|Our POKER TRIVIA page features some of poker's
greatest & most interesting poker trivia questions
The Answer is
1) Brad Daughtery, 1991 – first to win $1,000,000 in Main Event at WSOP
2) Chris Ferguson, 2000 -- first to win $1,500,000
3) Robert Varkonyi, 2002 -- first to win $2,000,000
4) Chris Moneymaker, 2003 -- first to win $2,500,000
5) Greg Raymer, 2004 – first to win $5,000,000
6) Joe Hachem, 2005 – first to win $7,500,000
7) Jamie Gold, 2007-- first to win $12,000,000
(In 2007 Jerry Yang won $8,250,000, and this year it will be $9,119,517,000 by one of the nine remaining players, to be crowned on Nov. 11th.)
The Answer is, Hamid Dastmalchi in 1992
The Answer To #6
Answer: Player A = Johnny Chan Year: 1987
Without splitting that pot to stay alive, Johnny would have never gotten the chance to even get to the final table in 1987, and poker’s greatest
streak never would have happened!
The Answer is, Stuey replied, "Showing everybody what he just did is the worst play!" Note: Don Williams came in sixth place, but if he had
checked his flopped quads into his opponent, who had a reputation for being very aggressive, perhaps the outcome might have been
different. His opponent was "Tuscon" Don Holt, who ended up second behind Brad Daughtery that year. This was the first year at the WSOP
where Jack Binion guaranteed $1,000,000 to the winner. This historic first of collecting a $1,000,000 payday at the WSOP will always belong to
The Answer is,
1999 – David Chiu 2000 – Spencer Sun
2001 – Brian Saltus 2004 – Annie Duke
2005 – Mike Matusow 2006 – Mike Sexton
Sat, May 31st 12:00 PM (Event 2) $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
Thu, Jun 12th 12:00 PM No-Limit Hold'em (Event 23) $2,000
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 1
At this year’s 2008 WSOP, there is one of the nicest guys in poker competing and walking up and down the hallways, almost totally under the
radar, at least to the younger players. He has won 6 WSOP gold bracelets. One of the most amazing feats he pulled off is this: He is the only
poker player on the planet that qualified for the 1980 and 1981 WSOP Main Event final table, other than the legend……..Stu Ungar! Of course
these two years were the famous back to back wins for Stuey, and this mystery player had a ringside seat to poker history!
The question is: What is the name of the other player who made those final tables in 1980/1981, and what places did he take?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 1
The Answer iS; JAY HEIMOWITZ
Who placed third in the 1980 and sixth in the 1981 WSOP Main Events. Jay does have six gold WSOP bracelets, and had a ringside seat to poker
history as a member of both final tables where Stu Ungar won his first two WSOP titles:
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 2
Who were the three runners-up to Stu Ungar in the three years he won the WSOP Main Event (1980, 1981, 1997)?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 2
The Answer is; Doyle Brunson in 1980; Perry Green in 1981; and John Strzemp in 1997. These were the three runner-ups to Stu Ungar when he
won his three WSOP Titles in 1980, 1981, and 1997.
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 3
Who were the first two winners of the WSOP Main Event who weren't from Texas? What year did each win? Here's a bonus question: What was
unique about what was done with the prize pool when the second non-Texan won the Main Event?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 3
The Answer is; Puggy Pearson, who won in 1973, was from Adairsville, Tennessee.
Bobby Baldwin, who won in 1978, was from Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1978 the prize pool was divided up for the very first time, which was a
precedent that has carried over right up to today. From 1970 through 1977 it was winner-take all. The total prize pool in 1978 was $420,000: 1st-
Bobby Baldwin - $210,000; 2nd – Crandell Addington - $84,000; 3rd – Louis Hunsucker - $63,000; 4th – Buck Buchanon $42,000 ; 5th – Jesse Alto -
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 4
Who was the first player at the WSOP to win $1,000,000 in the Main Event and what year? Name the first player and year to win $1,500,000;
$2,000,000; $2,500,000; $5,000,000; $7,500,000; and $12,000,000! This is a seven-part answer.
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 4
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 5
From 1970 through 2007, we have seen a lot of different WSOP Main Event champions. To be sure, each had their own quirks or superstitions.
