[SS] “Now that the World Series of Poker Main Event Final Table is almost here, this seems like a great time to unveil my best list yet”, Stan the Stat announced proudly. “For the first time ever, here are all the known starting hole cards, community cards, and hand values for the hands that ended every WSOP Main Event since 1972.”^{1}

Year |
Winner |
Hand |
Value |
Runner-Up |
Hand |
Value |
Board |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

1972 | Amarillo Slim Preston | K♥J♦ | Full House, 8s over Kings |
Puggy Pearson | 6×6× | Full House, 8s over 6s |
K×8×8×2×8× |

1973 | Puggy Pearson | A♠7♠ | Ace-high | Johnny Moss | K♥J♠ | King-high | Q♣T♠2♣6♦5♥ |

1974 | Johnny Moss | 3♥3♠ | Full House, 3s over 9s |
Crandell Addington | A♣2♣ | Pair of 9s | 3♦9♣T♣Q♠9♦^{2} |

1975 | Sailor Roberts | J♠J♥ | Pair of Jacks | Bob Hooks | J♣9♣ | Pair of 9s | 7♥6♣2♣9♠T♥^{3} |

1976 | Doyle Brunson | T♠2♠ | Full House, Tens over 2s |
Jesse Alto | A♠J♦ | Two Pairs, Aces over Jacks |
A♥J♠T♥2♣T♦ |

1977 | Doyle Brunson | T♠2♥ | Full House, Tens over 2s |
Gary Berland | 8♥5♣ | Two Pairs, Tens over 8s |
T♦8♠5♥2♣T♣ |

1978 | Bobby Baldwin | Q♦Q♣ | Three Queens | Crandell Addington | 9♦9♣ | Three 9s | Q♠9♥K♣A♠T♦ |

1979 | Hal Fowler | 7♠6♦ | Straight, 7-high |
Bobby Hoff | A♣A♥ | Pair of Aces | 5♥3♣J♠4♠T♦ |

1980 | Stu Ungar | 5♠4♠ | Straight, 5-high |
Doyle Brunson | A♥7♠ | Two Pairs, Aces over 7s |
A♦7♦2♣3♥2♦ |

1981 | Stu Ungar | A♥Q♥ | Two Pairs, Queens over 4s |
Perry Green | T♣9♦ | Pair of 4s | 7♦8♥4♥4♣Q♦ |

1982 | Jack Straus | A♥T♠ | Pair of Tens | Dewey Tomko | A♦4♦ | Pair of 4s | 7♦5♠4♠Q♣T♣ |

1983 | Tom McEvoy | Q♦Q♠ | Two Pairs, Queens over 6s |
Rod Peate | K♦J♦ | Two Pairs, Jacks over 6s |
3♦6♥6♣J♥3♣ |

1984 | Jack Keller | T♥T♠ | Pair of Tens | Byron Wolford | 6♥4♥ | Pair of 6s | 5♦6♠9♣8♠J♦ |

1985 | Bill Smith | 3♠3♥ | Full House, 5s over 3s |
T. J. Cloutier | A♦3♣ | Three 5s | 5♠5♥9♠5♣K♦ |

1986 | Berry Johnston | A♠T♥ | Ace-high, Ten kicker |
Mike Harthcock | A♦8♦ | Ace-high, 8 kicker |
6♣7♥3♠2♦4♣ |

1987 | Johnny Chan | A♠9♣ | Pair of 9s | Frank Henderson | 4♦4♣ | Pair of 4s | 5♣8♥K♦T♣9♥ |

1988 | Johnny Chan | J♣9♣ | Straight, Queen-high |
Erik Seidel | Q♣7♥ | Pair of Queens | Q♠8♦T♥2♠6♦ |

1989 | Phil Hellmuth, Jr. |
9♠9♣ | Two Pairs, Kings over 9s |
Johnny Chan | A♠7♠ | Pair of Kings | K♣T♥K♦Q♠6♠ |

1990 | Mansour Matloubi | 6♥6♠ | Two Pairs, 6s over 2s |
Hans Lund | 4♦4♣ | Two Pairs, 4s over 2s |
8♣Q♣2♥K♦2♣ |

1991 | Brad Daugherty | K♠J♠ | Two Pairs, Jacks over 8s |
Don Holt | 7♥3♥ | Pair of 8s | 8♦9♥J♣5♣8♠ |

