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World Series of Poker -- Ken Lind Wins Largest Seniors Event Ever

Lind Banks $634,809 For Topping 4,407 Player Field


Ken LindThe Seniors Event at the World Series of Poker has become one of the biggest tournaments of the year. In 2012, Card Player’s own Allyn Jaffrey Shulman bested a field of 4,128 en route to winning a whopping $603,713 first-place prize.

This year, it was 68-year-old retiree Ken Lind who wound up with the title, besting a field of 4,407 and taking home a $634,809 payday. The Layton, Utah resident and great grandfather of two had never played in a WSOP event prior to his magical tournament run.

Lind, who spent three decades working as an officer in the U.S. Army, says he will use his winnings to pay off the mortgage on his two homes.

“I put this on my bucket list about six or eight years ago,” Lind said. “I have been pushing it off every year, but finally my wife talked me into doing it. She said, ‘before you start pushing grass up, go do it!’ So, I said okay. I thought, if I play a couple of hours or so, that would be good. But to be sitting here after three days? I don’t know what to say.”

The field created a total prize pool of just under $4 million, with a minimum of $1,903 going to the final 441 players. The oldest player in the field was 92-year-old Herman Moonves, father of CBS President Les Moonves.

Here is a look at the final table results.

Place Player Name Payout
1 Ken Lind $634,809
2 Dana Ott $390,601
3 John Holley $283,312
4 Barry Bashist $209,856
5 Randy Spain $156,629
6 Michel Bouskila $117,799
7 James Miller $89,281
8 Jack Ward $68,180
9 Fernando Halac $52,474

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Photo Credit: WSOP/Joe Giron