Ken Lind outlasted a record breaking field of 4407 players to win the $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
Lind was awarded his first WSOP bracelet, the famous Golden Eagle Trophy and the first place prize of $634,809 for winning the tournament – his first ever World Series of Poker event.
The sixty-eight-year-old came to Las Vegas simply for the experience of playing in the world’s largest poker event but didn’t even dream he would come close to winning the title.
“I put this on my bucket list about six or eight years ago,” Lind said.
“I have been pushing it off every year, but finally my wife talked me into doing it.
“I thought if I play a couple of hours or so that would be good, but to be sitting here after three days, I don’t know what to say.”
The Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship has become one of the feel-good events of every World Series of Poker and, clearly, this year was no exception.
The 4407 players that took part in the tournament was a new record and in the last five years it has become the fastest growing event on the World Series of Poker schedule with veteran poker players coming from all around the world to live out their dreams.
At sixty-eight years of age Lind may have been the oldest player at the final table but he was not even close to the oldest player in the tournament.
That honor went to Herman Moonves, the father of CBS President Les Moonves, who took part in the event at the age of ninety-two.
Dana Ott finished in second position for a cash of $390,601 while WSOP Circuit gold ring winner John Holley finished third.
The 2013 World Series continues with Isaac Hagerling and Max Steinberg locked in a tight heads-up battle to decide the winner of the $3,000 Mixed Max No Limit Hold’em event.