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1972 World Series of Poker

The 1972 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a series of poker tournaments held during early May 1972 at the Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the 3rd annual installment of the World Series of Poker, and also the 2nd one to feature the freezeout structure. In comparison with the previous year’s series, the number of events was cut back and the buy-ins were raised, resulting in 1 preliminary event and the Main Event both having the same buy-in of $10K (equals about $54K in 2011 U.S. dollars). The preliminary event featured 5-card stud poker and was won by Bill Boyd, the same man who won the 1971 5-card stud preliminary event. The previous years’ double champion Johnny Moss was defeated early in the main event and Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston went on to win the tournament after a series of deals.

Preliminary event

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$10K Limit 5-Card Stud Bill Boyd $20K Unknown


Place Name Prize
1st Thomas “Amarillo Slim” Preston $80K
2nd Walter “Puggy” Pearson None
3rd Doyle Brunson None
4th Crandall Addington None
5th Jack Straus None
6th Johnny Moss None
7th Roger Van Ausdall None
8th Jimmy Casella None