06/18/13 12:32:59 AM PST
Ken Lind Wins Event #26: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
After three long days of play and surviving a field of 4,407 players, Ken Lind was victorious in Event #26: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Playing in a WSOP Event was on his bucket list, and play he did, all the way to the gold bracelet and a first-place prize of $634,809. Additionally, he will be forever remembered for this victory as his name is the latest to be inscribed on the Golden Eagle Trophy.
Lind started to break away from the pack early on day two by accumulating chips by playing big pot poker. The cards continued to fall his way as he entered today second in chips and never looked back. The day started with 34 players and the few notable players left in the tournament were lost early on when we saw Hoyt Corkins (23rd), Mark Kroon (25th) and Larry Wright (26th) hit the rail on our way to the final table.
Lind started the final table where he started the day, second in chips behind Dana Ott, our second place finisher. It wouldn't take Lind long to gain control of the table and earn the chips to secure his victory. Our first elimination came when Fernando Halac was unable to make his draw against Lind. Our next elimination also came at the hands of Lind, when Jack Ward found his threes up against Lind's tens. The tens held and Ward was eliminated in eighth place.
Just three hands later, James Miller found himself all in against Randy Spain with a weaker ace. Miller couldn't find help on the board and left the tournament as the seventh-place finisher. Michel Bouskila was the next to go in sixth place when his ace queen ran into the queens of Lind and he couldn't find an ace on the board. Randy Spain (5th) and Barry Bashist (4th) were the next players to be eliminated when their hands failed to improve against Lind, who was catching just what he needed to win pots. It was three-handed play for quite a while before John Holley fell victim to Dana Ott, who played his flush a little tricky and trapped Holley for all his chips.
Heads up play began and both Ott and Lind changed gears. It was more about waiting for the right cards and was sort of reminiscent of old-school poker before the boom. Eventually, it took both players having big hands to end the tournament. Ott's trips were up against Lind's straight and the straight held. And just 30 minutes into an extra level of play that was added at the request of the players, Ken Lind won the tournament that just three days ago he was just happy be to playing.
Now that our champion is crowned, our coverage of The Senior's Championship is complete. Stay with PokerNews.com for all the latest coverage coming to you from the 44th Annual World Series of Poker.
06/18/13 12:24:09 AM PST
Dana Ott Eliminated in 2nd Place ($390,601)
Hand #224: Kenneth Lind continued to employ his small ball strategy, limping in and giving Dana Ott the option. Ott checked to see a flop of hit the board, and he led out for a bet of 400,000.
Lind appeared focused on the hand, sizing up Ott's stack and staring intently across the table at his opponent. Eventually, he flat-called and the turn came the . Slowly tapping the table, Ott announced a check, and Lind immediately moved two stacks forward for a bet of 1 million even.
Now it was Ott's turn to tank, and he thought things over for thirty seconds or so, before rising to his feet and saying "I'm all in."
Lind stood to his feet and made the quickest call of his life, and with that Ott suspected the worst.
"You got the straight don't you?" he asked, while tabling the for trip sevens on the turn.
"Yes I do," was Lind's reply, and he proudly tabled his for the flopped nut straight.
Ott appeared to be resigned to his fate, and although he had plenty of board pair outs to make the winning full house, even he seemed to suspect that destiny was simply on the other side of the table.
With that, Lind erupted in an unbridled expression of joy, screaming "Yes!" as loudly as he could while pumping his fists in the air. Ott graciously congratulated the winner, and despite falling short in this heads-up battle, he played with admirable skill and resolve to mount a brief comeback from a 3:1 chip disadvantage. For his runner-up finish here at the Seniors Championship, Ott takes home nearly $400,000, along with a story to last a lifetime.
06/18/13 12:23:59 AM PST
Plenty of Extras Being Given Away At This Year's WSOP
The buzz inside the walls of the Rio extends beyond just the tournaments on the 2013 World Series of Poker schedule. Online poker in Nevada is a very, very hot topic right now, and WSOP.com is making a lot of noise.
While the site has yet to launch, you can head to the Lambada Room of the Rio or look for one of the beautiful and friendly WSOP.com ladies walking the hallways to sign up for a free, personal WSOP.com online poker account. This is a great way to get a jump on the site's registration, and plenty of people have already taken this opportunity.
