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New Mexico grandmother is first woman to ever win seniors event, during week of her
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Event #19
Seniors World Poker Championship
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Buy-In:  $1,000
Number of Entries:  1,184
Total Prize Money:  $1,077,440
Defending Champion (2005):  Paul McKinney
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New Mexico grandmother is first woman to ever win seniors event, during week of her
41st wedding anniversary


Las Vegas, NV – There was a point very late in the 2006 Seniors World Poker Championship
when tournament officials approached the surviving players and offered them the option of
calling it a night and returning the next day.   The seniors had played two lengthy, grueling
days during which more than a thousand players had been eliminated.  Amongst the nine
exhausted survivors, there were some weary faces.  When the tournament director
approached 61-year old Clare Miller, her answer was uncompromising and to the point.
“Deal the cards, we’re playin’!” she snapped.
Poker is a natural pastime for all seniors.  It very well may be the only competitive game
which allows persons 50, 60, 70, or even 80-years and older to compete on an equal
playing field with younger players in their 20s and 30s.  Where else but a poker table could
a 77-year-old grandmother become a “world champion?”
Poker not only affords opportunities for seniors to compete and win.  More important, poker
brings people of all walks of life together in a friendly social atmosphere.  Many friendships
are built around poker tables.  Kuei Chi Chang, an 80-year-old woman from Las Vegas, who
competed in her first-ever poker tournament at the World Series of Poker last week, said it
best:  “Poker makes me feel young again.”
This year’s Seniors World Poker Championship was the largest such competition ever in
poker history.  In a World Series which continues to shatter every conceivable record ever
posted in poker, 1,184 players flooded into the Rio Las Vegas to compete for over a million
dollars in prize money, including first place -- $247,814 in cash.
The event began with a solemn moment.  The roll call of names from poker’s glorious past
were called out over a silent room packed to full capacity.  Poker’s proud pioneers were
remembered -- including Benny Binion, Johnny Moss, and Puggy Pearson who passed away
only a few months ago.  “Oklahoma Johnny” Hale was the perfect host for the proceedings.  
As the event’s Grand Marshall, Hale inducted two new members into the Seniors Poker Hall
of Fame.  Mike “the Mad Genius” Caro and Paul McKinney were introduced in a brief
ceremony.  
With that, the senior’s event began.  The competition was open to persons aged 50 and
older.  The event attracted an eclectic mix of poker players.  Paul McKinney, last year’s 82-
year-old seniors champion (and the latest inductee into the Seniors Poker Hall of Fame)
was on hand to defend his title.  Jan Fisher, the popular writer and columnist for Card
Player magazine entered, along with her father, Dr. Peter Fisher.  The Fisher’s participation
likely marked the first time that a father and daughter played together in the seniors
championship.  Also, a husband and wife from Alamogordo, New Mexico entered the
tournament.  Shelby Miller would outlast all but 39 players in this event.  His wife, Clare
Miller would ultimately fare much better.
The final table began with nine players, including one former winner, Ron Rose.  The first
player to exit was the well-known poker writer and commentator John Vorhaus, a.k.a. “JV.”  
The 50-year-old poker celebrity from Los Angeles, author of the highly-acclaimed “Killer
Poker” book series, received $24,292 for ninth place.
Stan Schirer went out next.  The 70-year-old Las Vegas retiree, originally from Nebraska,
was the third-lace finisher in the WSOP main event back in 2001.  This time he finished
eighth, good for $26,936.
Doug Schuller, a concrete dispatcher from Fresno, California cemented a seventh-place
finish.  The 54-year-old said plays poker as a hobby.  Not too many hobbies pay $32,323 in
prize money – which is what Schuller took home.
Ron Rose arrived with most impressive poker resume – with several major tournament
victories including a win in the Seniors World Poker Championship back in 2003.  Rose’s bid
to become the first two-time champion in this event’s history was foiled as the former
Internet guru from Dayton, Ohio had to settle for a sixth-place finish.  Rose earned $37,710.
David Claiborne was the next player to exit.  The auto dealer from Twin Falls, Idaho drove
off with $43,098 for fifth place.  Claiborne also finished in the top five percent in last year’s
main event.
Judy Carlson was one of two ladies at the final table.  Carlson ended up as the fourth-place
finisher.  The Blackhawk, Colorado poker pro added $53,872 to her poker brankroll.
Third place went to Jake “Doc” Wells.  The horse veterinarian from Texas galloped off the
final table with $74,882 in prize money.
Clare Miller had the chip lead most of the way.  There had been a point earlier in the night
when Miller caught a big break.  She won a race with ace-king versus pocket queens, which
essentially gave her the chips that would propel her on to victory.  “It was luck,” Miller
modestly explained in a post-tournament interview.  “You have to have a lot of luck to win.”
The final hand of the tournament came when Mike Nargi was dealt pocket threes and
moved all-in.  Miller, holding queen-eight suited, called.  The final board showed 10-4-2-6-
8.  An eight on the river eliminated Nargi and gave Miller her victory.
The runner up, Mike Nargi is a 53-year-old former craps dealer from Arkansas, who now
gambles professionally.  Nargi had a nice run at the poker table before he finally sevened-
out.  Second-place paid $129,293.     
Clare Miller was overjoyed with her victory.  She broke into tears and her voice quivered as
she experienced the thrill of a lifetime.  Afterward, Miller told her own personal story that
she and her husband had struggled in their earlier years together.  Through a lot of hard
work and love, the couple built a few businesses and eventually became quite successful.  
In their retirement years they turned to poker as an activity they could play and enjoy
together.  The fact that Mr. Shelby Miller finished 40th in the same tournament was clear
evidence that this would be the Miller’s day.  Fittingly, the happy couple is celebrating their
41st wedding anniversary this week.
Miller put everything into proper perspective when she was presented with the coveted
WSOP gold bracelet and prize money totaling nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars.  “We are
very lucky and live very comfortably now, so at this stage the bracelet is probably more
important,” she said.  “But they don’t mean anything compared to my 41-years with Shelby.”

