WSOP Main Event Runners-Up Playing Cards: The Eights

[LL] “The next group covers 1996 to 1999”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Eights:”1

Bruce Van Horn

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Bruce Van Horn

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Bruce Van Horn – 1996
Born: 1939/02/25 (Ada, OK?)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1996)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 10
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $928,365
Quote: “This is so much fun. I’m just a doctor — not a professional player — and there’s no other sport where an amateur like me can enter a tournament and end up sitting here playing with the Magic Johnsons and Henry Aarons of the game.” — Bruce Van Horn (May 15, 1996 interview).
  • Reached four other WSOP final tables, including a 3rd place finish in the 2003 $2,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em for $71,920.
  • During his 2007 $WSOP 1,500 Pot-Limit Hold ‘Em final table, ESPN couldn’t find a pro who knew about his 1996 success.

John Strzemp

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John Strzemp

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John Strzemp – 1997
Born: 1951/11/03 (Illinois?)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1997)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 21
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,135,403
Quote: “John Strzemp who played well all day but got real lucky to win a few hands, now in the hand that counted the most got real unlucky.” — Gabe Kaplan (after Strzemp lost the final hand of the 1997 WSOP Main Event when Stu Ungar hit an inside straight on the river).
  • Finished 2nd in the 2006 Five Diamond World Poker Classic $2,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em and won the 2006 Wynn Signature Weekend $600 No-Limit Hold ‘Em.
  • Has 5 WSOP Main Event cashes.

Kevin McBride

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Kevin McBride

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Kevin McBride – 1998
Born: ~1955 (Florida?)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1998)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 9
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $884,225
Quote: “Well, I had a huge draw; I had Queen-Ten of hearts. flush draw… straight-flush draw. I wouldn’t have called the bet. The only thing is Scottie said, ‘If you call it, it’s all over.’ I didn’t think he was telling me the truth. He was. It’s all over. It was a great play by Scottie.” — Kevin McBride (May 14, 1998 interview by Vince Van Patten just after Main Event ended).
  • In 1998 also final tabled the $5,000 Limit Hold ‘Em, finishing 5th for $25,000.
  • Won the 1999 Carnivale of Poker II $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em for $87,965.

Alan Goehring

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Alan Goehring

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Alan Goehring – 1999
Born: 1962/02/21 (Milwaukee, WI)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1999)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 11
WPT Titles: 2
Live Earnings: $5,234,551
Quote: “I have never read a poker book that suggests regularly making such a small raise, and in fact some books explicitly state that this is poor play… maybe I don’t want the blinds to fold, because if [they do], I am not going to win much. So, it doesn’t matter what I have or if I am in early or late position, it is going to be two times the big blind.” — Alan Goehring (2006 Card Player).
  • Won the 2006 L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Championship for $2,391,550 and the 2003 $25,000 WPT Championship for $1,011,886.
  • Finished 3rd in the 1997 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em for $61,845.

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WSOP Main Event Runners-Up Playing Cards: The Sevens

[LL] “The next group covers 1992 to 1995”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Sevens:”1

Tom Jacobs

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Tom Jacobs

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Tom Jacobs – 1992
Born: ~1946 (Denver, CO)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1992)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 20
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $1,336,575
Quote: “Tommy was so much fun just to be around. Never a bad word to say about anyone. He was always trying to help his friends and family. I played many hours of poker with Tommy and we had many great conversations about life… I will always remember Tommy and that great smile he had at the poker table as he raked my money in.” — Russ Hamilton (March 16, 2007 Card Player).
  • Won 2003 WSOP $3,000 Limit Hold ‘Em for $163,000.
  • Also finished 9th in the 1986 WSOP Main Event, 19th in 2000, and 24th in 1987.

Glenn Cozen

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Glenn Cozen

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Glenn Cozen – 1993
Born: 1953/10/09 (California?)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1993)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 16
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $961,608
Quote: “I feel great. I mean everything worked great for me today… I’ve learned that you’re never out of it.” — Glenn Cozen (interviewed just after 1993 WSOP Main Event where he snuck into 2nd place with a tiny stack).
  • Won the 1989 Super Bowl of Poker $1,000 Limit Hold ‘Em ($54,250), the 1994 Queens Poker Classic $1,000 Ace-to-Five Lowball ($30,000), and the 2004 Five Diamond Poker Classic $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha ($105,729).

Hugh Vincent

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Hugh Vincent

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Hugh Vincent – 1994
Born: ~1930 (Florida?)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1994)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 1
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $722,613
Quote: “I don’t memorize a lot of numbers, but you need a rough idea of what the odds are. You can’t take the wrong end of the bet very often and come out ahead. You’ve got to be able to recognize… what are playable hands… Every time I got called I had the winning hand, and the few times I didn’t get called I didn’t have anything.” — Hugh Vincent (March 30, 1995 Miami New Times).
  • Retired CPA from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida had won a $16 million Lotto with his wife in 1990.
  • Won the 1996 Four Queens Poker Classic $535 Limit Hold ‘Em for $26,400.

Howard Goldfarb

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Howard Goldfarb

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Howard Goldfarb – 1995
Born: ~1961 (Toronto, Canada)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1995)
WSOP Bracelets: 0
WSOP Cashes: 2
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $535,800
Quote: “The increase in contestants and in the amount of the prize reflect the game’s growing popularity, due mainly to the Internet and sports channels… Before facing off in real-life championships, many players improve their skills on the Internet… This has reinvigorated the game, but it has also made for tougher competition.” — Howard Goldfarb (July 18, 2007 Globe and Mail).
  • Amateur poker player who was a businessman and land developer.
  • His only other recorded tournament cash was for 22nd place in the 1994 WSOP Main Event for $16,800.

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 May 1, 2019.

    Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2019 Robert Jen and were created with help from the now-defunct iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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