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The 1998 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was held at Binion's Horseshoe.


Preliminary events

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$2,000 Limit Hold'em Farzad Bonyadi $429,940 Paul Scarim
$1,500 Razz Doyle Brunson $93,000 Ray Dehkharghani
$1,500 Limit Omaha Michael Shadkin $109,800 Jan Lundberg
$1,500 Seven Card Stud Kirk Morrison $148,185 Max Stern
$1,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys Donnacha O'Dea $154,800 Johnny Chan
$1,500 Seven Card Stud Split Tommy Hufnagle $139,305 Don Holt
$2,000 No Limit Hold'em Jeff Ross $259,000 Layne Flack
$2,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Chau Giang $150,960 Carl Bailey
$2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Daniel Negreanu $169,460 Dominic Bourke
$2,500 Seven Card Stud Artie Cobb $152,000 Helmut Koch
$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha w/Rebuys T. J. Cloutier $136,000 Doyle Brunson
$2,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Bill Gempel $120,000 Hershey Entin
$3,000 Limit Hold'em David Chiu $205,200 Mickey Seagle
$3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Split Paul Rowe $133,200 James Van Alstyne
$3,000 Pot Limit Hold'em Steve Rydel $206,400 Dave Ulliott
$5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw w/Rebuys Erik Seidel $132,750 Lamar Wilkinson
$3,000 No Limit Hold'em Ken Buntjer $268,620 Gorden Hall
$5,000 Seven Card Stud Jan Chen $208,000 Don Barton
$5,000 Limit Hold'em Patrick Bruel $224,000 Robert Redman
$1,000 Ladies' Seven Card Stud Mendy Commanda $40,000 Jerri Thomas

Main Event

There were 350 entrants to the main event. Each paid $10,000 to enter the tournament.

Final table

Place Name Prize
1st Scotty Nguyen $1,000,000
2nd Kevin McBride $687,500
3rd T. J. Cloutier $437,500
4th Dewey Weum $250,000
5th Lee Salem $190,000

Other High Finishes

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

Place Name Prize
6th Ben Roberts $150,000
9th Paul McKinney $57,500
10th Susie Isaacs $40,000
12th Bobby Hoff $40,000
17th Kathy Liebert $30,000
20th Vince Burgio $25,000
21st Thor Hansen $25,000
22nd Jack Keller $25,000
23rd Rod Peate $25,000
25th Paul Clark $25,000
27th Farzad Bonyadi $25,000


  • 1998 was the only year to have a main event final table contested by just 5 players after Scotty Nguyen eliminated both "Gentleman" Ben Roberts and Jan "The Walrus" Lundberg in the same hand.
  • At one point during the final heads-up play, runner-up Kevin McBride went to the bathroom after going all-in and before Scotty Nguyen had made his decision; a very unorthodox "play". McBride won the pot after Nguyen called.
  • 1998 was the only year to award two bracelets to Canadian entrants. Daniel Negreanu from Toronto, Ontario won his first bracelet and went on to achieve millionaire and celebrity status.
  • Mandy Commanda, also born and raised in Ontario, was the first Canadian to ever win the Ladies Event. Jennifer Tilly, a famous actress who was raised in Canada, also won the Ladies event in 2005.

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