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WSOP Seniors - No Limit Hold'em Championship Results & Report

42nd World Series of Poker 2011

WSOP Seniors - No Limit Hold'em Championship
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James Hess A Senior Moment
James Hess Wins Seniors World Championship Biggest Seniors Event in History – 3,752 Entrants Shatters Previous Record Set...
Profile: James Hess
Date: June 17, 2011 Time: 12:00 PM

Buy-In: $1,000
Prizepool: $3,376,800
Entries: 3,752
Game Type: No Limit Hold'em

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA James Hess $557,435
2 USA Richard Harwood $342,407
3 USA Craig Koch $248,971
4 USA Joseph Bolnick $182,347
5 USA Gregory Alston $134,801
6 USA James Jewell $11,594
7 USA Charles Cohen $75,775
8 USA Walter Browne $57,608
9 USA Leo Whitt AKA "Leon Phelps" $44,202
10 USA Brett Tannenbaum $34,206
11 USA Kenneth Russell $34,206
12 USA Peter Lipton $34,206
13 USA Steven Krieg $26,710
14 USA Iry Taylor $26,710
15 USA Gregory Meredith $26,710
16 USA Michael Johnson $21,037
17 USA Jimmy Parker $21,037
18 UK Gary McDonald $21,037
19 USA Michael Millard $16,715
20 USA James Jarvis $16,715
21 UK Andrew Bradshaw $16,715
22 Robert Mitchell $16,715
23 USA Jack Ernest Ward $16,715
24 USA Ralph Crow $16,715
25 Switzerland Albert Balayn $16,715
26 USA Jon Sozio $16,715
27 USA Bruce Baker $16,715
28 Canada Donald Belanger $13,405
29 USA Louis Cheffy $13,405
30 USA Rodney Clarida $13,405
31 USA Bruce MacGregor $13,405
32 USA Stuart Krasney $13,405
33 USA Debbie Millican $13,405
34 USA Craig Zotter $13,405
35 Switzerland Hans Pfister $13,405
36 USA Gary Braufman $13,405
37 USA Dave Moyses $10,839
38 Japan Mitsuhiro Nakao AKA "HIRO" $10,839
39 USA Sanford Lubetkin $10,839
40 USA Kenn Wittock $10,839
41 USA Harvey Bundy $10,839
42 Canada Andre Boyer $10,839
43 USA David Moskowitz $10,839
44 USA Anthony Hornyak $10,839
45 Canada William Hamilton $10,839
46 USA Glenn Martinez $8,847
47 USA Greg Oleson $8,847
48 USA Daniel Dinzik $8,847
49 USA Eddie Coyne $8,847
50 USA Paul ""X22"" Magriel $8,847
51 USA David Cupps $8,847
52 USA Bernard Wheeler $8,847
53 USA Ron Mcmillen $8,847
54 USA James Pritchard $8,847
55 USA Frank Presley $7,260
56 USA Bruce Van Horn $7,260
57 USA Maureen Blatter $7,260
58 USA Steven Saxon $7,260
59 Canada Ronald Nutt $7,260
60 USA Lenox Baza $7,260
61 USA Jerome Jasicki $7,260
62 USA Timothy Porter $7,260
63 USA Robert Whalen AKA "Poto Bob" $7,260
64 USA Larry Ramsey $6,010
65 USA John Bovin $6,010
66 USA Gregory Sellgren $6,010
67 USA Bruce Peterson $6,010
68 USA Robert Chow $6,010
69 USA Randy McKay $6,010
70 Canada Richard Mombourquette $6,010
71 Ireland Michael Nolan AKA "juniorbud" $6,010
72 USA Jerry Milanos $6,010
73 USA Ronald Kindsfater $5,031
74 USA Johnny Landreth $5,031
75 USA Arthur Molloy $5,031
76 David Smith $5,031
77 USA James Haver $5,031
78 USA Larry Ormson AKA "Juice" $5,031
79 USA James Russell $5,031
80 USA Nicholas Andricopulos $5,031
81 USA Sirous Jamshidi $5,031
82 USA Timothy Peters AKA "Timster" $4,254
83 USA Donald Umphries $4,254
84 USA Ernesto Gonzalez $4,254
