Sometimes it takes retirement to cash in your first ever World Series of Poker event. And that is exactly what Ken Lind discovered as the 68 year old retiree from Utah won his first ever WSOP Bracelet and also his first ever ITM at Event 26, Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship of the 2013 WSOP at the Rio early here today.
Lind won $634,809 in this unique Seniors event that has been drawing unprecedented response for 10 years. The great grandfather of 2 kids used his self learnt skills to master the poker game and also used his huge experience to tick the WSOP Bracelet off his bucket list. He defeated Dana Ott who pocketed $390,601. The $1000 buyin event saw more than 4000 seniors enter and some major poker pros like TJ Cloutier, Robert Varkonyi and Steven Alboni finish ITM.
The final table results of the WSOP $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold’em event:
1st: Ken Lind – $634,809
2nd: Dana Ott – $390,601
3rd: John Holley – $283,312
4th: Baryr Bashist – $209,856
5th: Randolph Spain – $156,629
6th: Michel Bouskila – $117,799
7th: James Miller – $89,281
8th: Jack Ernest Ward – $68,180
9th: Fernando Halac – $52,474
In Event 27, $3,000 Mixed Max, Isaac Hagerling gifted himself a WSOP Bracelet and $372,387 as he defeated Max Steinberg in a memorable heads up table on his birthday. The three and half hour long poker round between the two poker players was one of the better ones this season. Steinberg won $231,501 for his second place finish. Other poker pros finishing ITM in the event included Mike Watson, Taylor Paur and Mathew Waxman.
The top eight finishers in the $3,000 Mixed Max Event:
1st: Isaac Hagerling – $372,387
2nd: Max Steinberg – $231,501
3rd: Jeremy Ausmus – $132,748
4th: Jason Koon – $132,748
5th: Yevgeniy Timoshenko – $51,561
6th: Dan Healey – $51,561
7th: Chris Johnson – $51,561
8th: Brandon Cantu – $51,561