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1987 World Series of Poker

1987 WSOP Overview
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The 1987 World Series of Poker started on May 1. The Main Event was scheduled to run for six days starting on May 12, the 12th event of the festival, the same number as 1986.

WSOP Schedule
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14/30$1,000Seven-Card Razz
25/2$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
35/4$1,000Seven-Card Stud Split
45/6$1,000Seven-Card Stud
55/8$5,000Seven-Card Stud
65/9$500Women's Seven-Card Stud
75/10$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
85/11$1,000Limit Omaha
95/13$2,500Pot-Limit Omaha
105/14$1,500Limit Hold 'Em
115/16$1,500No-Limit Hold 'Em
125/18$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Hand
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Frank Henderson recovered from being in last place of the final 24 players but is still far behind when the final hand begins. Holding a decent Ace, Johnny Chan raises to 60,000, Henderson reraises all in to 240,000, and Chan calls. Holding pocket Fours, Henderson is a slight favorite against Chan's two overcards. The flop increases his lead to 5-to-2, and the turn reduces his opponent to just six outs.

Chan will still hold a more than two-to-one chip lead if he loses the hand, but the river pairs him for $625,000, the world championship title, and a second career bracelet. Henderson collects a quarter-million dollars for his third cash of the 1987 WSOP.

Johnny Chan
Frank Henderson

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 12 to May 17
Players152 (36 cashed)
WinnerJohnny Chan ($625,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpFrank Henderson ($250,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyEldon Elias (7th, $37,500)
Money Bubble Boyunknown (37th)
Last Champ StandingJack Keller (9th, $18,750)
Last Woman Standingunknown (did not cash)
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersChan becomes 1st winner born outside of U.S.

WSOP Wrapup
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Johnny Chan, who lived in China until he was eleven, became the first foreign-born Main Event winner.

T.J. Cloutier won his first career bracelet in the $1,000 Limit Omaha.

ESPN began broadcasting the World Series of Poker.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$1,000Seven-Card RazzCarl Rouss$65,200163Hendon Link
2$1,000Limit Ace-to-Five DrawBob Addison$96,400216Hendon Link
3$1,000Seven-Card Stud SplitJoe Petro$93,200233Hendon Link
4$1,000Seven-Card StudJim Craig$103,600259Hendon Link
5$5,000Seven-Card StudArtie Cobb$142,00071Hendon Link
6$500Women's Seven-Card StudLinda Ryke-Drucker$16,80084Hendon Link
7$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawBilly Baxter$153,00068Hendon Link
8$1,000Limit OmahaT.J. Cloutier$72,000180Hendon Link
9$2,500Pot-Limit OmahaHal Kant$174,000174Hendon Link
10$1,500Limit Hold 'EmRalph Morton$189,000342Hendon Link
11$1,500No-Limit Hold 'EmHilbert Shirey$171,600313Hendon Link
12$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmJohnny Chan$625,000152Hendon Link

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