85 USA Richard Simone $4,254
86 USA Hollis Barnhart $4,254
87 USA Tim Thorpe $4,254
88 USA Mike Sica AKA "Little Man" $4,254
89 USA Edward Rudd $4,254
90 USA Jim Voigt $4,254
91 USA Carl Merkling $3,613
92 USA Elaine Colton $3,613
93 USA Joseph Davidman $3,613
94 USA Monte Kapple $3,613
95 USA Michael Bienstock $3,613
96 USA William Ellis $3,613
97 Canada Edward Balchen $3,613
98 USA Jeffrey Granowsky $3,613
99 USA Michael Rabith $3,613
100 USA Ron Jenkins $3,106
101 USA Vincent LePore $3,106
102 USA Bradford Weiss $3,106
103 Canada Calogero Maltese $3,106
104 USA Ronnie Williams $3,106
105 USA Charles Sewell $3,106
106 USA Eric Stemp $3,106
107 USA Samir Hanna $3,106
108 USA Alden Hermansen $3,106
109 USA Edwin St Amour $3,106
110 USA George Tsukamoto $3,106
111 Canada Dwight Koch $3,106
112 USA Alfred Collins $3,106
113 USA William Hou $3,106
114 USA William Steffin $3,106
115 USA David Kopp AKA "Wizard" $3,106
116 USA Alan Miles $3,106
117 USA James Thomas $3,106
118 USA Andrew Garvin $3,106
119 USA Frank Juarez $3,106
120 USA Rodney Shows AKA "Coach" $3,106
121 USA Leo Root $3,106
122 USA Joseph Wimsett $3,106
123 USA Bruce Aghaeepour $3,106
124 USA David Levine $3,106
125 USA Robert O'Brien $3,106
126 USA Dan Gerard $3,106
127 USA Rob Fitzgerald $3,106
128 USA David Icke $3,106
129 USA Douglas Ficken $3,106
130 USA Imad Samouna $3,106
131 USA James Squires $3,106
132 USA Susie Isaacs $3,106
133 USA William Comee $3,106
134 USA Thomas Eberhard $3,106
135 USA Richard Turner $3,106
136 USA Tommy Vinas $3,106
137 USA Stephen Jarrett $3,106
138 USA Richard Korbin AKA "Pissant" $3,106
139 USA Mike Carson $3,106
140 USA James Miller $3,106
141 USA Steven Baker $3,106
142 USA Roy Scalf $3,106
143 France Roger Hairabedian $3,106
144 Kanajett Hathaitham $3,106
145 USA Robert Lebrecht $3,106
146 USA Dale Bauman $3,106
147 USA Vernon Vollertsen $3,106
148 USA Lawrence Huffman $3,106
149 USA Richard Hemphill $3,106
150 USA Leslie Haagenson $3,106
151 USA James Dillon $3,106
152 USA Chad Burum $3,106
153 USA Yolanda Jones $3,106
154 USA Lawrence Scholl AKA "Larry" $2,667
155 USA David Troyer $2,667
156 USA Kent Walter $2,667
157 USA Robbin Kimura $2,667
158 USA Peter Giordano $2,667
159 USA Anthony Grappo $2,667
160 USA Julius Cantu $2,667
161 USA Michael Kalich $2,667
162 USA Clifford Matthews $2,667
163 USA Robert Pettus $2,667
164 USA Michael Brain $2,667
165 USA Dan Alspach AKA "Dan A" $2,667
166 USA Timothy Quinn $2,667
167 USA Walton Carlisle $2,667
168 USA Bernard McCall $2,667
169 USA James Worley $2,667
170 USA Mike Epstein AKA "Magic" $2,667
171 USA Paul Koch $2,667
172 USA Jack Guzdowski $2,667
173 USA Clarence Medina $2,667
174 USA Harold Rawls $2,667
175 USA Douglas Gibson $2,667
176 USA Mark Hurst $2,667
177 USA Anthony Palumbo $2,667
178 USA Gary Richardson $2,667
179 USA Poul Mollerup-Madsen $2,667
180 USA Francis Thompson $2,667
181 USA James Winniman $2,667
182 USA Steven Calhoun $2,667
183 USA Michael Countz $2,667
184 USA Stephen Barbella $2,667
185 USA Richard Hensarling $2,667
186 USA Thomas Kasperski $2,667
187 USA David Ives $2,667
188 USA M.R. Schroeder $2,667
