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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP2008 | WSOP 2008 Tournaments

WSOP Event # 42 Recap

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The largest senior’s event in poker history took place on June 23rd -25th attracting 2,218 entries. The huge turnout smashed last year’s record of 1,882 participants, reflecting an 18 percent increase over 2007.

Event #42, the $1,000 buy-in Seniors World Championship, ended up with a huge prize pool totaling $2,018,380 with the top 198 places paid out. To be eligible for this event, the entrant must be age 50 or older, which means all the player’s had to have been born before June 23, 1958.

The Seniors World Championship was introduced in 1993. During the first eight years of its debut, it was spread throughout California and Nevada at various poker rooms. In 2001, the senior’s event was added to the WSOP schedule with Jay Heimowitz being the first official senior’s gold bracelet winner.

The ESPN main stage was the setting for the final table, which was played over three consecutive days and was broadcast live by Bluff Media on ESPN360. The broadcast was lively and entertaining, thanks to play-by-play announcer Howard David, “Oklahoma Johnny” Hale and Max Shapiro. Last year’s winner of this event, Ernest Bennett, entered but did not cash, bringing the current streak to 42 straight non-cashes for defending champions in their respective events.

This year’s Seniors World Champion is Dan LaCourse, a 56-year-old retired police detective from Toledo, Ohio. During his tenure as a detective, LaCourse routinely administered polygraph tests which he credits to giving him an edge at the poker table. LaCourse stated that, “most people reveal themselves through subtle gestures and mannerisms within three seconds of being confronted with a question or decision.”

Late at the end of Day Two when it was apparent that LaCourse would make it to the final table, he called his wife. Although it was early in the morning in Ohio, his wife packed and dashed to the airport. She arrived at the Rio just as players were taking their seats at the final table, suitcase in tow maneuvering the crowds to find a seat.

Commenting on the differences between regular events and senior events, LaCourse stated, “senior players are not as aggressive as younger players, in general. Seniors tend to be more patient at the poker table.”

An excited LaCourse was thrilled to win his first WSOP gold bracelet, exclaiming, “It’s an honor I wanted my entire life, I have always wanted this and to be standing here with a gold bracelet and this moment is very special to me.” LaCourse made history when he collected his $368,832 first place prize; it was the highest poker prize ever paid out to a winner of a senior event.

The heads-up match came down to two traditional civic rivals; a firefighter versus a policeman. Dale Eberle, who was a firefighter for 25 years before his retirement in 2002, garnered second place. In an unusual twist, the two players butting heads for first place were both from Ohio, Toledo and Akron respectively, which are also college football rival towns.

Finishing in fifth place was former WSOP gold bracelet winner Fred Berger, who won the Pot-Limit Hold’em championship in 2003. Disabled Vietnam veteran Charles Wood took sixth-place, racking up his highest cash ever at the WSOP. Making his first WSOP final table appearance, “Mad Marty” Wilson took ninth place. Wilson hails from England where he has won many contests as a master of trivia.

These senior events attract many of the old guard of poker and this year was no different. For the second consecutive year, poker legend and 1972 world champion “Amarillo Slim” Preston joined the list of entrants. When Preston busted out late on Day Two finishing 91st, the entire room stopped play, bursting into applause, paying tribute to the master showman and poker promoter.

Other former WSOP gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event included:
• Tom McEvoy - 28th place
Men “the Master” Nguyen - 45th place
• “Captain” Tom Franklin - 64th place
John Esposito - 107th place
• Tony Ma - 186th place

With his 28th place finish in this event, Tom McEvoy has now finished in the-money 39 times in his WSOP career and is currently tied for 17th place on the all time list. Men “the Master” Nguyen has now finished in-the-money 58 times in his WSOP career, ranking him second on the all time list, second to Phil Hellmuth.

Through Event #42, only two players have made three final table appearances; Jacobo Fernandez and David Benyamine.

