What makes them special are their low buy-ins, their restricted entry and their ability to draw in a large number of both players and audience. So far that has held true through the Ladies event as well as the Seniors event which wrapped up on Wednesday.
Wednesday also saw another event play down to a final table while noon brought the start of a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em with Rebuys event and at 5 p.m. the $50,000 World Championship H.O.R.S.E. event got started as well.
There were plenty of 50-and-older players on hand this year for the Seniors No-Limit Hold’em World Championship. In its first day of play 2,218 people showed up to play, shattering the 2007 record that was set with 1,882 players.
After three days of play Dan Lacourse had steered his way through the playing field to victory. Lacourse is a retired policeman from Toledo, Ohio.
Coincidentally, he took on retired fireman Dale Eberle from Akron, Ohio, to get his win. Not only are firemen and policemen traditional civic rivals, but Akron and Toledo are also rivals in college football.
This time around it was the policeman who came out on top. Lacourse admitted that some of his previous police training came in handing during the event. Part of his job was to administer polygraphs as an examiner when he was working as a detective.
“Polygraph examiners learn that the most important response is in the first three seconds, that’s the best time to distinguish a reaction,” Lacourse said in his post-game interview.
Perhaps that’s why heads up didn’t last long. While some heads-up matchups have lasted hours, this one was a mere minutes as Eberle raised to $180,000 and Lacourse called to see a flop of #9h#9s#Ks.
Lacourse checked, and Eberle bet out $200,000. Lacourse called again, and the #2d came on the turn.
Lacourse checked again with Eberle betting $500,000 behind him. Then Lacourse check-raised all-in, and Eberle called. Lacourse turned up #9d#7h for the set while Eberle showed #Kd#4d for kings up.
Only a king could save Eberle, and when an #8d hit the river, Lacourse was the Seniors World Champion.
For more in-depth analysis of the Seniors World Championship, check out the Event 42 live updates.
Erik Seidel is looking good for another run at a bracelet win today. The eight-time bracelet winner waded through a 720-person playing field the last two days to make it into the final nine that will play today in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better event.
Play will resume at 2 p.m. with live coverage from PokerListings.com
The $1,000 No-Limit new online casinos usa real money no deposit with Rebuys event drew 879 players in its first day of play on Wednesday, and after 2,508 rebuys, the event has a more than $3 million prize pool that will go to the top 81 players.
That playing field is already down to 118 after Thursday’s action, and among the survivors are Mark Seif, Joe Tehan, Terrence Chan, Gioi Luong, J.C. Tran, Humberto Brenes, Scott Clements and Sarah Bilney.
They are scheduled to return to play at 2 p.m., and poker fans can catch the action in the Event 44 live updates.
Not to take anything away from Lacourse’s win, but the real star of the day was the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event when it started play at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Though only a little emore than 60 players had preregistered for the event, eventually 148 poker players ponied up the massive buy-in to start five days of play.
If there were any doubts that it would take five days to bring the playing field down to a final table, they were laid to rest when play ended Wednesday night with only eight players being eliminated.
The combination of $100,000 starting stacks plus the caliber of players in the event means it’s going to be a long road to a winner.
The unlucky eight to bust during the first five levels of play are Phil Hellmuth, Shunjiro Uchida, Aaron Katz, Jamie Pickering, Bodog Poker pro David Williams, Bari Sklar, Amnon Filippi and Philippe Rouas.
There are too many big name pros to list them all, but there are a few players that should be noted. The 2007 defending champion in this event is Freddy Deeb and he’s sitting somewhere in the middle of the pack in the chip count after Day 1. Plus David Singer, who made the final table of the event the past two years is still in it, though he’s sitting second to last in the count.
The leader of the pack is James Mackey, the prominent online player known as Mig.com who won his first WSOP bracelet in 2007.
The 140 players left will shuffle up and deal again at 3 p.m. today. Poker fans can check out the action in the Event 45 live updates.
Event 46 and Event 47
Two more events are set to get started today. First is the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Handed event scheduled to start at noon.
In 2007, 728 players took their seats in the event with Bill Edler winning to finally get his much-deserved time in the spotlight.
At 5 p.m., the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Eight-or-Better event will get started. Last hear the event drew 668 players with Tom Schneider making his way to the top of the heap for a win. It was his second bracelet win in the 2007 WSOP.
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