1992 | Hamid Dastmalchi | 8♥4♣ | Straight, 8-high |
Tom Jacobs | J♦7♠ | Two Pairs, Jacks over 7s |
J♥5♦7♦6♥8♣ |

1993 | Jim Bechtel | J♣6♥ | Jack-high | Glenn Cozen | 7♠4♦ | Ten-high | T♥3♥8♣2♣5♦ |

1994 | Russ Hamilton | K♠8♥ | Pair of 8s, King kicker |
Hugh Vincent | 8♣5♥ | Pair of 8s, Jack kicker |
8♣2♠6♦T♣J♠ |

1995 | Dan Harrington | 9♦8♦ | Two Pairs, Queens over 8s |
Howard Goldfarb | A♥7♣ | Pair of Queens | 8♣2♣6♦Q♠Q♥ |

1996 | Huck Seed | 9♦8♦ | Two Pairs, 9s over 8s |
Bruce Van Horn | K♣8♣ | Pair of 8s | 9♥8♥4♣A♣3♠ |

1997 | Stu Ungar | A♥4♣ | Straight, 5-high |
John Strzemp | A♠8♣ | Two Pairs, Aces over 3s |
5♦A♣3♥3♦2♠ |

1998 | Scotty Nguyen | J♦9♣ | Full House, 9s over 8s |
Kevin McBride | Q♥T♥ | Full House, 8s over 9s |
8♣9♦9♥8♥8♠ |

1999 | Noel Furlong | 5♣5♦ | Full House, 5s over Queens |
Alan Goehring | 6♥6♣ | Two Pairs, Queens over 6s |
Q♥5♥Q♣2♠8♠ |

2000 | Chris Ferguson | A♠9♣ | Two Pairs, Kings over 9s |
T. J. Cloutier | A♦Q♣ | Pair of Kings | 2♥K♣4♥K♥9♥ |

2001 | Juan Carlos Mortensen | K♣Q♣ | Straight, King-high |
Dewey Tomko | A♠A♥ | Pair of Aces | 3♣T♣J♦3♦9♦ |

2002 | Robert Varkonyi | Q♦T♠ | Full House, Queens over Tens |
Julian Gardner | J♣8♣ | Flush, Queen-high |
4♣4♠Q♣T♦T♣ |

2003 | Chris Moneymaker | 5♦4♠ | Full House, 5s over 4s |
Sam Farha | J♥T♦ | Two Pairs, Jacks over 5s |
J♠5♠4♣8♦5♥ |

2004 | Greg Raymer | 8♠8♦ | Full House, 8s over 2s |
David Williams | A♥4♠ | Full House, 4s over 2s |
4♦2♦5♠2♥2♣ |

2005 | Joe Hachem | 7♣3♠ | Straight, 7-high |
Steve Dannenmann | A♦3♣ | Two Pairs, Aces over 4s |
4♦5♦6♥A♣4♣ |

2006 | Jamie Gold | Q♠9♣ | Pair of Queens | Paul Wasicka | T♥T♠ | Pair of 10s | Q♣8♥5♥A♦4♣ |

2007 | Jerry Yang | 8♦8♣ | Straight, 9-high |
Tuan Lam | A♦Q♦ | Pair of Queens | 5♠Q♣9♣7♦6♥ |

2008 | Peter Eastgate | A♦5♠ | Straight, 5-high |
Ivan Demidov | 4♥2♥ | Two Pairs, 4s over 2s |
2♦K♠3♥4♣7♠ |

2009 | Joe Cada | 9♦9♣ | Two Pairs, 9s over 7s |
Darvin Moon | Q♦J♦ | Pair of 7s | 8♣2♣7♠K♥7♣ |

2010 | Jonathan Duhamel | A♠J♥ | Pair of 4s, Ace kicker |
John Racener | K♦8♦ | Pair of 4s, King kicker |
4♣4♦9♠6♣5♣ |

2011 | Pius Heinz | A♠K♣ | Ace-high | Martin Staszko | T♣7♣ | Jack-high | 5♣2♦9♠J♥4♦ |

2012 | Greg Merson | K♦5♦ | Pair of 6s, Ace kicker |
Jesse Sylvia | Q♠J♠ | Pair of 6s, Queen kicker |
6♣3♥9♦6♠7♣ |

2013 | Ryan Riess | A♥K♥ | Pair of 4s, Ace kicker |
Jay Farber | Q♠5♠ | Pair of 4s, Queen kicker |
J♦T♦4♣3♣4♦ |

