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.

Footnotes:

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