The tally after Event #42 for the gold bracelet count by nations and states is:
10 – Nevada
7 – California
4 – New York
2 – Canada
2 – Germany
2 – Italy
2 – Missouri
1 – Belgium
1 – Denmark
1 – Florida
1 – France
1 – Georgia
1 – Holland
1 – Maryland
1 – Michigan
1 – Ohio
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Russia
1 – South Carolina
1 – Wisconsin

Gold bracelet winners at this year’s WSOP now represent nine different nations:
• Belgium
• Canada
• Denmark
• France
• Germany
• Holland
• Italy
• Russia
• United States

The “Pro-Am” gold bracelet scoreboard reads:
Professionals – 32 wins
Amateurs -- 8 wins
Semi-Pros -- 2 wins

In the Milwaukee’s Best Light “Player of the Year” standings the board reads:
1. Jacobo Fernandez – 222 points
2. David Benyamine – 220 points
3. John Phan – 200 points
4. Barry Greenstein – 190 points
5. Erick Lindgren – 185 points

Final Results for Event #42:

1 Dan LaCourse $368,832 Toledo Ohio
2 Dale Eberle $235,141 Akron Ohio
3 Marc Fluss $156,424 Scottsdale Arizona
4 Jerry Yamachika $131,194 North Las Vegas Nevada
5 Fred Berger $106,974 Slidell Louisiana
6 Charles Wood $84,771 Austin Texas
7 Peter Silverstein $64,588 Houston Texas
8 Ed Clark $49,450 Sacramento California
9 Martyn Wilson $34,312 Bridgnorth England
10 Ronald Puelo $22,202 Sarasota Florida
11 Mike Allis $22,202 Lancaster California
12 Christopher Platt $22,202 Las Vegas Nevada
13 Eddie Villareal $17,156 Los Angeles California
14 Mick Bentrup $17,156 Menomonee Falls Wisconsin
15 James Duke $17,156 Houston Texas
16 Henry Hudson $12,110 Greenville North Carolina
17 John Bonar $12,110 Lakeside Park Kentucky
18 Gary Dishongh $12,110 Houston Texas
19 Gregory Alston $9,688 Danville California
20 Michael Thulson $9,688 Centennial Colorado
21 Bobby Bland $9,688 Lagrange Georgia
22 Daniel Spear $9,688 Las Vegas Nevada
23 Duane Gerleman $9,688 Ridgeway Iowa
24 Harold Hensley $9,688 Amarillo Texas
25 Theodore Brooks $9,688 Axtell Texas
26 Dennis Otto $9,688 Victoria Texas
27 James Maxwell $9,688 Maiden Rock Wisconsin
28 Thomas McEvoy $7,669 Las Vegas Nevada
29 Timothy Sciscoe $7,669 Omaha, NE Nebraska
30 Jerry Price $7,669 Mead Washington
31 Anthony Campagna $7,669 Manorville New York
32 Lawrence Bass $7,669 Tamarac Florida
33 Stephen Carpenter $7,669 Janesville Wisconsin
34 Steven Fager $7,669 Sequim Washington
35 Marsha Waggoner $7,669 Las Vegas Nevada
36 Alan Dorfman $7,669 Oak View California
37 Greg Henry $6,055 Choctaw Oklahoma
38 Roland Schroeder $6,055 Phoenix Arizona
39 Thomas Dallman $6,055 Zap North Dakota
40 John Stansell $6,055 Seattle Washington
41 Daniel Zeihen $6,055 Scottsdale Arizona
42 Edmond Schwartz $6,055 Las Vegas Nevada
43 Lonnie Boeding $6,055 Lees Summit Missouri
44 Horace Thomas $6,055 Lake Geneva Florida
45 Men Nguyen $6,055 Bell Gardens California
46 Ronald Brown $5,449 Spirit Lake Idaho
47 Gerald Shebar $5,449 Palo Alto California
48 Michael Gann $5,449 Tucson Arizona
49 Kevin Bushey $5,449 Canyon Lake California
50 Bruce Scheiner $5,449 Forth Myers Florida
51 Richard Barstow $5,449 Fresno California
52 John Wrona $5,449 Templeton California
53 Ernest Ward $5,449 Gulfport Mississippi
