Seniors Strike Back

Seniors Strike Back

Friday, 22 November 2013

With the winners of the Main Events at the World Series of Poker and the World Series of Poker Europe of poker having a combined age of just 42 it could easily be argued that poker is now a young man's game.

Oldies who've had enough of monosyllabic, hoodie wearing, grinders at the live tournament tables now have a new set of events to enjoy following the launch of a new series for players aged 50 and over. The new Senior Poker Tour will offer a total of 17 events with buy-ins ranging from $150 to $550, starting with an opener in Tunica, Mississippi in January.

"This is such a wonderful idea and I am both excited and proud to be a part of the Senior Poker Tour Team," said veteran pro Mark Kroon. "I had a great time playing the senior’s event at the WSOP this summer. There is something positive to be said about playing in a more mature player field," he added.

The new series will feature events throughout the USA before culminating in a season ending National Championship at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas.

"The tour provides a venue to feature senior players with a traveling series filled with a wide variety of games that many grew up on. Our series not only includes Texas Holdem, but includes daily mixed games of Omaha 8, Stud 8, Horse, and Pot Limit Omaha," said Lupe Soto, Senior Poker Tour CEO.

Vice President of the tour Hal Coblentz added, "With the increase in population of poker players over 50 in the industry, it only makes sense to feature this segment of the poker world. By bringing a Senior Poker Tour to some of the top casinos in the country, we hope to support and recognize this segment of the industry allowing competition at its best amongst their peers."

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