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1986 World Series of Poker

The 1986 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a series of poker tournaments held at Binion's Horseshoe.

1986 World Series of Poker Intro articles: 3

Preliminary events

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$1,000 Limit Omaha Jim Allen $48,400 Jack Keller
$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys David Baxter $127,000 Eddie Schwettman
$1,500 No Limit Hold'em Hamid Dastmalchi $165,000 Hans Lund
$500 Ladies' Seven Card Stud Barbara Enright $16,400 Betty Carey
$5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw with Rebuys Ron Graham $142,000 Aubrey Day
$1,500 Limit Hold'em Jay Heimowitz $175,800 Frank Henderson
$1,000 Seven Card Razz Tom McEvoy $52,400 Alma McClelland
$1,000 Ace to Five Draw J. B. Randall $69,200 Clifford Roof
$1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi/Low Split Tommy Fischer $73,600 Carl Lao
$5,000 No Limit Ace to 5 Draw with Joker & Rebuys Mike Cox $118,000 Jack Keller
$1,500 Seven Card stud Sam Mastrogiannis $80,000 Rick Greider


Main Event

There were 141 entrants to the main event. Each paid $10,000 to enter the tournament. 1985 World Champion Bill Smith made back-to-back Main Event final tables. Johnston, the eventual winner, was at the final table in 1985 when Smith won. Wendeen Ellis became the first female player to finish the main event in the money when she finished in 25th place.[3]

Final table

Place Name Prize
1st Berry Johnston $570,000
2nd Mike Harthcock $228,000
3rd Gary Berland $114,000
4th Jesse Alto $62,700
5th Bill Smith $51,300
6th Roger Moore $39,900


Other High Finishes

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

Place Name Prize\
7th Stephen Lott $34,200
8th Jim Doman $22,800
10th Dewey Tomko $12,500
11th Don Williams $12,500
13th Jim Bechtel $12,500
14th Lyle Berman $12,500
15th David Baxter $12,500
16th Bobby Baldwin $12,500
21st Gabe Kaplan $10,000
25th Wendeen Eolis $10,000
26th Johnny Moss $10,000
28th Ken Flaton $7,500


1986 World Series of Poker Main Event articles: 18


  1. ^ a b c Butt, Robert. "17th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1986". TheHendonMob.com. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  2. ^ a b c "17th World Series of Poker (WSOP) 1986". CardPlayer.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
  3. ^ "Wendeen Eolis Player Profile". Poker News. Retrieved 15 August 2017.