Name the WSOP Main Event champion who had the unusual habit of going to the bathroom during his 20-minute breaks and kicking up to a
handstand against the wall to increase his blood circulation. What was his name and the year he won the title?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 5
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 6
Never let it be said that you don't need luck to win a poker tournament. Player A won the WSOP Main Event, but had to get extremely lucky
against player B with five tables left. Here is what happened: Player A started this hand with A-J offsuit. Player B called his raise with . The flop
came 4-3-2, with the 4-3 of hearts! Player B, who had flopped a wheel with a straight flush draw, of course checked on the flop. Player A, who is
very aggressive, moved all in. Player A's tournament was about to come to an end, as Player B had more chips than Player A. Player A got up
knowing his tournament was about to be over, as the hit the turn. The river brought a miracle to give them a split pot! Instead of being
eliminated with five tables left, Player A went on and made history, winning that year's WSOP Main Event! This story reminds us that sometimes
it is just destiny a certain player wins. Who was this lucky player and what year did this happen?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 6
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 7
In the main event at the 1991 World Series Of Poker, that Don Williams was playing in, he had pocket eights and flopped two eights to make
quads. For some reason when first to act, he went all-in and his opponent then folded. Mike Sexton was standing next to Stu Ungar just
watching, and he couldn’t believe his eyes when Don Williams turned his hand over to show that he had flopped quads to his opponent and the
audience. Mike turned to Stuey and said, “That is the worst play I’ve ever seen going all-in in that spot!” Stuey in one second said, “That’s not
the worst play: “__________________________________!” (The question is what did Stuey say here? Try and fill in the blank here and see how
close you are when the answer is revealed next week.)
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 7
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 8
There have been a total of six Tournament of Champions winners. The first three were in the years of 1999, 2000, and 2001, as this was the
original TOC founded and created by Mike Sexton. After a hiatus, the World Series of Poker held the next three TOCs in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
What were the names of all six TOC champions and in which year did each win?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 8
The Answer is, "Miami" John Cernuto
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 9
There is one great professional poker player today who used to be an air traffic controller. He and all of his colleagues across the United States
were fired by the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, for not reporting to work. Their Union Representative gave them all some bad
advice during a boycott for better benefits, and the President replaced them all with the National Guard. As a result, who was this one former
air traffic controller who moved out to Las Vegas after being fired by the President, and ended up winning multiple WSOP gold bracelets, who is
also known for being a big time winner in the cash games as well?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 9
The Answer is, Steve Chung from Hong Kong landed on the 2008 bubble in 667th place. As he got up to leave with the TV cameras following
him out the door, he surprisingly was tapped on the shoulder to turn around, and was asked to first head to the WSOP official table where
WSOP Commissioner Jeffrey Pollack and WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel shook his hand to congratulate his performance. Next it was
announced that the official WSOP sponsor, Milwaulkee’s Best Light Beer had donated a $10,000 entry for Mr. Chung into next year’s Main
Event! So Mr. Chung becomes entry number 1 into the 2009 WSOP Main Event!
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 10
The 2008 WSOP Main Event paid out 666 places, which made the bubble land on 667th place. The bubble paid zero, versus $21,230 minimum for
666th. Who landed on the bubble this year and where is he from? The third part of this question is: What happened to him as the TV cameras
were following him out the door that had never happened before?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 10
The Answer is, There were a total of 118 Countries and Territories represented in the 2008 WSOP Main Event versus 87 in 2007! (This is a 37%
increase in one year!)
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 11
How many different nations and territories were represented in the 2008 WSOP Main Event versus the 2007 Main Event?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 11
The Answer is, Layne Flack:
Flack collected $577,725 for first place, which was his largest poker payday ever. With six gold bracelets, he is now tied with Jay Heimowitz,
Men "the Master" Nguyen, and T.J. Cloutier for seventh on the all-time WSOP wins list. All six wins have come within an 11-year span. Flack's
lifetime earnings at the WSOP total $2,268,357.
Flack invested $33,000 in this tournament, including 22 re-buys. "When we made the money, everybody was cheering," Flack stated.
"Everybody was a winner but me. I still had to get to at least 12th place just to get my money back."
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 12
What is the name of the poker player who won his 6th WSOP gold bracelet in 2008, after rebuying 22 times in the $1500 Pot-Limit-Omaha
event………$33,000 in rebuys! He won $577,725, so his rebuys paid off and gave him a very handsome profit
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 12
The Answer is,
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 13
There have never been two brothers win WSOP gold bracelets before, but in the 2008 WSOP there were two brothers who both won their first
WSOP bracelets! What were their names and what events did each win?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 13
The Answer is, Sailor Roberts: The 1975 WSOP Main Event Champion was so popular with Benny Binion and all the players. He suggested to
Benny to open a regular poker room up at his hotel that would be all year round. Benny wondered outside the WSOP time period if it would
work, so lovable Sailor offered to bankroll the whole operation. Only 3 well known players played for a couple of days, so Sailor announced all
dealers to report to the poker room at 9:00 AM the third day. Most dealers he had paid out of his pocket so far thought this is it. No
business.........no job. Instead, when they reported to Sailor's meeting he had a mountain of cash piled up on a poker table. He said "Here, I'm
giving each of you $200 to play with today", and quickly assigned each dealer to a designated table to play with. Free money to all dealers was
the secret plan right out of happy go lucky Sailor Robert's pocket. It is rumored he spent $10,000 to $12,000 that day to generate action
throughout the poker room! When many dealers went broke.......they went back to Sailor and got some more money to play with. Benny Binion
loved all of this and Sailor made his point, as other players began to show up to play. Thus the beginning of a full time poker room at Binion's
Horseshoe began. You won't read this in any book probably, as my source was dealer Joe Bartholi who deals still today. He was there and
dealt the 1st WSOP in 1970. Joe is recovering today from open heart surgery today and all of us who love him can't wait to have him back with
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 14
In the beginning of the WSOP in 1970 at Binion's Horseshoe there wasn't an all year round poker room to play in. Benny Binion thought it might
not work to have one other than when the WSOP was going to be held. What is the name of the well known poker player who convinced Benny
to run a regular poker room year round at Binion's Horseshoe and how did he do it?
