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The World Series of Poker is one of the most exciting events for gamers from around the world. The 1991 WSOP event came after a dramatic finish to the 1990 event where an Iranian Welshman became the very first non-American to take home the main event. In 1991, players around the world braced themselves for a new era of Poker. This was the first time that the winner of the main event would take home a million dollars, and also the first time in history that there would be over 200 contestants vying for the prize.
In this year of the event there would be a few key players, but none as motivated as Brad Daugherty. He had been driven ever since he heard about the 1977 WSOP event where Doyle Bronson came away with a victory. He had moved from his hometown to Reno, Nevada, in order to get a job as a dealer at a casino. His dream was to play poker professionally and move into some big name tournaments. In 1991 he finally got his chance when Huck Seed would back him with a 40% stake in his winnings.
After some incredibly grueling play, Brad found himself moving deeper into the tournament until there were only six people left. He finally made it to the final table or the “T.V.” table, with some confidence and some motivation to take it all home. He had one of the smaller stacks at the table but didn’t let it deter him at all.
Daugherty looked down at his AK an realized that he needed either a KK or AA on order to win the hand. He moved in anyway and Perry Green decided to move in with 88. The chip leader at the time was Robert Veltri, but didn’t necessarily show strength with the raise he put in and the other players recognized that.
Veltri, had a bigger hand than previously thought and ending up trumping Green. The next card that came on the table was an ace and Daugherty was able to triple up. The fourth player that was still on the table was able to be taken care of by Don Holt. The next major move was that Veltri got a top pair but it was topped by Daugherty’s nut straight.
After that it was just Holt and Daugherty left and Holt decided to bluff, albeit at the wrong time. Holt went all in and was bold in his decision. Daugherty held KJ at the time and had a top pair with a kicker. After Holt made his move, Daugherty called it and then Holt was in a bit of a mess. The turn and river didn’t bring anything for Holt and Daugherty realized that he had just won the World Series of Poker, which had been a lifelong dream. 15 years earlier he had gotten the idea from Doyle Brunson and now he had accomplished it himself. He got the gold bracelet and won the million dollar pot among the 215 entrants that had competed for it.
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