189 USA William Davis AKA "CHEF D" $2,667
190 Canada Ronald Swain $2,667
191 USA Stephen Birk $2,667
192 USA April Matthews $2,667
193 USA Ernie Galliani $2,667
194 USA Edward Chevallier $2,667
195 USA Charles Roosa $2,667
196 USA Ray Koerntgen $2,667
197 USA Aram Alexander $2,667
198 USA William Gibbons $2,667
199 USA Al Ethier $2,667
200 USA Eric Schulz $2,667
201 USA John Arva $2,667
202 USA Vincent Frigeria $2,667
203 USA Dean Schneider $2,667
204 Netherlands Antilles Stephen Massa $2,667
205 Canada Francesco Costa $2,667
206 USA Darin Ann Parker $2,667
207 USA William Eichel $2,667
208 USA David Angel $2,329
209 USA Richard Pumilia $2,329
210 USA Paul Flynn $2,329
211 Ireland Padraig Parkinson $2,329
212 USA Stephen Hagar $2,329
213 USA Robert Schulze $2,329
214 USA Jeffrey Gamble $2,329
215 USA Richard Hyde $2,329
216 USA Kim Rasmussen $2,329
217 USA Larry Landgraf $2,329
218 USA James Cicala $2,329
219 Canada Gregory Jackson $2,329
220 USA Beverly Lowry $2,329
221 USA Anthony Gianfermi $2,329
222 USA Tim Chauser $2,329
223 USA James Mitchell $2,329
224 Brazil Hilary Reicher $2,329
225 USA Russ Murphy $2,329
226 USA Deloris Batson $2,329
227 USA Frank Echols $2,329
228 USA Victor Fey $2,329
229 USA Steve Trivelpiece $2,329
230 UK Trevor Whiteway AKA "clever trevor" $2,329
231 USA Kenneth Harbaugh $2,329
232 USA Jeffrey Houston $2,329
233 USA Tuan Nguyen $2,329
234 USA Mark Rubin $2,329
235 USA Michael Gear $2,329
236 USA Siew Bickell $2,329
237 USA Taylor Koch $2,329
238 USA Roger Polark $2,329
239 USA John Kurmel $2,329
240 USA Ed Molloy $2,329
241 USA Kenny Piel AKA "Bad Hat" $2,329
242 Canada Glen Beaudin $2,329
243 USA Patrick Traficant $2,329
244 USA Harry Topper $2,329
245 USA Charles Williams AKA "Cannonball" $2,329
246 USA Robert Taylor $2,329
247 USA William Cole $2,329
248 USA Travis Newberry $2,329
249 USA Patrick Hardesty $2,329
250 USA Bradley Wilson $2,329
251 USA Eugene Hickman $2,329
252 USA Emileo Sandoval $2,329
253 USA Robert Thrush $2,329
254 USA Chris Platt $2,329
255 USA Syed Kadri $2,329
256 USA James Brown $2,329
257 USA Edward Pflipsen $2,329
258 USA Joseph Birt $2,329
259 USA Ken Hockaday $2,329
260 USA Glenn Pestrak $2,329
261 USA Cary Sanders $2,329
262 USA Mark Dunbar $2,329
263 USA John Roveto AKA "Junior" $2,329
264 USA Robert Willis $2,329
265 USA George Kolerich $2,329
266 USA Jorge Pelayo $2,329
267 USA William Peebles $2,329
268 USA Shirley Williams $2,329
269 USA Michael Moore AKA "Big Store" $2,329
270 USA Harvey Lemmond $2,329
271 USA Scott Strable $2,059
272 USA Dan Kelly AKA "djk123" $2,059
273 USA Bruce Schulman $2,059
274 Canada Timothy Gauthier $2,059
275 USA Debra Burkhead $2,059
276 USA Dolph Arnold $2,059
277 USA Donald Hughes $2,059
278 USA William Davis AKA "CHEF D" $2,059
279 USA Steven Freifeld $2,059
280 USA Angel Calub $2,059
281 USA Charles Brockinton $2,059
282 USA Irving Peyser $2,059
283 USA Ken Coplon $2,059
284 USA Jeffrey Hudson $2,059
285 USA Laura Barnstuble $2,059
286 USA Robert Porter $2,059
287 USA Stephen Bell $2,059
288 Canada Sherry Ripa AKA "animaux" $2,059
289 USA Edward Koch $2,059
290 USA Stephen Ross $2,059
