1986 World Series of Poker

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The 1986 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a series of poker tournaments held at Binion's Horseshoe.

Preliminary events[edit]

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$1,000 Limit Omaha Jim Allen $48,400 Jack Keller
$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys David Baxter $127,000 Eddie Schwettman
$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Hamid Dastmalchi $165,000 Hans Lund
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud Barbara Enright $16,400 Betty Carey
$5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw with Rebuys Ron Graham $142,000 Aubrey Day
$1,500 Limit Hold'em Jay Heimowitz $175,800 Frank Henderson
$1,000 Seven Card Razz Tom McEvoy $52,400 Alma McClelland
$1,000 Ace to Five Draw J. B. Randall $69,200 Clifford Roof
$1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Low Split Tommy Fischer $73,600 Carl Lao
$5,000 No Limit Ace to 5 Draw with Joker & Rebuys Mike Cox $118,000 Jack Keller
$1,500 Seven Card stud Sam Mastrogiannis $80,000 Rick Greider


Main Event[edit]

There were 141 entrants to the main event. Each paid $10,000 to enter the tournament. 1985 World Champion Bill Smith made back-to-back Main Event final tables. Johnston, the eventual winner, was at the final table in 1985 when Smith won.

Final table[edit]

Place Name Prize
1st Berry Johnston $570,000
2nd Mike Harthcock $228,000
3rd Gary Berland $114,000
4th Jesse Alto $62,700
5th Bill Smith $51,300
6th Roger Moore $39,900


Other High Finishes[edit]

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

Place Name Prize
8th Jim Doman $22,800
10th Dewey Tomko $12,500
11th Don Williams $12,500
13th Jim Bechtel $12,500
14th Lyle Berman $12,500
15th David Baxter $12,500
16th Bobby Baldwin $12,500
21st Gabe Kaplan $10,000
25th Wendeen Eolis $10,000
26th Johnny Moss $10,000
28th Ken Flaton $7,500



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