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1981 World Series of Poker

1981 WSOP Overview
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The 1981 World Series of Poker started on May 7. The Main Event was scheduled to run for four days starting on May 19, the 13th event of the festival, an increase of one from 1980.

WSOP Schedule
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15/7$1,000Limit Draw High
25/8$600Mixed Doubles
35/9$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
45/10$1,000Seven-Card Stud
55/11$400Women's Seven-Card Stud
65/12$1,000Seven-Card Razz
75/13$1,000Seven-Card Stud Split
85/14$5,000Seven-Card Stud
95/15$2,500Ace-to-Five Draw
105/16$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
115/17$1,000Ace-to-Five Draw
125/18$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Draw
135/19$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

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

Main Event Final Hand
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Stu Ungar reaches heads up for the second consecutive WSOP Main Event, this time against Alaska's Perry Green. When the former fur trader Green moves all in with his straight draw on the flop, Ungar makes an easy call with his nut flush draw and two overcards.

Neither the turn nor the river helps Green, and Ungar improves to a pair of Queens to capture the 1981 championship for $375,000. He joins Johnny Moss and Doyle Brunson as the third player to win back-to-back titles in the WSOP's first dozen years.

For second place, Green receives $150,000, the largest cash of his career.

Stu Ungar
Perry Green

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 19 to May 22
Players75 (9 cashed)
WinnerStu Ungar ($375,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpPerry Green ($150,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyBobby Baldwin (7th, $15,000)
Money Bubble BoySam Moon (10th)
Last Champ StandingStu Ungar (1st, $375,000)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersUngar goes back-to-back at just 27 years old.

WSOP Wrapup
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Stu Ungar won his second consecutive Main Event, matching the feat of Doyle Brunson, whom he had defeated heads-up in 1980.

Johnny Moss won the $1,000 Seven-Card Stud Split for his eighth career bracelet and regained his title as the oldest player to win a bracelet just half a month before turning 74.

Chip Reese was named the "Most Valuable Player" for cashing five times, including third in the $2,500 Ace-to-Five Draw, fifth in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em, fifth in the $1,000 Ace-to-Five Draw, and fifth in the $1,000 Deuce-to-Seven Draw.

Seymour Liebowitz was named "Most Congenial Player" of the series by his peers.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$1,000Limit Draw HighEd Barmach$18,00036Hendon Link
2$600Mixed DoublesJuanda Matthews & Frank Cardone$15,60052Hendon Link
3$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmFredric David$96,000128Hendon Link
4$1,000Seven-Card StudSid Gammerman$52,000104Hendon Link
5$400Women's Seven-Card StudRuth Godfrey$17,60088Hendon Link
6$1,000Seven-Card RazzBruce Hershenson$34,50069Hendon Link
7$1,000Seven-Card Stud SplitJohnny Moss$33,50067Hendon Link
8$5,000Seven-Card StudA.J. Myers$67,50027Hendon Link
9$2,500Ace-to-Five DrawMickey Perry$46,25037Hendon Link
10$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmDody Roach$81,000162Hendon Link
11$1,000Ace-to-Five DrawGlen Rodgers$44,00088Hendon Link
12$10,000Deuce-to-Seven DrawStu Ungar$95,00019Hendon Link
13$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmStu Ungar$375,00075Hendon Link

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