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1979 World Series of Poker

1979 WSOP Overview
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The 1979 World Series of Poker started on May 11. The Main Event was scheduled to run for three days starting on May 22, the 12th event of the festival, an increase of one from 1978.

A Mixed Doubles tournament was added, with each female-male team buying in for $600 with a $15 entry fee.

WSOP Schedule
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15/11$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Draw
25/12$500Seven-Card Stud
35/13$1,000Seven-Card Stud Split
45/15$600Mixed Doubles
55/15$400Women's Seven-Card Stud
65/16$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
75/17$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
85/18$2,000Limit Draw High
95/19$1,000Seven-Card Razz
105/20$5,000Seven-Card Stud
115/21$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
125/22$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

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

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

1stHal Fowler$270,000
2ndBobby Hoff$108,000
3rdGeorge Huber$81,000
4thSam Moon$54,000
5thJohnny Moss$27,000
6thSam Petrillo$0

Main Event Final Hand
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Two Californians face each other for the 1979 championship. Hal Fowler, a businessman, doubles up twice to take a large chip lead. Bobby Hoff, a poker pro, works his way back to almost even then looks down at pocket rockets. The amateur calls a pre-flop raise with a marginal hand and a flop bet with just an inside straight draw.

When the turn gave Fowler a straight, he not only cracks Hoff's Aces, but gains revenge for the pro's knocking him out of the previous year's Main Event.

Fowler takes home $270,000 for his only WSOP cash, while Hoff wins $108,000 for the first of his four deep Main Event runs.

Hal Fowler
Bobby Hoff

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 22 to May 25
Players54 (5 cashed)
WinnerHal Fowler ($270,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpBobby Hoff ($108,000)
Money Bubble BoySam Petrillo (6th)
Last Champ StandingJohnny Moss (5th, $27,000)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity StandingN/A
In 50 CharactersFowler becomes first non-pro to win Main Event.

WSOP Wrapup
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Bobby Baldwin followed up his 1978 Main Event win with his second bracelet in the $10,000 Deuce-to-Seven Draw.

Gary Berland won two bracelets for the second consecutive year, to tie Doyle Brunson with five bracelets, one behind Johnny Moss, before the latter won the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud to open his lead back up to two.

Lakewood Louie also took home two titles, the $1,000 Ace-to-Five Draw and the $2,000 Five-Card Draw.

Both Berland's and Louie's bracelets were won in consecutive events.

The WSOP held its first team event, the Mixed Doubles won by Starla Brodie and Doyle Brunson.

The Poker Hall of Fame opened with seven inductees: Johnny Moss, Nick Dandolos, Felton McCorquodale, Red Winn, Sid Wyman, James Butler Hickok, and Edmond Hoyle.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$10,000Deuce-to-Seven DrawBobby Baldwin$90,00015Hendon Link
2$500Seven-Card StudGary Berland$24,00080Hendon Link
3$1,000Seven-Card Stud SplitGary Berland$20,40034Hendon Link
4$600Mixed DoublesStarla Brodie & Doyle Brunson$9,00025Hendon Link
5$400Women's Seven-Card StudBarbara Freer$12,72053Hendon Link
6$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmPerry Green$76,50085Hendon Link
7$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five DrawLakewood Louie$22,20037Hendon Link
8$2,000Limit Draw HighLakewood Louie$24,00019Hendon Link
9$1,000Seven-Card RazzSam Mastrogiannis$22,20037Hendon Link
10$5,000Seven-Card StudJohnny Moss$48,00016Hendon Link
11$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmDewey Tomko$48,00097Hendon Link
12$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmHal Fowler$270,00054Hendon Link

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