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1986 World Series of Poker

1986 WSOP Overview
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The 1986 World Series of Poker started on May 10 with the $1,000 Limit Omaha. The Main Event was scheduled to run for three days starting on May 21, the 12th event of the festival, a decrease of two from 1985.

The schedule featured the first three rebuy events in WSOP history, the $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, the $5,000 No-Limit Ace to 5 Draw with Joker, and the $5,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw. Rebuy events would dot the schedule every year until 2008.

The percentage of the field making the money was increased for most events, with the Main Event getting the largest boost from paying nine places (about one-sixteenth of the field) to 36 (about one-fourth).

WSOP Schedule
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15/1$1,000Seven-Card Razz
25/3$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
35/5$1,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo
45/7$1,000Seven-Card Stud
55/9$5,000Seven-Card Stud
65/10$500Women's Seven-Card Stud
75/11$5,000No-Limit Ace to 5 Draw with Joker
85/12$1,000Limit Omaha
95/14$2,500Pot-Limit Omaha
105/15$1,500Limit Hold 'Em
115/17$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
125/18$5,000No-Limit Deuce-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.

The $5,000 No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven was not on the original schedule.

Main Event Final Table
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Final Table Results

1stBerry Johnston$570,000
2ndMike Harthcock$228,000
3rdGary Berland$114,000
4thJesse Alto$62,700
5thBill Smith$51,300
6thRoger Moore$39,900
7thSteve Lott$34,200
8thJim Doman$22,800
9thTom Jacobs$17,100

Main Event Final Hand
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Berry Johnston finished third in the Main Event in both 1982 and 1985, but this time he knocks out Gary Berland in third place to take a commanding chip lead into heads-up play. When Mike Harthcock deems his medium suited Ace strong enough to get it all in preflop, Johnston watches the board fill with harmless undercards to win the title.

His $570,000 prize is $130,000 less than the previous year's winner though, as the tournament pays 36 players for the first time instead of just nine despite the field increasing by only one player.

Harthcock, also known as Mike Hart, takes home $228,000, $52,000 less than the previous year's runner-up.

Berry Johnston
Mike Harthcock

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 12 to May 15
Players141 (36 cashed)
WinnerBerry Johnston ($570,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpMike Harthcock ($228,000)
Final Table Bubble BoySteve Lott (7th, $34,200)
Money Bubble Boyunknown (37th)
Last Champ StandingBill Smith (5th, $51,300)
Last Woman StandingWendeen Eolis (25th, $10,000)
Last Celebrity StandingGabe Kaplan (21st, $10,000)
In 50 CharactersJohnston prevails but smaller prize as 36 paid.

WSOP Wrapup
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Sam Mastrogiannis won back-to-back Seven-Card Stud events, converting a $1,000 buyin into $78,400 and a $5,000 buyin into $80,000.

Alma McClelland1 placed second in the $1,000 Seven-Card Razz, the first-ever runner-up finish by a woman in an open event.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$1,000Seven-Card RazzTom McEvoy$52,400131Hendon Link
2$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five DrawJ.B. Randall$69,200173Hendon Link
3$1,000Seven-Card Stud Hi/LoTommy Fischer$73,600184Hendon Link
4$1,000Seven-Card StudSam Mastrogiannis$78,400196Hendon Link
5$5,000Seven-Card StudSam Mastrogiannis$80,00040Hendon Link
6$500Women's Seven-Card StudBarbara Enright$16,40082Hendon Link
7$5,000No-Limit Ace to 5 Draw with JokerMike Cox$118,00059Hendon Link
8$1,000Limit OmahaJim Allen$48,400121Hendon Link
9$2,500Pot-Limit OmahaDavid Baxter$127,000127Hendon Link
10$1,500Limit Hold 'EmJay Heimowitz$175,800320Hendon Link
11$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmHamid Dastmalchi$165,000302Hendon Link
12$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawRon Graham$142,00071Hendon Link
13$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmBerry Johnston$570,000141Hendon Link

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