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World Series of Poker: A Retrospective
Summary of 1986 Tournament
Notable Players

Amarillo Slim Preston
Buck Buchanan
Stu Ungar
Charles Dunwoody
Bobby Baldwin
T.J. Cloutier
Jack Straus
Chip Resse
Jack Keller
Perry Green
Doyle Brunson Jim Spain
Jay Heimowitz
"Puggy" Pearson
Dewey Tomko
Johnny Moss
Sandy Stupak
Hamid Datmachi
Bob Stupak
Johnny Chan
Jim Bechtel
Howard Andrew
Gene Fischer
Robbie Geers
Rod Peate
Carl Mc Kelvey
Donnacha O'Dea
Mickey Appleman
Aubrey Day
Betty Carey
Barbara Freer
Gabe Kaplan

Grand Prize Winner: Berry Johnston $570,000

Runners Up: Mike Harthcock $228,000, Bill Smith $114,000,
Roger Moore $62,700, Jesse Alto $51,300,
Gary Berland $39,000, Jim Doman $22,800
and Tom Jacobs $17,000
Notes on Play


One hundred and forty one poker players entered the WSOP Championship tournament . Poker players from around the world; pros, amateurs, and former WSOP Champs all came to the '86 WSOP Championship. Each of these poker players were there for the $1,410,000 pot and the chance to call themselves World Poker Champion.

At the end of the day, forty-five of these poker players' dreams were dashed out, as they were eliminated from the tournament.


On the end of the second day thirty-poker players found themselves out of the tournament. Four former WSOP Champs and Gabe Kaplan are among the thirty-six poker players remaining.

May 20th

Thirty-six players meet at 1:00pm, each poker player playing his best to be in the final nine, and make it to the last table. Enter the day Roger Moore was in the lead at $151,400 and Gabe Kaplan was fourth with $101,100.

At the end of the day, Kaplan did not make it in to the final nine.

May 21st

Roger Moore lost the money lead held the pervious day and was at $203,000, while Berry Johnston surpassed Roger Moore at $502,000.

Bill Smith was the only former WSOP Champ at the table and held a money lead of $ 228,000.

Berry Johnston took the WSOP title and the $1,410,000 pot and denied Smith the opportunity to go for a back-to-back title run.

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