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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.

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WSOP Main Event Runners-Up Playing Cards: The Sixes

[LL] “The next group covers 1988 to 1991”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Treys:”1

Erik Seidel

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Erik Seidel

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Erik Seidel – 1988
Born: 1959/11/06 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 8
WSOP Cashes: 107
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $34,860,729
Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “Think your way through all situations. When things have gone badly, sit there just as tough as you were when you came in. That can be very discouraging to other players.” — Erik Seidel.
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event in both 1988 (2nd) and 1999 (4th).
  • Recorded his first career live tournament cash in the 1988 WSOP Main Event.

Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan – 1989
Born: 1957 (Guangzhou, China)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1987, 1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 50
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,689,453
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, four days ahead of Doyle Brunson in 2005.

Hans Lund

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Hans Lund

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Hans Lund – 1990
Born: 1950/09/23 (California)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1990)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,915,310
Quote: “You’ve got to have the heart of a lion — play fearless, don’t be afraid, and, when you roar, they better back up.” — Hans Lund.
  • Won 1978 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘Em and 1996 $1,500 Ace-to-Five Draw.
  • Finished 3rd in 1992 WSOP Main Event for $176,750.

Don Holt

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Don Holt

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Don Holt – 1991
Born: 1927/04/15 (Pittsburgh, PA)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1991)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 8
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $879,625
Quote: “Cards were his life. He just enjoyed it more than he did anything else. He even taught his grandchildren to play poker — the way other people build model airplanes.” — David Hameroff (Don Holt’s son-in-law, May 6, 2003).
  • Won 1989 WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud for $154,000.
  • Won two Super Bowl of Poker events: 1988 $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em and 1989 $1,000 Seven-Card Stud.

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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).

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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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2019 WSOP Schedule


[SS] “It’s a great year for round numbers”, Stan the Stat teased.

[LL] “What do you mean?” Leroy the Lion played along.

[SS] “Well, it’s the 50th World Series of Poker1 with 89 bracelet events,2 including two new tournaments with a $400 buyin, five at $500,3 six at $600, and three at $800. Most of those are online events as nine of those were added after the initial schedule was released.”

[LL] “Is that the most low-buyin events ever?”

[SS] “Indeed. Obliterated last year’s record of eight sub-$1,000 events by nine.”

[LL] “Did any events get removed?”

[SS] “Just the Big One for One Drop, which is held every even year.

And the waste of time it took for everyone to ante, at least in Texas Hold ‘Em events, where big blind antes are now standard.”4

[LL] “What else is new?”

[SS] “More chips. The Main Event will start with 60,000 chips instead of 50,000. Almost all the other buyin-levels are also starting with more chips.5

There’s a new $10,000 short deck Hold ‘Em event (where flushes are worth more than full houses), a $50,000 NLHE High Roller for 50th ‘anniversary’, and a $500 Salute to Warriors tournament (where $40 from each entry goes to the USO and other veteran organizations), and a $1,500 Bracelet Winners Only No-Limit Hold ‘Em.

Here’s how the schedule compares to last year by game type, limit type, and buyin:

WSOP Event Comparison: 2018 vs. 2019

By Game Type:

Game Type 2018 2019 Change
Hold ‘Em 43 55 +12
Lowball 6 6 0
Omaha 14 13 -1
Stud 4 4 0
Mixed Games 11 11 0

By Limit Type:

Limit Type 2018 2019 Change
Limit 15 14 -1
Pot-Limit 14 13 -1
No-Limit 41 53 +12
Mixed-Limit 8 9 +1

By Buyin:

Buyin 2018 2019 Change
$365 3 0 -3
$400 0 2 +2
$500 0 5 +5
$565 4 0 -4
$600 0 6 +6
$800 0 3 +3
$888 1 1 0
$1,000 11 13 +2
$1,111 1 1 0
$1,500 24 24 0
$2,500 4 4 0
$2,620 1 1 0
$3,000 6 6 0
$3,200 1 1 0
$5,000 3 3 0
$10,000 15 16 +1
$25,000 1 1 0
$50,000 2 2 0
$100,000 1 1 0
$1,000,000 1 0 -1

This year’s WSOP kicks off with the $500 (down from $565) Casino Employees event on May 29 and ends with a $5,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em tournament from July 15 to 16. The Main Event is expected to run from July 3 to 15.”

