After three long days of play we could finally crown the champion of the World Series of Poker Event #17 - $1,000 Seniors No Limit Hold'em Championship. Dan Heimiller was the best senior to participate in the tournament and won a massive $627,462 for his first prize, along with a traditional WSOP bracelet.
Heimiller is no stranger to cashing large amounts of money or play final tables, maybe this was also part of the reason why he came out on top after playing a massive 10 hours on day three of the tournament. So far Heimiller have tournament cashes for a massive $4,793,613 with the addition of this first place.
A massive 4,425 players paid the $1,000 buy-in to compete in the seniors event, creating a total prize pool of $3,982,500 to be split amongst the players. The start of day three saw only 32 of these players start and already at that point Heimiller was amongst the players in front, having a solid chip stack.
After almost ten hours of play the final hand of the championship arrived, as Heimiller was playing Donald Maas heads up for the title. Maas limps the big blind and Heimiller checks. Flop comes and Heimiller bets 600K into the pot, receiving a call from Maas. Turn shows and this time Maas bets 500K into Heimiller who just calls. River is a where Heimiller bets 300K into the pot, Maas moves all-in and gets a snap-call from Heimiller who turns over for a flopped straight and Maas mucking his cards.
Maas was of course disappointed with the defeat, but still received a massive second prize of $388,054 to comfort himself with. The rest of the final table payouts you can see below:
1st: Dan Heimiller - $627,462
2nd: Donald Maas - $388,054
3rd: David Smith - $279,412
4th: Anthony Wise - $206,492
5th: Dennis Phillips - $153,883
6th: David Tran - $115,651
7th: Doc Barry - $87,615
8th: David Vida - $66,945
9th: Jim Custer - $51,573
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