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Hess outlasts 3,752 for Seniors bracelet

Updated: June 21, 2011, 6:54 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

Friday June 17, 2011 has now officially been called the "busiest day in live poker history" according to the World Series of Poker. The first day of the 2011 WSOP $1,000 buy-in Seniors Championship attracted a field of 3,752 players to become the largest single-day entry tournament in WSOP history. Emerging from that massive field was James Hess, a 50-year-old talent manager from Encino, Calif. Hess, a yearly participant in the WSOP main event and a seven-year WSOP veteran, earned $557,432 for the victory.

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Courtesy of PokerNews/WSOP Jim Hess, 50, became the youngest player to win the WSOP's Senior Championship.

The husband and father of two shared his victory on Facebook and shared with his friends, "Wow I'm in shock. Thank you everyone for the support. Can't believe I am a [WSOP] champion."

Hess became the youngest Seniors Event champion in WSOP history when he defeated Richard Harwood heads-up. Harwood, a television director from Grenada Hills, Calif., earned $342,407 for his first WSOP cash. The field, open to players 50 and over, included three 87-year-old players and four 86-year-olds. Attendance was up 19 percent compared to the event in 2010, which had previously been the largest Seniors event in WSOP history.

In addition to the WSOP bracelet, Hess was also presented with the "Golden Eagle" trophy which will be engraved with his name. The trophy is passed from champion to champion each year.

Other notable finishers include Paul Magriel (50th), Jim McManus (358th) and Rene Angelil (371st)

Below are the complete results of Event 30 at the 2011 World Series of Poker:

Event 30: Seniors Championship
Buy-in: $1,000
Entries: 3,752
Prize pool: $3,376,800
Players in the money: 396

