In a record-breaking afternoon at the WSOP, Gene Calden wrote his name into the history of the world’s greatest series. A World War II veteran, he entered the Main Event at the age of 100, becoming the oldest entrant to enter the tournament.
Gene wowed the Paris and Horseshoe crowd with his historic performance. He announces Day 1D’s “shuffle and deal” with Chris Moneymaker.
Gene made it to Level 2 and spent just over three hours in the Main Event. As a farewell, he announced he was all-in for 63 BBS on a K-8-7-4 board and called with 6-5 following Michael Karr. Gene dominated with K-8 and was not rescued by the river.
In addition to Gene, more than 4,100 players participated in the first day of competition. Even before the promotion ended, the WSOP announced it would be the largest Main Event in history, beating the 2006 season’s record of 8,773 participants.