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1971 World Series of Poker

1971 WSOP Overview
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Los Angeles Times reporter Ted Thackrey complained at the end of the 1970 World Series of Poker that the event was too boring and that they should "make it a contest".1

Amarillo Slim Preston agreed and helped to convince the Binions to make the 1971 World Series of Poker a series of freezeout tournaments. Four limit games were chosen for the preliminary events -- Seven-Card Stud, Razz, Five-Card Stud, and Ace-to-Five Draw -- and No-Limit Hold 'Em was selected for the Main Event.

The 1971 World Series of Poker started on May 6 with the $1,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud. The Main Event was scheduled for May 10.

A stopwatch will be used to enforce a 60-second limit for each player's action.

WSOP Schedule
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15/4$5,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Various cash games are also planned. The best players in the different disciplines will be voted on at the awards banquet.

WSOP Main Event Final Hand
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Unfortunately, the final hand of the 1971 World Series of Poker Main Event was not recorded for posterity. Although some sources mistakenly list Johnny Moss's heads-up opponent as Puggy Pearson (likely confusing his runner-up finish in 1972), the actual runner-up was Jack Straus (sources: December 15, 1971 Amarillo Globe Times page 2, All In: The (Almost) Entirely True History of the World Series of Poker page 99, and Amarillo Slim in a World of Fat People page 158).

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 4 to May 5
Players6 (1 cashed)
WinnerJohnny Moss ($35,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpJack Straus ($0)
Money Bubble BoyJack Straus (2nd)
Last Champ StandingJohnny Moss (1st, $35,000)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity StandingN/A
In 50 CharactersMoss repeats by winning $5,000 buyin freezeout.

WSOP Wrapup
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Johnny Moss, then known as John Moss, won the $5,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em, which was the festival's only freezeout tournament [and later dubbed the Main Event].

After several days of cash games, including more Hold 'Em and Six-Card Stud, players were honored at the end-of-festival Poker Awards Banquet:

Each award winner received a loving cup. [* Moss's Low Ball, Boyd's Five-Card Stud, Pearson's Seven-Card Stud, and Casella's Razz awards are retroactively considered "bracelets", just as Moss's 1970 Best All-Around award is.]

WSOP Results

#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$5,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmJohnny Moss$35,0007Hendon Link

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