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The 1979 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was held at Binion's Horseshoe in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.


Preliminary events

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw Bobby Baldwin $90,000 Byron "Cowboy" Wolford
$500 Seven Card Stud Gary Berland $24,000 Unknown
$1,000 Seven Card Stud Split Gary Berland $20,400 Unknown
$600 Mixed Doubles Doyle Brunson & Starla Brodie $4,500 Unknown
$400 Ladies' Seven Card Stud Barbara Freer $12,720 Pat Sovoia
$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Perry Green $76,500 Jim Bechtel
$1,000 Ace to Five Draw Lakewood Louie $22,200 Unknown
$2,000 Draw High Lakewood Louie $22,800 Unknown
$1,000 Razz Sam Mastrogiannis $22,200 Unknown
$5,000 Seven Card Stud Johnny Moss $48,000 Unknown
$1,000 No Limit Hold'em Dewey Tomko $48,000 Duanne Hammrich

Main Event

There were 54 entrants to the main event. Each paid $10,000 to enter the tournament. Fowler was the first amateur to win the WSOP. [1]

Final table

Place Name Prize
1st Hal Fowler $270,000
2nd Bobby Hoff $108,000
3rd George Huber $81,000
4th Sam Moon $54,000
5th Johnny Moss $27,000
6th David "Chip" Reese None

Fall of World Champions


  • This was the first year a player revealed a royal flush in the main event, when Lakewood Louie made the hand with his K♦ 10♦.
  • After being eliminated, Amarillo Slim tipped George Huber to win.
  • Hal Fowler fought back from $1,700 chips at the end of Day 1 to win the event.
  • Hal Fowler defeated Bobby Hoff to win. The previous year Hoff eliminated Fowler from the main event.


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