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World Series of Poker Main Event Summaries Wide

In 1970, Johnny Moss was voted champion of the World Series of Poker after three days of nonstop cash games, but there were no tournaments. He was awarded a silver cup and got to keep the cash he had won.

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World Series of Poker Main Event Summaries

YearPlayersPaidWinner (country)1st PrizeRunner-Up2nd PrizeFinal Table Bubble Boy (place, prize)Money Bubble Boy (place)Last Champ Standing (place, prize)Last Woman Standing (place, prize)Last Celebrity Standing (place, prize)In 50 CharactersLinks
197171Johnny Moss
(U.S.)
$35,000Jack Straus$0N/APuggy Pearson
(2nd)
Johnny Moss
(1st, $30,000)
N/AN/AMoss repeats by winning $5,000 buyin freezeout.Hendon Mob
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197281Amarillo Slim Preston
(U.S.)
$80,000Puggy Pearson$0N/APuggy Pearson
(2nd)
Johnny Moss
(did not cash)
N/AN/APreston wins $80,000 (Binion added $40,000). Hendon Mob
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1973131Puggy Pearson
(U.S.)
$130,000Johnny Moss$0N/AJohnny Moss
(2nd)
Johnny Moss
(did not cash)
N/AN/APearson gets heads-up again but wins this time.Hendon Mob
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1974161Johnny Moss
(U.S.)
$160,000Crandell Addington$0N/ACrandell Addington
(2nd)
Johnny Moss
(1st, $160,000)
N/AN/AMoss wins again at record age of 66. Hendon Mob
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1975211Sailor Roberts
(U.S.)
$210,000Bob Hooks$0N/ABob Hooks
(2nd)
unknown
(did not cash)
N/AN/ARoberts survives field of 21; dominates final day. Hendon Mob
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1976221Doyle Brunson
(U.S.)
$220,000Jesse Alto$0N/AJesse Alto
(2nd)
unknown
(did not cash)
N/AN/ABrunson runner-runner upends Alto's two pairs. Hendon Mob
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1977341Doyle Brunson
(U.S.)
$340,000Gary Berland$0N/AGary Berland
(2nd)
Doyle Brunson
(1st, $340,000)
N/AN/ABrunson wins with Ten-Deuce on final hand again. Hendon Mob
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1978425Bobby Baldwin
(U.S.)
$210,000Crandell Addington$84,000N/AKen Smith
(6th)
unknown
(did not cash)
N/AN/ABaldwin wins $210,000 as 5 places are paid.Hendon Mob
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1979545Hal Fowler
(U.S.)
$270,000Bobby Hoff$108,000N/ASam Petrillo
(6th)
Johnny Moss
(5th, $27,000)
N/AN/AFowler becomes first non-pro to win Main Event.Hendon Mob
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1980735Stu Ungar
(U.S.)
$365,000Doyle Brunson$146,000N/AGabe Kaplan
(6th)
Doyle Brunson
(2nd, $146,000)
N/AGabe Kaplan (6th)
(did not cash)
Ungar wins after nobody will play him in gin.Hendon Mob
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1981759Stu Ungar
(U.S.)
$375,000Perry Green$150,000Bobby Baldwin
(7th, $15,000)
Sam Moon
(10th)
Stu Ungar
(1st, $375,000)
N/Aunknown
(did not cash)
Ungar goes back-to-back at just 27 years old.Hendon Mob
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19821049Jack Straus
(U.S.)
$520,000Dewey Tomko$208,000Buster Jackson
(7th, $20,800)
unknown
(10th)
Doyle Brunson
(4th, $52,000)
N/Aunknown
(did not cash)
Straus recovers from a single $500 chip on Day 2.Hendon Mob
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19831089Tom McEvoy
(U.S.)
$540,000Rod Peate$216,000John Jenkins III
(7th, $21,600)
Crandell Addington
(10th)
Doyle Brunson
(3rd, $108,000)
N/Aunknown
(did not cash)
McEvoy first satellite winner to go all the way. Hendon Mob
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19841329Jack Keller
(U.S.)
$660,000Byron Wolford$264,000Michael Allen
(7th, $26,400)
unknown
(10th)
unknown
(did not cash)
N/Aunknown
(did not cash)
Jesse Alto leads 3-way until Byron Wolford bluff.Hendon Mob
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19851409Bill Smith
(U.S.)
$700,000T.J. Cloutier$280,000Johnny Moss
(7th, $42,000)
unknown
(10th)
Johnny Moss
(7th, $42,000)
N/Aunknown
(did not cash)
Bill Smith drinks beer to stay sober enough. Hendon Mob
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198614136Berry Johnston
(U.S.)
