2014 WSOP Event #17 Dan Heimiller Wins Seniors Event

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.

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2014 WSOP Event #17 Dan Heimiller Wins Seniors EventDan 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.

# WSOP #17 – Seniors NL Hold´em Chips
1 Dan Heimiller 4,140,000
2 David Tran 1,625,000
3 Donald Maas 1,480,000
4 Dennis Phillips 1,245,000
5 David Smith 1,185,000
6 Doc Barry 1,035,000
7 Jim Custer 895,000
8 Anthony Wise 865,000
9 David Vida 805,000


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.

# WSOP #17 – Seniors NL Hold´em Prize
1 Dan Heimiller $627,462
2 Donald Maas $388,054
3 David Smith $279,412
4 Anthony Wise $206,492
5 Dennis Phillips $153,883
6 David Tran $115,651
7 Doc Barry $87,615
8 David Vida $66,945
9 Jim Custer $51,573