Event #30: $1,000 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Championship

Sportsmanship On Display At Senior's Championship

• Nivel 7: 150-300, 25 ante

We witnessed a hand recently that, in our humble estimation, captured perfectly what the Seniors Championship is really all about.

After the flop fell {Q-Spades}{9-Hearts}{4-Hearts}, Jim Thompson called the all-in of a women sitting in the next seat. Thompson tabled his {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts} for top pair, top kicker and the nut flush draw to boot. The women held {Q-Clubs}{9-Clubs} for two-pair and it was up to the dealer to decide both player's fates.

When the {J-Hearts} arrived on the turn, Thompson had made his flush and was sitting pretty. The {3-Spades} on the turn was a brick for his opponent and she was eliminated from contention.

While the flush over two-pair confrontation was not a rarity in poker terms, what happened next was. Thompson immediately stood up after the hand was over and went to shake the fallen player's hand, even giving her a hug when it was all said and done. Both he and the women were sincere in their offerings of "good game" and "good luck to you," and in a modern poker world which has become increasingly cutthroat, this display of old fashioned sportsmanship was refreshing to say the least.

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