Thousands of players from around the world gathered in the halls of the Horseshoe and Paris on the first day of the WSOP Main Event. The event has always linked generations and when a 100-year-old runner signed up, a historic moment was created. Gene Calden is the most photographed person.
The World War II veteran, accompanied by his daughter Sue, broke the age record for the Main Event. He qualified for the Main Event through the Moneymaker Tour, a series of tournaments organized by the 2003 Champion and Americas Cardroom.
In fact , Chris Moneymaker was in charge of “Shuffle up and Deal” on day one and invited Calden to the awards ceremony. The topic went viral on Twitter, with one person writing: “Hope he at least has energy for ITM.” According to Hendon Mob, Calden isn’t short on energy.
This veteran is used to playing poker often. He played regularly in West Palm Beach, often in $100-$300 tournaments. To understand Gene’s makeup, he has an incredible 35 ITMs in 2023 alone. The site has recorded 171 ITMs and his profit was $172,717 with a top prize of just $8,000.