It’s WSOP Seniors poker time

Jun 16, 2009 4:59 PM
Back in the Saddle by Johnny Hale |

My wife Carol is playing again in "The Seniors" event at the World Series of Poker on Monday, June 22.

As for me, I will again host "The Seniors" World Championship of Poker at the WSOP on Wednesday, June 24 and hand out the Gold Bracelet to the winner.
I look forward to seeing a few thousand of our friends again this year at "The Seniors" World Championship of Poker, which is alive and well. The Seniors WCOP was created in July 1994 at the Oceanside Card Casino in Oceanside, California. There were about 50 seniors who joined us for the inaugural event at Len Miller’s little club.
It was really a poker happening to play at the inaugural of "The Seniors" with many of our friends who were wearing gold bracelets from the WSOP. Folks like Johnny Moss, Amarillo Slim, Dr. Jerry Buss, Puggy Person, Tom McEvoy, Len Miller and T.J. Cloutier to name a few.

In 2001, I made a deal with Benny Binion’s grandson to bring "The Seniors" WCOP – championship event to the WSOP.

The Seniors World Championship was a poker happening – a one of a kind event. The tournament room was full, and many tables had to be set up in another room. The prize pool for this inaugural event was an unbelievable $329,800.

A lot of folks were surprised to see 396 turn out to play in the Inaugural "Seniors." No one will be surprised this Monday to see over 2,500 seniors play in the No Limit Hold’em world championship "Seniors" event.

My daughter "Oklahoma Sarah" Hale, a very accomplished poker player and columnist, helps me now with hosting all of the senior players.

OK-J ‘SENIORS’ TIP:

Here are some of the things – World Champions have said to me!

• Savor your memories

• Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality.

• If you can dream it, you can make it come true.

• If you have but one wish, make it a big one!

• Always be yourself. There is danger in trying to sing someone else’s song.

• Happiness will never be any greater that the idea we have of it.

Remember to always Stay Lucky!!!

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