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1969 Texas Gambler's Reunion

In 1968 Vic Vickrey created the Gaming Fraternity Convention, inviting gamblers to play at the Holiday Hotel casino in Reno, Nevada. The response was muted.

The following year, Tom Moore added poker games as the focus of the "Texas Gambler's Reunion" and got an excellent turnout. Crandell Addington, Benny Binion, Doyle Brunson, Charles Harrelson (actor Woody Harrelson's father), Johnny Moss, Puggy Pearson, Amarillo Slim Preston, Sailor Roberts, Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, Jack Straus, and Rudolph Wanderone (before he called himself "Minnesota Fats") were among the attendees who played Five-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud, Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo, Ace-to-Five Lowball, Deuce-to-Seven Lowball, and Texas Hold 'Em cash games for a week. Moss was proclaimed "King of Cards" as the Best Overall Player, while Addington was named "Mr. Outsider" as the best of the non-Texans.

Moore had hoped that away from reunion activities, the gamblers would play other games at his casino, but that didn't happen nearly enough, so he had no plans for another convention. Binion, however, loved the idea and requested permission to use it. Neither Moore nor Vickrey had objections, and the World Series of Poker was born the following year.1