in and Beach called with the 9Spade Suit7Spade Suit for a top pair that was now playing the board. Bonyadi showed the 8Spade Suit8Diamond Suit for a straight to the eight, winning the pot and the title. Beach was knocked out in second place, earning $192,397 for his deep run.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Farhintaj Bonyadi $311,451
2 Robert Beach $192,397
3 Paul Lee $140,273
4 Linda Iwaniak $103,215
5 Russell Sutton $76,655
6 Alan Denkenson $57,465
7 Charles Thompson $43,489
8 Neil Henley $33,227
9 William Fogel $25,633

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2018 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.