by Nolan Dalla

Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #18):

Total Entries to Date:                          18,686

Total Prize Money Distributed:                $ 32,960,132
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Clare Miller
Mike Nargi
Jake “Doc” Wells
Judy Carlson
David Claiborne
Ron Rose
Doug Schuller
Stan Schirer
John “JV” Vorhaus
Scott McClellan
Louis Adams
Salah Levy
Steven Smith
Dennis Richardson
Thomas Thieneman
Robert McClintock
James Colombo
Timothy Bullard
Raymond Abels, Jr.
James Brown
Bob Miller
Gary Ship
Richard Chavez
Dennis Horton
Kenneth Piez
Arthur Molloy
Bruce Corman
Richard Bell
Paul Tassopoulos
Robert Toft
Dane Christensen
B.B. Thompson
Charles Wholers
Steven Rassi
Arlan Levitan
Robert Bright
Thomas Vinas
Jay Heimowitz
Jaquim Correia
Shelby Miller
Frank Vandal
Louise Rocchio
Max Stern
Chris Platt
Eric Dalby
Denis Ethier
Mike Downing
Larry Satterwhite
Dave Fancher
Larry Bass
Ken Kaltschnee
Gordon Rubbo
Joseph Baldwin
Terry Myers
Terry Moore
Joseph Diperri
Rex Parsons
Dennis Savelkoul
John Scibelli
Rober Fasting
Herald Waite
William Ballew
Michael Gwyn
Edward Pellegrini
Gregg Goldberg
Thomas Ralph
Floyd Cohen
John Bonetti
Toshio Nanad
James Hopperstead
Richard Joel
Joe Pharo
Gary Eirhart
Charles Barker
Edgar Gardner
Mark Smith
Randall Holland
Daniel Stotts
Leonard Martino
Phillip Wade
Shirley Williams
Ron Burke
Charles Lochridge
Donald Geiger
Reno Williamson
Robert Zehnka
Keith Burt
Carl Ballard
William Brown
Jeffery Lowenhar
Richie W. Wong
David Robinson
Heda Imani
Gene Devore
Emile Couturier
William Carlton
Jeffery Ridenour
David Feder
Elaine Schweigert
Norris Reynolds
Larry Nerenberg
Gerald D. Thomas
Quentin Correll
Alamogordo, NM
Maumelle, AR
Cibolo, TX
Blackhawk, CO
Twin Falls, ID
Dayton, OH
Fresno, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Monrovia, CA
Henderson, NV
Marina Del Rey, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Wichita Falls, TX
Louisville, KY
Louisville, KY
Las Vegas, NV
New York, NY
Houston, TX
Danville, CA
Bradenton, FL
Sioux Falls, SD
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Santa Barbara, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Kemmerer, WY
La Jolla, CA
Nottingham, UK
New York, NY
Fairhaven, MA
Yardley, PA
Whitewood, SD
Bismark, ND
Duchess, Alberta, Canada
Morton, IL
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Houston, TX
Bethel, NY
Tulare, CA
Alamogordo, NM
Bullhead City, AZ
Culver City, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Wimbledon, UK
Durham, NC
Las Vegas, NV
Houston, TX
Eagle Point, OR
Tamarac, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Salinas, CA
Palo Alto, CA
Yuma, AZ
Yorktown, IN
Boca Raton, FL
Tillamook, OR
Minot, ND
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Wichita, KS
Pleasanton, CA
Woodstock, VA
NA
Orland Park, IL
Sioux Falls, SD
Las Vegas, NV
Houston, TX
Las Vegas, NV
Cookeville, TN
Conyers, GA
Scottsdale, AZ
Laughlin, NV
Richardson, TX
Redmond, OR
Lafayette, LA
Minnetka, CA
Browns Summit, NC
Las Vegas, NV
Conyers, GA
Fort Worth, TX
La Selva Bch, CA
Laughlin, NV
Boulder City, NV
Mooresville, IN
Del Ray Beach, FL
Midwest City, OK
Mohave Valley, AZ
Henderson, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Ipswich, UK
Layton, UT
La Porte, CO
Las Vegas, NV
Chula Vista, CA
Apache Junction, AZ
Tempe, AZ
Laurel, MT
Morgan Hill, CA
Henderson, NV
Windsor, IL
Sunnydale, CA
$247,814
$129,293
$74,882
$53,872
$43,098
$37,710
$32,323
$26,936
$24,242
$21,549
$19,933
$18,316
$16,700
$15,084
$13,468
$11,852
$10,236
$8,620
$7,003
$7,003
$7,003
$7,003
$7,003
$7,003
$7,003
$7,003
$7,003
$5,387
$5,387
$5,387
$5,387
$5,387
$5,387
$5,387
$5,387
$5,387
$4,310
$4,310
$4,310
$4,310
$4,310
$4,310
$4,310
$4,310
$4,310
$3,232
$3,232
$3,232
$3,232
$3,232
$3,232
$3,232
$3,232
$3,232
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$538
$538
$538
$538
$538
$538
2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
End of Day One Report

