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1980 World Series of Poker

1980 WSOP Overview
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The 1980 World Series of Poker started on May 6. The Main Event was scheduled to run for six days starting on May 17, the 12th event of the festival, the same number as 1979.

WSOP Schedule
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15/6$500Seven-Card Stud
25/7$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
35/8$2,000Limit Draw High
45/9$400Women's Seven-Card Stud
55/10$5,000Seven-Card Stud
65/11$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Draw With Rebuys
75/12$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
85/13$1,000Ace-to-Five Draw
95/14$600Mixed Doubles
105/15$1,000Seven-Card Stud Split
115/16$1,000Seven-Card Razz
125/17$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

1stStu Ungar$365,000
2ndDoyle Brunson$146,000
3rdJay Heimowitz$109,500
4thJohnny Moss$73,000
5thCharles Dunwoody$36,500
6thGabe Kaplan$0

Main Event Final Hand
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When Stu Ungar reaches heads-up play against the Texan who is old enough to be his father, Jack Binion dumps over $500,000 in wads of bills on the table, beginning a tradition of displaying the prize money at the end of the WSOP Main Event.

The Kid calls Doyle Brunson's preflop raise, flops an inside straight draw, and calls a pot-sized bet. Ungar hits his four-outer on the turn, while Brunson fails to hit his own four-outer on the river after all the chips go in.

Ungar becomes $375,000 richer and is the youngest WSOP Main Event champion at age 26. Brunson collects $146,000.

Stu Ungar
Doyle Brunson

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 19 to May 22
Players73 (5 cashed)
WinnerStu Ungar ($365,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpDoyle Brunson ($146,000)
Money Bubble BoyGabe Kaplan (6th)
Last Champ StandingDoyle Brunson (2nd, $146,000)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity StandingGabe Kaplan (6th) (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersUngar wins after nobody will play him in gin.

WSOP Wrapup
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Johnny Hale was named the "Most Valuable Player" for coming in second in the $1,000 Ace-to-Five Draw, third in the $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Split, and third in the $1,000 Razz, while also finishing fourth in the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud and fifth in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold 'Em.

Debby Callihan ($400 Women's Seven-Card Stud) and her father-in-law Pat Callihan ($2,000 Limit Draw High) both won bracelets.

The $500 Seven-Card Stud became the first WSOP tournament with more than 100 players, as Bobby Schwing overcame a field of 176 to collect $52,800.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$500Seven-Card StudBobby Schwing$52,800176Hendon Link
2$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmRobert Bone$69,000138Hendon Link
3$2,000Limit Draw HighPat Callihan$15,60013Hendon Link
4$400Women's Seven-Card StudDebby Callihan$14,88062Hendon Link
5$5,000Seven-Card StudPeet Chris$90,00030Hendon Link
6$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Draw With RebuysSarge Ferris$150,00025Hendon Link
7$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmGene Fisher$113,400126Hendon Link
8$1,000Ace-to-Five DrawJim Fugatti$36,60061Hendon Link
9$600Mixed DoublesLynn Harvey & A.J. Myers$14,76041Hendon Link
10$1,000Seven-Card Stud SplitMickey Appleman$30,60051Hendon Link
11$1,000Seven-Card RazzLakewood Louie$33,60056Hendon Link
12$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmStu Ungar$365,00073Hendon Link

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