What's more is that the WSOP will be hosting daily raffles for everyone that has taken the time to register for WSOP.com at the Rio. What can you win? Plenty of fantastic prizes including 36 WSOP seats!
Players 21 years of age and older who sign up for a WSOP.com account will automatically be entered into the "36-Seat Giveaway" where a randomly-selected winner will win a seat into the next day's first WSOP gold bracelet event. One of the events eligible in this promotion is the $111,111 One Drop High Roller No-Limit Hold'em tournament that is expected to feature a $10,000,000 prize pool and allow you to play poker with the biggest names in the game. In total, $182,333 in WSOP seats, including a seat to the WSOP Main Event, are being given away during this one-of-a-kind WSOP.com promotion.
In addition to the 36-Seat Giveaway, a "Hot Seat" promotion will allow any player who signs up for a WSOP.com online account and wears their WSOP.com patch on their chest at the table while playing an event to be randomly selected to receive 500 bonus dollars deposited directly into their WSOP.com online account once the site has received all regulatory approvals and launches.
With 62 WSOP gold bracelet events and three winners promised for the Main Event, this promotion includes $32,000 worth of value to those participating.
06/18/13 12:21:25 AM PST
Hands 219-223: It's Quiet in Here... Too Quiet
Hand #219: Ott limped in, but quickly folded to Lind's 560,000 raise.
Hand #220: Ott received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #221: Ott took this pot down with a preflop raise to 500,000.
Hand #222: Ott received a walk in the big blind.
Hand #223: Ott claimed the pot with a bet of 450,000 before the flop.
06/18/13 12:04:50 AM PST
Hands 210-218: Who Needs the Flop?
Hand #210: Kenneth Lind folded the small blind giving Dana Ott a walk.
Hand #211: Ott completed the small blind and Lind raised to 635,000. Ott folded and Lind wins.
Hand #212: Lind completed the small blind, Ott raised to 400,000 and Lind folded.
Hand #213: Ott raised to 360,000 and Lind folded.
Hand #214: Lind folded the small blind giving Ott a walk.
Hand #215: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Lind check folded to the 300,000 bet of Ott on the flop.
Hand #216: Lind completed the small blind and Ott checked his option. Both players check the flop and turn. Ott checked the river and Lind sent his cards to the muck.
Hand #217: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Lind check folded to the 400,000 bet of Ott on the flop.
Hand #218: Lind folded the small blind giving Ott a walk.
06/17/13 11:57:36 PM PST
Hands 203-209: Lind Looming Large
Hand #203: Dana Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Lind check called the 300,000 bet of Ott on the flop. Both players check the turn. Lind led for 500,000 on the river and Ott folded.
Hand #204:Lind opened to 480,000 and Ott folded.
Hand #205: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Lind check called Ott's bet of 400,000 on the flop. Both players check the turn and the river. Lind had for a pair of kings and Ott had for a pair of eights. Lind takes the pot.
Hand #206: Lind completed the small blind and Ott checked his option. Both players checked the . Ott check folded the Lind's 500,000 bet on the river.
Hand #207: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Both players checked the flop and turn. Lind folded on seeing the river.
Hand #208: Lind completed the small blind and Ott checked the option. Ott led for 500,000 in the flop and Lind folded.
Hand #209: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Both players checked the flop. Lind check called the 400,000 bet of Ott on the turn. Lind checked the river, Ott bet 500,000 and Lind folded.
06/17/13 11:44:34 PM PST
Hands 196-202: And Play Continues
Hand #196: Ken Lind completed the small blind and Dana Ott checked his option. Ott led for 300,000 on a flop and Lind called. Both players checked the turn. Ott check folded the river to Lind's 500,000 bet.
Hand #197: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Both players checked the flop and the turn. Lind check folded the river when Ott bet 300,000.
Hand #198: Lind opened to 360,000 and Ott called. Ott check folded the when Lind bet 500,000.
Hand #199: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Lind checked the flop and Ott bet 300,000. Lind raised to 1,000,000 and Ott folded.
Hand #200: Lind raised to 360,000 and Ott folded.
Hand #201: Ott raised to 360,000 and Lind folded.
Hand #202: Lind raised to 360,0000, Ott made it 1,000,000 and Lind folded.
