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Thursday, June 26, 2008 | Francis Lee

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The Seniors took to the felt in the 42nd Event at the World Series of Poker 2008, being the $1,000 Seniors no limit hold’em world championship. This drew a record field of 2,218 players, the most ever in the seniors event at the WSOP. The youngest players in the field was 51 years of age and the oldest was 91 years old.

The field reduced by almost 90% as the first day was coming to a close, as just 220 players survived. Inevitably the bubble burst early on in the second day with 198 players cashing in, which led to a wave of eliminations. It still took the field until just after 4am to reach the final table stage of the event. The official chip rankings was as follows.

Final Table Chip Rankings

  • 1st Dale Eberle $1,414,000
  • 2nd Daniel Lacourse $1,364,000
  • 3rd Marc Fluss $873,000
  • 4th Jerry Yamachika $558,000
  • 5th Charles Wood $531,000
  • 6th Fred Berger $518,000
  • 7th Edward Clark $504,000
  • 8th Marty Wilson $454,000
  • 9th Peter Silverstein $435,000

The first elimination came after a slow start with most pots decided pre flop. This was until Marty Wilson decided to make a move with pocket Eights moving All In pre flop. Fred Berger checked his chip stack before deciding to call with :ah :qc having Wilson covered. Berger had the best of the Flop hitting trip Queens, which won the pot with no Eight coming on the Turn or River.

Moments later Edward Clark moved All In with :as :7d and was up against Marc Fuss with pocket Nines. The pocket pair held up on the final board showing :qd :5s :qh :jc :9h making a full house. Clark headed for the rail to collect $49,450 finishing in 8th place.

Over an hour had past by when Peter Silverstein was crippled down to his last $35,000 by Berger. Dan Lacourse finished him off with :as :qh hitting a broadway straight on the River. Marc Fuss then eliminated Charles Wood when having trip Three’s after the Turn, and Wood could only manage a pair of Kings. Fred Berger followed Wood soon after as his pocket Deuces was bettered by Lacourse’s pocket Jacks going out in 5th place.

Four handed play didn’t last long as Jerry Yamachika became Lacourse’s next victim eliminating him out in 4th place. Lacourse held the lead pre flop with :ah :qc against :kc :jc and scooped the pot hitting top pair on the Flop. Marc Fluss quickly followed Yamachika going out on the next hand of play against Lacourse. Fluss held top pair and the lead right down to the Turn, but Lacourse completed a straight on the River to send his opponent to the rail.

Lacourse held a $1.5 million chip lead over Dale Eberle and managed to take advantage finishing him off in just a couple of hands. The final hand came after all the chips went in, after the Flop had come down :9h :9s :ks Lacourse had :9d :7h with trip Nines and Eberle held :kd :4d needing a King on the Turn or River to turn this around. Two low cards filled the rest of the board confirming Dan Lacourse as the WSOP 2008 seniors champion. Lacourse picked up the $368,832 first place prize and his first WSOP bracelet.

WSOP 2008 Event 41 Final Standings

  • 1st Dan Lacourse $368,832
  • 2nd Dale Eberle $235,141
  • 3rd Marc Fluss $156,424
  • 4th Jerry Yamachika $131,194
  • 5th Fred Berger $106,974
  • 6th Charles Wood $84,771
  • 7th Peter Silverstein $64,588
  • 8th Ed Clark $49,450
  • 9th Martyn Wilson $34,312



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