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Stu Ungar’s Final Hand in the 1997 World Series of Poker

A great catch on the river

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Apr 01, 2011


Thinking back to day two of the main event of the 1997 World Series of Poker, I remember that I played at a table that was pretty stacked. Sitting there on that day were world champions Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson, Bobby Baldwin, Stu Ungar, and me. I remember that Ungar and I were the chip leaders of the tournament, and we dueled all day long. Unfortunately for me, I was eliminated the next day, with 27 players remaining, but Ungar went on to face John Strzemp heads up for the title and the $1 million first prize. The final table was played outdoors, in front of Binion’s Horseshoe, with the ESPN cameras there to catch the action. It was windy that day in Las Vegas, and I remember that it was an issue for the dealers. With the blinds at 10,000-20,000 and a 2,000-a-man ante, Ungar (with more than 2 ...

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