The World Series of Poker has three special events it hosts each year: the Ladies No-Limit Hold'em Championship, the Casino Employees event and the Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship.
What makes them special are their low buy-ins, their restricted entry and their ability to draw a large number of both players and railbirds. So far that has held true through the Ladies event as well as the Seniors event, the latter of 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 w/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 handy 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 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 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, and Tom Schneider made his way to the top of the heap for a win. It was his second bracelet win in the 2007 WSOP.