1. James Hess ($557,435)
2. Richard Harwood ($342,407)
3. Craig Koch ($248,971)
4. Joseph Bolnick ($182,347)
5. Gregory Alston ($134,801)
6. James Jewell ($100,594)
7. Charles Cohen ($75,775)
8. Walter Browne ($57,608)
9. Leo Whitt ($44,202)
10. Brett Tannenbaum ($34,206)
11. Kenneth Russell ($34,206)
12. Peter Lipton ($34,206)
13. Steven Krieg ($26,710)
14. Iry Taylor ($26,710)
15. Gregory Meredith ($26,710)
16. Michael Johnson ($21,037)
17. Jimmy Parker ($21,037)
18. Gary McDonald ($21,037)
19. Michael Millard ($16,715)
20. James Jarvis ($16,715)
21. Andrew Bradshaw ($16,715)
22. Robert Mitchell ($16,715)
23. Jack Ward ($16,715)
24. Ralph Crow ($16,715)
25. Albert Balayn ($16,715)
26. John Sozio ($16,715)
27. Bruce Baker ($16,715)
28. Donald Belanger ($13,405)
29. Louis Cheffy ($13,405)
30. Rodney Clarida ($13,405)
31. Bruce MacGregor ($13,405)
32. Stuart Krasney ($13,405)
33. Debbie Millican ($13,405)
34. Craig Zotter ($13,405)
35. Hans Pfister ($13,405)
36. Gary Braufman ($13,405)
37. Dave Moyses ($10,839)
38. Mitsuhiro Nakao ($10,839)
39. Sanford Lubetkin ($10,839)
40. Kenn Wittock ($10,839)
41. Harvey Bundy ($10,839)
42. Andre Boyer ($10,839)
43. David Moskowitz ($10,839)
44. Anthony Hornyak ($10,839)
45. William Hamilton ($10,839)
46. Glenn Martinez ($8,847)
47. Greg Oleson ($8,847)
48. Daniel Dinzik ($8,847)
49. Eddie Coyne ($8,847)
50. Paul Magriel ($8,847)
51. David Cupps ($8,847)
52. Bernard Wheeler ($8,847)
53. Ron Mcmillen ($8,847)
54. James Pritchard ($8,847)
55. Frank Presley ($7,260)
56. Bruce Van Horn ($7,260)
57. Maureen Blatter ($7,260)
58. Steven Saxon ($7,260)
59. Ronald Nutt ($7,260)
60. Lenox Baza ($7,260)
61. Jerome Jasicki ($7,260)
62. Timothy Porter ($7,260)
63. Robert Whalen ($7,260)
64. Larry Ramsey ($6,010)
65. John Bovin ($6,010)
66. Gregory Sellgren ($6,010)
67. Bruce Peterson ($6,010)
68. Robert Chow ($6,010)
69. Randy Mckay ($6,010)
70. Richard Mombourquette ($6,010)
71. Michael Nolan ($6,010)
72. Jerry Milanos ($6,010)
73. Ronald Kindsfater ($5,031)
74. Johnny Landreth ($5,031)
75. Arthur Molloy ($5,031)
76. David Smith ($5,031)
77. James Haver ($5,031)
78. Larry Ormson ($5,031)
79. James Russell ($5,031)
80. Nicholas Andricopulos ($5,031)
81. Sirous Jamshidi ($5,031)
82. Timothy Peters ($4,254)
83. Donald Umphries ($4,254)
84. Ernesto Gonzalez ($4,254)
85. Richard Simone ($4,254)
86. Hollis Barnhart ($4,254)
87. Tim Thorpe ($4,254)
88. Mike Sica ($4,254)
89. Edward Rudd ($4,254)
90. Jim Voigt ($4,254)
91. Carl Merkling ($3,613)
92. Elaine Colton ($3,613)
93. Joseph Davidman ($3,613)
94. Monte Kapple ($3,613)
95. Michael Bienenstock ($3,613)
96. William Ellis ($3,613)
97. Edward Balchen ($3,613)
98. Jeffrey Granowsky ($3,613)
99. Michael Rabith ($3,613)
100. Ron Jenkins ($3,106)
101. Vincent Lepore ($3,106)
102. Bradford Weiss ($3,106)
103. Calogero Maltese ($3,106)
104. Ronnie Williams ($3,106)
105. Charles Sewell ($3,106)
106. Eric Stemp ($3,106)
107. Samir Hanna ($3,106)
108. Alden Hermansen ($3,106)
109. Edwin St. Amour ($3,106)
110. George Tsukamoto ($3,106)
111. Dwight Koch ($3,106)
112. Alfred Collins ($3,106)
113. William Hou ($3,106)
114. William Steffin ($3,106)
115. David Kopp ($3,106)
116. Alan Miles ($3,106)
117. James Thomas ($3,106)
118. Andrew Garvin ($3,106)
119. Frank Juarez ($3,106)
120. Rodney Shows ($3,106)
121. Leo Root ($3,106)
122. Joseph Wimsett ($3,106)
123. Bruce Aghaeepour ($3,106)
124. David Levine ($3,106)
125. Robert Obrien ($3,106)
126. Daniel Gerard ($3,106)
127. Rob Fitzgerald ($3,106)
128. David Icke ($3,106)
129. Douglas Ficken ($3,106)
130. Imad Samouna ($3,106)
131. James Squires ($3,106)
132. Susie Isaacs ($3,106)
133. William Comee ($3,106)
134. Thomas Eberhard ($3,106)
135. Richard Turner ($3,106)
