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1976 World Series of Poker

1976 WSOP Overview
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The 1976 World Series of Poker started on May 3. The Main Event was scheduled for May 10, the eighth event of the festival, an increase of three from 1975.

WSOP Schedule
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15/3$500Seven-Card Stud
25/5$5,000Seven-Card Stud
35/6$1,000Seven-Card Stud Split
45/7$2,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
55/8$5,000Deuce-to-Seven Draw
65/11$1,000Ace-to-Five Draw
75/12$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
85/14$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

A $1,000 Limit Razz tournament was probably scheduled but cancelled.

Except for the Main Event, the exact dates and order of events is unknown.

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

1stDoyle Brunson$220,000
2ndJesse Alto
3rdTommy Hufnagle
4thCrandell Addington
5thBob Hooks

Main Event Final Hand
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Doyle Brunson is behind when heads-up play begins but works his way to the chip lead.

Brunson calls a small bet on the flop then shoves all-in when the turn gives him two pairs. But Jesse Alto has flopped top two, and Texas Dolly is down to four outs.

The miracle Ten of diamonds hits on the river, giving Brunson a winning full house, $220,000, and his first WSOP bracelet (the first year that winners actually receive the fabled jewelry).

Alto eventually also finishes 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th in the Main Event but never wins.

Doyle Brunson
Jesse Alto

Main Event Summary
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DateMay 10
Players22 (1 cashed)
WinnerDoyle Brunson ($220,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpJesse Alto ($0)
Money Bubble BoyJesse Alto (2nd)
Last Champ Standingunknown (did not cash)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity StandingN/A
In 50 CharactersBrunson runner-runner upends Alto's two pairs.

WSOP Wrapup
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Doyle Brunson won both the $5,000 Deuce-to-Seven Draw and the Main Event for his first and second bracelets, while Johnny Moss increased his career record to six by winning the $500 Seven-Card Stud.

Howard Andrew won $1,000 and $2,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em events.

Walter Smiley became the first African American to win a WSOP bracelet by capturing the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$500Seven-Card StudJohnny Moss$13,00052Hendon Link
2$5,000Seven-Card StudWalter Smiley$35,00011Hendon Link
3$1,000Seven-Card Stud SplitDoc Green$12,75017Hendon Link
4$2,500No-Limit Hold 'EmHoward Andrew$24,00025Hendon Link
5$5,000Deuce-to-Seven DrawDoyle Brunson$90,25026Hendon Link
6$1,000Ace-to-Five DrawPerry Green$68,30080Hendon Link
7$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmHoward Andrew$28,00056Hendon Link
8$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmDoyle Brunson$220,00022Hendon Link

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