291 USA Fred Louie $2,059
292 Germany Manfred Heinold $2,059
293 USA John Stafford $2,059
294 USA Thomas Isaacs $2,059
295 USA James Lepage $2,059
296 USA Maurice Vanzee $2,059
297 USA Mike Vitullo $2,059
298 USA Paul Lui $2,059
299 USA Roger Hale $2,059
300 USA Kenneth Billings $2,059
301 USA Howard Antonoff $2,059
302 USA Jay Helfert $2,059
303 USA Michael Leban $2,059
304 USA Miles Lewis $2,059
305 USA Terry Aston $2,059
306 USA Michael Guzaldo $2,059
307 UK Anthony Hamilton $2,059
308 Belgium Jeanpaul Debrouwer $2,059
309 Canada Robert Robbins $2,059
310 USA Vickie Seley $2,059
311 USA Donald Webb $2,059
312 USA Jack Pyms $2,059
313 UK Terence Magee $2,059
314 USA Rolland Jones $2,059
315 USA James Proszek $2,059
316 USA Jerry Skinner $2,059
317 USA William Scara $2,059
318 USA John Kohler $2,059
319 USA Gary Starrett $2,059
320 USA Sheldon Fine $2,059
321 USA Richard Amano $2,059
322 USA John Holewa $2,059
323 USA Kerry Goldberg $2,059
324 USA Elmer Thomas $2,059
325 USA Ray Newcomb $2,059
326 USA Gene Platano $2,059
327 USA Gary L Vick $2,059
328 USA Marlene Stein $2,059
329 USA Jeffrey Butler $2,059
330 USA Glenn Bernier $2,059
331 USA Preston Derden $2,059
332 USA Charles Ford $2,059
333 USA Fred Bell $2,059
334 USA Wendell Phillips $1,823
335 USA Lawrence Marshall $1,823
336 USA Paul Loufek $1,823
337 Canada Chung Liang $1,823
338 USA Richard Monroe $1,823
339 USA Paul Herron $1,823
340 USA Tom White $1,823
341 USA Kay Knock $1,823
342 USA Howard Steiner $1,823
343 USA Mitch Garshofsky $1,823
344 USA Ronald Zwickl $1,823
345 USA Michael Clark $1,823
346 USA Michael Loofbourrow $1,823
347 USA Terry Scott $1,823
348 USA Michael Woods AKA "White Tiger" $1,823
349 USA Terry Moore $1,823
350 USA Jerry Leva $1,823
351 USA Farzad Bonyadi $1,823
352 USA Mark Warling $1,823
353 USA Marsha Waggoner $1,823
354 USA Jerry Zickert $1,823
355 USA John Zaleski $1,823
356 USA Alvin Latham $1,823
357 USA Reginald Luce $1,823
358 USA Jim McManus $1,823
359 USA Steven Daughetee $1,823
360 USA Frederick Pettus $1,823
361 USA Steve Lewis $1,823
362 USA James Adamek $1,823
363 USA Richard Beaman $1,823
364 USA Jerry Zimmerman $1,823
365 USA Bruce Mack $1,823
366 USA Steve Waldron $1,823
367 USA Joel Ruwet $1,823
368 USA Stanley Solis $1,823
369 USA William McKinney $1,823
370 USA Gregory Lang $1,823
371 USA Rene Angelil $1,823
372 USA Suzanne Thompson $1,823
373 USA Charles Burns $1,823
374 USA Thomas Fraher $1,823
375 USA Rick Kilgore $1,823
376 USA Franklin Lacava $1,823
377 USA Brian Kennedy $1,823
378 USA Robert Gobbi $1,823
379 France Marc Chahimirian $1,823
380 USA Gerald White AKA "Jerry" $1,823
381 USA Donald Janicek $1,823
382 USA George Cochran $1,823
383 USA David Rodriguez $1,823
384 USA John Sanchez $1,823
385 USA Robert Sweeney $1,823
386 USA Andrew Tedesco $1,823
387 USA Jay Morgenstern $1,823
388 USA Walter Collier $1,823
389 USA Thomas Bell $1,823
390 USA Charles Murray $1,823
391 Switzerland Markus Brunner $1,823
392 USA Luay Ayyoubi $1,823
393 USA Terry Richards $1,823
394 USA Heidi Rosen $1,823
395 USA Bill Carle $1,823
396 USA Stephen Thacker $1,823

