Over the past decade, poker has transitioned into a young person’s game, with 20-somethings dominating the pro scene. Of course, this isn’t to say that there aren’t still some older players grinding on the felt, including 72-year-old Pierre Neuville, who’s officially now the oldest guy ever to make the WSOP November Nine.
Already an accomplished player before the 2015 WSOP Main Event, Neuville fought through a 6,420-player field to claim his spot on the final table. And the Belgian looks poised to net a huge cash since he has the fourth-biggest stack with 21,075,000 chips.
Regardless of how he finishes when the November Nine meets from Nov. 8-10, Neuville is already an inspiring story. The former president of the board-game company Hasbro, he took up poker (again) after retiring from his lofty position in the company. Neuvile had originally played Seven Card Stud in the 1960s, however, he eventually had to give the game up to keep his image clean with the family oriented Hasbro.
What motivated Neuville to begin playing poker again was when he fell deathly ill, promising his wife that he was going to quit Hasbro and concentrate on his true passion: poker. He recovered indeed and quickly began playing both online and live poker quite often. In fact, Neuville earned the nickname “The Serial Qualifier” due to winning prize packages to 23 straight European Poker Tour Main Events.
The result has been a fantastic poker career in which Neuville has earned over $2.2 million playing live tournaments. Counting the $1 million that he’s guaranteed in the 2015 Main Event, the Belgian will have at least over $3.2 million when November comes. And given all of the live poker experience that he’s racked up in recent years, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Neuville earn several million dollars.