With a prize pool of $3,982,500 to shoot at, 4,425 runners lined up (no joking — they were all seniors and over 50 but they were trying to sprint to the winner's circle just the same) and got ready for the run to a first place prize of $627,426 and the most coveted award in poker — the World Series of Poker gold bracelet!
The record breaking Event #17: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship found 32 players coming back for Day 3 which lasted almost 10 hours before Dan Heimiller put the finishing touches on the remaining seniors and took home what all of them were racing for.
Final Table Results
After the event went to 10-handed, David Smith dropped to one and a half big blinds before making an incredible chip-and-a-chair comeback that sent him sky rocketing into third in chips when the official nine-handed final table started.
Dennis Phillips was at the final table and finished second to Allyn Jaffrey Shulman in 2012 but this time fifth-place had his name on it.
When the tournament got down to three-handed it was Dan Heimiller, David Smith, and Donald Maas playing for the gold bracelet. Smith has a blog revolving around poker and bridge but that didn't stop both Heimiller and Maas from putting pressure on his short stack. Smith exited the race for first-place on Hand #122 after losing a flip.
The heads-up match began with a 3-1 lead by Heimiller and six hands later Heimiller flopped a straight to end Maas' run for the trophy.
On Hand #128: Donald Maas completed the blind from the button and Dan Heimiller checked his big blind option.
The flop brought the . Mass bet, got raised to 600,000, and called it.
The dealer put up the on the turn. Maas bet 500,000 and Heimiller called.
The river finished the board. Heimiller bet 300,000 and Mass moved all-in.
Heimiller insta-called and turned over the for the flopped straight. It was over!
Once the smoke cleared Heimiller raced off to Event #22: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship where his stack was being blinded off. A new bracelet, a stack of $627,462 in winnings in his pocket, and another tournament to fight his way through probably made his day. This win gave Heimiller his second gold bracelet
Heimiller's Facebook post before the win:
June 8 • Edited
Things to do today. Wake 623am, Get newspaper, Go back to sleep. Wake 10 am. Eat my Lucky Charms cereal & read my neighbors newspaper. Beat final 32 players at the World Series of Poker & collect $627,000. Pay rent for April.
Congratulations to all of the seniors for coming out for the event and building it into a record breaker. Congratulations to Dan Heimiller for following through with his Facebook post and claiming the 2014 WSOP Seniors Championship.
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