Tournament Report

A Senior Moment

James Hess Wins Seniors World Championship

Biggest Seniors Event in History – 3,752 Entrants Shatters Previous Record Set in 2010

Talent Manager Collects WSOP Gold Bracelet and Half-Million Dollar Prize

2011 WSOP Passes Halfway Point

Full House at the 2011 WSOP-- Tournament Attendance Still Up Double Digits Over Last Year

30 Gold Bracelets Won – 28 More Still to Go

OVERVIEW

Poker is a natural pastime for all seniors. It may very well be the only competitive game which allows persons 50, 60, 70, or even 80-years and older to compete on an equal playing field with opponents who are in their 20s and 30s.

Where else but a poker table could a 61-year-old grandmother become a “world champion,” as happened a few years ago when Clare Miller won a WSOP gold bracelet?

Where else but a poker table could a crusty 80-year-old Korean War vet outplay and outwit more than a thousand other competitors, which occurred when Paul McKinney won his gold bracelet?

Where else but a poker table can seniors proudly use all the knowledge and experience life has given them, and at the same time -- feel young again?

Well, everyone in the universe who could make it to Las Vegas and post a $1,000 buy-in seems to agree.

This year’s Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship attracted the largest turnout in poker history -- with a whopping 3,752 entries. Incredibly, attendance was up nearly 20 percent over last year's turnout, which was then an all-time record. In fact, the capacity crowd represented the largest single-day start for any live tournament in poker history.

That may take a moment to sink in. So, let’s repeat slowly: The Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship was the busiest day in live poker history.

The 2011 champion is James Hess, from Encino, CA. He earned $557,435 in prize money -- the biggest payout ever for what is commonly known as the “Seniors World Poker Championship.” Hess was also presented with his first-ever WSOP gold bracelet, the game's ultimate achievement. This marked Hess' third time to cash at the WSOP.

Predictably, the battle was not easy. What was originally planned as a three-day competition extended into an early morning fourth day, when the action concluded just shy of 4 am. Hess made trip sixes on the final hand of the tournament, topping his final adversary, Richard Harwood -- who showed two pair.

With the conclusion of Event #30, the 2011 WSOP has now crossed the midway point -- both in terms of total days and number of events. So far, several attendance and prize money records have been set at the Rio in Las Vegas.

EVENT #30 CHAMPION – JAMES HESS

The 2011 World Series of Poker $1,000 buy-in Seniors No-Limit Hold’em champion is James Hess, from Encino, CA.

Hess is a 50-year-old talent manager.

Hess is originally from Cambridge, MA.

Hess is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Hess is married and has two children.

Hess’ first recorded live tournament cash took place in 2010.

Hess’ best previous showing was a second-place finish in a tournament at the Venetian. His best prior WSOP finish was a 32nd-place finish.

Hess has been coming to the WSOP for the past seven years.

For his victory, Hess collected $557,435 for first place.

According to official records, Hess now has 1 win, 1 final table appearance, and 3 in-the-money finishes at the WSOP.

Hess currently has $575,073 in career WSOP winnings.

Hess is to be classified as a professional poker player (in WSOP records and stats), since he plays recreationally and has a full-time job.

THE FINAL TABLE

The official final table was comprised of the top nine finishers.

The final table contained no former gold bracelet winners – which is the sixth finale this year which guaranteed a first-time winner.

Only two nations were represented at the final table – Great Britain (1 player) and the United States (8 players).

The runner up was Richard Harwood, from Granada Hills, CA. He earned a very nice consolation prize amounting to $342,407. Harwood is a television director. He has directed many notable shows, including The Incredible Hulk, Sherif Lobo, Harper Valley PTA, and several Bob Hope Show specials. Harwood has also directed sports programming, including the Olympic Games.

The eighth-place finisher was Walter Browne, from Berkley, CA. During the 1960s and 1970s, he lived in New York and was regarded by many authorities as the second-best chess player in the United States, behind Bobby Fischer (at one time, a world champion grandmaster). He is a six-time U.S. national chess champion.

Final table play began at 9:20 pm on a Sunday evening. Played concluded early Monday morning at 3:45 am.

The final table was played on ESPN’s so-called secondary stage. The new final table set this year is getting raves in terms of design and appearance. No stage in the history of poker has ever looked as spectacular. Viewers will be able to see ESPN’s coverage again once the WSOP Main Event begins in July.

Action was streamed live over WSOP.com. Viewers can tune in and watch most of this year’s final tables. Although hole cards are not shown, viewers can follow an overhead camera as well as a pan-shot of the table. The floor announcer provides an official account of the action.

OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS

The top 396 finishers collected prize money.

Among former gold bracelet winners who cashed in this tournament -- aside from those who made the final table – were the following players: Andre Boyer (42), Mike “Little Man” Sica (88), Susie Isaacs (132), Rich Korbin (138), Mike Carson (139), Mike Carson (139), and others.

Paul Magriel, the former world champion backgammon player who is now a tournament circuit regular, finished in 50th place.

Dr. Bruce Van Horn (Ada, OK) finished in 56th place. He is best known as runner up in the 1996 Main Event Championship, won by Huck Seed.

Rene Angelil (Henderson, NV) enjoyed a min-cash in this tournament. He is the husband-manager of international superstar Celine Dion, and an avid poker player.

Tournament results are to be included in all official WSOP records. Results are also to be included in the 2011 WSOP “Player of the Year” race.

