Dan Heimiller of Las Vegas won the $1,000 buy-in Seniors No-Limit Hold ’em Championship late Sunday during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Convention Center.
Heimiller defeated Donald Maas of Norway, Iowa, on the sixth hand of heads-up play. It was the second career WSOP bracelet for Heimiller, who collected $627,462 and gets his name on The Golden Eagle trophy that goes to the winner of the tournament.
The Seniors Event, which started Friday and is open to players ages 50 and older, had a record 4,425 entrants for a prize pool of more than $3.9 million.
Maas earned more than $388,000 for his runner-up finish.
“This tournament was like going back … and playing a tournament 15 years ago because the players, they kept their old styles,” Heimiller said. “It was like a retro tournament, so it was just my speed.”
Heimiller was the most accomplished player remaining in the field with a gold bracelet in 2002 and more than $1.3 million in career earnings at the WSOP before his cash Sunday.
Also a well-known online tournament player, Heimiller had one of the largest chip stacks when action resumed Sunday morning with 32 players. He also was the chip leader entering the final table.
Heimiller took an early hit at the final table against Dennis Phillips but battled back and knocked out David Tran in sixth place. He then was responsible for the final three eliminations.
On the final hand, Heimiller flopped a straight while holding 6-2 to eliminate Maas.
David Smith of Walnut Creek, Calif., was third. Dennis Phillips, who was third in the 2008 Main Event, finished fifth.
Also, German poker pro George Danzer won the $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Razz tournament, preventing Brandon Shack-Harris from becoming the first multiple-bracelet winner of this year’s WSOP.
It was the first career bracelet for Danzer, who pocketed $294,792 and surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings at the WSOP.
Shack-Harris, of Chicago, won the $1,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha tournament on May 30.
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