A 71-year-old Hartselle man now has a new bracelet and more than a quarter of a million dollars after winning a poker tournament in Las Vegas.
Herbert Tapscott officially won at 3:30 Monday morning at a World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournament.
Tapscott beat out hundreds of other players in a three-day tournament, earning him a handsome payout and prestigious piece of jewelry.
The WSOP called it the largest Omaha High-Low Split Tournament in history, starting out with nearly 1,000 players Friday night.
"This has been my luckiest year," said Tapscott over the phone from Las Vegas.
He was playing at the Rio casino.
Tapscott says he's been playing poker since 1961 and competing in tournaments since 2000. He says his goal has always been making the final table.
"I'm pretty passive up until the final table, then I get real aggressive," Tapscott said of his strategy.
By Monday morning, he says he beat out 966 other players with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of skill.
"A little discipline, and patience and position at the table," Tapscott said.
And the $1,500 buy-in led to much more than a handsome payout.
Tapscott earned a highly-coveted diamond-studded gold WSOP bracelet.
"Any poker player that plays the WSOP would give their right arm for a bracelet," said Tapscott.
He also beat the odds of age, since sports experts say the average age of WSOP bracelet winners last year was 28.
Tapscott says he thrives on the long, intense hours of competitive play.
"I love to compete with these 21, 28, 29 year old kids and they're super good poker players too, but they think they've got us old folks put to bed, but we're not dead yet," he said.
Tapscott added he's already signed up for another tournament starting Tuesday.
He's a financier, private pilot, and father of four.
His wife says she stayed home to babysit their dogs.
Tapscott says he'll share his $264,400 prize with her.