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1988 World Series of Poker

The 1988 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a series of poker tournaments held at Binion’s Horseshoe between 5th May, 1988, and 21st May, 1988.

Preliminary events

Event Winner Prize Runner-up
$1,500 Limit Hold’em Val Carpenter $223,800 Jack Keller
$1,500 No Limit Hold’em Russell Gibe $181,800 Hans “Tuna” Lund
$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha Gilbert Gross $181,000 Hugh Todd
$5,000 Seven Card Stud Thor Hansen $158,000 David Heyden
$1,000 Limit Omaha David Helms $91,200 Don Williams
$1,500 Seven Card Stud Split Lance Hilt $123,600 Joe Petro
$500 Ladies’ Seven Card Stud Loretta Huber $17,000 Ester Rossi
$1,500 Seven Card Stud Merrill Hunt $130,200 Johnny Moss
$5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw Seymour Leibowitz $157,500 David “Chip” Reese
$1,500 Ace to Five Draw Johnny Moss $116,400 Richard Chase
$1,000 Seven Card Razz Don Williams $76,800 Art Youngblood

Final table

Place Name Prize
1st Johnny Chan $700,000
2nd Erik Seidel $280,000
3rd Ron Graham $140,000
4th Humberto Brenes $77,000
5th T. J. Cloutier $63,000
6th Jim Bechtel $49,000

Other High Finishes


Place Name Prize
9th Jesse Alto $21,000
15th Jay Heimowitz $12,500
18th Roger Moore $12,500
20th Mike Hart $10,000
23rd Ken Flaton $10,000
26th Don Williams $10,000
27th David Sklansky $8,750
28th John Spadavecchia $8,750