1988 World Series of Poker

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The 1988 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a series of poker tournaments held at Binion's Horseshoe.

Preliminary events[edit]

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$1,500 Limit Hold'em Val Carpenter $223,800 Jack Keller
$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Russ Gibe $181,800 Hans "Tuna" Lund
$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha Gilbert Gross $181,000 Hugh Todd
$5,000 Seven Card Stud Thor Hansen $158,000 David Heyden
$1,000 Limit Omaha David Helms $91,200 Don Williams
$1,500 Seven Card Stud Split Lance Hilt $123,600 Joe Petro
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud Loretta Huber $17,000 Ester Rossi
$1,500 Seven Card Stud Merrill Hunt $130,200 Johnny Moss
$5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw Seymour Leibowitz $157,500 David "Chip" Reese
$1,500 Ace to Five Draw Johnny Moss $116,400 Richard Chase
$1,000 Seven Card Razz Don Williams $76,800 Art Youngblood

Main Event[edit]

There were 167 entrants to the main event. Each paid $10,000 to enter the tournament. The 1988 Main Event would be the second consecutive World Championship for Johnny Chan. The final hand that featured Chan against Erik Seidel would be featured in the movie Rounders.

Final table[edit]

Place Name Prize
1st Johnny Chan $700,000
2nd Erik Seidel $280,000
3rd Ron Graham $140,000
4th Humberto Brenes $77,000
5th T. J. Cloutier $63,000
6th Jim Bechtel $49,000

Other High Finishes[edit]

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

Place Name Prize
15th Jay Heimowitz $12,500
18th Roger Moore $12,500
20th Mike Hart $10,000
23rd Ken Flaton $10,000
26th Don Williams $10,000
27th David Sklansky $8,750
28th John Spadavecchia $8,750