Poker Tournament Upsets

For many poker players the ultimate success is winning at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and many players flock to Vegas in the hopes of fulfilling this dream.  The WSOP has made many poker players great, but as in all things there are always shocks and upsets.  This article will focus on a few of these shocks.

Hal Fowler

In the world of poker today an amateur winning at the WSOP is not unheard of, but in 1979 it was.  In the early days there were less players but the competition was tough and winning was difficult for an amateur.  Hal Fowler was a low stakes poker player and could not even afford the $10 000 buy-in.  Benny Binion put the money up for him to play.

Amazingly enough, Fowler ended up with a seat at the main table in the company of poker greats such as Johnny Moss, Chip Reese, Sam Moon, George Huber and Bobby Hoff.  During this event Fowler and Hoff were the last 2 players playing for the coveted gold bracelet.  Of course everyone at the event assumed that Hoff would win.  The game continued for hours and Fowler was in the lead.  With Aces in hand Hoff decided to double up, but Fowler had the better hand and won the main event.  Fowler won $270 000 which is a small amount compared to the winnings of today, but showed that an amateur has as much chance of winning as a professional. This should give hope to anyone looking to play and win, and if you want to do so on desktop or mobile you can check out River Belle online casino reviews and reviews of any other sites that offer this game in order to get started.

Vera Richmond

Vera Richmond was the only female poker player during the 70’s and 80’s that was not intimated by the so called “boys club”.  Her victory caused such an upset that it was not spoken of for a very long time, almost as if it never happened.

Richmond was the owner of a clothing store, her father was the owner of the popular chain of stores, Neiman Marcus.  There was no shortage of money and she could hold her own with any man at the poker table.  She was not well-liked by the “boys club” as she was not intimidated by them.  In 1982 she won the $1000 WSOP Ace to Five Draw and earned herself a bracelet.

Pius Heinz

Pius Heinz from Germany entered the 2011 WSOP in the hopes of winning the coveted title.  He was up against 6 864 players from around the world and he succeeded in reaching the final stages with the opportunity to play at the WSOP Championship.  There were 9 players and Heinz started with the 7th lowest chip stack.  Heinz then faced poker superstar Marti Staszko and Ben Lamb, considered the world’s best player at the time.  After hours of playing it was Heinz who came out on top and at the final event Lamb went bust and it was Staszko and Heinz left at the table.  These 2 then played for the Championship title which lasted only 6 hours and 28 minutes Heinz was the winner of the title.

Stu Ungar

Stu Ungar was not an experienced poker player, but entered the WSOP 1980 Main Event looking for some Vegas action.  During the tournament his poker playing improved considerably and shockingly he found himself up against Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss, Jay Heimowitz and Gabe Kaplan.  A daunting group of players for an amateur to face.  It was Ungar and Bronson that came up against each other for the title and it was assumed that Doyle would win.  Ungar ended up winning the title and was the youngest poker player at the time.