|Summary of 1981 Tournament|
Amarillo Slim Preston
Gabe Kaplan of Welcome Back Kotter
Walter "Puggy" Pearson
Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson
| Grand Prize Winner: Stu Ungar
Runners Up: Perry Green $146,000, Gene Fischer $75,000
Ken Smith $3 7,500, Bill Smith $37,500,
Jay Heimowitz $30,000, Bobby Baldwin $15,000,
Andy Moore $15,000 and Sam Petrillo $15,000
|Notes on Play|
| May 19th
Seventy-five players entered the tournament to vie for the pot of
At the end of day two only three former champs were still in contention for the tile of World Poker Player: Bobby Baldwin, Doyle Brunson, and Stu Unger. These three champs will meet seventeen other players for the third day of the tournament.
This day saw the exit of Brunson, leaving Baldwin and Ungar as the only former remaining champs. At the end of the day nine players remained in the game. Baldwin held the money lead with $128,000; while defending champ Stu Unger had a partly $53,200.
Sam Petrillo was the first to go at 1:20pm followed quickly by Andy Moore at 1:30pm.
The next was former champ and money lead Baldwin at 2:30 pm; who went all-in once too often.
Baldwin was followed by Jay Heimowitz at 4:15 pm and then Bill Smiths at the same time.
At 7:00pm saw the exit of Ken Smith, who was followed by Gene Fisher at 8:00 pm
This left the defending Champ Ungar and Perry Green.
Ungar would achieve what had not been done since '77 a back to back Championship.
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