136. Tommy Vinas ($3,106)
137. Stephen Jarrett ($3,106)
138. Richard Korbin ($3,106)
139. Mike Carson ($3,106)
140. James Miller ($3,106)
141. Steven Baker ($3,106)
142. Roy Scalf ($3,106)
143. Roger Hairabedian ($3,106)
144. Kanajett Hathaitham ($3,106)
145. Robert Lebrecht ($3,106)
146. Dale Bauman ($3,106)
147. Vernon Vollertsen ($3,106)
148. Lawrence Huffman ($3,106)
149. Richard Hemphill ($3,106)
150. Leslie Haagenson ($3,106)
151. James Dillon ($3,106)
152. Chad Burum ($3,106)
153. Yolanda Jones ($3,106)
154. Lawrence Scholl ($2,667)
155. David Troyer ($2,667)
156. Kent Walter ($2,667)
157. Robbin Kimura ($2,667)
158. Peter Giordano ($2,667)
159. Anthony Grappo ($2,667)
160. Julius Cantu ($2,667)
161. Michael Kalich ($2,667)
162. Clifford Mathews ($2,667)
163. Robert Pettus ($2,667)
164. Michael Brain ($2,667)
165. Dan Alspach ($2,667)
166. Timothy Quinn ($2,667)
167. Walton Carlisle ($2,667)
168. Bernard Mccall ($2,667)
169. James Worley ($2,667)
170. Mike Epstein ($2,667)
171. Paul Koch ($2,667)
172. Jack Guzdowski ($2,667)
173. Clarence Medina ($2,667)
174. Harold Rawls ($2,667)
175. Douglas Gibson ($2,667)
176. Mark Hurst ($2,667)
177. Anthony Palumbo ($2,667)
178. Gary Richardson ($2,667)
179. Poul Mollerup-Madsen ($2,667)
180. Francis Thompson ($2,667)
181. James Winniman ($2,667)
182. Steven Calhoun ($2,667)
183. Michael Countz ($2,667)
184. Stephen Barbella ($2,667)
185. Richard Hensarling ($2,667)
186. Thomas Kasperski ($2,667)
187. David Ives ($2,667)
188. M Schroeder ($2,667)
189. William Davis ($2,667)
190. Ronald Swain ($2,667)
191. Stephen Birk ($2,667)
192. April Matthews ($2,667)
193. Ernie Galliani ($2,667)
194. Edward Chevallier ($2,667)
195. Charles Roosa ($2,667)
196. Ray Koerntgen ($2,667)
197. Aram Alexander ($2,667)
198. William Gibbons ($2,667)
199. Al Ethier ($2,667)
200. Eric Schulz ($2,667)
201. John Arva ($2,667)
202. Vincent Frigeria ($2,667)
203. Dean Schneider ($2,667)
204. Stephen Massa ($2,667)
205. Francesco Costa ($2,667)
206. Darin Ann Parker ($2,667)
207. Bill Eichel ($2,667)
208. David Angel ($2,329)
209. Richard Pumilia ($2,329)
210. Paul Flynn ($2,329)
211. Padraig Parkinson ($2,329)
212. Stephen Hagar ($2,329)
213. Robert Schulze ($2,329)
214. Jeffrey Gamble ($2,329)
215. Richard Hyde ($2,329)
216. Kim Rasmussen ($2,329)
217. Larry Landgraf ($2,329)
218. James Cicala ($2,329)
219. Gregory Jackson ($2,329)
220. Beverly Lowry ($2,329)
221. Anthony Gianfermi ($2,329)
222. Timothy Chauser ($2,329)
223. James Mitchell ($2,329)
224. Hilary Reicher ($2,329)
225. Russ Murphy ($2,329)
226. Deloris Batson ($2,329)
227. Frank Echols ($2,329)
228. Victor Fey ($2,329)
229. Steve Trivelpiece ($2,329)
230. Trevor Whiteway ($2,329)
231. Kenneth Harbaugh ($2,329)
232. Jeffrey Houston ($2,329)
233. Tuan Nguyen ($2,329)
234. Mark Rubin ($2,329)
235. Michael Gear ($2,329)
236. Siew Bickell ($2,329)
237. Taylor Koch ($2,329)
238. Roger Polark ($2,329)
239. John Kurmel ($2,329)
240. Edward Molloy ($2,329)
241. Kenneth Piel ($2,329)
242. Glen Beaudin ($2,329)
243. Patrick Traficant ($2,329)
244. Harry Topper ($2,329)
245. Charles Williams ($2,329)
246. Robert Taylor ($2,329)
247. William Cole ($2,329)
248. Travis Newberry ($2,329)
249. Patrick Hardesty ($2,329)
250. Bradley Wilson ($2,329)
251. Eugene Hickman ($2,329)
252. Emileo Sandoval ($2,329)
253. Robert Thrush ($2,329)
254. Chris Platt ($2,329)
255. Syed Kadri ($2,329)
256. James Brown ($2,329)
257. Edward Pflipsen ($2,329)
258. Joseph Birt ($2,329)
259. Kenneth Hockaday ($2,329)
260. Glenn Pestrak ($2,329)
261. Cary Sanders ($2,329)
262. Mark Dunbar ($2,329)
263. John Roveto ($2,329)
264. Robert Willis ($2,329)
265. George Kolerich ($2,329)
266. Jorge Pelayo ($2,329)
