|Summary of 1979 Tournament|
Amarillo Slim Preston
Brian "Sailor" Roberts
Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson
Gabe Kaplan of Welcome Back Kotter
Walter "Puggy" Pearson
| Grand Prize Winner: Hal Fowler
$270,000--first non-pro to win championship.
Runners Up: Bobby Hoff $ 108,000 George Huber $81,000, Sam Moon $54,000, and Johnny Moss $54,000.
|Notes on Play|
On the second day twenty-four players were eliminated from the game; including former WSOP champion "Puggy" Pearson. The day also saw the lost of crowd favorite Ken Smith at 7:30 pm.
On the third day another champion fell. Bobby Baldwin at 2:45 pm. His exist was followed shortly by Sam Petrillo and then Chip Reese. The exist of Reese would leave five players in contention.
Johnny Moss would be the first of the five to leave at 7:45 PM.
Sam Moon was out at 9:25 PM
George Huber was out at 9:45 PM
Hoff shoved in the remainder of his $43,000.
Fowler saw the bet and called.
Fowler's hand was an inside straight beating Hoff for the title.
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