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WSOP History -- The Second Decade

The Decade that brought us Ungar, Chan, and Hellmuth as Champions


The $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event at the 2009 World Series of Poker swung in to day 1B at noon today. To commemorate the historic milestone of the 40th annual WSOP, will bring you history-based stories periodically during the summer. This second installment includes a recap for every year during the second decade of the WSOP.

By clicking on the links below you can read about the back-to-back wins of both Stu Ungar and Johnny Chan. The eighties is also the decade where the WSOP saw the famous “chip and a chair comeback” by one of poker’s larger-than-life personalities, Jack Straus in 1982. Tom McEvoy and Berry Johnston also booked their main event victories during this decade of the event at Binion’s Horseshoe. Be sure to check out the 1988 recap for one of the most famous in hands in poker history. Johnny Chan flops the nut straight and then has the patience to check it down and trap a young Erik Seidel. The hand has since been immortalized in the movie Rounders. Read on below for a recap of each year during the eighties.

1980 WSOP Recap
1981 WSOP Recap
1982 WSOP Recap
1983 WSOP Recap
1984 WSOP Recap
1985 WSOP Recap
1986 WSOP Recap
1987 WSOP Recap
1988 WSOP Recap
1989 WSOP Recap