Marty Derbyshire

California poker players dominated the two age-restricted events at the 2018 World Series of Poker wrapping up last week.

This included its Seniors Event, which requires players be at least 50 years of age on the day of the event. Then, there was theĀ Super Seniors Event for those 60 and up.

Record-breaking WSOP Seniors event

Matthew Davis from Dublin won the record-breaking 2018 WSOP $1,000 NLHE Seniors Event title on June 18.

The tournament drew a record field of 5,918 entries, creating a $5,326,200 prize pool that paid the top 888 finishers. Davis, a 50-year-old statistics teacher at Chabot College in Hayward, earned $662,676 and a WSOP gold bracelet for the win.

Davis reportedly had to take a sick day at work, as the massive field forced the event’s finale to be played out on an unscheduled fourth day.

He beat Salem, Oregon’s Bill Stabler heads-up to seal the win. Stabler, 61, also made the Seniors Event final table in 2014, finishing fifth.

Two other California poker players made the final table of nine. This included Rachel De la Torre from Yuba City, who finished in sixth place for $129,626. Plus, Joseph Schulman from Pasadena made eighth for $76,191.

Almost 250 players from California cashed in the event.

Mother and son WSOP bracelet winners

In the meantime, three-time WSOP bracelet winner Farzad Bonyadi‘s mother Farhintaj Bonyadi won the 2018 WSOP $1,000 Super Seniors title on June 20.

This event drew 2,191 entries creating a $1,971,900 prizze pool that paid the top 329 finishers.

The 83-year-old from Aliso Viejo earned $311,451 for the win and a WSOP gold bracelet. Plus, it made her and son Farzad the first mother and son combination to both win WSOP bracelets.

There have been fathers and sons, and siblings, that have each won WSOP events previously, but never a mother and son.

Three other players from California made the final table. This included Robert Beach from Bishop who finished runner up for $192,397. Plus, Paul Lee from Orange made third for $140,273, and Charles Thompson from Santa Cruz finished seventh for $43,489.

A total of 51 players from California cashed in the event.

The 2018 WSOP heads online

The WSOP action is now heating for online poker players as well. The second of four WSOP online bracelet events, a $565 Pot-Limit Omaha 6-Handed tournament was held on June 22.

Plus, the $1,000 Online Championship is set for June 29, and a $3,200 High Roller will run June 30.

Marty Derbyshire
Marty Derbyshire - Martin Derbyshire is a veteran of the world of poker and gambling, having worked as a reporter, producer, and editor in the industry for more than a decade. He has traveled the globe interviewing high-profile personalities and contributes to a number of publications, including,, and