WSOP Main Event Runners-Up Playing Cards: The Sixes

[LL] “The next group covers 1988 to 1991”, Leroy the Lion said. “Here are the Treys:”1

Erik Seidel

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Erik Seidel

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Erik Seidel – 1988
Born: 1959/11/06 (New York, NY)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 8
WSOP Cashes: 107
WPT Titles: 1
Live Earnings: $34,860,729
Poker
Hall of Fame
2010
Quote: “Think your way through all situations. When things have gone badly, sit there just as tough as you were when you came in. That can be very discouraging to other players.” — Erik Seidel.
  • Final tabled the WSOP Main Event in both 1988 (2nd) and 1999 (4th).
  • Recorded his first career live tournament cash in the 1988 WSOP Main Event.

Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan

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Johnny Chan – 1989
Born: 1957 (Guangzhou, China)
WSOP Main Event: 1st (1987, 1988)
WSOP Bracelets: 10
WSOP Cashes: 50
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $8,689,453
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, four days ahead of Doyle Brunson in 2005.

Hans Lund

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Hans Lund

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Hans Lund – 1990
Born: 1950/09/23 (California)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1990)
WSOP Bracelets: 2
WSOP Cashes: 22
WPT Titles: 0
Live Earnings: $2,915,310
Quote: “You’ve got to have the heart of a lion — play fearless, don’t be afraid, and, when you roar, they better back up.” — Hans Lund.
  • Won 1978 WSOP $1,500 No-Limit Hold ‘Em and 1996 $1,500 Ace-to-Five Draw.
  • Finished 3rd in 1992 WSOP Main Event for $176,750.

Don Holt

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Don Holt

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Don Holt – 1991
Born: 1927/04/15 (Pittsburgh, PA)
WSOP Main Event: 2nd (1991)
WSOP Bracelets: 1
WSOP Cashes: 8
WPT Titles: N/A
Live Earnings: $879,625
Quote: “Cards were his life. He just enjoyed it more than he did anything else. He even taught his grandchildren to play poker — the way other people build model airplanes.” — David Hameroff (Don Holt’s son-in-law, May 6, 2003).
  • Won 1989 WSOP $5,000 Seven-Card Stud for $154,000.
  • Won two Super Bowl of Poker events: 1988 $1,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em and 1989 $1,000 Seven-Card Stud.

Footnotes:

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    Stats current as of May 1, 2019.

    Caricatures and cards are Copyright © 2019 Robert Jen and were created with help from the now-defunct iOS app Caricature Me and the MacOS app Photoshop Elements.

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