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1983 World Series of Poker

1983 WSOP Overview
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The 1983 World Series of Poker started on April 21 with the $1,000 Razz. The Main Event was scheduled to run for four days starting on May 16, the 14th event of the festival, the same number as 1982.

Omaha made its WSOP debut as a $1,000 Limit event, replacing the $1,000 Limit Draw High tournament.

WSOP Schedule
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14/21$1,000Seven-Card Razz
24/23$1,000Limit Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
34/25$800Mixed Doubles
44/27$500Women's Limit Seven-Card Stud
54/29$1,000Limit Seven-Card Stud
65/1$5,000Limit Seven-Card Stud
75/3$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
85/5$2,500No-Limit Ace-to-Five Draw with Joker
95/6$1,000Limit Omaha
105/7$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
115/9$1,000Limit Hold 'Em
125/11$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
135/14$1,500Non-Professional No-Limit Hold 'Em
145/16$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Hand
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Tom McEvoy has overcome a 4-to-1 chip deficit during a then-record seven hours of heads-up play and looks down at 780,000 chips and a lovely pair of ladies. Rod Peate has 300,000 chips and a good starting hand, so he raises to 50,000, or just over three times the big blind. McEvoy reraises all in, and Peate makes a fairly obvious call.

When the board can only contribute a Jack to Peate's cause, he is out in second place for $216,000. McEvoy shouts, "All right!", twice and stands up on his chair to celebrate winning $540,000. He later states, "Winning the championship was the fulfillment of my dreams, the thrill of my life."

Tom McEvoy
Rod Peate

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 16 to May 20
Players108 (9 cashed)
WinnerTom McEvoy ($540,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpRod Peate ($216,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyJohn Jenkins III (7th, $21,600)
Money Bubble BoyCrandell Addington (10th)
Last Champ StandingDoyle Brunson (3rd, $108,000)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersMcEvoy first satellite winner to go all the way.

WSOP Wrapup
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Tom McEvoy won the $1,000 Limit Hold 'Em then became the first satellite qualifier to win the Main Event.

With his victory in the $5,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud for $110,000, Stu Ungar became the second player to surpass a million dollars in career WSOP winnings, moving into second place behind Doyle Brunson.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$1,000Seven-Card RazzJohn Lukas$43,00086Hendon Link
2$1,000Limit Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoArtie Cobb$52,000104Hendon Link
3$800Mixed DoublesJim Doman & Donna Doman$20,00025Hendon Link
4$500Women's Limit Seven-Card StudCarolyn Gardner$16,00064Hendon Link
5$1,000Limit Seven-Card StudKen Flaton$62,000124Hendon Link
6$5,000Limit Seven-Card StudStu Ungar$110,00044Hendon Link
7$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five DrawDon Todd$49,50099Hendon Link
8$2,500No-Limit Ace-to-Five Draw with JokerDavid Angel$46,25037Hendon Link
9$1,000Limit OmahaDavid Sklansky$25,50051Hendon Link
10$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawRichard Clayton$105,00021
11$1,000Limit Hold 'EmTom McEvoy$117,000234Hendon Link
12$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmBuster Jackson$124,000248Hendon Link
13$1,500Non-Professional No-Limit Hold 'EmDavid Baxter$145,500194Hendon Link
14$2,500Match PlayBerry Johnston$40,00032Hendon Link
15$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmTom McEvoy$540,000108Hendon Link

Both the WSOP and the Hendon Mob are missing the $10,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw. The May 15, 1983 issue of Poker Player Newspaper, page 12, gives the results as:

  1. Richard Clayton ($105,000)
  2. Jack Straus ($42,000)
  3. Gabe Kaplan ($31,500)
  4. Doyle Brunson ($21,000)
  5. Bobby Baldwin ($10,500)

This is a particularly significant result for Kaplan, as it puts him over two million dollars in career winnings (including non-WSOP tournaments).

Both web sites list the $2,500 Match Play tournament as an official bracelet event, while Poker Player Newspaper does not mention it in the published schedule or any reporting results. Berry Johnston won the event for $40,000 and his first bracelet out of a field of 32.

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