Seniors Poker an event in itself at World Series of Poker

May 3, 2011 6:00 AM

A lot of senior folks have told me they come to the World Series of Poker only to play in The Seniors World Championship of Poker.

This year the event will be hosted again by me from June 17-19. Be sure to visit the Rotunda where the Golden Eagle will be on display along with my gold bracelet for winning the best all around player award at the 1980 WSOP.

I won the Golden Eagle in the early days of The Seniors WCOP before I brought it to the Series. The winner of The Seniors event now receives the gold bracelet and their name is forever inscribed on the Golden Eagle.

Oh yes, the winner will also receive over $500,000.

I wanted to give seniors who come to the WSOP another game to play while they are in town. So I have arranged with Andy Rich and his group over at Caesar’s Palace to put on an After Glow poker tournament.

The inaugural will be June 18-19 and will be no limit hold’em with a $500 buy in. The players will receive $7,500 in tournament chips but may add on a charity re-buy for $50 and receive an additional $2,500 in making 10,000 for starters.

All of The Seniors players who will have played in The Seniors at the Series can play in the Super Seniors even if they have not reached age 60 on or before Jan. 1, 2012. Those not playing in The Seniors Championship at the WSOP must prove they will reach 60 on or before Jan. 1, 2012.

It has been arranged so all players may request late buy-in privilege to play in the Super Seniors until the start of the tournament on Sunday, June 19.

This is designed to give the players in the Senior Championship at the WSOP a chance to play in the Super Seniors or the After Glow.

I can vividly remember years back when The Seniors played down at the old Binion’s Horseshoe and a record 396 of my friends came to play in the The Seniors IX World Championship of Poker – one of the events in the recently completed WSOP.

Jay Heimowitz won the gold bracelet and $115,000, while having his name engraved on the Golden Eagle.

The Seniors recognized and honored Jay’s victory and lifelong poker accomplishments by inducting him as the 44th member of The Seniors Poker Players Hall of Fame.

Jay exceeded all of the requirements of membership and it was a pleasure to induct this outstanding gentleman.

At the induction, Amarillo Slim had a few words to say, so I had to cut my remarks short. When Slim and I start talking, it takes a while. All in all, it was a great ceremony.

Then, the 396 seniors sat down and played no-limit hold’em in The Seniors IX World Championship of Poker. The first day’s action narrowed the field down to 39 players, who returned the next day to complete the tournament.

Bill Swan from Wichita Falls, Texas, playing in his first The Seniors World Championship of Poker, won the gold bracelet and had his name engraved on the Golden Eagle. Bill also took home $134,000.

My good friend of many years, Mike Sexton, was just old enough to play in the The Seniors tournament. Mike had to settle for second place, but his loss was soothed by more than $68,000 in prize money. Mike told me later that he was going to follow me around and play in all of The Seniors events.

The Seniors World Championship of Poker paid 36 places. For the names and finishing positions of the players, go to my web site: www.seniorpoker.com.

OKJ Tip of the Week

My wife Carol tells me to keep adding to my bucket list and I will try to live to complete the list. The challenge for all poker players is trying to beat themselves or do better than they did in the past.

Try to keep in mind what you may try and accomplish in the future. Until next time, remember to stay lucky.