WSOP Main Event Runners-Up Playing Cards: The Fives

[LL] “The next group covers 1984 to 1987”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fives:”1

Byron Wolford

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Byron Wolford

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Byron Wolford – 1984
Born: 1930/09/14 (Barbers Hill, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1984)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 10
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $1,018,600
Quote: “Unlike the casinos today, we weren’t always safe in our poker games in Texas. We had a lot of things to worry about — hijackers, cheats, police raids. We always took every precaution we could to protect ourselves, but it seemed like no matter what we did, it wasn’t enough.” — Byron Wolford (from his 2002 autobiography, Cowboys, Gamblers and Hustlers, p. 203).
  • Won the 1991 $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em event for $210,000.
  • Was a calf-roper on the professional rodeo circuit when he was young.

T.J. Cloutier

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T.J. Cloutier

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T.J. Cloutier – 1985 & 2000
Born: 1938/10/13 (Albany, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1985, 2000)
WSOP Bracelets: 6
WSOP Cashes: 70
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $10,421,153
Poker
Hall of Fame
2006
Quote: “You can’t let it get you down when somebody knocks you out of a tournament playing a hand they shouldn’t have played. Without these types of players, nobody would win any amount of money, so sometimes you just have to take your medicine.” — T.J. Cloutier.
  • Also final tabled the Main Event in 1988 (5th) and 1998 (3rd).
  • Played football for U.C. Berkeley in the 1949 Rose Bowl and the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

Mike Harthcock

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Mike Harthcock

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Mike Harthcock – 1986
Born: 1951/12 (Winter Haven, FL?)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1986)
WSOP Bracelets: 4
WSOP Cashes: 18
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,603,898
Quote: “I came out here May 1 with $10,000, and was down to $3,500 last week. They were having a two-table satellite at the Golden Nugget for a seat in the championship, but I didn’t want to risk the $515 to enter. But they needed just one more player, and I ended up winning it.” — Mike Harthcock (June 9, 1986 PokerPlayer newspaper, p. 15).
  • Also known as Mike Hart.
  • Won the 1984 WSOP $1,000 Razz, 1990 $1,500 Limit Hold ‘Em, 1991 $1,500 Seven-Card Stud Split, and 1994 $1,500 Razz events.

Frank Henderson

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Frank Henderson

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Frank Henderson – 1987
Born: 1931/12/14 (Vicksburg, MS?)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1987)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 37
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,552,237
Quote: “I played well with the cards I had. I didn’t make any bad plays. I’m not ashamed of any of the plays I made in the tournament.” — Frank Henderson (interviewed immediately after losing to Johnny Chan for the 1987 WSOP Main Event title; his wife Mary Jane added that they planned to save the $250,000 he won).
  • Won the 1989 WSOP $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament for $184,000.
  • Finished 18th in the 1996 WSOP Main Event for $23,400.

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WSOP Main Event Runners-Up Playing Cards: The Fours

[LL] “The next group covers 1980 to 1983”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Fours:”1

Doyle Brunson

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Doyle Brunson

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Doyle Brunson – 1980
Born: 1933/08/10 (Longworth, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1976, 1977)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 36
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $6,176,737
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.

Perry Green

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Perry Green

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Perry Green – 1981
Born: 1936 (Seattle, WA)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1981)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 31
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,124,024
Quote: “I was pretty much a novice. It was the only game I had really played… We just played lowball in Alaska, and I figured I could play with anybody because in my home game I was a pretty consistent winner.” — Perry Green (June 5, 2014 PokerNews interview, referring to winning the $1,000 Ace-to-Five Lowball Draw during his first WSOP in 1976).
  • Won the 1976 WSOP $1,000 Ace-to-Five Draw, the 1977 $5,000 Ace-to-Five Draw, and the 1979 $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘Em Non-Pro events.
  • Also final tabled the 1991 WSOP Main Event, finishing 5th for $69,000.

Dewey Tomko

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Dewey Tomko

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Dewey Tomko – 1982 & 2001
Born: 1946/12/31 (Glassport, PA)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1982, 2001)
WSOP Bracelets: 3
WSOP Cashes: 45
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $4,934,681
Poker
Hall of Fame
2008
Quote: “I’d rather have a gambler’s word than any businessman’s check. I got shoe boxes full of bounced businessmen’s checks. Gamblers pay in cash.” — Dewey Tomko (2003, quoted in Rick Reilly’s Who’s Your Caddy?, which devotes an entire chapter to Tomko as a high stakes golfer).
  • Graduated from Salem College and became a kindergarten teacher in Hanes, Florida but earned more playing poker at night, so he quit his day job.
  • Also finished 10th in the WSOP Main Event in 1986.

Rod Peate

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Rod Peate

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Rod Peate – 1983
Born: ~1953 (Portland, OR?)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1983)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 7
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $880,847
Quote: “I’ll say one thing, Rod is one rough, tough player. And I had to do it my way, which is a slow, long grind. I have nothing but the highest respect for Rod. We were friends before the tournament. I’m sure we’ll stay friends after the tournament.” — Tom McEvoy (after the 1983 WSOP Main Event).
  • Also final tabled the 1990 WSOP Main Event, finishing 7th, and placed 15th in 1997, 16th in 1987, and 23rd in 1998.
  • Got into the 1983 WSOP Main Event through a $25 Bingo Palace satellite, which earned him a seat in a $110 satellite.

