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World Series Of Poker
 $1000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Result  2nd July
June 2, 2005 – July 15, 2005

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Event : #34
Entries : 825 (519)
Buy-in : $1000
Prize Pool : $750,750
GGG Editor's Report
Report by Nolan Dalla

All Results
Money Leaders
Pos. Player Origin Prize
1 Paul McKinney Princeton, WV $202,725
2 Bob Hume Orlando, FL $106,230
3 Dr. Paul Fischman Sarasota, FL $60,060
4 Robert Redman Liberty, MO $52,555
5 Charles Zeghibe Las Vegas, NV $45,045
6 Louis Barkoutsis Hollywood, FL $37,540
7 “Pete the Greek” Vilandos Houston, TX $30,030
8 Daniel Klein North York, ONT $22,525
9 Carol “Camakazie Mimi” Bollinger Mandeville, LA $15,015
10 Randall Skaggs Las Vegas, NV $8,260
57 TJ Cloutier Richardson, TX $1,500
Nolan Dalla's Report 

If this week at the World Series of Poker has taught us anything, it is that poker is a game that can be played by people of all ages. Two 71-year-old poker players won open events within the past few days – O’Neil Longson (Event #30) and Doyle Brunson (Event #31). This might not seem like momentous news, but what other game allows a 71-year-old senior citizen to compete in a fair and equal environment with a 21-year-old college kid other than a poker tournament?

It was to be expected that an elder player would win Event #34 at this year’s World Series. After all, the Seniors World Poker Championship is only open to players aged 50 and up. What is remarkable is that this event was won by someone that is 80-years-old. Paul McKinney was born on January 6, 1925. He thus became the oldest winner ever in World Series history. At 80 years, 5 months, and 28 days he eclipses the late Johnny Moss who won his eighth gold bracelet at age 76.

“McKinney is a throwback to a bygone era, when poker was played in smoke-filled backrooms. The cigar-chomping West Virginian rarely speaks and prefers to let his cards do the talking. Paul McKinney is the antithesis of the nevou-riche poker celebrities who have blossomed into the collective conscious through the magic of television. Paul McKinney doesn’t have an agent or a publicist. Paul McKinney reminds us of what poker once was before the revolution.

This was the largest seniors’ event in WSOP history. A record 825 players paid $1,000 each to enter. That created the largest prize pool in the history of any seniors’ event – at three-quarters of a million dollars.

The nine finalists returned for the final table after a long Day One. McKinney arrived third in the chip count (with 86,500). The chip leaders were Bob Hume (with 179,500) and Paul Fischman (with 167,000).

Paul McKinney was quite philosophical about his record-setting tournament victory and first gold bracelet. He shared his secret for success by saying, “I like moonshine whisky, big cigars, and young women.”

Official Report by Nolan Dalla – World Series of Poker Media Director
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