Record-Breaking WSOP Seniors Event
June 20, 2012
The biggest WSOP event ever was held last week when 4,128 fervent seniors filled the Rio, spanning across the Brasilia, Amazon, and Pavilion Rooms to compete in the $1,000 buy-in event that busted last year’s attendance of 3,752 players, the previous biggest starting day record. No other event in the history of WSOP has had this many starters in one day. Other tournaments have only come close with multiple starting days.
The Golden Eagle, which boasts the names of all previous Senior Event winners was on display to kick off the event, along with VP o fInternational Poker Operations and Director of the World Series of Poker Jack Effel. Senior poker player “Oklahoma Johnny” Hale was also present. He says of the massive group, “Most of them don’t care if they win or lose. To them, poker is fun. They are already successful in life and they are here to have fun.” He expects the event to only grow bigger as the loyal group of players stick together to rekindle the spirit of the good old days of poker.
One reason this event is so popular is because it allows players from poker’s past, who have been playing poker around the country and at the WSOP long before the newbies were even born, to kick it old school without the kids who are seasoned by days on end of Internet poker.
Winner of the event, Allyn Jaffrey Shulman, took home a $603,713 prize—the third largest bracelet payout thus far in 2012—and her first WSOP bracelet, making her the first female bracelet winner in four years. Dennis Phillips finished second and earned more than $370K for his efforts. Shulman’s win will rightfully so go down in history.