Dan Heimiller recovered from an early setback at the final table of the Senior´s event to collect his first WSOP bracelet and the record-breaking $627,462 prize
Records continued to fall in Event #17 of the 2014 World Series of Poker, as 4,425 golden oldies ponied up the $1,000 buy-in to compete in the Seniors tournament for players aged 50 or over. The 468-player money bubble burst within the first few hands of Day 2 when Kevin Detienne spiked a Full House to deny Stanley Statkiewicz a place in the prize money, and thereafter players started to fall at an alarming rate.
On Sunday morning, just thirty-two players returned to play out the conclusion of the tournament, and the final table was set after seven levels of play when Dan Heimiller (A♠ 9♠) flopped two pairs to eliminate Michael Frederick (3♦ 3♥) in tenth place and take a massive chip advantage over his opponents.
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Those Ace-Queens Cost Heimiller and Barry
Dan Heimiller´s victory in Event #17 of the 2014 WSOP was not as straightforward as he would have liked, and his final table started badly when he doubled up Donald Maas J♥ J♣ > A♥ Q♦ in the sixth hand of play, and then Dennis Phillips 5♥ 5♣ > A♦ Q♦ one orbit of the button later.
Jim Custer departed quickly in ninth place when his A♥ 6♥ failed to improve past David Smith´s A♣ K♣, and Custer was soon joined on the rail by David Vida (K♣ Q♦ < Donald Maas´ A♥ K♠) and Doc Barry – who had doubled up Anthony Wise K♠ Q♥ > A♥ Q♣, before getting his last couple of blinds in with Q♠ 10♥, and coming second to Dan Heimiller´s K♣ J♦.
Heimiller´s Recovery Sees Him Lead the Heads-Up
Going into six-handed play, Dan Heimiller recovered some of his early losses by eliminating David Tran 7♥ 7♦ > A♣ 7♦; and, as the blinds rose to 40,000/80,000 (ante 10,000) Donald Maas bust Dennis Phillips in fifth place when his pocket Tens held against Phillips´ A♠ 9♥ on an Eight-high board.
Donald Maas appeared to be streaking away with Event #17 of the 2014 WSOP, but Dan Heimiller eliminated Anthony Wise in fourth place J♥ 7♥ > 5♦ 5♣ to move within 2.5 million chips of the chip leader, and then crippled David Smith when his pocket Aces held against Smith´s A♦ 9♦. Heimiller took the majority of pots thereafter, and a 9,705,000 -v- 3,570,000 chip advantage into the heads-up against Donald Maas, when busting David Smith in third place 4♥ 4♦ > A♣ 10♦.
Heads-Up Lasts Just Six Hands
The concluding hand saw Donald Maas move all-in on a board of 4♠ 3♠ 5♣ / A♦ / Q♠. Dan Heimiller made the call and turned over the 6♣ 2♥ for a flopped straight to win the Seniors tournament – Event #17 of the 2014 WSOP – to claim his first ever WSOP bracelet and his biggest ever live poker cash of $627,462.
Heimiller hung around long enough to have his photo taken, and then immediately jumped into the $10,000 HORSE Event (#22), where he finished the day with a below-average 16,200 after being blinded down since late registration closed.
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