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Poker Hands

WSOP 1988 Final Hand

Johnny Chan J-Clubs 9-Clubs versus Erik Seidel Q-Clubs 7-Hearts

At the WSOP 1988 final table, Johnny Chan was dealt {J-Clubs} {9-Clubs}, and Erik Seidel was dealt {Q-Clubs} {7-Hearts} pre-flop. They both limped.

The flop came {Q-Spades} {10-Hearts} {8-Diamonds}, giving Chan a straight and Seidel a pair of Queens.  Seidel checked and Chan bet $40,000; Seidel check raised $50,000. Chan called after appearing to think about it.

The turn came the {2-Spades}, which didn't change either player's hand. Both players checked on the turn. The river brought the {6-Diamonds} and Seidel moved all-in, the trap was set for Seidel.   Chan stood up, turned over his hole cards, and called.

Johnny Chan was crowned the Champion.

WSOP 1987 Final Hand

Johnny Chan A-Spades 9-Clubs versus Frank Henderson 4-Diamonds 4-Clubs

One of the shorter battles unfolded in 1987 at the WSOP final table. Johnny Chan was dealt {A-Spades} {9-Clubs}, and Frank Henderson was held {4-Diamonds} {4-Clubs}.

Chan raised $60,000 and Henderson moved all-in with his pair of 4s.

The flop came {5-Clubs} {8-Hearts} {K-Diamonds}, the turn brought the 1{10-Clubs} and the river brought the {9-Hearts}, giving Chan an overpair, the title, and $461.000 in prize money.

WSOP 1985 Final Hand

Bill Smith 3-Spades 3-Hearts versus T.J. Cloutier A-Diamonds 3-Clubs

The following unfolded at WSOP 1985 final table between Bill Smith and T.J. Cloutier: at the pre-flop, Bill Smith had a pair of 3's ({3-Spades} {3-Hearts}), while Cloutier was sitting with {A-Diamonds} {3-Clubs}, with which he confidently moved all-in. Smith called with his minor pair. A mistake, most of the people would say.
The flop came {4-Clubs} {5-Spades} {10-Hearts}, giving nothing to either player. The turn brought {5-Clubs} – again, no advantages to either. Cloutier was beginning to get nervous. When the river hit {J-Clubs}, it was Cloutier's mistake to move all-in, as Smith got the title and $700.000 in prize money with his pair of 3's.

WSOP 1983 Final Hand

Rod Peate J-Diamonds K-Diamonds versus Tom McEvoy Q-Diamonds Q-Spades

At the WSOP 1983 final table, Rod Peate was dealt {J-Diamonds} {K-Diamonds}, while Tom McEvoy had {Q-Diamonds} {Q-Spades}. Peate looked at his hand and bet $50.000. McEvoy smiled and moved all-in. Peate called.

The flop came {3-Diamonds} {6-Hearts} {6-Clubs} – Peate held two over cards and a possible back door flush draw and McEvoy had an over pair with the possibility of a full house draw.

The turn brought {J-Hearts}, giving Peate another pair. River brought {3-Clubs} but it did not save Peate and McEvoy won the prize and title.

WSOP 1982 Final Hand

Jack Straus A-Hearts 10-Clubs versus Dewey Tomko A-Diamonds 4-Diamonds

The pre-flop at WSOP final table between Jack Straus and Dewey Tomko looked like this:
Straus was dealt {A-Hearts} {10-Clubs}, and Tomko was sitting with {A-Diamonds} {4-Diamonds}. Both players had good pre-flop cards, so they both moved all-in.
The flop came {6-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} {4-Clubs}, giving Tomko a pair of 4's and nothing to Straus. The turn hit {Q-Clubs} – nothing to Tomko and Straus, a flush draw.
However, the river decided the winner: {10-Spades} – a missed flush to Tomko, and an overpair to Strauss, who left the table with the golden bracelet and $520.000 in prize money.

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