Barbara Freer Becomes First Woman to Play in WSOP Main Event The El Cajon, California saloon owner survives until late on Day 2, outlasting over half of the field to finish 18th of 42 players.
Gabe Kaplan Becomes First Celebrity to Play in WSOP Main Event Busts after only four hours after claiming he just learned how to play Hold 'Em.
Bobby Baldwin Wins 1978 WSOP Main Event Defeats field of 42, including Crandell Addington heads up, for $210,000 and third bracelet as he becomes youngest Main Event champion at age 28. Tournament is first WSOP bracelet event to pay five places at CBS's request (the television network wanted to prevent secret deals).
$10,000 Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em (Event #11, began 5/16)
Sid Wyman d. 1978 [age 68] (b. 6/1/1910) 1974 WSOP Main Event 5th place (not paid). High-stakes player who owned the Sands, Riviera, Royal Nevada, and Dunes casinos. Voted "Most Respected Player" at the 1974 WSOP, where he finished 3rd in the $10,000 Seven-Card Stud. Poker Hall of Fame 1979. Wikipedia | WSOP.com | Hendon
Robert Mizrachi , b. Sunny Isles Beach, FL Four bracelets: 2007 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha ($768,889), 2014 $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Max ($147,092), 2015 $1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo ($251,022), & 2016 $10,000 Seven-Card Stud ($242,662). Wikipedia | WSOP.com | Hendon
Antonio Esfandiari , b. Tehran, Iran as Amir Esfandiari Three bracelets: 2004 $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold 'Em ($184,860), 2012 Big One for One Drop ($18,346,673; biggest WSOP prize ever), & 2012 WSOP Europe €1,100 No-Limit Hold 'Em (€126,207). Wikipedia | WSOP.com | Hendon
Brandon Adams , b. New Orleans, LA as George Brandon Adams Won 2019 Online $3,200 No-Limit Hold 'Em High Roller ($411,561). Published Broke: "A Poker Novel" in 2008. Numerous television appearances on "High Stakes Poker" and "Poker After Dark". Wikipedia | WSOP.com | Hendon
"The Gambler" Reaches Number One on Billboard Country Chart Kenny Roger's song would stay there three weeks, cross over to reach #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and win songwriter Don Schlitz a Grammy for Best Country Song. Rogers would sing the hit live at the 1979 WSOP, with CBS featuring it on its broadcast.