Event 42 - Dan Lacourse - The Champion!

Par for Lacourse.
Par for Lacourse.

Wow, some people might have thought the old guys would play out the final table at a pedestrian pace, but its been full of fast, frenetic play, as we witnessed bustout after bustout all the way through.

This continued with the players three handed and after a short, fiery period we have our champion!

Here's how the play went down.

Fluss Bust!

Dan Lacourse limped from the small blind on Marc Fluss' Big Blind.

The two players saw a flop of 6 5 3 and the fireworks kicked off!

Lacourse bet out $160,000 and Fluss now moved all-in over the top for an extra $665,000 chips. A short period of contemplation later, and Lacourse called!

Fluss tables T 6 for top pair and Lacourse had taken a gamble with his Q 4 open ended straight draw.

The turn blanked but a 2 appeared on the river.

There seemed some confusion for a while but Lacourse had made his straight and Fluss' tournament life was no more, as he was eliminated in 3rd spot, winning $156,424.

This left former fireman Dale Eberle heads up with a chip deficit against former Cop Dan Lecourse. With the former emergency services staff facing off against each other, we were always likely to see a fiery conflict and this proved the case as things were settled in quickfire fashion.

Lacourse Wins!

Eberle raised preflop, and Lacourse made the call.

They saw a flop of 9 9 K and Lacourse check called a bet.

The turn was the 2 and after Lacourse checked, Eberle bet out again and now Lacourse check raised all-in!

Eberle took little time to call!

Cards on their backs, Eberle had K-4 for top pair, whilst Lacourse showed he had 7-9 for a mighty and almost unassailable hand of trip sevens!

Only a King on the river would stop Lacourse now, and it never arrived which meant Dale Eberle was eliminated in 2nd place, winning $235,141.

And we have our champion Dan Lacourse who wins $368,832 and the shiny gold bracelet!

Join us later for the full interview and final pictures but for now we send out congratulations to Dan Lacourse for a great performance, a big payday and his first WSOP gold bracelet!


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Event 42 - Time For Some Medication! !

Wow, what a final hour we have witnessed, with bust-out following bust-out! The veterans of the poker circuit are showing the youngsters how aggressive poker is played!

Nurse, give these guys some sedatives!

Here's the amazing tale of how things have played out.

Wood Chopped Down( OUT - 6th)

Much to the chagrin of his watching rail, Charles Wood has been eliminated.

He moved in on the turn of a 3 8 T 3 baord for $450,000 and picked up a call from Fred Berger.

Berger flipped K-T for top pair and was ecstatic as Wood turned over his hand K-6, as he realised he had caught his opponent with his hand well and truly in the till, drawing stone cold dead.

So the well supported Charles Wood is OUT, eliminated in 6th place, winning $84,771.

Berger, No Chips (OUT - 5th)

Fred Berger was the next to be slain, getting his measly stack in with pocket deuces from UTG, but running headlong into Lecourse who flipped a dominating pair of Jacks.

No surprises on the board, mean we lose Fred Berger, out in 5th place, winning $106,974. Good game sir!

Jerry-At Risk (OUT - 4th)

Jerry Yamachika shoved over the top of Dan Lecourse's raise to $200,000 for $610,000, but was called quickly. Lecourse has played well today but has had a hand or two and he's picked up another in A-Q.

Yamachika was drawing live, but that was of no consolation as a Queen high board popped out and we lost yet another competitor in quick succession.

Jerry Yamachika OUT, eliminated in 4th spot, winning $131,194


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Event 42 - Final Table - Six Men, One Bracelet

We have one more elimination in what has proved a fast, frentically paced final so far.

Peter Silverstein was always the most likely candidate to face the chop and this has proved to be the case.

Here are the details.

Silver Fox In A Box (OUT - 7th)

Left super short after he was unfortunate to lose with A-6 versus Fred Berger's T-J, Peter Silverstein was allin for $35,000.

Dan Lacourse isolated with a big raise to $160,000, holding A-Q and the allin Silverstein tabled 2-4.

A flop of 6 4 T was a massive boon for Silverstein and it looked like he might survive to fight another day, but his tournament day was brought crashing to a halt as the turn and river K and J appeared to give Lacourse the winning nut straight.

Peter Silverstein is OUT, eliminated in 7th place, winning $64,588

As the blinds and antes increase, the older players are picking up the aggression proportionally and it is just a matter of time till we see another elimination.

