A total of 5,404 entries were made in the 2021 World Series of Poker $1,000 Seniors Championship, creating a prize pool of $4,809,560 for the event that required participants to be at least 50 years of age. The tournament took five days to complete, with the first of two starting flights beginning on Oct. 27. The event concluded in the early evening hours of Halloween night. Robert McMillan emerged victorious in the end, earning $561,060 and his first WSOP gold bracelet as the champion.
This was by far the largest tournament score of the Prescott, AZ resident’s career. His previous top paydays came in his back-to-back cashes in the WSOP main event in 2017 and 2018 for $27,743 and $26,535, respectively.
McMillan came into the final day of this event in 11th chip position among the final 16 players. By the time the official final table of nine was set, McMillan sat in eighth place. He outlasted Daniel Lujano (9th – $58,425) and then doubled up with pocket kings to climb away from the bottom of the leaderboard. Todd Hansen ran his pocket eights into the pocket tens of Jonathan Ingalls to finish eighth ($73,873).
Dennis Jensen won a preflop race against Louis Cheffy (7th – $94,030) to further narrow the field. Despite earning that knockout, Jensen was the next to fall. He got all-in with top pair against the bottom two pair of Robert Davis and was eliminated in sixth place ($120,484).
Christopher Cummings, who came into the day with the lead, was sent home in fifth place when his J10 ran into the pocket aces of Daniel Stebbins. Cummings was awarded $155,401 as the fifth-place finisher.
Jonathan Ingalls got all-in with K-9 suited against the K-10 of Robert Davis, who turned a jack-high straight to win the pot and bust Ingalls in fourth place ($201,753).
Robert Davis held a sizable lead early in three-handed action, but McMillan flopped a flush with AQ after getting all-in preflop against Davis’ AK to turn the tables.
Daniel Stebbins moved all-in on a KJ998 board with 107 for a rivered jack-high straight, only to have McMillan snap call with 88 for a rivered full house. Stebbins was awarded $263,640 as the third-place finisher, while McMillan took a healthy lead into heads-up play with Davis.
The final hand of the event began when McMillan raised to 3,500,000 from the button with Q9. Davis called out of the big blind with 44 and the flop came down Q82. Davis bet 9,000,000 and McMillan raised to 21,000,000. Davis called with his pocket fours and the turn brought the K. Davis moved all-in for just over 23 million. McMillan went into the tank before eventually making the call with second pair. His hand was best, and remained so after the K completed the board. Davis finished as the runner-up, earning $346,743 for his deep run in this event.
Here is a look at the payouts awarded at the final table:
Winner photo credit: Hayley Hochstetler.