ODDS AND ENDS

This was the largest seniors-related poker tournament in history. Attendance shattered the previous record, set at last year’s WSOP. The total number of entries at 3,752 surpassed 3,142 figure by 610 players. This represents a 19 percent increase in attendance, an almost unconscionable turnout given that last year’s attendance was the largest in history by nearly double the old mark.

Moreover, this was the largest single-day start of any live poker tournament in history. Even the previous record setting WSOP Main Event Championships of recent years had four Day Ones, meaning the 3,752 players who began the start of this event constituted the largest live field in one place at any one time in poker history.

WSOP officials called Friday, June 17th the busiest day in poker history. Nearly 6,000 players were processed through the Rio in various WSOP-sanctioned tournaments which began on that day. This is a 24-hour record for any establishment.

The most senior “Senior” in the field was 87-year-old Tony Grand Cantalup (yes, that’s his name). When he was introduced to the huge crowd Grand Cantalup grabbed the microphone and stated, “I’m not sure which is going to last longer in this tournament, me or my chips!”

Three players in the field were 87-years-old. There were four 86-year-olds who played.

This is the 922nd gold bracelet awarded in World Series of Poker history. This figure includes every official WSOP event ever played, including tournaments during the early years when there were no actual gold bracelets awarded. It also includes the 16 gold bracelets awarded to date at WSOP Europe (2007-2010). Moreover for the first time ever, one gold bracelet was awarded for this year’s winner of the WSOP Circuit National Championship.

The official WSOP gold bracelet ceremony takes place on the day following the winner’s victory (or some hours later when the tournament ends very late). The ceremony takes place inside The Pavilion, which is the expansive main tournament room hosting all noon starts this year. The ceremony begins at the conclusion of the first break of the noon tournament. The ceremony usually starts around 2:20 pm. The national anthem of the winner’s nation is played. The entire presentation is open to the public and media. Video and photography is permitted by both the public and members of the media.

Hess’ gold bracelet ceremony took place on Monday, June 20th. The national anthem of the USA was played in honor of his victory.

EVENT HISTORY

The Seniors Poker Championship has been successful due in part to the efforts of “Oklahoma” Johnny Hale, who is known as the “Elder Statesman of Poker.” Hale has organized many senior’s poker events over the years. Prior to the start of this year’s Seniors Championship, Hale addressed the large crowd. He conducted the annual “Roll Call,” which provides for a moment of silence and reflection on behalf of many deceased poker greats, such as Benny Binion, Johnny Moss, and others. Hale is also the caretaker of the Seniors Poker Hall of Fame. During a break on the first day of play, all living members of the Seniors Poker Hall of Fame were photographed as a group on the main stage inside the Pavilion.

This year’s tournament awarded the famous “Golden Eagle” trophy, which is engraved with the winner’s name(s). The trophy is a keepsake that is passed forward from champion to champion, similar to the tradition of the Stanley Cup in the National Hockey League.

To be eligible for entry into the Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship, the entrant must be age 50 or older -- which means the player had to have been born prior to June 17, 1961.

A tournament similar to the Seniors World Poker Championship was first played in 1993. It was spread at various locations in California and Nevada during the first eight years of its existence. Then, in 2001 an exclusive event for seniors was added to the WSOP schedule. Jay Heimowitz won the first official WSOP Seniors championship gold bracelet.

A woman has won the Seniors Championship just once. That took place in 2006 when Clare Miller was the winner.

The oldest winner was Paul McKinney, who was 80-years-old when he won the Seniors Championship in 2005. McKinney, from West Virginia made a famous quip following his victory. He shared his secret for success by saying, "I like moonshine whisky, big cigars, and young women."

The Seniors event is a No-Limit Hold’em tournament. This has been the game since inception at the WSOP in 2001. The buy-in has always been $1,000.

TOURNAMENT PLAY

The tournament was played over four days. It was originally scheduled to last three days. But the record field side made that impossible.

Day One began with 3,752 entries and ended with 529 survivors.

Day Two began with 529 players and ended with 36 survivors.

Day Three began with 36 players, which played down to the winner.

The tournament officially began on Friday, June 17th at noon. The tournament officially ended early Monday morning, June 20th, at 3:45 am.