Event # 19
Seniors No-Limit Hold’em
Buy-In:  $1,000
Number of Entries:  1184
Total Prize Money:  $1,077,440

Official Event 19 2006 WSOP Results:

CHIP COUNTS:
Player Name
Jake Wells
Tim Bullard
Clare Miller
Rom Rose
Jim Brown
Judy Carlson
Richard Bell
Raymond Abels
Kenny Piel
Tom Thieneman
Dennis Richardson
Steve Smith
Robert McClintock
Richard Chavez
Mike Nongi
Doug Schuller
John Vorhaus
Dennis Horton
Bob L. Miller
Arlan Levitan
Dave Claiborne
Steve Rassi
Joaquim Correia
Salah Levy
Jay Colombo
Gary Ship
Art Molloy
Bo Toft
Charles Wohlers
B.B. Thompson
Denis-Ethier
Louise Rocchio
Scott McClellan
Dane Christensen
Mike Downing
Jay Heimowitz
Shelby F. Miller
Stan Schrier
Paul Tassopoulos
Eric Dalby
Bruce Corman
Dr. Max Stern
Frank Vandal
Louis Adams
Larry Bass
Chris Platt
Bob Bright
Dave Fancher
Thomas R. Vinas
Larry Satterwhite
Hometown
Cibolo, TX
Houston, TX
Alamogordo, NM
Dayton, OH
Bradenton, FL
Black Hawk, CO
New York, New York
Danville, CA
Kemmerer, WY
Louisiana, KY
Louisville, KY
Wichita Falls, TX
Las Vegas, NV
Santa Barbara, CA
Maumelle
Fresno, CA
Monrovia, CA
Manchester, KY
Sioux Falls, SD
Las Vegas, NV
Twin Falls, ID
Morton, IL
Tulare, CA

