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1978 World Series of Poker

1978 WSOP Overview
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The 1978 World Series of Poker started on April 25 with the $5,000 Limit Draw High. The Main Event was scheduled to start on May 16, the 11th event of the festival, a drop of two from 1977.

WSOP Schedule
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14/25$5,000Limit Draw High
24/27$1,000Ace-to-Five Draw
34/29$1,000Seven-Card Razz
45/1$1,000Seven-Card Stud Split
55/3$500Seven-Card Stud
65/5$5,000Seven-Card Stud
75/7$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Draw
85/11$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
95/13$200Women's Seven-Card Stud
105/14$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
115/16$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

A $5,000 Pot-Limit Five-Card Stud event using a 32-card deck originally scheduled to start on May 9 was cancelled.

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

1stBobby Baldwin$210,000
2ndCrandell Addington$84,000
3rdLouis Hunsucker$63,000
4thBuck Buchanan$42,000
5thJesse Alto$21,000
6thKen Smith$0

Main Event Final Hand
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After Crandell Addington raises pre-flop, Bobby Baldwin shoves, and Addington calls to find out that he is way behind.

When both players hit a set on the flop, the Texan is down to a single out, the case Nine, which fails to appear on the turn or river.

Baldwin wins $210,000 for first place, but 1978 is the first time more than one place is paid, so Addington doesn't go home empty-handed, earning $84,000 for second place.

Louis Hunsucker won $63,000 for third, Buck Buchanan $42,000 for fourth, and Jesse Alto $21,000 for fifth.

Bobby Baldwin
Crandell Addington

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 17 to May 19
Players42 (5 cashed)
WinnerBobby Baldwin ($210,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpCrandell Addington ($84,000)
Money Bubble BoyKen Smith (6th)
Last Champ Standingunknown (did not cash)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity StandingN/A
In 50 CharactersBaldwin wins $210,000 as 5 places are paid.

WSOP Wrapup
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Gary Berland won two bracelets, in the $1,000 Seven-Card Razz and the $500 Seven-Card Stud.

Lakewood Louie won the inaugural Five-Card Draw tournament, turning a $5,000 entry fee into $21,000.

Doyle Brunson won the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud for his fifth career bracelet to trail Johnny Moss by only one.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$5,000Limit Draw HighLakewood Louie$21,0007Hendon Link
2$1,000Ace-to-Five DrawHenry Young$19,20032Hendon Link
3$1,000Seven-Card RazzGary Berland$19,20032Hendon Link
4$1,000Seven-Card Stud SplitDavid Reese$19,20032Hendon Link
5$500Seven-Card StudGary Berland$17,10057Hendon Link
6$5,000Seven-Card StudDoyle Brunson$69,00023Hendon Link
7$10,000Deuce-to-Seven DrawBilly Baxter$90,00015Hendon Link
8$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmHans Lund$46,80052Hendon Link
9$200Women's Seven-Card StudTerry King$10,08084Hendon Link
10$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmAubrey Day$42,60071Hendon Link
11$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmBobby Baldwin$210,00042Hendon Link

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