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James Moore Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $1,000 Super Seniors Event

65-Year-Old Tops A Field of 1,476 Players To Win $230,626

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The second annual World Series of Poker $1,000 buy-in super seniors no-limit hold’em event attracted a huge turnout of 1,476 poker players, all of whom were at least 65 years old in order to be able to enter. The sizable field built a prize pool of $1,328,400. The lion’s share of that money was awarded to physician and radiologist James Moore of New Hope, PA in the end. For the win Moore earned $230,626 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.

“This is an unbelievable thrill for me," said Moore after the win. "I had absolutely no expectations. It’s every poker player’s dream, and mine just came true.”

Moore came into the final day in the middle of the pack with 14 players remaining. The action was fast and furious, with the field narrowed from that down to a champion in just over six hours.

The lone bracelet winner to make the final day was Fred Berger, who came into the final day as the chip leader. Berger eventually hit the rail in 6th place, earning $40,191 for his deep run.

Charles BarkerMoore was able to score some knockouts on the way to making it down to heads-up play against Charles Barker. The final showdown began with Moore holding nearly a 2-to-1 chip advantage. Barker was able to turn things around and grab the lead, but Moore quickly righted the ship and by the time the final hand arose Moore was back into a comfortable lead.

With blinds of 20,000 – 40,000 and a 5,000 ante Barker raised to 100,000 from the button and Moore called. The flop came down ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit3Diamond Suit and both players checked. The QDiamond Suit on the turn got the action going, with Moore checking only to raise Barker’s 300,000 bet to 700,000. Barker moved all-in and Moore quickly called with the JDiamond SuitQHeart Suit for the nut flush. Barker had the 10Diamond Suit7Spade Suit for the second-nut flush. The river was a meaningless 7Diamond Suit and Moore locked up the hand, sending Barker to the rail as the runner up with $142,461.

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

Place Player Earnings (USD)
1 James Moore $230,626
2 Charles Barker $142,461
3 Steven Krupnick $102,052
4 Charles Rinn $73,943
5 Eugene Spinner $54,197
6 Fred Berger $40,191
7 Arthur Loring $30,159
8 James Parrott $22,902
9 Vern Soeldner $17,604

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.