New York, NY
Mississauga, Canada
La Jolla, CA
Yardley, PA
Duchess
Bismarck
Durham, N.c.
Culver City, CA
Henderson, NV
Whitewood, SD
Las Vegas, NV
Bethel, N.Y.
Alamagordo, NM
Las Vegas, NV
Fairhaven, MA
London, England
U.K.
Las Vegas, NV
Bullhead City
Marina Del Rey, CA
Tamarac, FL
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Eagle Point, OR
Houston, TX
Houston, TX
Chip Count
$119,200
$93,300
$90,700
$61,800
$61,400
$61,000
$58,200
$54,900
$50,700
$50,600
$50,200
$47,500
$46,400
$44,900
$42,000
$38,700
$38,500
$37,600
$37,500
$36,400
$35,700
$35,400
$34,100
$34,000
$33,800
$33,300
$30,800
$30,200
$28,600
$27,500
$27,100
$26,900
$26,300
$26,000
$23,900
$22,600
$19,700
$19,500
$19,400
$18,900
$18,200
$15,900
$15,400
$15,300
$14,200
$14,100
$12,600
$10,600
$10,400
$8,000
Table #
9
8
5
8
9
7
9
7
5
4
9
5
8
4
9
7
7
6
4
4
6
8
8
6
8
7
4
5
8
9
9
9
4
5
7
6
8
4
5
7
6
6
5
6
4
7
8
5
6
6
Seat #
8
8
1
3
4
5
7
3
3
3
3
5
1
2
9
6
1
1
6
5
3
6
7
7
5
4
9
6
9
5
1
2
7
7
2
9
4
8
9
7
5
4
8
2
1
9
2
2
6
8
IN THE MONEY FINISHERS:
51.
52.
53.
54.
55.
56.
57.
58.
59.
60.
61.
62.
63.
64.
65.
66.
67.
68.
69.
70.
71.
72.
73.
74.
75.
76.
77.
78.
79.
80.
81.
82.
83.
84.
85.
86.
87.
88.
89.
90.
91.
92.
93.
94.
95.
96.
97.
98.
99.
100.
101.
102.
103.
Ken Kaltschnee
Gordon Rubbo
Joseph Baldwin
Terry Myers
Terry Moore
Joseph Diperri
Rex Parsons
Dennis Savelkoul
John Scibelli
Rober Fasting
Herald Waite
William Ballew
Michael Gwyn
Edward Pellegrini
Gregg Goldberg
Thomas Ralph
Floyd Cohen
John Bonetti
Toshio Nanad
James Hopperstead
Richard Joel
Joe Pharo
Gary Eirhart
Charles Barker
Edgar Gardner
Mark Smith
Randall Holland
Daniel Stotts
Leonard Martino
Phillip Wade
Shirley Williams
Ron Burke
Charles Lochridge
Donald Geiger
Reno Williamson
Robert Zehnka
Keith Burt
Carl Ballard
William Brown
Jeffery Lowenhar
Richie W. Wong
David Robinson
Heda Imani
Gene Devore
Emile Couturier
William Carlton
Jeffery Ridenour
David Feder
Elaine Schweigert
Norris Reynolds
Larry Nerenberg
Gerald D. Thomas
Quentin Correll
Las Vegas, NV
Salinas, CA
Palo Alto, CA
Yuma, AZ
Yorktown, IN
Boca Raton, FL
Tillamook, OR
Minot, ND
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Wichita, KS
Pleasanton, CA
Woodstock, VA

Orland Park, IL
Sioux Falls, SD
Las Vegas, NV
Houston, TX
Las Vegas, NV
Cookeville, TN
Conyers, GA
Scottsdale, AZ
Laughlin, NV
Richardson, TX
Redmond, OR
Lafayette, LA
Minnetka, CA
Browns Summit, NC
Las Vegas, NV
Conyers, GA
Fort Worth, TX
La Selva Bch, CA
Laughlin, NV
Boulder City, NV
Mooresville, IN
Del Ray Beach, FL
Midwest City, OK
Mohave Valley, AZ
Henderson, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas, NV
Ipswich, UK
Layton, UT
La Porte, CO
Las Vegas, NV
Chula Vista, CA
Apache Junction, AZ
Tempe, AZ
Laurel, MT
Morgan Hill, CA
Henderson, NV
Windsor, IL
Sunnydale, CA
$3,232
$3,232
$3,232
$3,232
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,694
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$2,155
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$1,616
$538
$538
$538
$538
$538
$538
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