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1971 World Series of Poker

The 1971 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a series of poker tournaments held at Binion’s Horseshoe during May 1st–15th, 1971. This was only the 2nd installment of the World Series of Poker, but unlike at the 1970 event, freezeout tournaments were played to decide the winner of the main title. The freezeout structure replaced the cash games, and it was kept in use ever since. 5 freezeouts were played in total—4 preliminary events and the Main Event—each featuring a different poker variant. The preliminary events required player to put up a buy-in of $1K, while the Main Event buy-in was $5K.

Preliminary events

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$1K Limit 7-Card Stud Puggy Pearson $10K Unknown
$1K Limit Razz Jimmy Casella $10K Unknown
$1K Limit 5-Card Stud Bill Boyd $10K Unknown
$1K Limit A-to-5 Draw Johnny Moss $10K Unknown

Final table

Place Name Prize
1st Johnny Moss $30K
2nd Walter “Puggy” Pearson None
3rd Unknown None
4th Unknown None
5th Unknown None
6th Unknown None