WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Fives

[LL] “The Fives run from to 1986 to 1990”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Berry “Numbers” Johnston

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Berry Johnston

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Berry “Numbers” Johnston
Born: 1935/09/25 (Benthany, OK)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1986)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 69
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,503,688
Poker
Hall of Fame
2004
Quote: “I had a dream last night where it came down to [Mike Harthcock] and me. Well, I won at first, but the dream kept on going, and he won it.” — Berry Johnston, revealing that he’d predicted the heads-up contestants in a Poker Player Newspaper interview immediately after winning the 1986 WSOP Main Event.
  • Holds the record with 29 straight WSOPs with at least one cash, from 1982 to 2010.
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event four times in nine years, finishing 3rd in 1982, 3rd in 1985, 1st in 1986, and 5th in 1990.

Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan

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Johnny “Orient Express” Chan
Born: 1957 (Guangzhou, China)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1987, 1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 49
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,688,740
Poker
Hall of Fame
2002
Quote: “I suppose the only regret I might have is that I didn’t beat Phil Hellmuth in 1989 [for unparalleled third straight Main Event title].” — Johnny Chan (September 1, 2006 PokerPlayer interview. He also admitted to AskMen that he wakes up in a cold sweat thinking about the final hand).
  • Last player to win back-to-back WSOP Main Events, a feat that is very unlikely to be done again.
  • Was the first player to win ten WSOP bracelets, just four days before Doyle Brunson matched him in 2005.

Phil Hellmuth

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Phil Hellmuth

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Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth
Born: 1964/07/16 (Madison, WI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1989)
WSOP Bracelets: 14
WSOP Cashes: 128
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $22,227,568
Poker
Hall of Fame
2007
Quote: “If there weren’t luck involved, I would win every time.” — Phil Hellmuth (2004).
  • Holds the WSOP career records for bracelets (14), final tables (61), and cashes (126).
  • Only player to win both the WSOP Main Event (1989) and WSOP Europe Main Event (2012).

Mansour Matloubi

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Mansour Matloubi

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Mansour Matloubi
Born: 1953 (Iran)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1990)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 14
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,018,561
Quote: “While this isn’t a case that has been ruled on in the court of law, the evidence is overwhelmingly one-sided that, at the very least, these two men [Matloubi and Russ Hamilton] were involved in cheating players out of millions [by looking at player’s hole cards on UltimateBet].” — Daniel Negreanu (February 20, 2015 blog post).
  • First non-American to win the WSOP Main Event and the last winner to earn under a million dollars ($835,000).
  • Also finished 4th in the WSOP Main Event in 1993 and 16th in 1994.
  • Part-owner of Ultimate Bet.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Fours

[LL] “The Fours run from to 1982 to 1985”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Jack Straus

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Jack Straus

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Jack “Treetop” Straus
Born: 1930/06/16 (Travis, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1982)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $830,269
Poker
Hall of Fame
1988
Quote: “I think Texans just got a lot more guts has a lot to do with it, most other folks just don’t take the heat when you start playin’ real poker. In Texas you grow up playin’ poker, it’s a Texas game.” — Jack Straus (1973 Texas Monthly interview).
  • Nicknamed “Treetop” for his great height (6’7″) and bushy hair.
  • Became the source of the phrase, “a chip and a chair”, when he came back from a single, napkin-hidden chip to win the 1982 WSOP Main Event.

Tom McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy

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Tom McEvoy
Born: 1944/11/14 (Grand Rapids, MI)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1983)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,042,761
Poker
Hall of Fame
2013
Quote: “No Limit Hold ‘Em. Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror.” — Tom McEvoy.
  • Was the first satellite winner to win the WSOP Main Event.
  • Helped organize the first smoke-free tournament in 1998 and eventually persuaded almost all tournament directors to ban smoking.

Jack “Gentleman Jack” Keller

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Jack Keller

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Jack “Gentleman Jack” Keller
Born: 1942/12/29 (Philadelphia, PA)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1984)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 24
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $3,900,424
Poker
Hall of Fame
1993
Quote: “[I quit poker] because it had no more to offer me.” — Jack Keller (September 6, 1987, after retiring from poker for a seat on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, regular work hours, and more time to spend with his two sons).
  • Got into poker while in the U.S. Air Force and made a career of it when he left.
  • Won the 1987 Amarillo Slim’s Superbowl of Poker Main Event for $220,000.
  • Also finished 9th in the WSOP Main Event in 1987 and 8th in 1992.

Bill Smith

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Bill Smith

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Bill Smith
Born: 1934 (Texas)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1985)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $1,055,488
Quote: “Well, holidays and weekends are amateur nights. Real drinkers go out during the week.” — Bill Smith (explaining why he didn’t go out on weekends, quoted in T.J. Cloutier and Tom McEvoy’s Championship Omaha). Cloutier also said in a 1999 interview, “when [Smith] was halfway drunk, he was the best player I’d ever played.”
  • Finished in fifth place in both the 1981 and 1986 Main Events for his only two other WSOP cashes.

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  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Treys

[LL] “The Treys run from to 1976 to 1981”,1 Leroy the Lion said.