54 Ralph Wetterhahn $5,449 Long Beach California
55 Robert Kahan $4,844 Tiburon California
56 Paul Moore $4,844 Descanso California
57 James David Jaquess $4,844 Stephenville Texas
58 Bud Tufeld $4,844 Redondo Beach California
59 Perry Burrell $4,844 Calgary Alberta, Canada
60 Dolph Arnold $4,844 Houston Texas
61 Avi Mukherjee $4,844 San Jose California
62 Gerald Stensrud $4,844 Long Beach California
63 Milton Kawashima $4,844 Rio De Janeiro Brazil
64 Thomas Franklin $4,238 Gulfport Mississippi
65 Kenneth Adams $4,238 Washington DC
66 Mark Hamlett $4,238 Queen Creek Arizona
67 Dempster Ross $4,238 Plymouth Michigan
68 Jeffrey Doane $4,238 Rockford Illinois
69 William Seymour $4,238 Las Vegas Nevada
70 Robert Barley $4,238 Lubbock Texas
71 Joseph Aldridge $4,238 Napa California
72 Jerry Kersey $4,238 St Augustine Florida
73 Ernesto Gonzalez $3,633 Montebello California
74 Vincent Palma $3,633 Buffalo New York
75 Matt Satterwhite $3,633 Canyon Texas
76 Ian Mcdonald $3,633 Woodhall Spa England
77 Charles Kemner $3,633 Sevierville Tennessee
78 Mark Bershad $3,633 Staten Island New York
79 Harris Schnall $3,633 Henderson Nevada
80 Rick Catalano $3,633 Fair Oaks California
81 Jerry Simon $3,633 Temecula California
82 James Cottingham $3,229 Lawton Oklahoma
83 Joseph Capps $3,229 Henderson Nevada
84 Lindsey Bryan $3,229 New Braunfels Texas
85 Howie Eintracht $3,229 Paia Hawaii
86 Galen Sliver $3,229 Seven Valleys Pennsylvania
87 Terry Ackley $3,229 Lawndale California
88 Dana Parham $3,229 Pembroke Pines Florida
89 Daniel Olarnick $3,229 Brooklyn New York
90 David Jackson $3,229 Columbia Pennsylvania
91 Amarillo Slim Preston $2,825 Amarillo Texas
92 Michael Stansell $2,825 Waukesha Wisconsin
93 Elfigo Sanchez $2,825 Santa Fe New Mexico
94 Richard Winberg $2,825 Clio Michigan
95 Royce Davis $2,825 Mabank Texas
96 Robert Willis $2,825 Mallow County Court Ireland
97 Avery Cardoza $2,825 Las Vegas Nevada
98 George Mosby $2,825 Lincoln California
99 William Purcell $2,825 Rancho Santa Margarita California
100 Donald Belanger $2,422 Welland Ontario, Canada
101 Myers Vanburen $2,422 San Diego California
102 David Wooster $2,422 Pinole California
103 Barry Bounds $2,422 Littleton Colorado
104 David Hahn $2,422 Rosa Vista California
105 Philip Routsis $2,422 Spokane Valley Washington
106 Thomas Dickey $2,422 La Porte Texas
107 John Esposito $2,422 Las Vegas Nevada
108 $2,422
109 Joe Pharo $2,422 Scottsdale Arizona
110 William Egar $2,422 Livingston Montana
111 Charles Sippl $2,422 Hermosa Beach California
112 Frederick Kung $2,422 Ann Harbor Michigan
113 Scott Gibbs $2,422 Buttle Montana
114 Robert Keegan $2,422 Agoura Hills California
115 Michael Davis $2,422 Durango Iowa
116 Michael Mjehovich $2,422 Montclair New Jersey
117 Randall Davis $2,422 Burr Ridge Illinois
118 Robert Jarman $2,422 Las Vegas Nevada
119 Dennis Anderson $2,422 Lexington Kentucky
120 Colin Fink $2,422 Princeton West Virginia
121 William Haggerty $2,422 Ponsford Minnesota
122 Joseph Green $2,422 Millsboro Delaware
123 Paul Gratsch $2,422 Cocoa Florida
124 Paul Zibits $2,422 Long Beach California
125 Johnny Kidd $2,422 Knoxville Tennessee
126 Paul Dahl $2,422 Vancouver Washington