$570,000Mike Harthcock$228,000Steve Lott
(7th, $34,200)
unknown
(37th)
Bill Smith
(5th, $51,300)
Wendeen Eolis
(25th, $10,000)
Gabe Kaplan
(21st, $10,000)
Johnston prevails but smaller prize as 36 paid.Hendon Mob
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198715236Johnny Chan
(U.S.)
$625,000Frank Henderson$250,000Eldon Elias
(7th, $37,500)
unknown
(37th)
Jack Keller
(9th, $18,750)
unknown
(did not cash)
unknown
(did not cash)
Chan becomes 1st winner born outside of U.S. Hendon Mob
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198816736Johnny Chan
(U.S.)
$700,000Erik Seidel$280,000Quinton Nixon
(7th, $42,000)
unknown
(37th)
Johnny Chan
(1st, $70,000)
Betty Carey
(did not cash)
unknown
(did not cash)
Chan is last player to win back-to-back titles. Hendon Mob
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198917836Phil Hellmuth
(U.S.)
$755,000Johnny Chan$302,000Fernando Fisdel
(7th, $45,300)
unknown
(37th)
Johnny Chan
(2nd, $302,000)
unknown
(did not cash)
unknown
(did not cash)
Hellmuth, youngest champ at 24, stops Chan's run. Hendon Mob
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199019436Mansour Matloubi
(England)
$895,000Hans Lund$334,000Rod Peate
(7th, $50,100)
unknown
(37th)
Berry Johnston
(5th, $75,150)
unknown
(did not cash)
unknown
(did not cash)
Matloubi becomes first non-American champion.Hendon Mob
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199121536Brad Daugherty
(U.S.)
$1,000,000Don Holt$402,500Hilbert Shirey
(7th, $28,750)
unknown
(37th)
Billy Baldwin
(29th, $8,050)
unknown
(did not cash)
Gabe Kaplan
(13th, $11,500)
Daugherty captures first million dollar prize. Hendon Mob
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199220136Hamid Dastmalchi
(U.S.)
$1,000,000Tom Jacobs$353,500Johnny Chan
(7th, $25,250)
unknown
(37th)
Johnny Chan
(7th, $25,250)
unknown
(did not cash)
Telly Savalas
(21st, $8,080)
After headstand, Dastmalchi hits inside straight.Hendon Mob
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199322027Jim Bechtel
(U.S.)
$1,000,000Glenn Cozen$420,000Thomas Kreilein
(7th, $31,200)
unknown
(28th)
Mansour Matloubi
(4th, $120,000)
Marsha Waggoner
(19th, $12,000)
unknown
(did not cash)
Arizona cotton farmer 11th '86, 6th '88, 1st '93.Hendon Mob
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199426827Russ Hamilton
(U.S.)
$1,000,000Hugh Vincent$588,000John Aglialoro
(7th, $43,680)
unknown
(28th)
Mansour Matloubi
(16th, $20,160)
Barbara Samuelson
(10th, $26,880)
unknown
(did not cash)
Hamilton wins weight in silver for 25th WSOP. Hendon Mob
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199527328Dan Harrington
(U.S.)
$1,000,000Howard Goldfarb$519,000Tom Franklin
(7th, $69,200)
Jack Keller
(28th)
Hamid Dastmalchi
(4th, $173,000)
Barbara Enright
(5th, $114,180)
Hal Kant
(26th, $17,300)
Harrington wins; Barbara Enright places fifth.Hendon Mob
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199629527Huck Seed
(U.S.)
$1,000,000Bruce Van Horn$585,000J.P. Schmalz
(7th, $78,000)
unknown
(28th)
Berry Johnston
(16th, $23,400)
Lucy Rokach
(26th, $19,500)
Hal Kant
(24th, $19,500)
Montanan Huck Seed enters last but finishes first. Hendon Mob
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199731227Stu Ungar
(U.S.)
$1,000,000John Strzemp$583,000Tormod Roren
(7th, $95,400)
Chris Ferguson
(28th)
Stu Ungar
(1st, $1,000,000)
Marsha Waggoner
(12th, $33,920)
unknown
(did not cash)
Ungar record title; dead in 18 months. Hendon Mob
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199835027Scotty Nguyen
(U.S.)
$1,000,000Kevin McBride$687,500Jan Lundberg
(7th, $112,500)
Mike Magee
(28th)
Jack Keller
(22nd, $25,000)
Susie Isaacs
(10th, $40,000)
unknown
(did not cash)
Nguyen dominates & ousts McBride with bigger boat. Hendon Mob
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199939336Noel Furlong
(Ireland)
$1,000,000Alan Goehring$768,625George McKeever
(7th, $125,775)
unknown
(37th)
Huck Seed
(6th, $167,700)
Joanne Bortner
(did not cash)
Hal Kant
(21st, $27,950)
Furlong leads Irish attack (Parkinson & McKeever). Hendon Mob
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200051245Chris Ferguson
(U.S.)
