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1972 World Series of Poker

1972 WSOP Overview
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The 1972 World Series of Poker will start on May 13 with a variety of cash games. The $5,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em Main Event will begin on May 17 with Benny Binion sweetening the prize pool with an extra $5,000 per player.

WSOP Schedule
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#StartBuyinEvent
15/15$5,000Limit Five-Card Stud
25/17$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

The Main Event buyin is actually only $5,000, with Benny Binion adding another $5,000 per player to the prize pool.

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrize
1stAmarillo Slim Preston$80,000
2ndPuggy Pearson
3rdDoyle Brunson
4thCrandell Addington
5thJack Straus
6thJohnny Moss

Main Event Final Hand
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All of the chips go in on the flop, with Puggy Pearson's two pairs badly trailing Amarillo Slim Preston's and needing one of the two remaining Sixes.

The Eight on the turn gives Pearson another small glimmer of hope as the case Eight will chop, but the river is a blank, and Amarillo Slim becomes the new champ.

His appearances on talk shows afterwards greatly popularize poker.

Amarillo Slim Preston
K♥J♣
Puggy Pearson
Board
K♦

Note: the suits other than the three face cards are unknown.1

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 17 to May 18
Players8 (1 cashed)
WinnerAmarillo Slim Preston ($80,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpPuggy Pearson ($0)
Money Bubble BoyPuggy Pearson (2nd)
Last Champ StandingJohnny Moss (did not cash)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity StandingN/A
In 50 CharactersPreston wins $80,000 (Binion added $40,000).

WSOP Wrapup
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The World Series of Poker concluded with an awards banquet on May 18 in the Horseshoe Club dining room.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$5,000Limit Five-Card StudBill Boyd$20,0008Hendon Link
2$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmAmarillo Slim Preston$80,0008Hendon Link

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