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

2
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

2

Johnny Moss

2
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

2
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:

  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 iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

  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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