Yesterday, the PokerListings.com eagle eye spotted legendary rounder Amarillo Slim Preston wandering through the gaming floor at Bellagio. Though we hadn't completely memorized this year's WSOP schedule, we were pretty sure Slim's presence meant what we were hoping it meant: the Seniors event has returned to Sin City!
The $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship is a tournament unique to all of the Dub-Sop, and poker tournaments worldwide. The fields are jam-packed with old timers, grey-haired and grizzled old men playing ABC poker while a handful of their female counterparts crack wise and fend off (admittedly slow-moving) advances left, right and center.
Meanwhile, those pros fortunate enough to find themselves over the age of 50 dutifully pony up the G-note and sit sheepish amidst the chaos, drawn by the tournament's incredible value to admit their real ages and attempt to crack the calling stations.
Last year's Event 41, the 2007 Seniors World Championship, attracted 1,882 hardy souls duking it out for a prize pool totaling $1,712,620. One-hundred and fifty-three of their number took a little something back to the Go Fish game, including the aforementioned Preston, who finished up in 96th and took $2,655 for his troubles.
As final tables go, this one was unusual, with Ernest Bennett and Tony Korfman deciding to chop the prize money equally once they got to heads-up. Korfman, pragmatist to a fault, decided he wanted no part of the coveted bracelet and agreed to just give it to Bennett. It was an interesting, if anticlimactic, finale, with each man taking $282,963.
Bennett would get more than just the bracelet and the cash, however: he also took down this exclusive PokerListings.com interview.
The Seniors' event is number 42 on this year's calendar and it's the only tournament opening its doors today, although we'll also see Event 39, the $1,500 NLHE donkament, play down from its final nine to an eventual champion.
In addition, Events 40 and 41 will play down to a final table before the night is through. Check out our World Series section and last night's daily recap blog for full details on each tournament. Then check out our incredible poker deals and start practicing for the day when you, too, will be able to take down that Seniors event!