Today marks the 21st day of the 44th Annual World Series of Poker and we’re here to tell you that it has been pure excitement as millions of dollars have been placed in the hands of old and young, of seasoned pros and amateurs, of college professors and college students, of hard-core grinders as well as casual dreamers. And, we’re only half way through – whew!!!
Ken Lind, 68-year-old retiree from Layton, Utah, can now cross off from his bucket list playing a little poker at the WSOP, and then some. Lind made it through the first day of the Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship event; he made it to the money, and to his own bewilderment found himself sitting at the final poker table. He championed over the rest of the players and took the Seniors’ Title, his first gold bracelet and $634,809.
Isaac Hagerling celebrated his 26th birthday by crushing former bracelet winner Max Steinberg in the $3,000 Mixed Max event. It was a heated, hard-fought heads-up that lasted several hours with Hagerling outlasting Steinberg and collecting his first WSOP title, gold bracelet and $372,387 to help him celebrate a never-to-be-forgotten birthday. Happy Birthday, Isaac.
Jason Duval adds another bracelet to the Canadians’ run at this year’s WSOP by taking control of and winning a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. Duval, 23 years old from Quebec, won the record seventh bracelet for Canada by blowing over Majid Yahyaei in a decisive heads-up. Duval takes home his first gold bracelet, the WSOP Championship title and the tidy sum of $521,202.