Event #17: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Early Start As the Senior Players Join Battle

Tournament Director Jack Effel

The 2014 WSOP $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship, where entry is open to players aged 50 years or older, gets underway today with a 10 a.m. start.

Ken Lind won this event last year taking home what he described as a life changing $634,809. He beat a record-setting field of 4,407 who put up the $1,000 buy-in to generate a prize pool of $3,966,300.

Some of the notables who had a good finish last year included Hoyt Corkins (23rd), Larry Wright (26th), Dan Heimiller (39th), Chris Bjorin (45th), and Robert Varkonyi (73rd).

Other big name players to show up a year ago were Johnny Chan, Marcel Luske, former November Niner Dennis Phillips, and even Phil Hellmuth’s parents Lynn & Phil, so it should be a star-studded field again today.

We are also expecting an appearance from Barny Boatman who won his first bracelet last year. He tweeted yesterday that when he registered for the event he was none too happy that they didn’t ask for proof of age when he handed over the money.

This a bracelet event like all the others and even if the atmosphere is a little more friendly with lots of stories being swapped, players from around the world will be vying to maneuver their way through the huge field in an attempt to put a gold bracelet around their wrist and take home a huge payday.

Players start with 3,000 chips with blinds beginning at 25/25. We are set to play 11 levels today due to the expected large number of competitors.

Stay with your PokerNews Live Reporting team over the next three days as we follow the action and bring you all the latest chip counts, big hands, and stories from the felt in Event #17.