1982 World Series of Poker

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The 1982 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a series of poker tournaments held at Binion's Horseshoe.

Preliminary events[edit]

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$2,500 Ace to Five Draw Billy Baxter $48,750 Bobby Baldwin
$10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw Billy Baxter $95,000 Lou Axler
$1,000 Seven Card Stud Split Tom Cress $44,000 Clark Mantz
$1,000 No Limit Hold'em Jim Doman $96,000 Frank Henderson
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud June Field $16,000 Jackie Jean
$1,000 Seven Card Razz Nick Helm $40,000 Robert Turner
$800 Mixed Doubles David Sklansky & Dani Kelly $8,800 Unknown
$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Ralph Morton $123,000 Joe King
$1,000 No Limit Hold'em John Paquette $101,000 Sam Wilson
$5,000 Seven Card Stud David "Chip" Reese $92,500 Ken Flaton
$1,000 Ace to Five Draw Vera Richmond $38,500 Tim Jewett
$1,000 Draw High David Sklansky $15,500 Michael Conti
$1,000 Seven Card Stud Don Williams $56,000 Roger Moore

Main Event[edit]

There were 104 entrants to the Main Event. This Main Event was the first to exceed 100 entries. Each paid $10,000 to enter the tournament. Jack Straus (pair of 10's) beat Dewey Tomko (pair of 4's) to win the 1982 title.[1]

Final table[edit]

Place Name Prize
1st Jack Straus $520,000
2nd Dewey Tomko $208,000
3rd Berry Johnston $104,000
4th Doyle Brunson $52,000
5th A. J. Myers $52,000
6th Dody Roach $41,060

Other High Finishes[edit]

NB: This list is restricted to top 30 finishers with an existing Wikipedia entry.

Place Name Prize
8th Brian "Sailor" Roberts $20,800
9th Carl Cannon $20,800

The wristwatch[edit]

Due to early criticism that the bracelets were too feminine and that no male winners wore them, the WSOP replaced the bracelets with golden wristwatches in 1982. The wristwatches were unpopular, and, as a result, the bracelets were brought back in 1983.[2]


  1. ^ http://gaming.unlv.edu/WSOP/annual/1982.html
  2. ^ "The WSOP on June 15th, 2012". Americas Cardroom. 18 June 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2013.