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2015 WSOP: Travis Baker Wins EVENT #40: $1,000 buy-in Seniors Championship (No-Limit Hold'em)

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Posted on 23 June 2015 by "T".

Travis Baker, a 50-year-old construction manager from Tulsa, Oklahoma is the winner of the $1,000 buy-in Seniors Championship No-Limit Hold'em after four intensive days of play.

Baker's victory is a big surprise to many, given the fact that he's only an amateur and didn't have any previous cashes at the WSOP before winning this event, which he received $613,466 and a gold bracelet for.

The tournament attracted a massive field of 4,193 players. Baker's last day performance was excellent. Once the final table was down to 5 players, he eliminated his four challengers in just 35 minutes!

"I'm so overwhelmed right now," Baker said afterward. For me this is gratifying and satisfying. It's an exclamation point."

"I always felt comfortable while playing, he added. "I never got nervous or anything. It was partly because everything went my way. Even after I had a few beats (early at the final table), I stayed patient and that kept me going."

Final table results: 

Second Place -- Carl Torelli (Pahrump, NV) -- $378,766
Third Place - Jim Hopperstead (Cookeville, TN) -- $274,989
Fourth Place -- Michael Smith (union, KY) -- $202,157
Fifth Place -- Justin Tucker (Flushing, NY) -- $149,929
Sixth Place -- Lee Budin (New Albany, OH) -- $112,154
Seventh Place -- Stephen Nussrallah (Alpharetta, GA) -- $84,644
Eighth Place -- Steve Gee (Sacramento, CA) -- $64,417
Ninth Place -- Shane Goldsmith (Newton, KS) -- $49,435OTHER IN-THE-MONEY FINISHERS:

Information from WSOP.com: 

Aside from the final table finishers, other gold bracelet winning players who cashed included - Dao Bac (86th), T.J. Cloutier (126th), and Ted Forrest (347th). Dr. Bruce Van Horn, who was runner up to Huck Seed in the 1996 Main Event Championship, finished in 108th place. Glenn Galfond, father of this year's gold bracelet winner Phil Galfond, cashed for the second time in the Seniors, taking 173rd. Hal Lubarksy, who is legally blind, cashed in this event, finishing 207th. Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman, who won this event in 2012, cashed in 372nd place.

FUN FACTS:

The Seniors Poker Championship is open to players age 50 and up. This year for the first time, there's also a "Super Seniors" event, which is open to players 65 and up.

Average age of participants was 60 years. There were 3,930 men and 262 women who entered. The oldest player was age 92. There were 40 different countries represented.

A tournament similar to the Seniors World Poker Championship was first played in 1993. It was spread at various locations in California and Nevada during the first eight years of its existence. Then, in 2001 an exclusive event for seniors was added to the WSOP schedule. Jay Heimowitz won the first official WSOP Seniors championship gold bracelet.

A woman has won the Seniors Championship just twice. That took place in 2006 and 2012 when Clare Miller and Allyn Jaffrey-Shulman were the winners, respectively.

The oldest winner was Paul McKinney, who was 80-years-old when he won the Seniors Championship in 2005. McKinney, from West Virginia, made a famous quip following his victory. He shared his secret for success by saying, "I like moonshine whisky, big cigars, and young women."

The seniors' event is a No-Limit Hold'em tournament. This has been the game since inception at the WSOP in 2001. The buy-in has always been $1,000.

This year's tournament awarded the famous "Golden Eagle" trophy, which is engraved with the winner's name(s). The trophy is a keepsake that is passed forward from champion to champion, similar to the tradition of the Stanley Cup in the National Hockey League.

 


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5 comments on "2015 WSOP: Travis Baker Wins EVENT #40: $1,000 buy-in Seniors Championship (No-Limit Hold''em)"


 doubletop77723/06/2015 08:54:39 GMT
Many congratulations to Travis Baker on winning this event and the first prize of $613,466. This guy beat a field of over 4,000 entries so deserves every penny of his win
 Fakiry23/06/2015 08:59:28 GMT
This $1,000 is for undoubtly the first objetive of many young online players nowadays, who think about giving a chance to a real tourney. It's not that expensive (although $1,000 is already big money for those who play $5 and $10 buy-in tourneys) and the return is enormous. this field is each time bigger and bigger and i believe one day it will be limited to a top (if it isn't already, i'm not that informed). Surviving a 4,000 players' field is already an achievement for a rookie, but winning is the cherry on the top of the cake. Congrats for making all of us dream a little bit more, Travis!
 klash2323/06/2015 16:04:00 GMT
A great result for an amateur and a massive payday to go with his first bracelet.He does have some experience though and has cashed quite a few times,though winning 600k is massive to his 35k lifetime winnings.
Just shows we just need to keep trying and maybe one day.......
 JorAxe24/06/2015 18:48:18 GMT
Congratulations to the winner, as they say beginner's luck I touch havia not having played any WSOP and play for the first time and win the bracelet that if luck.
 bowie198424/07/2015 09:50:50 GMT
Funny that this was one of the popular events out of the rest on this year's WSOP. Never realized that many fiftyplus old guys are playing cards not just as a hobby but for a living too. The guy deserved the title, he was pretty good especially when it counted the most.

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