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.

Footnotes:

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

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    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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