At this time last year, Philadelphia-based radiologist James Moore was celebrating by far the most significant score of his poker life – a $230,626 uptick and World Series of Poker gold bracelet for winning the Super Seniors Event.
During the interim, Moore added just three cashes to his résumé – all for under $1,500 – as a part-time player.
Moore returned to the WSOP to defend his title, taking on 1,719 opponents aged 65 and up in Event #35: NLHE Super Seniors. And just as he did last summer, Moore navigated the massive field and made it look easy, cruising to consecutive titles in this three-year-old event.
Per the live updates provided by PokerNews, on Tuesday evening Moore defeated Kerry Goldberg heads up to claim $259,230 in prize money – along with that second bracelet that sets a player apart from the pack.
Moore told the reporting team that he’d definitely be back to make a run at the “three-peat,” so when the Super Seniors event kicks off next summer, stay tuned to see if the mild-mannered Moore can make poker history.
Two players who made poker history together in 2015 are Joe McKeehen – who won that year’s WSOP Main Event – and Daniel Negreanu, the superstar pro whose run was cut short in 11th place courtesy of a bad beat from McKeehen.
The pair have been reunited in Event #38: $10,000 Limit Hold’em, which played down from the original 120-runner field to the final 15 on Tuesday.
Negreanu holds a stack of 425,000 entering Day 3 action, good for sixth place on the chip leaderboard, while McKeehen (84,000 - 14th place) must mount a comeback.
Thanks to the team at PokerNews, poker fans were treated to a few fun exchanges between McKeehen and Negreanu during Day 2, with both players having a bit of fun while revisiting their infamous Main Event showdown.
Negreanu filmed a segment for his popular video blog series, pointing to McKeehen and telling fans about the guy who knocked him out of the big one. McKeehen, for his part, pointed to his world champion banner hanging from the Rio rafters and replied that he uses the portrait as ID.
McKeehen and Negreanu will be back in the mix at 2 p.m. local time on Wednesday, both chasing chip leader and two-time bracelet Sportsbook J.C. Tran (1,150,000) in hopes of returning to the WSOP Sportsbook’s circle.