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Elder Statesmen Leaving Their Mark on the 2013 WSOP

The 2013 World Series of Poker has seen plenty of young guns make their presence felt at the poker tables at the Rio, with names like Taylor Paur, Matt Waxman, Mark Radoja, and Martin Finger winning bracelets, but the 2013 WSOP has also seen the reemergence of some of the game’s elder statesmen, as names like TJ Cloutier, Perry Green, and David Chiu are finding their way into Day 3 discussions.

Here is a look at some of the performances that have been turned in by “older” players at the 2013 WSOP:

TJ Cloutier

TJ hasn’t made any final tables at the 2013 WSOP, but he has cashed twice in just four events (he bubbled the $5k NLHE tournament last night) including a 13th place finish in a $1,500 NLHE tournament when his AK couldn’t catch-up to his opponent’s QQ.

The 73 year-old 6-time bracelet winner is approaching $10 million in career tournament earnings, and considering his recent WSOP performances, TJ doesn’t seem to be ready to hang it up just yet.

TJ also provided Cardplayer Magazine with one of the most candid interviews you’ll likely see this side of Daniel Negreanu: http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/15760-t-j-cloutier-to-hell-with-them-who-make-fun-of-my-craps-play

Perry Green

Like Cloutier, Green is another poker-playing septuagenarian, and like Cloutier it doesn’t seem like Green is going to be giving up competing at the highest level anytime soon. Best known for his runner-up finish to Stu Ungar in the 1981 WSOP Main Event (Green also made the 1991 final table) Green has been compiling an impressive list of poker accomplishments over the past 35 years.

Last night the 3-Time bracelet winner finished in 9th place in the PLO8 tournament; an impressive feat when you consider that the format was invented during the online poker era.

Tom Schneider

Schneider may be in his 50’s, but the former WSOP Player of the Year got his start in poker during the Poker Boom years, which may account for his success. So far at the 2013 WSOP Schneider has added two bracelets to his tally (giving him four for his career) and has cashed six times.

Schneider is now in the running for another WSOP Player of the Year award (which would make him the first player to win the award twice) but will have to overtake another former WSOP POY in Daniel Negreanu for the honor.

Barry Greenstein

Greenstein has three cashes at the 2013 WSOP, including his latest cash, a 3rd place showing in the PLO8 tournament (the same event Perry Green was eliminated in 9th place from. Greenstein also finished 11th in a $1,500 NLHE tournament, as he seeks bracelet #4.

The Poker Hall of Famer has been quiet in the past few years, with his last WSOP victory coming back in 2008.

David Chiu

Chiu’s poker results have been sneaky good over the years: Five WSOP bracelets, WPT Champion, $7.6 million in career tournament earnings, 1999 Tournament of Champions winner (the first ever).

So far the 2013 WSOP has been very good for David Chiu. The likely future Hall of Famer picked-up WSOP bracelet #5 in the $2,500 Seven-Card-Stud tournament and has cashed three times at the series.

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