1971 World Series of Poker

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The 1971 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a series of poker tournaments held at Binion's Horseshoe during May 1–15, 1971. This was only the second installment of the World Series of Poker, but unlike at the 1970 event, freezeout tournaments were played to decide the winner of the main title. The freezeout structure replaced the cash games, and it was kept in use ever since. Five freezeouts were played in total—four preliminary events and the Main Event—each featuring a different poker variant. The preliminary events required player to put up a buy-in of $1,000, while the Main Event buy-in was $5,000.[1]

Preliminary events[edit]

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$1,000 Limit Seven-Card Stud Puggy Pearson $10,000 Unknown
$1,000 Limit Razz Jimmy Casella $10,000 Unknown
$1,000 Limit Five-Card Stud Bill Boyd $10,000 Unknown
$1,000 Limit Ace-to-Five Draw Johnny Moss $10,000 Unknown

Main Event[edit]

There were 6 entrants to the main event, each paying $5,000 to enter the tournament.[2] The game played was no limit Texas hold 'em. Johnny Moss won the tournament and took the whole prize pool. Moss's victory that year was the first time a player had been awarded the Main Event Championship two years in a row, a feat that would later be also accomplished by Doyle Brunson (in 1976 and 1977), Stu Ungar (in 1980 and 1981), and Johnny Chan (in 1986 and 1987).

Final table[edit]

Place Name Prize
1st Johnny Moss $30,000
2nd Walter "Puggy" Pearson None
3rd Unknown None
4th Unknown None
5th Unknown None
6th Unknown None


  1. ^ "2nd World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1971 - No Limit Hold'em World Championship". CardPlayer Magazine. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 
  2. ^ "2nd World Series of Poker 1971 $ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-15. 

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