Doyle Brunson

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Doyle Brunson

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Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson
Born: 1933/08/10 (Longworth, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1976, 1977)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 36
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,131,775
Poker
Hall of Fame
1988
Quote: “No Limit Hold ‘Em… is the Cadillac of Poker games… And it’s truly a game that requires very special talents in order to play it at a world class level.” — Doyle Brunson (1979 Super System).
  • Became the first player to earn $1 million in tournaments in 1980.
  • Won his tenth bracelet in 2005, eight days after his son Todd won his first.
  • Holds the record for most years between first and last bracelets: 29.

Bobby “The Owl” Baldwin

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Bobby Baldwin

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Bobby “The Owl” Baldwin
Born: 1950 (Tulsa, OK)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1978)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 20
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,319,679
Poker
Hall of Fame
2003
Quote: “Playing poker for a living gives you backbone. You cannot survive without that intangible quality we call heart. The mark of a top player is not how much he wins when he is winning, but how he handles his losses. If you win for thirty days in a row, that makes no difference if on the thirty-first you have a bad night, go crazy, and throw it all away.” — Bobby Baldwin (2001)
  • Wrote the Omaha Eight-or-Better chapter of Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2.
  • Originally a poker host but soon promoted into Golden Nugget management then became Mirage president, Mirage Resorts CFO and CEO, and Bellagio president.

Hal Fowler

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Hal Fowler

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Hal Fowler
Born: 1927/01/12 (Vermont)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1979)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 1
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $383,500
Quote: “No one — and I mean NO ONE — could have beaten Hal Fowler that day. Not even God. He was just getting the cards and that was that [including making four or five inside straights and cracking Bobby Hoff’s Aces on the final hand].” — T.J. Cloutier (quoted by Des Wilson in Ghosts at the Table, 2008).
  • Disappeared from the poker scene after winning the $1,000 Seven-Card Stud at the 1984 Grand Prix of Poker; Wilson hired a private detective to try to find the reclusive champ, but he’d already passed away in a low-income senior residence in California.

Stu Ungar

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Stu Ungar

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Stu “The Kid” Ungar
Born: 1953/09/08 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1980, 1981, 1997)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 16
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $3,675,321
Poker
Hall of Fame
2001
Quote: “It’s hard work. Gambling. Playing poker. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Think about what it’s like sitting at a poker table with people whose only goal is to cut your throat, take your money, and leave you out back talking to yourself about what went wrong inside.” — Stu Ungar.

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    Cards may not display properly unless you view this post by itself.

    Stats current as of April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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WSOP Main Event Champions Playing Cards: The Deuces

[LL] “The deck of World Series of Poker Main Event Champions will be complete with 52 cards in 2027 (2021 if repeat champs get a separate card for each victory) and 54 cards including two jokers in 2029, but here are the first 42 cards”, Leroy the Lion announced.

The Deuces cover 1970 to 1975:”

Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss
Born: 1907/05/14 (Marshall, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1970, 1971, 1974)
WSOP Bracelets: 9
WSOP Cashes: 27
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $1,254,859
Poker
Hall of Fame
1979
Quote: “You have to learn what kind of hand this guy shows down, what that one’s moves, watch the veins in his neck, watch his eyes, the way he sweats.” — Johnny Moss (1975).
  • Declared the winner of the first World Series of Poker by player vote.
  • Won a record 7 WSOP bracelets in the 1970s for the most in a decade.
  • Oldest player to win the WSOP Main Event at age 66 in 1974.

Thomas Preston

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Thomas Preston

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Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston
Born: 1928/12/31 (Johnson, AR)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1972)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 12
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $587,568
Poker
Hall of Fame
1992
Quote: “Seldom do the lambs slaughter the butcher.” — Amarillo Slim Preston.
  • His eleven appearances on The Tonight Show helped popularize poker.
  • Was the master of the prop bet, beating Bobby Riggs in table tennis using skillet paddles and Minnesota Fats in pool using broomstick cue sticks.

Walter Pearson

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Walter Pearson

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Walter “Puggy” Pearson
Born: 1929/01/29 (Adairville, KY)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1973)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 12
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $443,480
Poker
Hall of Fame
1987
Quote: “The real things to know is that folks will stand to lose more than they will to win. That’s the most important percentage there is. I mean, if they lose, they’re willin’ to lose everything. If they win, they’re usually satisfied to win enough to pay for dinner and a show. The best gamblers know that.” — Puggy Pearson.
  • Invented the idea of a freezeout poker tournament, telling fellow player Nick Dandolos, who told Benny Binion.
  • Became the first player to win three events in one WSOP in 1973.

Bryan Roberts

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Bryan Roberts

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Bryan “Sailor” Roberts
Born: 1931/03/07 (Portland, OR)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1975)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $266,650
Poker
Hall of Fame
2012
Quote: “If your opponent raises, and you reraise, and your opponent puts in the third raise, and you have two kings, you’re a huge Underdog to most everyone.” — Sailor Roberts (quoted by Bobby Hoff in Dan Harrington’s Harrington on Cash Games: Volume II [back when the game was much tighter preflop]).
  • Born as Bryan but earned his nickname from his four years in the Navy.
  • Won the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball event the year before his Main Event bracelet.
  • Grew up in San Angelo, Texas.

Footnotes:

  1. This deck doesn’t really physically exist; the versions here are lovingly crafted from JPEGs, CSS, and HTML.

    Cards may not display properly unless you view this post by itself.

    Stats current as of April 27, 2018.

  2. Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 Robert Jen and were created with help from the iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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