The World Series of Poker $1,000 Super Seniors Event wrapped up late Tuesday and against all odd James Moore defended his title from last year and took down the event for second year in a row for $259,230.

“I’m shell-shocked at this point,” Moore said after the grueling final table – which lasted 288 hands. “Once we got to even in chips, that’s when I began to feel more confident.”

“I went with my reads. I felt he was weak and I check-raised all in,” Moore said about the heads-up match. “I took big chances; I had to.”

“I tried to stay positive, but it was very tough and I had so few chips,” he said. “That was a lucky, lucky run.”

The radiologist from Philadelphia didn’t get his first taste of WSOP success until 2013 at 62 years-old when he cashed in the Seniors Championship. He qualified for the Super Seniors for the first time last year, 65 years or older, and took it down for $230,626.

At an age where retirement looks to be the next step, Moore earned nearly half a million dollars in three cashes. He did confirm he’ll return in 2018 to defend his back-to-back wins but any other events are up in the air. “I’m not sure if I will play any other events other than those two ,” he said. “I want to be described as someone with a deep understanding of the fundamentals of the game.”

The event drew 1,720 entrants having it scheduled to follow the massive 5,389-entrant Seniors Championship with 7,109 mostly recreational players combined. Moore bested a total of 3,196 players in his two bracelet wins.

Veronica Daly earned her second WSOP cash. (Photo: PokerPhotoArchive.com)
Veronica Daly was the last woman standing in fourth place and Ken “Teach” Aldridge earned his 23rd WSOP cash and fourth final table.

Final Table Payouts

1. James Moore – $259,230
2. Kerry Goldberg – $160,120
3. John Isler – $115,357
4. Veronica Daly – $84,005
5. Ken Aldridge – $61,842
6. Darrell Ticehurst – $46,029
7. David Smith – $34,631
8. Daniel Favreau – $26,365
9. Terry Stuhldreher – $20,296