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1989 World Series of Poker

1989 WSOP Overview
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The 1989 World Series of Poker started on May 1. The Main Event was scheduled to run for five days starting on May 15, the 14th event of the festival, an increase of two from 1988.

WSOP Schedule
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15/1$1,500Limit Omaha
25/2$1,500Pot-Limit Omaha
35/3$1,000Limit Hold 'Em
45/4$2,500Pot-Limit Omaha
55/5$5,000Seven-Card Stud
65/6$1,500Seven-Card Stud
75/7$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
85/8$1,500Seven-Card Razz
95/9$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five Draw
105/10$500Women's Seven-Card Stud
115/11$1,500Seven-Card Stud Split
125/12$2,000Limit Hold 'Em
135/13$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
145/15$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

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

Main Event Final Hand
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Johnny Chan reaches heads-up play for a record third consecutive year but finds himself with barely over half as many chips as Phil Hellmuth.

The youngster raises, the double defending champ reraises, and a third raise gets all of Chan's chips in the middle.

The flop gives Chan a few more outs, as does the turn, but the river is a blank, and Hellmuth becomes the youngest Main Event winner at age 24.

Hellmuth collects $755,000 to Chan's $302,000 plus the first of his all-time record 15 World Series of Poker bracelets.

Phil Hellmuth
Johnny Chan

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 15 to May 19
Players178 (36 cashed)
WinnerPhil Hellmuth ($755,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpJohnny Chan ($302,000)
Final Table Bubble BoyFernando Fisdel (7th, $45,300)
Money Bubble Boyunknown (37th)
Last Champ StandingJohnny Chan (2nd, $302,000)
Last Woman Standingunknown (did not cash)
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersHellmuth, youngest champ at 24, stops Chan's run.

WSOP Wrapup
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Johnny Chan just missed becoming the only player to win three consecutive Main Events, falling heads-up to Phil Hellmuth, who, like every other winner in 1989, won his first career bracelet. Hellmuth has since gone on to win eleven more bracelets than all of them combined.1

Mel Judah won Australia's first WSOP bracelet, and Norman Keyser won South Africa's first.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$1,500Limit OmahaLyle Berman$108,600181Hendon Link
2$1,500Pot-Limit OmahaBlacky Blackburn$108,000180Hendon Link
3$1,000Limit Hold 'EmGeorge Allen Shaw$179,600449Hendon Link
4$2,500Pot-Limit OmahaFrank Henderson$184,000184Hendon Link
5$5,000Seven-Card StudDon Holt$154,00077Hendon Link
6$1,500Seven-Card StudMel Judah$130,800218Hendon Link
7$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmNorman Keyser$244,000305Hendon Link
8$1,500Seven-Card RazzJohn Laudon$95,400159Hendon Link
9$1,500Limit Ace-to-Five DrawHarry Madoff$119,400199Hendon Link
10$500Women's Seven-Card StudAlma McClelland$18,60093Hendon Link
11$1,500Seven-Card Stud SplitMike Sexton$104,400174Hendon Link
12$2,000Limit Hold 'EmThomas Chung$212,000265Hendon Link
13$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawBob Stupak$139,50062Hendon Link
14$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmPhil Hellmuth$755,000178Hendon Link

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