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Jean-Luc Adam Wins First World Series of Poker Bracelet In The $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Seniors

68-Year-Old Frenchmen Wins First Bracelet To Go With Two WSOP Circuit Rings in Biggest Cash of Career

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Jean-Luc Adam won the $1,000 super seniors no-limit hold’em event at the 2021 World Series of Poker to earn $255,623 and his first WSOP bracelet.

He defeated a field of 1,893 entries, all of whom were above the age of 60, and defeated Eugene Salomon heads-up to win the title and by far the largest score of his career.

“I’m dreaming. It’s very strange, a strange sensation,” Adam told WSOP live reporters after the victory. “I felt good for all of the tournament, and I felt very relaxed. I never think about first place, but only play every hand. It’s a very nice moment. It’s a very strange sensation for me because I don’t realize that it’s a world championship.”

The 69-year-old is a native of France but relocated to the Caribbean Island of Saint Martin several years ago. His other two tournament victories came in WSOP Circuit events on the island. He took down the $365 no-limit hold’em bounty at the Circuit series in 2016 and the $400 no-limit hold’em monster stack at the same series three years later.

His son, Cedric, also won a ring in the 2019 WSOP Circuit series in Saint Martin in the series’ $1,700 no-limit hold’em main event.

The third and final day of the event started with 65 players vying for the title. It took about 10 hours to trim the field down to the unofficial final table of 10 players. But when they combined to one table, it was the top two finishers at the top of the chip counts, With Salomon holding a slight advantage over Adam for the chip lead.

Adam eliminated David Slaughter in 10th when he spiked a two-outer with 2Spade Suit2Club Suit against Slaugher’s 5Spade Suit5Heart Suit to move into an essential tie with Salomon for the chip lead.

Salomon won a flip with AHeart Suit9Heart Suit against Gary Pagel’s 4Spade Suit4Heart Suit, which eliminated Pagel in ninth and extended the gap between the bottom six and the top two chip counts.

Reginald Powell hit the rail in eighth and was one of just two knockouts that didn’t involve Salomon or Adam. Powell was all in preflop with AHeart SuitKClub Suit against Alex Katsman’s JSpade SuitJClub Suit. The ASpade SuitQSpade Suit5Spade SuitKSpade SuitQClub Suit runout gave Powell top two pair, but Katsman turned a flush to win the pot.

Girish Apte was out just a few hands later when he busted with A-J to Bill Stabler’s A-K. The board didn’t improve either player and Stabler scooped the pot with A-K high.

The rest of the final table was dominated by the top two stacks en route to a very short heads-up battle.

Joseph Richards three-bet shoved all in preflop with 7Spade Suit7Diamond Suit and ran into Adam’s QClub SuitQDiamond Suit. Adam faded the two-outer and sent Richards home in sixth for $50,559.

After a 10-minute break, Katsman was all in with 8Club Suit8Diamond Suit against Salomon’s AHeart Suit9Heart Suit. The eventual runner-up rivered an ace-high flush to drag the pot.

Adam then eliminated Stabler in fourth and knocked out Scott Sukstorf in third to take a roughly 2-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Salomon.

The heads-up match didn’t last more than a few hands after Adam picked off a bluff from Salomon. Salomon raised on the button and Adam defended the big blind. On a flop of JHeart Suit7Club Suit5Spade Suit, Adam check-called a bet from Salomon and check-called a shove on the 4Spade Suit turn.

Adam showed JSpade Suit7Diamond Suit and was in the lead against Salomon’s 10Heart Suit9Heart Suit. Salomon needed to spike an eight to make the nut straight and stay alive, but the AClub Suit came on the river to give Adam the pot, the first-place money and the bracelet.

Final Table Results:

Place Player Earnings
1 Jean-Luc Adam $255,623
2 Eugene Salomon $157,986
3 Scott Sukstorf $117,181
4 Bill Stabler $87,722
5 Alex Katsman $66,284
6 Joseph Richards $50,559
7 Girish Apte $38,932
8 Reg Powell $30,569
9 Gary Pagel $23,762

Photo Credit: WSOP/Melissa Haereiti