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1984 World Series of Poker

1984 WSOP Overview
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The 1984 World Series of Poker started on May 1 with the $1,000 No-Limit Hold 'Em. The Main Event was scheduled to run for four days starting on May 14, the 14th event of the festival, the same number as 1983.

WSOP Schedule
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14/23$1,000Seven-Card Razz
24/25$1,000Seven-Card Stud Split
34/27$500Women's Seven-Card Stud
44/29$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
54/30$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
65/1$1,000Seven-Card Stud
75/3$5,000Seven-Card Stud
85/5$1,000Pot-Limit Omaha
95/7$1,000Limit Hold 'Em
105/9$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
115/12$1,500Non-Professional No-Limit Hold 'Em
125/14$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em
135/19$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Casino Operators

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

Main Event Final Hand
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Byron Wolford, a former rodeo cowboy, tilts third-place finisher Jesse Alto by showing a big, multi-street bluff holding a completely useless Five-Three offsuit to take down a 200,000-chip pot. Unfortunately, Alto then loses his last 600,000 chips to Jack Keller, leaving Wolford way behind when heads-up action begins.

On the final hand, he flops a pair, which is enough to convince him to move all in. But Keller has pocket Tens, and they hold up for the victory.

Gentleman Jack collects $660,000 and the bracelet, while Cowboy takes home $264,000.

Jack Keller
Byron Wolford

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 14 to May 17
Players132 (9 cashed)
WinnerJack Keller ($660,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpByron Wolford ($264,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyMichael Allen (7th, $26,400)
Money Bubble Boyunknown (10th)
Last Champ Standingunknown (did not cash)
Last Woman StandingN/A
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersJesse Alto leads 3-way until Byron Wolford bluff.

WSOP Wrapup
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Dewey Tomko ($10,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven and $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha) and Jack Keller ($5,000 Seven-Card Stud and the Main Event) both won two tournaments.

The $1,000 Limit Hold 'Em became the first WSOP event with over 250 players, with Bob Martinez outlasting a field of 270.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$1,000Seven-Card RazzMike Hart$40,00080Hendon Link
2$1,000Seven-Card Stud SplitNorman Berliner$50,000120Hendon Link
3$500Women's Seven-Card StudKaren Wolfson$15,50062Hendon Link
4$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five DrawPaul Fontaine$54,500109Hendon Link
5$10,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawDewey Tomko$105,00021Hendon Link
6$1,000Seven-Card StudMike Schneiberg$66,000132Hendon Link
7$5,000Seven-Card StudJack Keller$137,50055Hendon Link
8$1,000Pot-Limit OmahaWilliam Bennett$84,000168Hendon Link
9$1,000Limit Hold 'EmBob Martinez$135,000270Hendon Link
10$1,000No-Limit Hold 'EmDick Albano$117,000234Hendon Link
11$1,500Non-Professional No-Limit Hold 'EmTodd Baur$133,500178Hendon Link
12$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmJack Keller$660,000132Hendon Link
13$5,000Pot-Limit OmahaDewey Tomko$135,00045Hendon Link
14$1,000No-Limit Hold 'Em Casino OperatorsSandy Stupak$14,00014

The $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha was not in the original schedule.

The Casino Operators tournament may or may not have been a bracelet event. Hendon doesn't recognize it, while the WSOP does, likely because the winner was the wife of casino owner Bob Stupak. The May 28, 1984 Poker Player Newspaper, page 14, referred to it as "the special casino operators game".

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