We witnessed a hand recently that, in our humble estimation, captured perfectly what the Seniors Championship is really all about.
After the flop fell , Jim Thompson called the all-in of a women sitting in the next seat. Thompson tabled his for top pair, top kicker and the nut flush draw to boot. The women held for two-pair and it was up to the dealer to decide both player's fates.
When the arrived on the turn, Thompson had made his flush and was sitting pretty. The 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.