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1998 World Series of Poker

1998 WSOP Overview
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The 1998 World Series of Poker started on April 21 with the $2,000 Limit Hold 'Em. The Main Event was scheduled to run for four days starting on May 11, the 21st event of the festival, the same number as 1997.

WSOP Schedule
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14/21$2,000Limit Hold 'Em
24/22$1,500Seven-Card Razz
34/23$1,500Limit Omaha
44/24$1,500Seven-Card Stud
54/25$1,500Omaha Pot-Limit
64/26$1,500Seven-Card Stud Split
74/27$2,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
84/28$2,000Omaha 8 or Better
94/29$2,000Hold 'Em Pot-Limit
104/30$2,500Seven-Card Stud
115/1$2,500Omaha Pot-Limit
125/2$2,500Seven-Card Stud Split
135/3$3,000Limit Hold 'Em
145/4$3,000Omaha 8 or Better
155/5$3,000Hold 'Em Pot-Limit
165/6$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw
175/7$3,000No-Limit Hold 'Em
185/8$5,000Seven-Card Stud
195/9$5,000Limit Hold 'Em
205/10$1,000Women's Seven-Card Stud
215/11$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'Em

Main Event Final Hand
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Scotty Nguyen takes out two players on the TV final table bubble when he rivers the nut flush to begin the five-player finale with a decent chip lead over Kevin McBride and T.J. Cloutier. But McBride keeps finding the cards he needs and knocking people out and takes a nearly 2-to-1 edge going into heads up.

His calling station strategy doesn't work well heads up, however, and Nguyen jumps to a 5-to-1 chip lead. McBride finally chooses to bet on the final hand, as Nguyen slowplays his monster and only moves all in with a boat showing on the board. McBride calls and plays the board. Nguyen shows his Nine and collects the million dollars, while McBride wins $687,500.

Scotty Nguyen
Kevin McBride

Main Event Summary
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DatesMay 11 to May 14
Players350 (27 cashed)
WinnerScotty Nguyen ($1,000,000, U.S.)
Runner-UpKevin McBride ($687,500)
Final Table Bubble BoyJan Lundberg (7th, $112,500)
Money Bubble BoyMike Magee (28th)
Last Champ StandingJack Keller (22nd, $25,000)
Last Woman StandingSusie Isaacs (10th, $40,000)
Last Celebrity Standingunknown (did not cash)
In 50 CharactersNguyen dominates & ousts McBride with bigger boat.

WSOP Wrapup
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Stu Ungar's million-dollar Main Event victory, his record-tying third, was the final cash of his career as he did not return to play in the WSOP the following year and passed away from his mostly self-inflicted ailments that November.

Doyle Brunson won his eighth bracelet in the $1,500 Razz to pull within one of Johnny Moss.

Donnacha O'Dea won Ireland's first WSOP bracelet in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha, and Daniel Negreanu won Canada's first in the $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold 'Em.

Daniel Negreanu won the $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold 'Em to become either the youngest or second youngest WSOP bracelet winner at age 23 (Jeff Sandow may have been a younger 23 in 1977).

Actor Matt Damon got knocked out of the Main Event early when he ran his pocket Kings into Doyle Brunson's pocket Aces.

WSOP Results
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#BuyinEventWinnerPrizeEntriesHendon Link
1$2,000Limit Hold 'EmFarzad Bonyadi$429,940581Hendon Link
2$1,500Seven-Card RazzDoyle Brunson$93,000155Hendon Link
3$1,500Limit OmahaMichael Shadkin$109,800183Hendon Link
4$1,500Seven-Card StudKirk Morrison$148,185267Hendon Link
5$1,500Omaha Pot-LimitDonnacha O'Dea$154,800258Hendon Link
6$1,500Seven-Card Stud SplitTommy Hufnagle$139,305251Hendon Link
7$2,000No-Limit Hold 'EmJeff Ross$259,000350Hendon Link
8$2,000Omaha 8 or BetterChau Giang$150,960204Hendon Link
9$2,000Hold 'Em Pot-LimitDaniel Negreanu$169,460229Hendon Link
10$2,500Seven-Card StudArtie Cobb$152,000152Hendon Link
11$2,500Omaha Pot-LimitT.J. Cloutier$136,000136Hendon Link
12$2,500Seven-Card Stud SplitBill Gempel$120,000120Hendon Link
13$3,000Limit Hold 'EmDavid Chiu$205,200171Hendon Link
14$3,000Omaha 8 or BetterPaul Rowe$133,200111Hendon Link
15$3,000Hold 'Em Pot-LimitSteve Rydel$206,400172Hendon Link
16$5,000No-Limit Deuce-to-Seven DrawErik Seidel$132,75059Hendon Link
17$3,000No-Limit Hold 'EmKen Buntjer$268,620242Hendon Link
18$5,000Seven-Card StudJan Chen$208,000104Hendon Link
19$5,000Limit Hold 'EmPatrick Bruel$224,000112Hendon Link
20$1,000Women's Seven-Card StudAmanda Thompson$40,000100Hendon Link
21$10,000Main Event - No-Limit Hold 'EmScotty Nguyen$1,000,000350Hendon Link

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