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Europeans expected to continue thriving at WSOP

Friday, November 14th, 2014

The 2014 WSOP Main Event featured some interesting history on the European side. First off, Martin Jacobson became the first Swedish player to win the tournament, collecting a $10 million payout in the process. And with Jacobson, Norway’s Felix Stephensen (2nd) and Netherlands’ Jorryt van Hoof (3rd) taking the top three spots, this is the first time in WSOP history that Europeans have gone 1-2-3. But is this just a rarity, or something that we can expect to see more of?

There were pretty good odds that a European champion would emerge because van Hoof and Stephensen came on to the final table with the first and second-most chips respectively. However, for the Europeans to sweep the top three spots – with four Americans on the final table – is a new landmark in the game. And according to Aaron Todd of CasinoCityTimes, we can likely expect more of this moving forward.

Todd’s argument stems from the fact that much of Europe has easier access to online poker. After all, multiple nations throughout the continent have taken steps to regulate the online game. Meanwhile, the United States has seen less and less regulation, thanks to the 2006 UIGEA and Black Friday (2011). The latter was especially a big blow because it took away Americans’ access to the biggest sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt.

Taking everything into account, it would seem like Europe has a big edge moving forward in the WSOP. “Maybe Europeans have a small advantage because online poker is still widely available,” van Hoof explained. “I guess that makes us able to practice more, so I hope America gets (online) poker back soon, so they’ll get to practice more as well.”

“I don’t want to be mean to all the Americans,” said Stephensen. “But I definitely feel like Europeans are stronger right now. You get in a lot of volume, and when you play online, it’s usually against tougher opponents than you play against (in live games). I think that has a big impact on why it’s evolving this way.”

If one isn’t convinced online poker availability could be increasing the Europeans’ presence at the Main Event final table, then consider the following stats that Todd provided:

In the last four years, 33.3 percent of the final table players have been European, 55.5 percent have been American and 8.3 percent have come from outside of America and Europe. In the previous eight years, 73.6 percent of the final table players have been American, 16.7 percent were European and 9.7 percent were from other areas.

Ken Lind wins Record 2013 WSOP Senior’s NL Hold’em Championship

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Poker isn’t just a game for young internet grinders. This much was proven when 4,407 players turned out for the 2013 WSOP Event #26 $1,000 Senior’s No-Limit Hold’em Championship. This turnout set the following two records:

1) Largest field in Senior’s NL Hold’em Championship history; the previous record was last year’s field of 4,128 players.

2) The biggest non-re-entry single starting day tournament in WSOP history.

With such a large field in the 2013 Senior’s Hold’em Championship, there was a good chance that a total unknown would win. And this is exactly what happened when Ken Lind won the Senior’s Championship. Lind, who’d never even cashed in a WSOP event before, stormed through the massive 4,407-player field to win the tourney and $634,809.

What’s interesting is that Lind almost didn’t even play in this tournament. But his friend Burrell talked him into playing and this definitely turned out to be good advice, considering that Lind is now almost $635k richer.

The Layton, Utah resident is a father of seven, a grandfather of seven, and a great-grandfather of two. Over the years, he’s basically taught himself to play poker via home games. Whatever Lind taught himself definitely worked as he outlasted a number of other skilled players in this tournament.

Some of the notable grinders who fared well in Event #26 include T.J. Cloutier (428th), John Esposito (333rd), Jay Heimowitz (311th), Marsha Wolak (158th), Donnacha O’Dea (114th), Robert Varkonyi (73rd), Chris Bjorin (45th), Dan Heimiller (39th), Hoyt Corkins (23rd), and rock musician/producer Steven Albini (12th). Third place finisher John Holley, who recently won the WSOP Circuit Championship in New Orleans, was trying to capture his first WSOP gold bracelet, but fell just short.

2013 WSOP $1,000 Senior’s NL Hold’em Championship
1st: Ken Lind – $634,809
2nd: Dana Ott – $390,601
3rd: John Holley – $283,312
4th: Baryr Bashist – $209,856
5th: Randolph Spain – $156,629
6th: Michel Bouskila – $117,799
7th: James Miller – $89,281
8th: Jack Ernest Ward – $68,180
9th: Fernando Halac – $52,474