$1,500,000T.J. Cloutier$896,500Jeff Shulman
(7th, $146,700)
unknown
(46th)
Phil Hellmuth
(did not cash)
Annie Duke
(10th, $52,160)
unknown
(did not cash)
Ferguson upends Cloutier, who finishes 2nd again.Hendon Mob
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200161345Carlos Mortensen
(Spain)
$1,500,000Dewey Tomko$1,098,925Arturo Diaz
(10th, $179,825)
unknown
(46th)
Phil Hellmuth
(5th, $303,705)
unknown
(did not cash)
unknown
(did not cash)
Mortensen holds off Tomko, who finishes 2nd again.Hendon Mob
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200263145Robert Varkonyi
(U.S.)
$2,000,000Julian Gardner$1,100,000Don Barton
(10th, $125,000)
unknown
(46th)
Phil Hellmuth
(did not cash)
unknown
(did not cash)
unknown
(did not cash)
Varkonyi shaves doubter Phil Hellmuth's hair off.Hendon Mob
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200383963Chris Moneymaker
(U.S.)
$2,500,000Sam Farha$1,300,000Phil Ivey
(10th, $200,000)
unknown
(64th)
Dan Harrington
(3rd, $650,000)
Annie Duke
(47th, $20,000)
unknown
(did not cash)
Moneymaker qualifies online and sparks poker boom.Hendon Mob
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20042,576226Greg Raymer
(U.S.)
$5,000,000David Williams$3,500,000Marcel Luske
(10th, $373,000)
Dewey Tomko,
Dave Combs
(226th)
Dan Harrington
(4th, $1,500,000)
Rose Richie
(98th, $20,000)
unknown
(did not cash)
Raymer wins; Harrington back-to-back final tables.Hendon Mob
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20055,619560Joe Hachem
(Australia)
$7,500,000Steve Dannenmann$4,250,000Ayhan Alsancak
(10th, $600,000)
Carl Ygborn
(561st)
Greg Raymer
(25th, $304,680)
Tiffany Williamson
(15th, $400,000)
Nick Cassavetes
(93rd, $77,710)
Hachem wins: Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oy! Oy! Oy! Hendon Mob
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20068,773876Jamie Gold
(U.S.)
$12,000,000Paul Wasicka$6,102,499Fred Goldberg
(10th, $1,154,527)
Hoa Manh Nguyen
(884th)
Joe Hachem
(238th, $42,882)
Sabyl Cohen-Landrum
(56th, $123,699)
Rick Salomon
(196th, $42,882)
Gold boasts and bluffs to record $12,000,000.Hendon Mob
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20076,358621Jerry Yang
(U.S.)
$8,250,000Tuan Lam$4,840,981Steve Garfinkle
(10th, $476,926)
John Sigan
(622nd)
Scotty Nguyen
(11th, $476,926)
Maria Ho
(38th, $237,865)
Sully Erna
(237th, $45,422)
Yang briefly more famous than Yahoo! CEO namesake. Hendon Mob
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20086,844666Peter Eastgate
(Denmark)
$9,152,416Ivan Demidov$5,809,595Dean Hamrick
(10th, $591,869)
Steve Chung
(667th)
Phil Hellmuth
(45th, $154,400)
Tiffany Michelle
(17th, $334,534)
Kara Scott
(104th, $41,816)
Eastgate youngest champ (22) in 1st November Nine.Hendon Mob
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20096,494648Joe Cada
(U.S.)
$8,546,435Darvin Moon$5,182,601Jordan Smith
(10th, $896,730)
Kia Hamadani
(649th)
Peter Eastgate
(78th, $68,979)
Leo Margets
(27th, $352,832)
Lou Diamond Phillips
(186th, $36,626)
Cada new youngest champ just before 22nd birthday. Hendon Mob
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20107,319747Jonathan Duhamel
(Canada)
$8,944,310John Racener$5,545,955Brandon Steven
(10th, $635,011)
Tim McDonald
(748th)
Johnny Chan
(156th, $57,102)
Breeze Zuckerman
(121st, $57,102)
Bruce Buffer
(478th, $27,519)
Duhamel becomes first Canadian champion. Hendon Mob
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20116,865693Pius Heinz
(Germany)
$8,715,638Martin Staszko$5,433,086John Hewitt
(10th, $607,882)
Reza Kashani
(694th)
Robert Varkonyi
(514th, $23,876)
Erika Moutinho
(29th, $242,636)
Mars Callahan
(94th, $64,531)
Heinz becomes first German champ. Hendon Mob
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20126,598666Greg Merson
(U.S.)
