Ken Lind is the winner of Event #26: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
Not less than 4,407 players (a new record for this event) signed up for Event #26: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship and created a $3,966,300 prize pool. Poker legends such as Johnny Chan, Tom McEvoy and T.J. Cloutier were among the participants, but, unfortunately, none of them were among the 34 players who returned for the final day (Day 3).
Ken Lind entered Day 3 second in chips and remained in that position until the final table. Once he had taken control over the final table - he never looked back. In total, he eliminated 6 of 8 opponents to take down the tournament, the $634,809 first-place prize, a gold bracelet and the recipient of the Golden Eagle trophy. A well-deserved win!
1) Kenneth Lind, $634 809
2) Dana Ott, $390 601
3) John Holley, $283 312
4) Barry Bashist, $209 856
5) Randolph Spain, $156 629
6) Michel Bouskila, $117 799
7) James Miller, $89 281
8) Jack Ernest Ward, $68 180
9) Fernando Halac, $52 474
Isaac Hagerling Wins Event #27: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed Max
Isaac Hagerling only had 3 cashes for a total of $14,393 prior to this event. After besting a field of 593 runners he can now add $372,387 to that total!
He brought the third largest stack to the final day and then made it to heads-up against Max Steinberg after several hours of play. The two took turns at holding the lead for the first 60-70 hands or so until the following happened...
Hagerling raised to 65k, Steinberg three-bet to 175,000. Hagerling called.
The flop fell 73K and Steinberg bet 215,000. Hagerling called.
The turn card was the 5 and Steinberg checked. Hagerling bet 525k and Steinberg made it 2.198 million. Hagerling went into the tank for 2 minutes before calling.
Steinberg was only one card away from winning his second bracelet when the dealer revealed the last card: the 10.
A very lucky river for Hagerling who picked up the pot with 2 pairs (kings and 10s) and now had 97 percent of the chips in play. Steinberg hanged on with his short stack for another 30 hands or so, but the poker gods clearly had sided with Hagerling who laid hands on his first gold bracelet and nearly $400,000. Steinberg received $231k as a consolation, but 'the unlucky hand' will most probably haunt him for the rest of his life!
Jason Duval Wins Event #28: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
This tournament saw 2,115 players battle for a $2,855,250 prize pool of which the biggest chunk, of course, went to the winner Jason Duval - who defeated Majid Yahyaei after about two hours of heads-up play.
Duval, from Canada, claimed the World Series of Poker gold bracelet and more than half a million dollars! It was his second career six-figure cash after placing third in a WPT event for just about $200,000 this spring.