267. William Peebles ($2,329)
268. Shirley Williams ($2,329)
269. Michael Moore ($2,329)
270. Harvey Lemmond ($2,329)
271. Scott Strable ($2,059)
272. Daniel Kelly ($2,059)
273. Bruce Schulman ($2,059)
274. Timothy Gauthier ($2,059)
275. Debra Burkhead ($2,059)
276. Dolph Arnold ($2,059)
277. Donald Hughes ($2,059)
278. William Davis ($2,059)
279. Steven Freifeld ($2,059)
280. Angel Calub ($2,059)
281. Charles Brockinton ($2,059)
282. Irving Peyser ($2,059)
283. Kenneth Coplon ($2,059)
284. Jeffrey Hudson ($2,059)
285. Laura Barnstuble ($2,059)
286. Robert Porter ($2,059)
287. Stephen Bell ($2,059)
288. Sherry Ripa ($2,059)
289. Edward Koch ($2,059)
290. Stephen Ross ($2,059)
291. Fred Louie ($2,059)
292. Manfred Heinold ($2,059)
293. John Stafford ($2,059)
294. Thomas Isaacs ($2,059)
295. James Lepage ($2,059)
296. Maurice Vanzee ($2,059)
297. Mike Vitullo ($2,059)
298. Paul Lui ($2,059)
299. Roger Hale ($2,059)
300. Kenneth Billings ($2,059)
301. Howard Antonoff ($2,059)
302. Jay Helfert ($2,059)
303. Michael Leban ($2,059)
304. Miles Lewis ($2,059)
305. Terry Aston ($2,059)
306. Michael Guzaldo ($2,059)
307. Anthony Hamilton ($2,059)
308. Jeanpaul Debrouwer ($2,059)
309. Robert Robbins ($2,059)
310. Vickie Seley ($2,059)
311. Donald Webb ($2,059)
312. Jack Pyms ($2,059)
313. Terence Magee ($2,059)
314. Rolland Jones ($2,059)
315. James Proszek ($2,059)
316. Jerry Skinner ($2,059)
317. William Scara ($2,059)
318. John Kohler ($2,059)
319. Gary Starrett ($2,059)
320. Sheldon Fine ($2,059)
321. Richard Amano ($2,059)
322. John Holewa ($2,059)
323. Kerry Goldberg ($2,059)
324. Elmer Thomas ($2,059)
325. Raymond Newcomb ($2,059)
326. Gene Platano ($2,059)
327. Gary Vick ($2,059)
328. Marlene Stein ($2,059)
329. Jeffrey Butler ($2,059)
330. Glenn Bernier ($2,059)
331. Preston Derden ($2,059)
332. Charles Ford ($2,059)
333. Fred Bell ($2,059)
334. Wendell Phillips ($1,823)
335. Lawrence Marshall ($1,823)
336. Paul Loufek ($1,823)
337. Chung Liang ($1,823)
338. Richard Monroe ($1,823)
339. Paul Herron ($1,823)
340. Tom White ($1,823)
341.. Kay Knock ($1,823)
342. Howard Steiner ($1,823)
343. Mitch Garshofsky ($1,823)
344. Ronald Zwickl ($1,823)
345. Michael Clark ($1,823)
346. Michael Loofbourrow ($1,823)
347. Terry Scott ($1,823)
348. Michael Woods ($1,823)
349. Terry Moore ($1,823)
350. Jerry Leva ($1,823)
351. Farhintaj Bonyadi ($1,823)
352. Mark Warling ($1,823)
353. Marsha Waggoner ($1,823)
354. Jerry Zickert ($1,823)
355. John Zaleski ($1,823)
356. Alvin Latham ($1,823)
357. Reginald Luce ($1,823)
358. Jim McManus ($1,823)
359. Steven Daughetee ($1,823)
360. Frederick Pettus ($1,823)
361. Steve Lewis ($1,823)
362. James Adamek ($1,823)
363. Richard Beaman ($1,823)
364. Jerry Zimmerman ($1,823)
365. Bruce Mack ($1,823)
366. Steven Waldron ($1,823)
367. Joel Ruwet ($1,823)
368. Stanle Solis ($1,823)
369. William Mckinney ($1,823)
370. Gregory Lang ($1,823)
371. Rene Angelil ($1,823)
372. Suzanne Thompson ($1,823)
373. Charles Burns ($1,823)
374. Thomas Fraher ($1,823)
375. Rick Kilgore ($1,823)
376. Franklin Lacava ($1,823)
377. Brian Kennedy ($1,823)
378. Robert Gobbi ($1,823)
379. Marc Chahmirian ($1,823)
380. Gerald White ($1,823)
381. Donald Janicek ($1,823)
382. George Cochran ($1,823)
383. David Rodriguez ($1,823)
384. John Sanchez ($1,823)
385. Robert Sweeney ($1,823)
386. Andrew Tedesco ($1,823)
387. Jay Morgenstern ($1,823)
388. Walter Collier ($1,823)
389. Thomas Bell ($1,823)
390. Charles Murray ($1,823)
391. Kuay Ayyoubi ($1,823)
392. Markus Brunner ($1,823)
393. Terry Richards ($1,823)
394. Heidi Rosen ($1,823)
395. Bill Carle ($1,823)
396. Stephen Thacker ($1,823)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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