Byron Wolford

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Byron Wolford
Nickname(s) Cowboy
Born (1930-09-14)September 14, 1930
Died May 13, 2003(2003-05-13) (aged 72)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 9
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
2nd, 1984

Byron Wolford (September 14, 1930 – May 13, 2003), also known as Cowboy Wolford,[1] was an accomplished rodeo cowboy and professional poker player, who was the winner of a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1991 and runner-up in the 1984 World Series of Poker Main Event.[2]

Wolford cashed in various events at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), including the Main Event. He achieved his highest Main Event showing in 1984 when he finished as runner-up to Jack Keller. For his second-place finish, Wolford won $264,000.

Over the years, Wolford made the final tables in other events at the WSOP, finishing in second place on several occasions.

He won a WSOP bracelet in 1991 in the $5,000 limit Texas hold 'em event, defeating fellow professional Erik Seidel. His career winnings were $1,012,500,[3] with his nine cashes at the WSOP accounting for $737,410 of his lifetime winnings.[4]

Wolford also won the $10,000 No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Draw at the inaugural Super Bowl of Poker in 1979.

As a rodeo champion, Wolford set the all-time speed record for calf roping at Madison Square Garden in the 1950s. He also won back-to-back championships at the Calgary Stampede. Wolford was the author of the book, "Cowboys, Gamblers & Hustlers: The True Adventures of a Rodeo Champion & Poker Legend".

World Series of Poker Bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1991 $5,000 Limit hold 'em $210,000


  1. ^ 'Cowboy' Wolford, Byron (2002-11-22). "Aimsworth, Sawmill, and Everett". Card Player Magazine Volume 15, Number 24. Retrieved 2009-01-01. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Colorful poker player Wolford dies". Greenspun Media Group. 2003-05-15. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  3. ^ Butt, Robert. "Byron Wolford - Stats". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  4. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,