2014 | Martin Jacobson | T♥T♦ | Three Tens | Felix Stephensen | A♥9♥ | Pair of 9s | 3♠9♣T♣K♦4♣ |

2015 | Joe McKeehen | A♥T♦ | Two Pairs, Tens over 5s |
Josh Beckley | 4♦4♣ | Two Pairs, 5s over 4s |
Q♠5♠T♣5♦J♣ |

2016 | Qui Nguyen | K♣T♣ | Pair of Kings | Gordon Vayo | J♠T♠ | King-high | 7♦K♦9♣2♠3♥ |

2017 | Scott Blumstein | A♥2♦ | Pair of 2s | Dan Ott | A♦8♦ | Ace-high | J♠6♠5♥7♥2♥ |

2018 | John Cynn | K♣J♣ | Three Kings | Tony Miles | Q♣8♥ | Two Pairs, Kings over 8s |
K♥K♦5♥8♦4♠ |

[SS] “The 45^{4} years have been filled with lots of interesting coincidences and tidbits:”

- Doyle Brunson turned the Ten-Two into full houses to win in back-to-back years (1976 and 1977).
- Johnny Chan had the 9♣ in his winning hand in consecutive years (1987 and 1988), then Phil Hellmuth beat him with the 9♣ the next year (1989). The 9♣ has also won three other times: 2000 (Chris Ferguson), 2006 (Jamie Gold), and 2009 (Joe Cada).
- Dan Harrington and Harrington Seed won with the same hole cards, 9♦8♦, in back-to-back years (1995 and 1996).
- Stu Ungar won with a 5-high straight in both 1980 and 1997. The wheel became the most common winning hand
^{5}when Peter Eastgate also prevailed with one in 2008. Ace-high won for the third time three years later to tie for top honors. The most common losing hand is a pair of Fours (four times, one more than a pair of Queens and a pair of Eights). - The best winning hand was Robert Varkonyi’s Queens over Tens full (2002), while the best losing hand was Kevin McBride’s Eights over Nines full (playing the board in 1998).
^{6} - The worst winning hand was Jim Bechtel’s Jack-high (1993), which beat the worst losing hand, Glenn Cozen’s Ten-high.
- The Main Event has never been won with a flush (Julian Gardner lost with one in 2002) and never been lost with a straight (it’s won nine times).
- A three-of-a-kind has only won three times (Bobby Baldwin’s three Queens in 1978, Martin Jacobson’s three Tens in 2014, and John Cynn’s three Kings in 2018) and only lost twice, but one of those was Crandell Addington’s three Nines that same year (the other was T.J. Cloutier’s three Fives in 1985).
- The A♠ has been the second most common winning card, appearing six times, one fewer than the 9♣.
- The A♦ has been the most popular losing card, appearing seven times, once more than the A♥.
- The losing player has gotten his chips all-in preflop 20
^{4}times, on the flop 15 times, on the turn 8 times, and on the river 4 times.^{7}

#### Footnotes:

- Johnny Moss was crowned champion by a player vote in 1970. All of the cards from 1971 (when Moss beat Puggy Pearson) and most of the suits from 1972 remain unknown. Amarillo Slim may not have won the latter title at the table, but a rumored deal between Preston, Pearson, and Doyle Brunson has never been confirmed.
- This hand has
*not*been lost to history. The Tucson Daily Citizen published a story on the tournament on May 25, 1974. - This hand has also been questioned, but the Spartanburg Herald wrote up the victory on May 19, 1975.
- Table updated with 2018 and 2017 results on July 17, 2018, with 2016 results on November 2, 2016, 2015 results on November 11, 2015, 2014 results on November 12, 2014, and 2013 results on November 6, 2013.
- By “hand”, I’m ignoring kickers, so all Ace-high hands would be lumped together as would all King-high flushes.
- If playing the board bothers you, the next best losing hand was Puggy Pearson’s Eights over Sixes full in 1972.
- Here’s when the short stack got his chips all in: FFFFTTPTTFPPFPPPRPPFTPFFFFRTPFFFRTFPRPPPPPPPPPT (P=Preflop, F=Flop, T=Turn, R=River; sorry, the chart was already too wide without adding this column). { March 2, 2016 correction: in 1992, the chips went all in on the turn (T), not the flop. }