NEW STATISTICS (2011 WSOP – HALFWAY POINT)

Through the conclusion of Event #29, players from the follow states have combined for the following number of in-the-money finishes. The current state leaderboard reads as follows:

Nevada – 424 cashes
California – 408 cashes
Florida – 178 cashes
Texas – 155 cashes
New York – 148 cashes

Through the conclusion of Event #29, players who have entered the most WSOP gold bracelet events are as follows:

Tom Dwan – 26
Shannon Shorr –22
Justin Smith – 22
Michael “Grinder” Mizrachi – 21
Sorel Mizzi – 20
Steven Kelly – 20
Jason Mercier – 20
Dan Heimiller – 20

Through the conclusion of Event #29, players who have cashed in the most WSOP gold bracelet events are as follows:

Kirill Rabtsov – 5 cashes
Shaun Deeb – 5 cashes
14 players tied with 4 cashes each

Through the conclusion of Event #29, female players who have cashed in the most WSOP gold bracelet events are as follows:

Melanie Weisner – 4 cashes
Jennifer Tilly – 2 cashes
Cyndy Violette – 2 cashes
Erica Schoenberg – 2 cashes
Joanne Monteavaro – 2 cashes
Svetlana Gromenkova – 2 cashes

MORE 2011 WSOP STATISTICS

Through the conclusion of Event #30, the 2011 WSOP has attracted 37,773 combined total entries. $56,871,510 in prize money has been awarded to winners.

Through the conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of nationality of gold bracelet winners has been:

United States (20)
Great Britain (3)
Canada (3)
France (2)
Russia (1)
Ukraine (1)

Through the conclusion of this tournament, the national origin (birthplace) of winners has been:

United States (15)
Great Britain (3)
Canada (3)
France (2)
Ukraine (2)
Israel (1)
Russia (1)
Honduras (1)
Indonesia (1)
Germany (1)

Through the conclusion of this event, the home-states of (American) winners have been:

California (4)
Nevada (3)
New York (3)
Texas (2)
Illinois (2)
New Jersey (1)
Florida (1)
Tennessee (1)
Connecticut (1)
Indiana (1)
Maryland (1)

Through the conclusion of this tournament, the breakdown of professional poker players to semi-pros and amateurs who won gold bracelets has been:

Professional Players (24): Jake Cody, Cheech Barbaro, Eugene Katchalov, Allen Bari, Harrison Wilder, Matt Perrins, Sean Getzwiller, Viacheslav Zhukov, David Diaz, Andrew Badecker, Tyler Bonkowski, Brian Rast, John Juanda, Aaron Steury, Darren Woods, Jason Somerville, Bertrand Grospellier, John Monnette, Mark Radoja, Chris Viox, Dan Idema, Andy Frankenberger, Chris Lee

Semi-Pros (3): Sean R. Drake, Amir Lehavot, Oleksii Kovalchuk

Amateurs (3): Geffrey Klein, Foster Hays, James Hess

Since tracking first started in 2005, this year’s WSOP has the greatest disparity of professionals winning over semi-pros and amateurs than any year recorded, so far – with 24 out of 30 events being won by pros.

Through the conclusion of this tournament, the victories of 7 of the 30 winners (23 percent) marked the first time the new champion had ever cashed at the WSOP.

Every WSOP held over the past 11 years has included at least one multiple gold bracelet champion (meaning two or more wins within the same year). The last year the WSOP was comprised exclusively of single-event winners was back in 1999. The record for most multiple gold bracelet winners within a single year was in 2009, when five players managed to win two or more titles. So far, no player has yet won two gold bracelets (this year).

The streak of consecutive male WSOP gold bracelet winners has now reached 192 consecutive events. Aside from the annual Ladies Championship, the last female player to win a WSOP tournament open to both sexes was Vanessa Selbst, in 2008. The longest “cold” streak for female players occurred between years 1982 and 1996, when 221 consecutive open events passed without a female champion.

The highest finish by any female (open events) at this year’s WSOP was by two players -- Maria Ho, who finished second ($5,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em) and Kim Nguyen, who also finished as the runner up ($1,500 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold’em).

The highest finish by any defending champion at this year’s WSOP was by David Baker, who finished in sixth place after winning the previous $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball World Championship.