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 14
The Answer is, In 1973 the Big Game in poker was played at the Flamingo Hotel Casino by the likes of Johnny Moss, Puggy Pearson, Doyle
Brunson, and Nicky Vachiano. Chip Reese entered the room for his first try in the $400/$800 7 Card Stud Hi Lo Split game. He looked so young
to security that he was told to go away.....this game is for the high rollers son. The first nite Chip flashed his ID and entered the game his
partner Danny Robison sat behind him as recounted in Sexton's Corner, Vol. 25 "The Golddust Twins". Chip caught a straight flush wheel
catching the 5 hearts on the river to scoop a gigantic $30,000 pot! It was the only time he ever caught a straight flush wheel in his 30 year
career in 7 Card Stud Hi Lo Split, but winning this early pot the first time he took the chance to play in the Big Game literally launched his poker
career into the high stakes world, never looking back again! With his confidence soaring that night, Chip went on to win $390,000 that
week-end....... a huge score in 1973!
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 15
Chip Reese was known to be the greatest high stakes cash game player in the poker world for 30 years before his untimely death. What was
his amazing hand he caught that launched his career the first time he played in the Big Game? He never caught this hand again his whole life!
Name the year, the place and the game this hand happened for the "Great One" that literally changed his life.
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 15
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 16
In 2007 Jerry Yang, who is one of poker's nicest gentlemen, won the WSOP Main Event. When the players got down to two tables Jerry caught
the same hand three times in huge pots that were key to his capturing the biggest poker title on earth, sending him into the history books. The
first time it happened there were two tables left, and the next two times during the final table the same hand won the decisive key pots that
crowned Jerry Yang World Poker Champion. Name this key hand.
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 16
There have been only two well known poker players who lost the WSOP Main Event holding poker's best hand.........pocket AA on the last hand!
A player only gets this starting hand once every 220 times the cards are dealt. To feel the inner excitement of peeking at your whole cards
under the pressure of the TV lights at the world's biggest tournament and discover you have the goods....pocket rockets, only to feel the pain
of losing the World Title with them in the end....... is a swing of emotions that would be hard to handle. Who were these two great poker players
this happened to and what year at the WSOP did this happen for each player?
POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 17
ANSWER TO QUESTION # 17
|THIS WEEKS POKER TRIVIA QUESTION # 18
(the answer will be given in next week's column)
Annie Duke, Mike Matusow, and Mike Sexton are three of the most known poker pros in the world. They have all won gold bracelets at the
WSOP, but there is something these three have in common that no other poker pros do in the world. What is the answer ?
The Answer Is; Bobby Hoff & Dewey Tomko
The two great poker players who lost on the last hand holding pocket Aces in the Main Event at the WSOP were Bobby Hoff and Dewey Tomko.
In 1979 Bobby Hoff held AA against Hal Fowler's 76 offsuit. The flop was J35. Bobby bet half of his chips with the best hand and amazingly Hal
called with a gut shot draw. The turn came a 4 giving Hal his miracle card for a straight. All the money went in on the river and that's how
poker's amateur Hal Fowler won poker's WSOP Title! Bobby Hoff, a great pro player had a hard time getting over that hand. In Dewey Tomko's
case he was runner up to Jack Strauss in 1982 holding A4 vs A10. The flop was 456 with a blank on the turn. Dewey was a 13 to 1 favorite to
dodge one of three 10's in the deck, but a 10 landed to give Jack the 1982 title. Dewey in 2001 was heads up against Carlos Mortensen in the
Main Event holding AA vs KQ of clubs when the flop came J103 with two clubs. A three on the turn kept Dewey in the lead until a 9 on the river
landed for the straight to give Carlos the WSOPTitle in 2001!