Here are the chip counts, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com

Dale Eberle $1,965,000
Dan Lecourse
Fred Berger
Jerry Yamachika
Marc Fluss
Charles Wood


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Event 42 - Final Table - Down To Eight!

The final continues at a rapid rate. Given the relative large blinds to stack sizes, it is unlikely this will be a long drawn out affair. The need to make moves should ensure we have a fast paced finish and exciting climax in the race for the bracelet.

I Don't Got Wood

Charles Wood was down to his last few chips with a mere $120,000, and called them off to Dan Lacourse's re-raise.

Lacourse showed down 9 9 whilst Wood was delighted to find himself in a coin flip situation, his K T in nowhere near as bad shape as he might have iimagined it would be.

A flop of A 5 Q rolled out, giving Wood a gutshot to go with his overcards. The Q on the turn now meant an Ace was also an out, and the K on the river sealed his victory. doubling him up as he rolled back the years, fistpumping the air like a teenager who just flipped his first successful ollie.

That pot pumped him up to $260,000.

It Goes Dark For Clark

After some consideration, Ed Clark shoved over the top of Marc Fluss' raise and was instantly called.

Clark was on a move with A 7 with Fluss' pocket nines a strong favourite. A board without aces transpired and Clark shakes hands with Fluss as he departs!

Ed Clark is OUT, eliminated in 8th place, winning $49,450 for his performance.

It's back to watching re-runs of The Golden Girls for Ed.

Here are the current chip counts, courtesy of worldseriesofpoker.com

Dan Lecourse $1,550,000
Dale Eberle
Marc Fluss
Jerry Yamachika
Fred Berger
Peter Silverstein
Charles Wood


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Event 42 - Final Table !

The veterans of the poker scene who have seen off their opposition effectively have gathered once more to play out to the bracelet.

It is sometimes said of players that this could prove their last chance to pick up a bracelet, and with many of these seniors advanced in years, it has never been more applicable than now.

Just prior to the commencement of the final, the players and watching crowd were "treated" to an aging elvis impersonator belting out "Johnny B Good" in full jump suit regalia.

What he lacked in talent, he made up for in enthusiasm, and although many of the crowd appeared relieved as he tunelessly screeched out the last few bars, we can only hope today's line-up can match the effort this geriatric Elvis mustered.

The early stages of the event saw very few contested pots, with preflop raises from Dan Lacourse, Charles Wood and Marty Wilson enough to take down the pots but then, that all changed!

Mad Marty Mauled

Marty Wilson shoved over the top of a Fred Berger raise for his entire $450,000 stack. Berger shuffled and fidgeted uncomfortably, before finally announcing a call!

He was holding A-Q to Marty's 8-8 and we were off to the races!

The flop seemed to vindicate Berger's call, the dealer peeling off K-Q-Q to give him a decisive advantage, which he didn't surrender on the J and 7 turn.

This made the englishman the first elimination of the final table, Marty Wilson OUT, eliminated in 9th place, winning $34,312.


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Event Name Event 42, Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship
Venue Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 23 June 2008
Final Day 25 June 2008
Buy In $1,000
Entrants 2218
Prize Pool $2,018,380
First Prize $368,832
Level Ante Blinds
Level 1 0 25/50
Level 2 0 50/100
Level 3 0 100/200
Level 4 25 100/200
Level 5 25 150/300
Level 6 50 200/400
Level 7 75 300/600
Level 8 100 400/800
Level 9 100 500/1000
Level 10 100 600/1200
Level 11 200 800/1600
Level 12 300 1000/2000
Level 13 400 1500/3000
Level 14 500 2000/4000
Level 15 500 3000/6000
Level 16 1000 4000/8000
Level 17 1000 5000/10000
Level 18 1000 6000/12000
Level 19 2000 8000/16000
Level 20 3000 10000/20000
Level 21 3000 12000/24000
Level 22 4000 15000/30000
Level 23 5000 20000/40000
Level 24 5000 25000/50000
Level 25 5000 30000/60000
Level 26 10000 40000/80000
Level 27 10000 50000/100000
Level 28 15000 60000/120000

Dan Lacourse

Event 42, Seniors No-Limit Hold'em World Championship

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Dan Lacourse $368,832
2. Dale Eberle $235,141
3. Marc Fluss $156,424
4. Jerry Yamachika $131,194
5. Fred Berger $106,974
6. Charles Wood $84,771
7. Peter Silverstein $64,588
8. Ed Clark $49,450
9. Martyn Wilson $34,312
10. Ronald Puleo $22,202