Event #19 No-Limit Hold’em Seniors World Poker Championship, buy-in $1,000

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Results and Report
 
Event #19
Seniors World Poker Championship
No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $1,000
Number of Entries: 1,184
Total Prize Money: $1,077,440
Defending Champion (2005): Paul McKinney
 
Official Results:
 
1.
Clare Miller
Alamogordo, NM
$247,814
2.
Mike Nargi
Maumelle, AR
$129,293
3.
Jake “Doc” Wells
Cibolo, TX
$74,882
4.
Judy Carlson
Blackhawk, CO
$53,872
5.
David Claiborne
Twin Falls, ID
$43,098
6.
Ron Rose
Dayton, OH
$37,710
7.
Doug Schuller
Fresno, CA
$32,323
8.
Stan Schirer
Las Vegas, NV
$26,936
9.
John “JV” Vorhaus
Monrovia, CA
$24,242
10.
Scott McClellan
Henderson, NV
$21,549
11.
Louis Adams
Marina Del Rey, CA
$19,933
12.
Salah Levy
Las Vegas, NV
$18,316
13.
Steven Smith
Wichita Falls, TX
$16,700
14.
Dennis Richardson
Louisville, KY
$15,084
15.
Thomas Thieneman
Louisville, KY
$13,468
16.
Robert McClintock
Las Vegas, NV
$11,852
17.
James Colombo
New York, NY
$10,236
18.
Timothy Bullard
Houston, TX
$8,620
19.
Raymond Abels, Jr.
Danville, CA
$7,003
20.
James Brown
Bradenton, FL
$7,003
21.
Bob Miller
Sioux Falls, SD
$7,003
22.
Gary Ship
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
$7,003
23.
Richard Chavez
Santa Barbara, CA
$7,003
24.
Dennis Horton
Las Vegas, NV
$7,003
25.
Kenneth Piez
Kemmerer, WY
$7,003
26.
Arthur Molloy
La Jolla, CA
$7,003
27.
Bruce Corman
Nottingham, UK
$7,003
28.
Richard Bell
New York, NY
$5,387
29.
Paul Tassopoulos
Fairhaven, MA
$5,387
30.
Robert Toft
Yardley, PA
$5,387
31.
Dane Christensen
Whitewood, SD
$5,387
32.
B.B. Thompson
Bismark, ND
$5,387
33.
Charles Wholers
Duchess, Alberta, Canada
$5,387
34.
Steven Rassi
Morton, IL
$5,387
35.
Arlan Levitan
Las Vegas, NV
$5,387
36.
Robert Bright
Las Vegas, NV
$5,387
37.
Thomas Vinas
Houston, TX
$4,310
38.
Jay Heimowitz
Bethel, NY
$4,310
39.
Jaquim Correia
Tulare, CA
$4,310
40.
Shelby Miller
Alamogordo, NM
$4,310
41.
Frank Vandal
Bullhead City, AZ
$4,310
42.
Louise Rocchio
Culver City, CA
$4,310
43.
Max Stern
Las Vegas, NV
$4,310
44.
Chris Platt
Las Vegas, NV
$4,310
45.
Eric Dalby
Wimbledon, UK
$4,310
46.
Denis Ethier
Durham, NC
$3,232
47.