Footnotes:

  1. Coming soon: an incredible app celebrating 50 years of the World Series of Poker.
  2. An increase of 11 events from last year. It was a nice round 80 events until they added nine more online events. { Updated April 30, 2019 }
  3. One of the new $500 events is the celebratory $500 No-Limit Hold ‘Em “Big 50” with a $5 million guaranteed payout.
  4. As Stan the Stat predicted last year.
  5. The only exception is the $2,620 Marathon, which already had a generous 26,200 starting stack. CardPlayer listed all the starting chip changes.

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Card Player Player of the Year: Jake Schindler

[SS] “Happy New Year!” Stan the Stat greeted.

[LL] “Happy 2019!” Leroy the Lion returned.

[RR] “Ready to ring in the new year with some poker?” Roderick the Rock inquired.

[SS] “Not quite. It’s time to wrap up last year first.”

[LL] “Player of the Year?”

[SS] “Yes, there were some amazing performance in 2018! Justin Bonomo set an all-time record with ten titles and $25,295,441 in winnings and finished… fifth!”

[RR] “Wow!”

[SS] “David Peters also broke the previous record but ended three behind Bonomo.

Three players would have set the record for most final tables any other year: Stephen Chidwick, Rainer Kempe, and Peters each made 26 final tables! And any other year, Chidwick would hold the record for points, having topped Daniel Negreanu’s 14-year-old record.

But in 2018 none of those were good enough, as Jake Schindler reached an astonishing 31 final tables and collected 9,407 points for the crown. Congratulations to both Schindler and Bonomo on their incredible years!”

Card Player Player of the Year – 1997 to 2003

Year Winner
1997 Men Nguyen
1998 T.J. Cloutier
1999 Tony Ma
2000 David Pham
2001 Men Nguyen
2002 T.J. Cloutier
2003 Men Nguyen

Card Player Player of the Year – 2004 to Present

Year Winner Points Runner-Up Points Margin
2004 Daniel Negreanu 8,764 David Pham 7,068 19.4%
2005 Men Nguyen 5,204 John Phan 4,428 14.9%
2006 Michael Mizrachi 5,989 Nam Le 5,215 12.9%
2007 David Pham 6,562 J.C. Tran 5,748 12.4%
2008 John Phan 6,704 David Pham 6,022 10.2%
2009 Eric Baldwin 6,994 Cornel Cimpan 5,934 15.2%
2010 Tom Marchese 6,738 Dwyte Pilgrim 5,576 17.2%
2011 Ben Lamb 6,036 Chris Moorman 5,875 2.7%
2012 Greg Merson 5,100 Dan Smith 5,040 1.2%
2013 Daniel Negreanu 5,140 Paul Volpe 4,298 16.4%
2014 Daniel Colman 5,498 Ami Barer 5,042 8.3%
2015 Anthony Zinno 6,632 Joe Kuether 6,070 8.5%
2016 David Peters 8,601 Fedor Holz 7,058 17.9%
2017 Adrian Mateos 7,220 Bryn Kenney 7,173 0.7%
2018 Jake Schindler 9,407 Stephen Chidwick 8,845 6.0%

Notes:

  • Men Nguyen won the award a record four times (1997, 2001, 2003, and 2005).
  • T.J. Cloutier (1998 and 2002), David Pham (2000 and 2007), and Daniel Negreanu (2004 and 2013) have won twice each.
  • Negreanu outpointed second place by the largest (2004) and third largest (2013) margins. Merson (2012) eked by with the smallest margin. Mateos edged Kenney by a mere 47 points (0.7%) for the 2017 crown. Fedor Holz finished third for a second consecutive medal finish.

Here are the all-time records for Points, Titles, and Final Tables with data going back to the rule changes of 2004.

Most Player of the Year Points

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2018 Jake Schindler 9,407 6 31 $8,731,019
2 2018 Stephen Chidwick 8,845 5 26 $9,950,805
3 2004 Daniel Negreanu 8,764 4 11 $4,420,221
4 2016 David Peters 8,601 5 22 $7,370,255
5 2018 Alex Foxen 8,259 5 18 $6,606,037
6 2018 David Peters 8,059 7 26 $10,598,504
7 2018 Justin Bonomo 7,752 10 23 $25,295,441
8 2017 Adrian Mateos 7,220 4 22 $5,664,635
9 2017 Bryn Kenney 7,173 5 23 $8,201,128
10 2004 David Pham 7,068 5 15 $1,533,268

Notes:

  • David Peters and Justin Bonomo became the first players to finish in the Top 10 in a season four times. David Pham was the first player to finish in the Top 10 three times way back in 2008. Jason Mercier matched him in 2015, Bonomo and Peters in 2016, and Schindler in 2018.
  • Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, Joseph Mckeehen, and David Peters are the only players to finish in the Top 25 five times. Phan, Dan Smith, Daniel Negreanu, J.C. Tran, John Juanda, Steve O’Dwyer, Erick Lindgren, Nick Petrangelo, and Schindler have each done it four times. Mckeehen has the record with five straight, one ahead of Tran and Petrangelo (both Mckeehen’s and Petrangelo’s streaks are alive).
  • Vanessa Selbst is the only women to finish in the Top 25, which she had done three times with two Top 10 finishes before retiring at the start of 2018.