$8,527,982Jesse Sylvia$5,295,149Gaelle Baumann
(10th, $590,442)
David Kelley,
Desmond Portano,
Steve Rosen,
Dane Lomas
(667th)
Johnny Chan
(353rd, $32,871)
Gaelle Baumann
(10th, $590,442)
Kevin Pollak
(134th, $52,718)
Merson wins; two women just miss final table.Hendon Mob
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20136,352648Ryan Riess
(U.S.)
$8,359,531Jay Farber$5,173,170Carlos Mortensen
(10th, $573,204)
Farzad Bonyadi
(649th)
Carlos Mortensen
(10th, $573,204)
Jackie Glazier
(31st, $229,281)
Ray Romano
(did not cash)
Riess puts away amateur and local favorite Farber. Hendon Mob
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20146,683693Martin Jacobson
(Sweden)
$10,000,000Felix Stephensen$5,145,968Luis Velador
(10th, $565,193)
Zhen Cai,
Kori Hunter,
John Dwyer
(694th)
Huck Seed
(did not cash)
Maria Ho
(77th, $85,812)
Paul Pierce
(did not cash)
Jacobson wins; Newhouse back-to-back final tables.Hendon Mob
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20156,4201,000Joe McKeehen
(U.S.)
$7,683,346Josh Beckley$4,470,896Alexander Turyansky
(10th, $756,897)
Roy Daoud
(1,001st)
Jim Bechtel
(121st, $46,890)
Kelly Minkin
(29th, $211,821)
Fatima Moreira de Melo
(286th, $34,157)
McKeehen wins big; WSOP expands to pay top 15%.Hendon Mob
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20166,7371,011Qui Nguyen
(U.S.)
$8,005,310Gordon Vayo$4,661,228Josh Weiss
(10th, $650,000)
Adam Furgatch
(1,012th)
Greg Raymer
(122nd, $49,108)
Gaelle Baumann
(102nd, $49,108)
John Arne Riise
(did not cash)
Nguyen controls final table; Kassouf annoys. Hendon Mob
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20177,2211,084Scott Blumstein
(U.S.)
$8,150,000Dan Ott$4,700,000Michael Ruane
(10th, $825,001)
Roger Campbell,
Quan Zhou
(1,085th)
Scotty Nguyen
(549th, $22,449)
Yuan-Yuan Li
(105th, $53,247)
Richard Seymour
(did not cash)
Blumstein takes first post-November Nine title.Hendon Mob
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20187,8741,182John Cynn
(U.S.)
$8,800,000Tony Miles$5,000,000Yueqi Zhu
(10th, $850,025)
Matthew Hopkins
(1,183rd)
Joe Cada
(5th, $2,150,000)
Kelly Minkin
(50th, $156,265)
Ray Romano
(did not cash)
Cynn City! Indianan was 11th in 2016. Hendon Mob
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20198,5691,286Hossein Ensan
(Germany)
$10,000,000Dario Sammartino$6,000,000Robert Heidorn
(10th, $800,000)
Jonas Lauck
(1,287th)
Qui Nguyen
(455th, $30,780)
Jill Bryant
(116th, $59,295)
Richard Seymour
(131st, $59,295)
Ensan controls final table from 2nd biggest field. Hendon Mob
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20201,379187Damian Salas
(Argentina)
$2,550,969Joseph Hebert$1,553,256Anthony Spinella [U.S.] & Thomas Macdonald [International]
(10th, $77,832,050,131)
unknown
(108th & 81st)
Ryan Riess
(92nd, $22,334)
Maria Ho
(43rd, $35,194)

N/A
Online due to COVID-19; four women win bracelets. Hendon Mob
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20216,6501,000Koray Aldemir
(Germany)
$8,000,000George Holmes$4,300,000Demo Kiriopoulos
(10th, $585,000)
Kevin Campbell
(1,001st)
Qui Nguyen
(241st, $38,600)
Dragana Lim
(64th, $95,700)

N/A
WSOP returned live but kept the online events too. Hendon Mob
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20228,6631,300Espen Jorstad
(Norway)
$10,000,000Adrian Attenborough$6,000,000Asher Coniff
(10th, $675,000)
Robert Lipkin, Ognjen Sekularac, & Tom McCormick
(1,301st)
Damian Salas
(27th, $262,300)
Efthymia Litsou
(18th, $323,100)

N/A
Jorstad wins 2nd largest Main Event (and Tag Team)Hendon Mob
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