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1982 World Series of Poker

1982 WSOP Overview
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The 1982 World Series of Poker started on May 9. The Main Event was scheduled to run for four days starting on May 22, the 14th event of the festival, an increase of one from 1981.

Looking for more players just before the Main Event, Eric Drache spotted a table of cash game players with about $10,000 in front of them and created the first satellite tournament. The concept would significantly contribute to the growth of the WSOP. Satellites spread from the Horseshoe to casinos elsewhere in Las Vegas then around the country then worldwide and eventually to Internet poker sites.

WSOP Schedule
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#StartBuyinEvent
15/9$2,500Ace-to-Five Draw
25/10$10,000Deuce-to-Seven Draw
35/11$1,000Seven-Card Stud Split
45/12$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
55/13$500Women's Seven-Card Stud
65/14$1,000Seven-Card Razz
75/15$800Mixed Doubles
85/16$1,500Non-Professional No-Limit Hold 'Em
95/17$1,000Limit Hold 'Em
105/18$5,000Seven-Card Stud
115/19$1,000Ace-to-Five Draw
125/20$1,000Limit Draw High
135/21$1,000Seven-Card Stud
145/22$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

FinishPlayerPrize
1stJack Straus$520,000
2ndDewey Tomko$208,000
3rdBerry Johnston$104,000
4thDoyle Brunson$52,000
5thA.J. Myers$52,000
6thDody Roach$41,600
7thBuster Jackson$20,800
8thSailor Roberts$20,800
9thCarl Cannon$20,800

Main Event Final Hand
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Jack Straus and Dewey Tomko get all the chips in the middle preflop, leaving the former almost a 2-to-1 favorite to win the hand and the tournament. When a four arrives on the flop, however, the tables are turned, with Tomko becoming a 4-to-1 favorite. The turn leaves Straus drawing to just three outs, but the Ten on the river rescues him.

Straus, who captured his only other bracelet in an unprecedented $3,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw chop with Aubrey Day nine years earlier, wins $520,000 for the victory.

The former kindergarten teacher Tomko, who takes home $208,000 for second, is denied his second bracelet but will go on to win two more.

Jack Straus
A♥T♠
Dewey Tomko
A♦4♦
Board
7♦5♠4♠Q♣T♣

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 10 to May 13
Players104 (9 cashed)
WinnerJack Straus ($520,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpDewey Tomko ($208,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyBuster Jackson (7th, $20,800)
Money Bubble Boyunknown (10th)
Last Champ StandingDoyle Brunson (4th, $52,000)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersStraus recovers from a single $500 chip on Day 2.

WSOP Wrapup
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Vera Richmond captured the $1,000 Ace-to-Five Draw over 76 opponents to became the first woman to win any WSOP event besides the Ladies Championship and the Mixed Doubles.

With his third-place finish in the $2,500 Ace-to-Five Draw for $14,625, Doyle Brunson became the first player to surpass a million dollars in career WSOP winnings.

Billy Baxter ($2,500 No-Limit Ace-to-Five Draw and $10,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw) and David Sklansky ($800 Mixed Doubles with Dani Kelly and $1,000 Limit Draw High) both won two bracelets. Baxter's wins were in consecutive events.

Don Williams won the $1,000 Seven-Card Stud for $56,000 just a week after getting married.

The $1,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em became the first WSOP event to top 200 players, eking past by the milestone by two.

During the Main Event, Jack Straus thought he had moved all in, lost the pot, and was preparing to leave when he discovered a single $500 chip stuck between the rail and the felt. Thus was born the phrase, "a chip and a chair".

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$2,500Ace-to-Five DrawBilly Baxter$48,75039Hendon Link
2$10,000Deuce-to-Seven DrawBilly Baxter$95,00019Hendon Link
3$1,000Seven-Card Stud SplitTom Cress$44,00088Hendon Link
4$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmJim Doman$96,000192Hendon Link
5$500Women's Seven-Card StudJune Field$16,00064Hendon Link
6$1,000Seven-Card RazzNick Helm$40,00080Hendon Link
7$800Mixed DoublesDani Kelly & David Sklansky$17,60022Hendon Link
8$1,500Non-Professional No-Limit Hold 'EmRalph Morton$123,000164Hendon Link
9$1,000Limit Hold 'EmJohn Paquette$101,000202Hendon Link
10$5,000Seven-Card StudChip Reese$92,50037Hendon Link
11$1,000Ace-to-Five DrawVera Richmond$38,50077Hendon Link
12$1,000Limit Draw HighDavid Sklansky$15,50031Hendon Link
13$1,000Seven-Card StudDon Williams$56,000112Hendon Link
14$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmJack Straus$520,000104Hendon Link

No foreigner had cashed in any World Series of Poker event until 1982, when England (Barry Clayton), Greece (Dennis Zervos), and the Philippines (Noli Francisco) all made the money.

Further Reading
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