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WSOP Main Event Runners-Up Playing Cards: The Treys

[LL] “The next group covers 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979 (Addington having repeated in 1978)”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Treys:”1

Bob Hooks

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Bob Hooks

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Bob Hooks – 1975
Born: 1929/08/18 (Edgewood, TX)
WSOP Main Event: never cashed
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 0
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $0
Quote: “[Johnny Moss] took a liking to me. I’d take him every week to Waco. He would swap me 10 percent. As time drew on, he wanted to swap quarters. I was getting to where I was a little bit better of a player I guess. Soon, people were calling me Johnny Moss’s boy.” — Bob Hooks (November 28, 2013 PokerNews interview by Chad Holloway).
  • Texas road gambler who learned from Johnny Moss.
  • Runner-up to his roommate Sailor Roberts in 1975 WSOP Main Event, but rumor says they had made a deal before the end of the tournament.

Jesse Alto

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Jesse Alto

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Jesse Alto – 1976
Born: 1927/01/01 (Mexico)
WSOP Main Event: 3rd (1984)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 8
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $459,995
Quote: “When he was playing his best, Jesse was one of the greatest Hold ‘Em players in the world, but he wasn’t always on top of his game. Age had done nothing to mellow his hair-trigger temper.” — Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback (All In, p. 123, regarding the 1984 WSOP Main Event final table).
  • Runner-up to Doyle Brunson in the winner-take-all 1976 WSOP Main Event.
  • Also final tabled the WSOP Main Event in 1978 (5th for $21,000), 1985 (6th for $42,000), 1986 (4th for $62,700), and 1988 (9th for $21,000).

Gary Berland

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Gary Berland

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Gary Berland – 1977
Born: 1950/05/09 (Gardena, CA)
WSOP Main Event: 3rd (1986)
WSOP Bracelets: 5
WSOP Cashes: 11
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $390,801
Quote: “I used to be skinny.” — Gary Berland (sarcastically explaining why he was nicknamed “Bones”, even though he was still just 140 pounds; All In, p. 57).
  • Also finished 2nd in the WSOP Main Event in 1977 when Doyle Brunson took the only prize.
  • Died of a rare blood disorder when he was only 37.

Bobby Hoff

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Bobby Hoff

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Bobby Hoff – 1979
Born: 1939/12/14 (Victoria, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1979)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 11
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $534,639
Quote: “If I were going to make a perfect game for myself, I’d play pot-limit before the flop and no-limit after the flop. What hurts no-limit hold ’em…, is the big reraise before the flop. You get a shutout. And often the first reraise, from the big blind, is a shutout raise. You just can’t make that play in pot-limit.” — Bobby Hoff (interview in Harrington on Cash Games, Volume II, 2008).
  • Finished 12th in the 1998 WSOP Main Event ($40,000), 13th in 1990 ($12,500), and 25th in 1993 ($12,000).
  • After reading Ed Thorpe’s “Beat the Dealer”, played on a blackjack team until they were banned everywhere in Vegas.

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WSOP Main Event Runners-Up Playing Cards: The Deuces

[LL] “The WSOP Main Event Runners-Up playing card deck will be complete with 52 cards in 2026 (except in the unlikely event that somebody repeats as a second place finisher), but here are the first 45 cards of the WSOP Main Event Runners-Up playing card deck”, Leroy the Lion stated.

Here are the Deuces:”1

Jack Straus2

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Jack Straus

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Jack Straus – 1971
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.

Puggy Pearson

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Puggy Pearson

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Puggy Pearson – 1972
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.
  • Convinced Benny Binion to make the 1971 Main Event a freezeout poker tournament after only cash games were played in 1970.
  • Became the first player to win three events in one WSOP in 1973.

Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss

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Johnny Moss – 1973
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).
  • Tied with Phil Ivey for the most WSOP bracelets in a decade (7 in the 1970s).
  • Won a record 7 WSOP bracelets in the 1970s, the most in a decade.

Crandell Addington

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Crandell Addington

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Crandell Addington – 1974 & 1978
Born: 1938/06/23 (Graham, TX)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1978)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 3
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $162,350
Poker
Hall of Fame
2005
Quote: “One of the most colorful and greatest players in poker history.” — Doyle Brunson (“Super System 2”, 2005).
  • Also finished second in the WSOP Main Event in 1974 and 1976 when the event was winner-take-all.
  • Finished in the final ten of the WSOP Main Event seven times (although only one of those was a cash).

Footnotes:

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  2. While Puggy Pearson is generally also credited with a second place finish in 1971, no evidence backs this up. In Amarillo Slim in a World of Fat People, page 158, Preston goes on record that it was Jack Straus who was the runner-up, while he himself finished third. It’s very possible that Pearson’s second place finish in 1972 is the source of the confusion; it’s unlikely that nobody would mention a three-year run of second-second-first when he won the title in 1973.

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