PokerPlayer Top 5: OAPPs (old-age poker players)

Duncan McLellan’s destruction of UKIPT Nottingham (and Willie Elliot’s entertaining effort) got us thinking, is poker really a young man’s game after all?

There are plenty of older blokes competing at the top level, attempting to show the new generation of young stars that they can’t have it all their own way! So here is the PokerPlayer top five old-age poker players!

5. Barny Boatman

Barny Boatman cemented his place as an old-school British poker hero when he won his first WSOP bracelet at the age of 57 last year. The co-founder of the Hendon Mob commanded one of the loudest rails ever witnessed.

He also has a recent EPT final table to his name (San Remo 2011) but here is a post-WSOP winning interview, courtesy of the folks at Pokernews

4. Erik Seidel 

A real stalwart of world poker, Seidel has been a force in the game since finishing second at the WSOP Main Event in 1988. He has eight bracelets and a WPT title to his name, taking home the 2008 WPT Foxwoods Poker Classic, earning $992,890.

Nowadays, aged 54, he is a regular in High-Roller and Super High-Roller events around the world, most notably cashing for almost $3m(AUD) at the two big buy-in Aussie Millions tournaments in 2011.

Here he is dispatching Steve O’Dwyer in another big money tournament…

3. Doyle Brunson

At the grand old age of 80, Doyle Brunson definitely deserves his place in our top five OAPPs! Texas Dolly has 10 WSOP bracelets and a victory on the World Poker Tour, and while you’d expect his skills to have deteriorated over time, he continues to compete in some of the biggest cash games in Las Vegas.

His tournament schedule might not be as jam packed as it once was, but he continues to turn out at the World Series and here’s a great video, proving that you can’t bluff this wily old fox…

2. Dan Shak

You’d be forgiven for thinking Dan Shak is younger than his 55 years. Having been on the poker scene for less than 10 of them, Shak has proven – particularly recently – that he has the game to compete with some of the best young players around.

Since 2010 the former hedge fund manager has several cashes in Super High-Roller events and outright wins in the PartyPoker Premier League VI and the 2010 Aussie Millions $100,000 challenge. Here he is playing a super fun hand with Fabian Quoss

1. Jack Ury

While he is sadly not still with us, Jack Ury tops our list for being the oldest person to ever compete in a WSOP Main Event at 94 years of age. He went on to break that record another three times, before sadly passing away in 2011.

We are fully aware that he may not have competed at the top of the game, but he did contribute this gem of moment. There aren’t many occasions that someone can get away with a slowroll in the Main Event, but this certainly was one of them…

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