127 Harold Miller $2,018 Laporte Colorado
128 Bruce Mack $2,018 The Woodlands Texas
129 William Macdonald $2,018 De Winton Alberta, Canada
130 Steven Shulman $2,018 Corona Del Mar California
131 Robert Feduniak $2,018 Las Vegas Nevada
132 Ronnie McMillan $2,018 Downey California
133 Bobby Sanders $2,018 Canton Texas
134 Eric Schaps $2,018 La Fayette California
135 Ernest Bell $2,018 Ridgecrest California
136 Charles Vreed $2,018 Seattle Washington
137 Jeff Lee $2,018 Stanwood Washington
138 Gary Herstein $2,018 Chicago Illinois
139 Gary Gibbs $2,018 Hot Springs Arkansas
140 Wayne Stanford $2,018 Brantford Ontario, Canada
141 Charles Vite $2,018 Lowell Indiana
142 Herald Waite $2,018 Wichita Kansas
143 David Solomon $2,018 Austin Texas
144 Jack Thomas $2,018 North Hollywood California
145 Billy Ingram $2,018 Palestine Texas
146 Anthony Celeste $2,018 Las Vegas Nevada
147 Stephen Hester $2,018 Trenton Ohio
148 James White $2,018 Austin Texas
149 Larry Ross $2,018 West Covina California
150 Eddylee Martin $2,018 Cayman Brac Cayman Islands
151 Alexander Weiland $2,018 Las Vegas Nevada
152 Paula Halford $2,018 Las Vegas Nevada
153 Dennis Richardson $2,018 Louisville Kentucky
154 William Hou $2,018 Seaford Virginia
155 William Bertram $2,018 Las Vegas Nevada
156 Gerald Martello $2,018 Baker Florida
157 Clifford Carlson $2,018 Minneapolis Minnesota
158 Jerry Smith $2,018 Pembroke Pines Florida
159 Michael Comer $2,018 Sydney Australia
160 Lloyd Newman $2,018 Virginia Beach Virginia
161 Robert Autrey $2,018 Long Beach California
162 Curtis Kuehn $2,018 Patterson New York
163 Rae Rocco $2,018 Las Vegas Nevada
164 Jim Cromie $1,816 Canyon Country California
165 Marcus Crow $1,816 Loop Texas
166 Andrew Klivan $1,816 New York New York
167 Ronald Saccavino $1,816 Henderson Nevada
168 Chang Han $1,816 Carlsbad California
169 Exxon Feyznia $1,816 Las Vegas Nevada
170 Bruce Uyeda $1,816 Mountain View California
171 Judith Vigoren $1,816 Snohomish Washington
172 William Osborne $1,816 Pilot Point Texas
173 Richard Dunberg $1,816 Las Vegas Nevada
174 Billy Gifford $1,816 Houston Texas
175 Thomas Monegan $1,816 Grover Missouri
176 Jeffrey Litzau $1,816 St. Michael Minnesota
177 Robert Aden $1,816 Port Orange Florida
178 Emmett Hickey $1,816 Arlington Texas
179 Gorge Hays $1,816 Las Vegas Nevada
180 Jerry Tilton $1,816 Kelseyville California
181 Michael Casella $1,816 Bellaire Texas
182 Peter Sullivan $1,816 Roscoe Illinois
183 Lee Grove $1,816 Superior Nebraska
184 John Vogt $1,816 Eagle Idaho
185 Candy Kolfage $1,816 Sterling Heights Michigan
186 Hieu Ma $1,816 S El Monte California
187 James Keith $1,816 Las Vegas Nevada
188 Ira Flusberg $1,816 Los Angeles California
189 Samuel Hays $1,816 Tampa Florida
190 Steven Kahn $1,816 Scottsdale Arizona
191 Lloyd Shinn $1,816 Dallas Texas
192 Gary Goad $1,816 Flushing Michigan
193 Steven Bowles $1,816 Las Vegas Nevada
194 Dani Pourat $1,816 Beverly Hills California
195 John Derose $1,816 Harvard Massachusetts
196 Ray Koerntgen $1,816 Las Vegas Nevada
197 Johnny Sayre $1,816 Las Vegas Nevada
198 Stanley Barton $1,816 Spruce Grove Alberta, Canada

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