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World Series of Poker: A Retrospective
Summary of 1980 Tournament
Notable Players
Jesse Alto
Amarillo Slim Preston
Aubrey Day
Bobby Baldwin
Buc Buchanan
Betty Carey
Barbara Freer
Jack Strauss
Chip Reese
Bobby Hoff
Gabe Kaplan of Welcome Back Kotter
Sam Moon
Dewey Tomko
Ken Smith
Sam Petrillo
Walter "Puggy" Pearson
Hal Fowler
Crandall Addington
George Huber
Sam Moon
Colette Doherty
Sam Petrillo
"Sailor" Roberts

Grand Prize Winner: Stu Ungar $365,000--youngest champ to date

Runners Up: Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson $ 146,000,
Jay Heimowitz $109,500, Johnny Moss $73,000
and Charles Dunwoody $36,500
Notes on Play

The tournament began with seventy three players from around the world. These world players included: Jerry Fong from Canada, Gilbert "The Frenchman" from France, Jim ray from Peru and Ireland Champion Poker Player Colette Doherty. This day also saw the exit of twenty-three players and the exit of all but one female player.


Thirty eight players left on the second day including three former WSOP holders. Gabe Kaplan is among the twelve players left in contention for the grand prize.


Twelve players met the following day to face each other in a heated competition for the chance to claim the title of World Champion. This day saw the exit of the last foreigner competitor Jerry Fong who exited the game at 5:10pm.

Gabe Kaplan would be the last player taking sixth place and out of the money.

Gabe was beat by Johnny Moss at 9:05pm.

Gabe | Moss | Flop
4 5 | A 3 | 9 4 4 Q
(D) (D) (D) (S) (C)

May 22nd

Five players met for the finial day of the Championship Game . Of the five players to meet, two were former World Champion Poker Players.

The first to leave that day was Charles Dunwoody at 1:40pm.

The next person to leave was Former World Champion player Johnny Moss at 1:45pm.

Johnny Moss was followed out by Jay Heimowitz at 2:19pm.

This would leave Stu Unger to face former two-time World Poker Champion Doyle Brunson in a head to head competition.

At 3:10 pm both players went all in for the $760,000 pot.

Brunson | Ungar | Flop

A 7 | 4 5 | A 7 2 3
(H)(S) (S) (S)

Ungar emerged the victor, winning the first of three WSOP titles..


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