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Jon Andlovec Wins Inaugural WSOP Super Seniors Event

70-Year-Old Wins $262,220 And First Gold Bracelet


The 2015 World Series of Poker hosted the first ever $1,000 super senior’s no-limit hold’em event, a tournament exclusively for players aged 65 or older. With a huge turnout of 1,533 players for the inaugural running this tournament built a total prize pool of $1,379,700.

In the end 70-year-old Jon Andlovec emerged victorious, earning $262,220 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. The former farmer turned part time poker player has been around the game of poker for a long time.

“I was around way back before the poker boom and Chris Moneymaker. I’m a walking historian about poker,” said Andlovec after the win. When asked about the wildest poker story he had, he told WSOP reporters, “I was in Reno and I borrowed $40 to get here (to Las Vegas). By the time I got here, I had $2 left in my pocket. Anyway, I got in the tournament that day somehow and took fourth place.”

That was the 1990 $2,500 limit hold’em event, which he earned $38,100 in for his deep run.

Andlovec overcame not only a big field in this event, but also a number of decorated opponents deep in the event including three-time bracelet winner and 1981 WSOP main event runner up Perry Green as well as two-time gold bracelet winner Rod Pardey. Green ultimately finished eighth for $24,034, but Pardey survived to battle it out heads-up against Andlovec for the title.

In the final hand Pardey called from the button and Andlovec checked from the big blind. The flop came down 10Heart Suit9Heart Suit3Heart Suit and Andlovec bet 600,000 to put Pardey all-in. Pardey made the call with the AHeart Suit8Club Suit for the nut flush draw, but it turned out he also had two overs against Andlovec’s 7Heart Suit3Club Suit for a pair of threes. The turn brought the KSpade Suit, improving neither player. The 3Diamond Suit on the river did improve Andlovec to three of a kind, securing him the pot and the title and sending Pardey to the rail as the runner up with $162,100.

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 Jon Andlovec $262,220
2 Rod Pardey Sr. $162,100
3 Charles Havens $106,678
4 Wayne Knyal $76,904
5 Thomas Lock $56,291
6 Mark Estes $41,804
7 Ted Cohen $31,484
8 Perry Green $24,034
9 Mark Schwartz $18,584

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2015 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.