Event #26: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold'em Championship
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.