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Great-Grandfather Wins WSOP Seniors’ Event

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(photo credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 68-year-old Utah retiree is taking home more nearly $635,000 after winning the seniors’ championship at the World Series of Poker.

Layton resident Ken Lind emerged the victor Monday after a 14-hour third day of competition at the Rio casino in Las Vegas.

Lind is a great-grandfather who says he taught himself to play poker and got into the tournament with some prodding from a friend. He says playing in the World Series of Poker topped his bucket list.

The 50-and-older tournament set a record after drawing more than 4,400 players this year. The prize pool was nearly $4 million, and more than 440 finishers took home some cash.

The $1,000 buy-in event was first organized in 2001.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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