New tournament records set at the 2011 WSOP (to date):

• Biggest Heads-Up tournament prize pool in history ($3,040,000) – Event #2
• Largest live Omaha High-Low Split Tournament in history (925 entries) – Event #3
• Largest live Six-Handed tournament in poker history (1,920 entries) – Event #10
• Biggest Deuce-to-Seven tournament prize pool in history ($1,184,400) – Event #16
• Largest live $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start (3157 entries) – Event #18
• Largest live $1,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament in history with single day start (3175 entries) – Event #20
• Largest consecutive-days starting field sizes in poker history (combined 6,350 entries) – Event #18 and Event #20
• Largest live Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in poker history (1,071 entries) – Event #22
• Largest Mixed-Game (Eight-Game Mix) in poker history (489 entries) – Event #23
• Largest Seniors tournament in poker history (3,752 entries) – Event #30
• Biggest Seniors No-Limit Hold’em championship prize pool in history ($3,376,800) – Event #30
• Largest single-day live tournament start in poker history (3,752 entries) – Event #30

New player records set at the 2011 WSOP (to date):

• The 35-year span between Artie Cobb’s first cash in this event (1976) and most recent cash in the same event (2011) represents the longest time span in WSOP history. He accomplished this in Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split (Event #25).

• Phil Hellmuth added to his record as the individual all-time leader in cashes (80) and final table appearances (41), with his second-place finish in the Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Championship (Event #16).

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Day 2 of Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship In the Books!

After ten more levels of grueling competition here at the Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship, Day 2 saw 529 hopefuls play their way down to the final four tables. During this time our money bubble was burst and 396 seniors found themselves in the money after navigating their way through a record setting field. Following that milestone, the bustouts began occurring at a frantic pace and the familiar call of “payout!” was heard across the Amazon Room.

John Bovin, our chip leader after Day 1, was dispatched during the second day of competition and finished in 65th place. Notable players Paul “X-22” Magriel (50th) and Susie Isaccs (132nd) also made deep runs but ultimately fell short of their goal.

Heading into Day 3, our new chip leader is Craig Koch of Eugene, OR, who built a massive stack of 915,000. Other big stacks to keep an eye on during tomorrow’s final day of play include Bruce Baker (573,000) and Richard “Dick” Harwood (520,000). Jack Ward (488,000) will also be a major story during Day 3, as he looks to make the final table of this event in back to back years.

While the biggest stacks in the field will be drawing most of the attention, short stacks Craig Zotter (91,000) and Gary Braufman (52,000) wanted us to know that they will be players to watch as well.

Check in with PokerPages to follow all of the action, as the remaining players battle for the $557,435 1st place prize and the coveted WSOP gold bracelet.

End of Day 2 Players and Chip Counts

Table Seat Player Chips
280 1 Richard Harwood 549,000
280 2 Craig Zotter 91,000
280 3 Donald Belanger 113,000
280 4 Jimmy Parker 359,000
280 5 Leo Whitt 320,000
280 6 Michael Millard 543,000
280 7 Ralph Crow 187,000
280 8 Andrew Bradshaw 414,000
280 9 Brett Tannenbaum 342,000
286 1 Craig Koch 915,000
286 2 Debbie Millican 294,000
286 3 Bruce Baker 573,000
286 4 Michael Johnson 240,000
286 5 Gregory Alston 624,000
286 6 John Sozio 238,000
286 7 Kenneth Russell 429,000
286 8 Iry Taylor 190,000
286 9 Walter Browne 276,000
292 1 Charles Cohen 275,000
292 2 James Jewell 193,000
292 3 Bruce MacGregor 281,000
292 4 Joseph Bolnick 293,000
292 5 Louis Cheffy 24,000
292 6 Gregory Meredith 250,000
292 7 Robert Mitchell 115,000
292 8 Stephen Krieg 384,000
292 9 Jack Ward 488,000
298 1 James Hess 491,000
298 2 Stuart Krasney 260,000
298 3 Peter Lipton 341,000
298 4 --empty-- --
298 5 James Jarvis 442,000
298 6 Hans Pfister 148,000
298 7 Albert Balayn 183,000
298 8 Rodney Clarida 139,000
298 9 Gary Mcdonald 276,000

Day One Bagged, Bovin Leads the Field

Today marked a record-setting number of entrants for the Seniors Championship, with exactly 3,752 seniors packing into both the Pavilion and Amazon Room. Similar to last year, the event had such a large player pool that it actually interfered with starting times of other tournaments, including the Event #31: $3,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, which was delayed by a little over an hour.

By the end of the day, we dwindled down to just 529 players. Just a handful of "notables" remain, including Susie Isaacs (26,500), Shirley Williams (10,300) and Paul Magriel (56,100).

Big names who busted early include Amarillo Slim, Dennis Phillips, Lon McEachern, T.J. Cloutier, Berry Johnston, Tony Ma and Charles "Woody" Moore. Harold Angle also busted, which means we will crown a new champion this year.

It appears our current chip leader going into day two is John Bovin, who managed to amass a commanding 113,000 in chips. Other big stacks include Charlie Sewell (74,800) and Rick Mombourquette (66,700).

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