Mike Downing
Las Vegas, NV
$3,232
48.
Larry Satterwhite
Houston, TX
$3,232
49.
Dave Fancher
Eagle Point, OR
$3,232
50.
Larry Bass
Tamarac, FL
$3,232
51.
Ken Kaltschnee
Las Vegas, NV
$3,232
52.
Gordon Rubbo
Salinas, CA
$3,232
53.
Joseph Baldwin
Palo Alto, CA
$3,232
54.
Terry Myers
Yuma, AZ
$3,232
55.
Terry Moore
Yorktown, IN
$2,694
56.
Joseph Diperri
Boca Raton, FL
$2,694
57.
Rex Parsons
Tillamook, OR
$2,694
58.
Dennis Savelkoul
Minot, ND
$2,694
59.
John Scibelli
Las Vegas, NV
$2,694
60.
Rober Fasting
Las Vegas, NV
$2,694
61.
Herald Waite
Wichita, KS
$2,694
62.
William Ballew
Pleasanton, CA
$2,694
63.
Michael Gwyn
Woodstock, VA
$2,694
64.
Edward Pellegrini
NA
$2,155
65.
Gregg Goldberg
Orland Park, IL
$2,155
66.
Thomas Ralph
Sioux Falls, SD
$2,155
67.
Floyd Cohen
Las Vegas, NV
$2,155
68.
John Bonetti
Houston, TX
$2,155
69.
Toshio Nanad
Las Vegas, NV
$2,155
70.
James Hopperstead
Cookeville, TN
$2,155
71.
Richard Joel
Conyers, GA
$2,155
72.
Joe Pharo
Scottsdale, AZ
$2,155
73.
Gary Eirhart
Laughlin, NV
$2,155
74.
Charles Barker
Richardson, TX
$2,155
75.
Edgar Gardner
Redmond, OR
$2,155
76.
Mark Smith
Lafayette, LA
$2,155
77.
Randall Holland
Minnetka, CA
$2,155
78.
Daniel Stotts
Browns Summit, NC
$2,155
79.
Leonard Martino
Las Vegas, NV
$2,155
80.
Phillip Wade
Conyers, GA
$2,155
81.
Shirley Williams
Fort Worth, TX
$2,155
82.
Ron Burke
La Selva Bch, CA
$1,616
83.
Charles Lochridge
Laughlin, NV
$1,616
84.
Donald Geiger
Boulder City, NV
$1,616
85.
Reno Williamson
Mooresville, IN
$1,616
86.
Robert Zehnka
Del Ray Beach, FL
$1,616
87.
Keith Burt
Midwest City, OK
$1,616
88.
Carl Ballard
Mohave Valley, AZ
$1,616
89.
William Brown
Henderson, NV
$1,616
90.
Jeffery Lowenhar
Las Vegas, NV
$1,616
91.
Richie W. Wong
Las Vegas, NV
$1,616
92.
David Robinson
Ipswich, UK
$1,616
93.
Heda Imani
Layton, UT
$1,616
94.
Gene Devore
La Porte, CO
$1,616
95.
Emile Couturier
Las Vegas, NV
$1,616
96.
William Carlton
Chula Vista, CA
$1,616
97.
Jeffery Ridenour
Apache Junction, AZ
$1,616
98.
David Feder
Tempe, AZ
$538
99.
Elaine Schweigert
Laurel, MT
$538
100.
Norris Reynolds
Morgan Hill, CA
$538
101.
Larry Nerenberg
Henderson, NV
$538
102.
Gerald D. Thomas
Windsor, IL
$538
103.
Quentin Correll
Sunnydale, CA
$538
 
