124 Seniors set out today at 12 noon to find out who among them would be crowned Borgata Senior Champion and take home part of the $37,200 Total Buy-In. When the dust settled a little past midnight, the man holding all the chips was Harvey Layton who maneuvered his way through the final table like the "reading" specialist he is.
We made a lot of jokes at the expense of the Seniors and they all took them in stride with a good sense of humor. Top ten zingers Gorilla overheard or recorded included:
10. "The Senior tournament, brought to you by Depends and Geritol."
9. "When we were in school there was no history."
8. "A round of prune juice, it's on me."
7. "We need cards with bigger print."
6. "None of us are retired, we'll be working until we're 80."
5. "It's a reunion of the Last Supper."
4."Smartest move they made was putting us near the bathrooms."
3. "I remember when the Dead Sea was only sick."
2. "4 pm dinner break, so we can hit the early bird special."
1. "What raise? I didn't hear it."
Our Senior Trip included notables such as Don Brown, Bob Goldsmith, Ross Schwartz, Sheree Bykofsky, and Chris Reslock.
A sore spot to some and totally acceptable to others included an entry from 28 year old Angelo Modica (Astoria, NY) who looked more like a Senior in High School than a Senior Citizen. Angelo came in 12th place and cashed for $722.
Top 18 got paid which left Ben Laves (Summerset, NJ) out of the money as he bubbled when his A-K ran into pocket rockets.
First players to reach 100,000 chips were Bob Polunas (Toms River, NJ) and
Dan "The Man" Moskowitz (NYC). Dan maintained the lead until being felted with two tables left for a min cash.
A funny side note had two players with the same name and same exact birthdate (day&year) going deep. Thomas John McCann and John McCann.
Third place prize of $3,428 went to Richard Pilchman a member of the Rack Pack, a poker community family that rails each other when they make final tables. Richard’s wife Lynn and friend Patty rooted him into the bronze.
Second place of $5,954 was awarded to oil man, Bob Polunas who splits his playing time between Borgata and Vegas where he’s currently constructing a new home.
But once again the first place prize of $10,826 and the trophy went to Super Senior Harvey Layton from Devon, PA. Now retired, Harvey used to teach kids how to read and bills himself as a reading specialist. Of course he made some great reads today as he crushed it on the final table.
Almost everyone liked one another and enjoyed playing in such a pleasant environment. After 12 hours of play, and being past most of their bedtimes, the final table was looking to wrap things up as quickly as possible.
No grumpy old men at Borgata – if you played today with the Seniors, you can check one more thing off your bucket list.