Howard Mash Lifts the WSOP Seniors Title and $662,594

Howard Mash will be turning to himself for advice today, the financial adviser from Florida scooping $662,594 along with the $1k Seniors NLHE Championship gold bracelet at the Rio in Vegas late last night.

By: Andrew Burnett

With 5916 entries, the prizepool was a whopping $5,324,400 and the final six were guaranteed six-figure payouts – four days required to separate the huge field, with only 19 returning for the final day’s play.

By the time the livestream kicked off we were down to seven, all the players over 50 years old – the new ‘Senior age’ – but still able and willing to play 14 hour days at the table!

Mash came in as chip leader, and kept it pretty much to himself as others around him faltered, with Frenchman Jean-René Fontaine his closest rival throughout the final two days.

When they met heads-up for the gold bracelet it would take 75 hands to decide a winner, the finale a pocket queens versus ace-jack showdown that went Mash and his ladies’ way.

“At one point I was just staying alive barely,” Mash told WSOP reporters following his incredible win, adding: “I stayed in and stayed in, then got lucky. Any tournament with 5,900 people, you have to get lucky to win.”

Final table results:

1 Howard Mash $662,594
2 Jean-René Fontaine $409,249
3 James McNurlan $303,705
4 Adam Richardson $226,996
5 Donald Matusow $170,887
6 Farhad Jamasi $129,582
7 Samir Husaynue $98,981
8 Mike Lisanti $76,165
9 Mansour Alipourfard $59,044



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