 
“Deal the Cards, We’re Playin’!”
 
77-Year-Old Clare Miller Wins Seniors World Poker Championship
 
New Mexico grandmother is first woman to ever win seniors event, during week of her 41st wedding anniversary
 
 
Las Vegas, NV – There was a point very late in the 2006 Seniors World Poker Championship when tournament officials approached the surviving players and offered them the option of calling it a night and returning the next day.   The seniors had played two lengthy, grueling days during which more than a thousand players had been eliminated. Amongst the nine exhausted survivors, there were some weary faces. When the tournament director approached 77-year old Clare Miller, her answer was uncompromising and to the point.
“Deal the cards, we’re playin’!” she snapped.
            Poker is a natural pastime for all seniors. It very well may be the only competitive game which allows persons 50, 60, 70, or even 80-years and older to compete on an equal playing field with younger players in their 20s and 30s. Where else but a poker table could a 77-year-old grandmother become a “world champion?”
            Poker not only affords opportunities for seniors to compete and win. More important, poker brings people of all walks of life together in a friendly social atmosphere. Many friendships are built around poker tables. Kuei Chi Chang, an 80-year-old woman from Las Vegas, who competed in her first-ever poker tournament at the World Series of Poker last week, said it best: “Poker makes me feel young again.”
            This year’s Seniors World Poker Championship was the largest such competition ever in poker history. In a World Series which continues to shatter every conceivable record ever posted in poker, 1,184 players flooded into the Rio Las Vegas to compete for over a million dollars in prize money, including first place -- $247,814 in cash.
The event began with a solemn moment. The roll call of names from poker’s glorious past were called out over a silent room packed to full capacity. Poker’s proud pioneers were remembered -- including Benny Binion, Johnny Moss, and Puggy Pearson who passed away only a few months ago. “Oklahoma Johnny” Hale was the perfect host for the proceedings. As the event’s Grand Marshall, Hale inducted two new members into the Seniors Poker Hall of Fame. Mike “the Mad Genius” Caro and Paul McKinney were introduced in a brief ceremony. 
With that, the senior’s event began. The competition was open to persons aged 50 and older. The event attracted an eclectic mix of poker players. Paul McKinney, last year’s 82-year-old seniors champion (and the latest inductee into the Seniors Poker Hall of Fame) was on hand to defend his title. Jan Fisher, the popular writer and columnist for Card Player magazine entered, along with her father, Dr. Peter Fisher. The Fisher’s participation likely marked the first time that a father and daughter played together in the seniors championship. Also, a husband and wife from Alamogordo, New Mexico entered the tournament. Shelby Miller would outlast all but 39 players in this event. His wife, Clare Miller would ultimately fare much better.
The final table began with nine players, including one former winner, Ron Rose. The first player to exit was the well-known poker writer and commentator John Vorhaus, a.k.a. “JV.” The 50-year-old poker celebrity from Los Angeles, author of the highly-acclaimed “Killer Poker” book series, received $24,292 for ninth place.
Stan Schirer went out next. The 70-year-old Las Vegas retiree, originally from Nebraska, was the third-lace finisher in the WSOP main event back in 2001. This time he finished eighth, good for $26,936.
Doug Schuller, a concrete dispatcher from Fresno, California cemented a seventh-place finish. The 54-year-old said plays poker as a hobby. Not too many hobbies pay $32,323 in prize money – which is what Schuller took home.
Ron Rose arrived with most impressive poker resume – with several major tournament victories including a win in the Seniors World Poker Championship back in 2003. Rose’s bid to become the first two-time champion in this event’s history was foiled as the former Internet guru from Dayton, Ohio had to settle for a sixth-place finish. Rose earned $37,710.
David Claiborne was the next player to exit. The auto dealer from Twin Falls, Idaho drove off with $43,098 for fifth place. Claiborne also finished in the top five percent in last year’s main event.
Judy Carlson was one of two ladies at the final table. Carlson ended up as the fourth-place finisher. The Blackhawk, Colorado poker pro added $53,872 to her poker brankroll.
Third place went to Jake “Doc” Wells. The horse veterinarian from Texas galloped off the final table with $74,882 in prize money.
Clare Miller had the chip lead most of the way. There had been a point earlier in the night when Miller caught a big break. She won a race with ace-king versus pocket queens, which essentially gave her the chips that would propel her on to victory. “It was luck,” Miller modestly explained in a post-tournament interview. “You have to have a lot of luck to win.”
The final hand of the tournament came when Mike Nargi was dealt pocket threes and moved all-in. Miller, holding queen-eight suited, called. The final board showed 10-4-2-6-8. An eight on the river eliminated Nargi and gave Miller her victory.
The runner up, Mike Nargi is a 53-year-old former craps dealer from Arkansas, who now gambles professionally. Nargi had a nice run at the poker table before he finally sevened-out. Second-place paid $129,293.     
 Clare Miller was overjoyed with her victory. She broke into tears and her voice quivered as she experienced the thrill of a lifetime. Afterward, Miller told her own personal story that she and her husband had struggled in their earlier years together. Through a lot of hard work and love, the couple built a few businesses and eventually became quite successful. In their retirement years they turned to poker as an activity they could play and enjoy together. The fact that Mr. Shelby Miller finished 40th in the same tournament was clear evidence that this would be the Miller’s day. Fittingly, the happy couple is celebrating their 41st wedding anniversary this week.
Miller put everything into proper perspective when she was presented with the coveted WSOP gold bracelet and prize money totaling nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars. “We are very lucky and live very comfortably now, so at this stage the bracelet is probably more important,” she said. “But they don’t mean anything compared to my 41-years with Shelby.”
 
by Nolan Dalla