Most Titles

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2018 Justin Bonomo 7,752 10 23 $25,295,441
2 2018 David Peters 8,059 7 26 $10,598,504
3 2018 Jake Schindler 9,407 6 31 $8,731,019
2018 Rainer Kempe 5,924 26 $5,464,179
2018 Sam Soverel 3,355 18 $2,522,258
2005 John Hoang 3,267 17 $492,817
2018 Sean H. Yu 1,206 13 $190,027
2008 Men Nguyen 3,662 10 $776,832
2012 Dan Smith 5,040 9 $3,673,806
2018 David Brookshire 1,758 9 $284,817

Notes:

  • With another increase in tournaments to choose from, the Top 10 was rewritten this year with seven 2018 results, including a new leader and runner-up.

Most Final Tables

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2018 Jake Schindler 9,407 6 31 $8,731,019
2 2018 Stephen Chidwick 8,845 5 26 $9,950,805
2018 David Peters 8,059 7 $10,598,504
2018 Rainer Kempe 5,924 6 $5,464,179
5 2018 Justin Bonomo 7,752 10 23 $25,295,441
2017 Bryn Kenney 7,173 5 $8,201,128
7 2016 David Peters 8,601 5 22 $7,370,255
2017 Adrian Mateos 7,220 4 $5,664,635
2004 Gioi Luong 5,006 4 $504,004
10 2018 Adrian Mateos 6,477 3 21 $4,844,609

Notes:

  • Like the previous two lists, 2018 obliterated the old standings with six new entries including the top four.
  • Luong topped this list from 2004 until 2016 but is hardly a household name. The Californian has never won a WSOP bracelet, and his biggest cash was $290,792 for a runner-up finish in a WSOP circuit event in 2007.

Highest Earnings

Rank Year Player Points Titles Final Tables Winnings
1 2018 Justin Bonomo 7,752 10 23 $25,295,441
2 2014 Daniel Colman 5,498 4 8 $22,319,279
3 2012 Antonio Esfandiari 3,330 2 4 $18,992,281
4 2016 Fedor Holz 7,058 6 15 $16,288,714
5 2018 Mikita Badziakouski 4,926 5 11 $14,594,839
6 2018 Jason Koon 5,827 3 16 $12,404,918
7 2014 Martin Jacobson 4,148 2 5 $10,677,589
8 2018 David Peters 8,059 7 26 $10,598,504
9 2018 Stephen Chidwick 8,845 5 26 $9,950,805
10 2012 Greg Merson 5,100 2 2 $9,664,179

Notes:

  • Before 2018, this list was entirely composed of Big One for One Drop winners (Colman and Esfandiari) and World Series of Poker Main Event during champions (everyone else). With the proliferation of High Roller events, 2018 added five players from neither category, including Bonomo at the top. Peter Eastgate, Jonathan Duhamel, Pius Heinz are next three on the list.3

Footnotes:

  1. In 2012, Greg Merson beat Dan Smith by 60 points (5,100 to 5,040) for a 1.18% margin, while Mateos overcame Kenney by just 57 points and a mere 0.65%.
  2. Mateos first made a name for himself by winning the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event in 2013 when he was just 19.
  3. Jamie Gold is notably missing from the list because it was one of the years where the WSOP Main Event didn’t count toward the standings.
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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Playing Card Deck: The Sevens

[LL] “The last group contains just the second member of the class of 2018”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Sevens:”1

Lupe Soto

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Lupe Soto

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Lupe Soto
Born: 1958 (Milpitas, CA)
Occupation: Poker Promoter
Women
in Poker
Hall of Fame
2018
Quote: “I founded the Women in Poker Hall of Fame because during my trek and my discovery I learned of these phenomenal women that had done something. I didn’t know who they were. They needed to be in the limelight.” — Lup Soto (May 16, 2018 Top Pair podcast).
  • Created the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2008.
  • Founded the Ladies International Poker Series in 2004.
  • CEO of the nonprofit Poker Gives. CEO of the Senior Poker Tour.

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 July 30, 2018.

    Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2018 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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