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.

Footnotes:

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