06/17/13 11:28:51 PM PST
Hands 192-195: Ott Getting Hot
Hand #192: Lind opened for 360,000, and stemmed the bleeding with a small victory when Ott mucked.
Hand #193: Ott limped in, Lind checked his option, and the flop fell . Lind then check-folded to Ott's 300,000 bet.
Hand #194: Lind opened for 360,000, and Ott called to take a flop of . It was now Ott's turn to check-fold, this time to a bet of 500,000 by Lind.
Hand #195: Ott limped in, Lind checked his option, and the flop rolled out . Ott won the pot with a wager of 300,000, and he is pulling even with Lind despite staring this heads-up match with only 3 million chips to Lind's 10 million stack.
06/17/13 11:22:45 PM PST
Hands 185-191: Lind's Leaky Roof
Hand #185: Ott limped in and Lind checked his option. The flop fell and Lind check-called a bet of 250,000 by Lind. Both players checked the on the turn, and the arrived on the river. Lind checked for a third time, continuing his extremely passive play, and he mucked when Ott fired 500,000 his way.
Hand #186: Ott's big blind was refunded after Lind folded in the small blind.
Hand #187: Ott limped in and Lind checked, while the dealer fanned a flop of across the felt. Both players tapped the table, and the on the turn saw Lind check-fold to Lind's 300,000 bet.
Hand #188: Lind limped in and Ott checked his option. The flop fell , and both players checked around, bringing the on the turn. Ott then checked to Lind, who won the pot with a bet of 150,000.
Hand #189: Ott limped in on the button, and Lind checked his option, continuing to avoid raises and bets. When he saw the flop, Lind checked and snap-folded to Ott's 300,000 wager.
Hand #190: Lind surrendered his small blind to Ott.
Hand #191: Ott raised to 360,000, and Lind came along to a flop of hit the board. Lind then check-folded to Ott's 300,000 bet, sending yet another pot across the table to his formerly short-stacked opponent.
06/17/13 11:10:17 PM PST
Level 32 started
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Hands 181-184: Déjà Vu
Hand #181: Ott opened for 360,000, and Lind relinquished his blind.
Hand #182: Ott received a walk in his big blind.
Hand #183: Ott opened for 360,000, and Lind relinquished his blind.
Hand #184: Ott received a walk in his big blind.
06/17/13 11:02:55 PM PST
Hands 176-180: Check is Good
Hand #176: Lind limped in and folded when Ott raised to 300,000.
Hand #177: Ott limped in and Lind checked his option, bringing a flop of to the table. Lind then checked and folded to a 400,000 feeler bet by Lind.
Hand #178: Lind opened for 310,000, forcing Ott to fold.
Hand #179: Ott opened for 300,000 and Lind called, bringing a flop of on board. Both players checked the flop, continuing the pattern of friendly heads-up play, and the came on the turn. Another check from Lind prompted a bet of 300,000 by Ott, which was enough to force the fold.
Hand #180: Ott received a walk in his big blind.
06/17/13 10:53:31 PM PST
Hands 172-175: Handicapped Parking
Hand #172: After a limp by Lind and check by Ott before the flop, we saw the arrive on board. The two players practiced gentlemanly senior style poker, and the board was checked down on all three streets. Ott rolled over his hand first, and the was good enough for the win.
Hand #173: The action repeated itself on this hand, with a limp and check preflop, and the board being checked down. Lind's was the winner over Ott's , and Ott said "you got it on the river," while tossing his cards away.
Hand #174: Ott went for a walk in the big blind.
Hand #175: Ott raised his button to 300,000, and Lind called to take a flop of . Once again, both players tapped the table through the turn ( ) and river ( ), and the pot was chopped when both players turned over king-high.
06/17/13 10:32:48 PM PST
Hands 166-171: Lind Is Catching Some Cards
Hand #166: Ken Lind folded from the button giving Dana Ott the walk.
Hand #167: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Lind check called Ott's 500,000 bet on the flop. The turn saw Lind check call Ott's 700,000 bet. Lind check the river, Ott bet 1,000,000 and Lind called. Ott had two pair with but it wasn't good against Lind's better pair with .
Hand #168: Lind folded the small blind and Ott received a walk.
Hand #169: Ott bet 360,000 and Lind folded.
