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Thursday, July 19, 2007 | Francis Lee


The $1,000 buy-in Seniors event was only open to players over the age of 50, this event was the 41st event to be held at the World series of Poker 2007. This event attracted almost 2000 players exceeding all expectations by the event organisers.

The final day of this three day event saw the completion of the final table with Ernest Bennett starting the day in the chip lead with just over 1 million in chips. There was three players all with under $150,000 in chips, all needing to make an early stand to have any chance of winning the WSOP bracelet and the $348,423 first place prize.

Final Table Chip Rankings:

  • 1st Ernest Bennett $1,062,000
  • 2nd Leon Lewis $841,000
  • 3rd Ed Smith $520,000
  • 4th Tony Korfman $412,000
  • 5th Thomas Catanzaro $278,000
  • 6th Rod Clarida $174,000
  • 7th Ray Abels $151,000
  • 8th Jack Deutsch $133,000
  • 9th Charles Anderson $104,000

Charles Anderson was the first short stacked player to make a stand when moving All In under the gun with pocket Queens. This was called by Tony Korfman holding :ad :ks and it as a coin toss situation with Anderson with a slender lead. Anderson held this lead right down to the Turn with the first four cards coming down :8c :js :5c :10c The River card though proved to be the killer card for Anderson with the :kh coming down giving Korfman the pot. Anderson eliminated in 9th place won $20,209.

Ray Abels made his move on the very next hand of play moving All In after picking up :as :qc Ernest Bennett called this bet holding pocket Sevens and it was another race to the finish. Neither player hit the board with it coming down :kc :10d :6h :3s :4s and the Sevens was good enough to win the pot. Abels collected $26,546 for his 8th place finish.

Jack Deutsch was the next short stacked player to go movig All In with :kh :9s and found himself dominated up against Ed Smith calling with :ah :9h The board came down :3s :8c :10d :5h :7s and Smith’s Ace high won the pot knocking Deutsch out in 7th place winning $35,965.

6th place went to Leon Lewis moving all In for $170,000 just after Ernest Bennett raised to $100,000 under the gun. Bennett called showing :ac :6c and Lewis had :kc :jc The Flop gave Bennett two pairs Aces and Sixes with it coming down :as :6h :qs but Lewis had a chance with a gun shot straight draw. Neither player improved on the Turn or River with the final two cards coming down :3d :5h and Lewis collected $47,953 in prize money.

Thomas Catanzaro was the next player to be knocked out of the event, when getting caught trying to bluff after the Flop came down :4c :5s :2c holding :qs :10c Korfman made a good read on Catanzaro calling with :ad :kh and this was good enough to win with the final two cards coming down :2d :7c

Only a few hand later Ed Smith headed for the rail, beaten by Ernest Bennett hitting a flush on the River card, easily beating Smith’s :jc :10d with the board coming down :9s :qc :3c :ah :4c Smith knocked out of the tournament in 4th place winning $95,907.

Rod Clarida was unlucky to go out in 3rd place when on the hand before his elimination, Tony Korfman split the pot when the board came down :3c :4s :5d :ac :2h He was almost drawing dead on the River with :ks :10h up against Bennett with :as :8h with anything but the Deuce on the River to knock Korfman out. Clarida next hand moved All In with :qh :js and was called by Bennett with :ks :jc The board came down :10d :2s :10h :9h :6h eliminating Clarida out in 3rd place winning $142,147.

This was the last hand to be played in this event when Ernest Bennett and Tony Korfman decided to split the remaining prize money for an undisclosed amount. Ernest Bennett was officially given the win as he held more chips and collected the WSOP bracelet. This is the first time this has happened at this years WSOP.

WSOP 2007 Event 41 Result:

  • 1st Ernest Bennett $348,423
  • 2nd Tony Korfman $217,503
  • 3rd Rod Clarida $142,147
  • 4th Ed Smith $95,907
  • 5th Thomas Catanzaro $65,080
  • 6th Leon Lewis $47,953
  • 7th Jack Deutsch $35,965
  • 8th Ray Abels $26,546
  • 9th Charles Anderson $20,209



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