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1973 World Series of Poker

1973 WSOP Overview
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The 1973 World Series of Poker started on May 12 with the $4,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud. The Main Event was scheduled to run for two days starting on May 18, the seventh event of the festival, an increase of five from 1972.

WSOP Schedule
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#StartBuyinEvent
15/12$4,000Limit Seven-Card Stud
25/13$1,000Limit Razz
35/14$3,000Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
45/15$10,000Limit Five-Card Stud
55/16$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
65/17$3,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
75/18$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

FinishPlayerPrize
1stPuggy Pearson$130,000
2ndJohnny Moss
3rdJack Straus
4thBobby Brazil
5thBob Hooks
6thSailor Roberts

Main Event Final Hand
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Johnny Moss starts heads-up play with the chip lead, having doubled up through Puggy Pearson before eliminating Jack Straus in third place.

Pearson works his way back and has about three-fourths of the chips before the final hand.

With an open-ended straight draw, Moss pushes all in on the flop, and Pearson makes the right call as his Ace-high holds up.

Because of the winner-take-all format, Moss leaves empty-handed, while Pearson wins $130,000 after 19 hours of play.

Puggy PearsonA♠7♠Ace-high
Q♣T♠2♣6♦5♥
Johnny MossK♥J♠King-high

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 18 to May 20
Players13 (1 cashed)
WinnerPuggy Pearson ($130,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpJohnny Moss ($0)
Money Bubble BoyJohnny Moss (2nd)
Last Champ StandingJohnny Moss (did not cash)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity StandingN/A
In 50 CharactersPearson gets heads-up again but wins this time.

WSOP Wrapup
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With Puggy Pearson's second bracelet of the year, he tied Bill Boyd, who won the $10,000 Five-Card Stud and Johnny Moss for the career lead with three. Pearson then took sole possession of first by winning the Main Event for his fourth.

Puggy Pearson became the first player to win three events in one WSOP, impressively taking home over two-thirds of the entire festival's prize money.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$4,000Limit Seven-Card StudPuggy Pearson$28,0008Hendon Link
2$1,000Limit RazzSam Angel$32,00032Hendon Link
3$3,000Limit Ace-to-Five DrawJoe Bernstein$21,0007Hendon Link
4$10,000Limit Five-Card StudBill Boyd$10,0001Hendon Link
5$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmPuggy Pearson$17,00017Hendon Link
6$3,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawAubrey Day & Jack Straus (chop)$16,50011Hendon Link
7$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmPuggy Pearson$130,00013Hendon Link

The $3,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw resulted in the only official chop in WSOP history. The New York Times said on page 39 of its May 19, 1973 edition, "The two men [Aubrey Day and Jack Straus] finally decided to call it a tie at 9 a.m. yesterday morning after about 20 hours of head-to‐head play with about $18,000 each so that Straus could get some sleep before going into the final."

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