Hand #170: Lind completed the big blind and Ott checked his option. Both players checked the flop. Dana led for 375,000 on the turn and Lind called. Both players checked the river. Ott had and Lind for a chopped pot.
Hand #171: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Lind check called the 300,000 bet of Ott on a . Both players check the turn. Lind checked the river. Ott bet 350,000 and Lind called. Ott tabled for two pair but Lind had better with for trip nines.
|Kenneth Lind||10,000,000||3,010,000 |
|Dana Ott||3,000,000||-3,220,000 |06/17/13 10:19:21 PM PST
Hands 160-165: Seeing Flops For Cheap
Hand #161: Dana Ott raised to 350,000 and Ken Lind called. Both players checked the . Lind check called Otts' bet of 300,000 on the turn. Both players check the river. Ott showed for a pair of nines but they could not beat Lind's which made him a set.
Hand #162: Lind completed the small blind and Ott checked his option. Both players check the flop and the turn. Ott checked the river and Lind made it 1,000,000. Ott folded to the bet.
Hand #163: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Lind check folded to Ott's bet of 250,000 on the flop.
Hand #164: Lind raised to 300,000 and Ott folded.
Hand #165: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Both players checked the flop. Lind checked the turn, Ott bet 250,000 and Lind folded.
06/17/13 10:10:15 PM PST
Level 31 started
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Hands 154-160: First Hands Heads Up
Hand #154: Ken Lind opened to 300,000 and Dana Ott reraised to 800,000. Lind folded.
Hand #155: Ott opened to 500,000 and Lind folded.
Hand #156: Lind open folded giving Ott a walk.
Hand #157: Ott Opened to 500,000 and Lind folded.
Hand #158: Lind open folded giving Ott a walk.
Hand #159: Ott completed the small blind and Lind checked his option. Both players checked the flop and turn. Lind checked teh turn and Ott bet 300,000. Lind raised to 1,000,000 and Ott folded.
Hand #160: Lind open folded giving Ott the walk.
06/17/13 09:58:45 PM PST
Chip Counts Entering Heads Up Play
With just two seniors left standing here at the Senior Championship, here are the current chip counts entering heads-up play.
|Kenneth Lind||6,990,000||-210,000 |
|Dana Ott||6,220,000||3,470,000 |06/17/13 09:55:34 PM PST
John Holley Eliminated in 3rd Place ($283,312)
Hand #153: John Holley's last hand in this Senior Championship ended with a bang, but it began with a simple check of his big blind option. Dana Ott had limped in on the button, and Kenneth Lind did the same from the small blind.
After tapping the table, Holley saw a flop of , and after Lind checked to him, Holley did the same. Ott seized on this sign of weakness by betting 275,000, which folded Lind quickly, and the action was back on Holley.
He assessed the size of his stack in relation to Ott's, and then reraised to 575,000, putting the pressure back on his opponent. Ott grabbed a stack of chips and moved it forward, saying "I call it" as he did so, and for a brief moment the table thought he had moved all in. After correcting the dealer, Ott's flat call was accepted and the arrived on the turn.
Holley then shipped his stack into the middle, shoving for just over 1.5 million, and he was dismayed to hear Ott snap him off while beating him to the pot.
"Nice hand sir," said Holley, turning over his and suspecting he was in bad shape. When Ott turned over his for the nut straight, Holley discovered that his tournament life had come to an end, and the meaningless on the river changed nothing. The WSOP Circuit veteran exited in 3rd place, and despite coming up short here at the Mothership, he just added a few more buy-ins to his bankroll.
|John Holley||0||-2,500,000 |06/17/13 09:45:14 PM PST
Hands 151-152: A Good Walk Spoiled
Hand #151: Ott made his standard large opening raise, this time making it 450,000 to go from the small blind. After several hands without a flop, Lind decided to call and the dealer spread the across the felt. Ott checked to Lind, who slid a single stack of 20 green T25000 tournament chips forward for a 500,000 wager. This convinced Ott, who tossed his hand away after a moment or two.
Hand #151: Holley got a walk in the big blind, and he flashed the to the table and his supporters on the rail.
Hand #152: Ott was the latest to receive a walk, and he also had a pocket pair to show the crowd, turning his face up while dragging the small pot.