Kenneth Lind won Event #26, the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em Seniors Championship, and picked up a massive prize of $634,809 at the same time.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
|8||Jack Earnest Ward||$68,180|
The Seniors Championship is one of the most popular tournaments at the World Series of Poker. This year's field totaled 4,407, which was a new record for this event — beating out last year’s 4,128. With only one entry day, it was the largest field ever for a non-reentry WSOP tournament.
The Seniors Championship brought big names and former Main Event winner to the tables, such as Johnny Chan, T.J. Cloutier, Tom McEvoy, and Robert Varkonyi. Oklahoma Johnny Hale played in the event and acted as host and delivered a welcome address.
Only 34 players returned to the Rio for Day 3 and the action was so fast and furious that it only took two hours to get to the official final table.
But in the end, it all came down to Hand #224: Kenneth Lind was playing small ball strategy, limping and giving Dana Ott the option. When the hit the flop, Ott led out for 400,000.
Lind appeared to size up Ott's stack and stared intently at his opponent and eventually called. The turn brought the . Ott announced a check and Lind moved two stacks towards the middle for a 1 million bet.
Ott tanked and then finally stood up saying "I'm all in."
Lind stood also to make an insta-call.
"You got the straight don't you?" Ott asked, while tabling the for trip sevens.
"Yes I do," Lind responded and tabled his for the flopped nut straight.
The river ended one player's dream and fulfilled another’s.
Lind erupted in a scream "Yes!" while fist pumping the air. Ott was gracious and congratulated Lind. Congratulations to Kenneth, on his win, his new bracelet, and that big stack of cash he's taking home — $634,809 first-place prize.
Sarah Grant spent a moment with Kenneth after his win: