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Johnny Moss – Wikipedia

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American gambler and poker participant

Johnny Moss (Might 14, 1907 – December 16, 1995)[1] was a gambler {and professional} poker participant. He was the primary winner of the World Sequence of Poker (WSOP) Important Occasion, on the time a money sport occasion during which he was awarded the title by the vote of his friends in 1970. He additionally twice received the present match format of the WSOP Important Occasion in 1971 and 1974. He was one of many constitution inductees into the Poker Corridor of Fame in 1979.[2]

Early years[edit]

Moss was born on Might 14, 1907 in Marshall, Texas and grew up in Dallas, Texas, which was the place he realized the right way to gamble as a younger boy. A bunch of cheaters taught him the right way to cheat in video games, however Moss put this information to good use. As a young person, he was employed by a neighborhood saloon to observe over video games and ensure they have been performed pretty. Whereas he was conserving video games secure from cheaters, he was studying the technique behind taking part in poker.

Playing profession[edit]

Two years later, Moss turned a rounder and traveled the nation on the lookout for playing motion.[3] Within the 1950s, Moss moved to Odessa, Texas to be part of the oil increase and playing motion. Moss and his fellow gamblers have been a part of one of many greatest poker video games in Texas for a few years.[4]

Heads-up marathon with Nick The Greek[edit]

In 1949, Moss performed with Nick the Greek in a five-month-long “heads up” poker marathon arrange by mob boss Benny Binion, successful between $2 and $four million.[5] On the conclusion of the sport, Nick the Greek uttered what has develop into one of the vital well-known poker quotes ever: “Mr. Moss, I’ve to allow you to go.”[6] This sport is commonly cited because the inspiration behind the WSOP.[6][7][8] This sport turned the muse for Al Alvarez’s e book The Largest Sport in City and is likely one of the greatest recognized tales in poker. Regardless of being one of many best-known poker tales, a quickly to be launched e book, Showgirl Tales, by Steve Fischer claims the sport by no means occurred.[9] In response to Fischer, there have been no tales or stories of this match till six years after Nick’s demise. Binion by no means spoke of the sport even when offering an in depth historical past of Las Vegas and prevented answering questions in regards to the sport by saying, “Properly, my reminiscence ain’t what it was once.”[9] Whereas Nick the Greek was typically lined by the nationwide media, there aren’t any information stories in any native or nationwide supply. Fischer says that just about each model of the story is just about equivalent to the model first informed by Moss starting circa 1971. The story is constantly stated to have taken place in 1949 on the Horseshoe On line casino, a on line casino that didn’t exist for one more 12 months and a half. Fischer additionally factors out that throughout the time that Binion supposedly arrange the sport, he was preventing off a request from Texas to have him extradited. Due to his previous, Binion misplaced his license to run a playing institution in 1948 and didn’t regain it till April 13, 1950. He was not granted a license to open the Horseshoe On line casino till December 5, 1952. Fischer believes that the notion of Binion sponsoring a poker sport, in entrance of a window, of a on line casino that had not opened, whereas preventing extradition is “absurd.”[9]

In response to a 2017 pokernews.com article on the subject, Jack Binion, on the time 80 years outdated, tried to make clear. To handle the guts of the matter first, Binion defined that Johnny Moss and Nick Dandolos did play a poker match in 1949, though it was not on the Horseshoe in any respect. Nor was it the months-long spectacle open to spectators many have urged the match to have been.

“It occurred on the Flamingo,” Binion defined. Additionally, it was “not in public.” This, he famous, was a quote from Dandolos himself.

In the meantime, just a few years later there was one other poker sport involving Moss, this time on the Horseshoe.

“There was an enormous sport on the Horseshoe within the early ’50s,” Binion defined, “however Nick did not take part.” The sport featured “a number of gamers” together with Moss, who got here and went as the sport continued across the clock. In contrast to the sport on the Flamingo in 1949, the later one “was held in public.”

The confusion, Binion surmised, seemingly stemmed from Moss having participated in each video games. Nevertheless, there was by no means one between him and Dandolos on the Horseshoe, and the pair by no means did have a high-stakes heads-up battle in public. Binion additionally clarified that the inspiration for the WSOP was the beforehand held Texas Gamblers Reunion and never any Moss/Dandolos match.[10][11]

World Sequence of Poker[edit]

Moss received the 1970, 1971, and 1974 World Sequence of Poker Important Occasions.[12][13] For the 1970 Important Occasion, Moss was truly elected champion by his friends and acquired a silver cup as his prize. A (probably apocryphal) story about that election which has appeared in print a number of occasions has each one of many seven gamers voting for himself as one of the best participant, and that it was solely when the gamers have been requested to vote for the second greatest participant that Moss emerged.[14] He performed at each WSOP from 1970 via 1995, and through his profession, he received 9 WSOP bracelets, putting him in fifth place all-time, behind Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, and Phil Ivey (10 every), and Phil Hellmuth (15). Moss had not less than a share of the lifetime WSOP bracelet lead up till the 2005 World Sequence of Poker, which is the place Johnny Chan received his tenth profession bracelet. Throughout Moss’s profession, he received $834,422 in WSOP match play.[15]

World Sequence of Poker bracelets[edit]

Yr Match Prize (US$)
1970 World Sequence of Poker World Championship*
1971 Restrict Ace to five Draw $10,000
1971 $5,000 No Restrict Maintain’em World Championship $30,000
1974 $10,000 No Restrict Maintain’em World Championship $160,000
1975 $1,000 Seven Card Stud $44,000
1976 $500 Seven Card Stud $13,000
1979 $5,000 Seven Card Stud $48,000
1981 $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hello-Lo $33,500
1988 $1,500 Ace to 5 Draw** $116,400

*In 1970, Moss was voted champion by his friends and was awarded a silver cup.[16]

**Moss set the document for the oldest bracelet winner in WSOP historical past, which nonetheless stands as of the top of the 2017 World Sequence of Poker.[17]

Private life and legacy[edit]

Moss’s spouse was Virgie, who was from West Texas.[18]

One in every of Moss’s methods for match poker was survival within the early levels. Because the match goes on and blinds enhance, his technique was to check opponents with aggression and greater pots.[19]

Fellow skilled Doyle Brunson put Moss on his Mount Rushmore of poker gamers, together with Puggy Pearson, Sailor Roberts, and Chip Reese.[20]

A licensed autobiography on Moss, which known as Champion of Champions, was written by Don Jenkins.[21]

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  2. ^ Wolford, Bryon; Smith, Shane. Cowboys, Gamblers and Hustlers. Cardoza Publishing. ISBN 9781580424721.
  3. ^ Moe, Albert Woods (2001). Nevada’s Golden Age of Playing. Al Moe. ISBN 9780971501904.
  4. ^ Hughes, Johnny (August 2012). Well-known Gamblers, Poker Historical past, and Texas Tales. iUniverse. ISBN 9781475942156.
  5. ^ Schoonmaker, Alan N. (March 1, 2009). Poker Winners Are Completely different. Kensington Publishing Corp. ISBN 9780806534794.
  6. ^ a b “Johnny Moss The “Grand Previous Man” Of Poker”. Vicepost. Might 21, 2009. Archived from the unique on February 5, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
  7. ^ “Betfair – WSOPE – World Sequence of Poker Europe”. wsope.betfair.com. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  8. ^ Alvarez, Al (February 3, 2009). The Largest Sport in City. Picador. ISBN 9781429918664.
  9. ^ a b c Fischer, Steve. “The Largest Sport By no means Performed” in Poker Professional Journal” pages 36-43. December 2009.
  10. ^ Grotenstein, Jonathan; Reback, Storms (September 19, 2006). All In: The (Virtually) Fully True Story of the World Sequence of Poker. Macmillan. ISBN 9781466832848.
  11. ^ Thompson, William N. (February 10, 2015). Playing in America: An Encyclopedia of Historical past, Points, and Society, 2nd Version. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781610699808.
  12. ^ Lubet, Steven (Might 25, 2006). Attorneys’ Poker: 52 Classes that Attorneys Can Study from Card Gamers. Oxford College Press. ISBN 9780199884667.
  13. ^ Swanson, Doug J. (July 15, 2015). Blood Aces: The Wild Life and Quick Instances of the Gangster Who Invented Vegas Poker. Amberley Publishing Restricted. ISBN 9781445648187.
  14. ^ Wilson, Des (March 17, 2009). Ghosts on the Desk: Riverboat Gamblers, Texas Rounders, Roadside Hucksters, and the Residing Legends Who Made Poker What I. Da Capo Press. ISBN 9780786732050.
  15. ^ World Sequence of Poker Earnings Archived August 9, 2009, on the Wayback Machine, worldseriesofpoker.com
  16. ^ Rogers, Mark (2006). 52 Best Moments World Sequence of Poker. Cornhole E book. ISBN 9780978744694.
  17. ^ “Match Outcomes”. www.wsop.com. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  18. ^ Hale, H. D. (April 1, 1999). Gentleman Gambler: “Oklahoma Johnny” Hale on Poker and Las Vegas. Poker Plus Publications. ISBN 9781884466113.
  19. ^ Apostolico, David (August 1, 2006). Classes From The Professional Poker Tour: A Seat At The Desk With Poker’s Best Gamers. Kensington Publishing Corp. ISBN 9780818407345.
  20. ^ Brunson, Doyle. Godfather of Poker. Cardoza Publishing. ISBN 9781580424776.
  21. ^ Steiger, Tristan. “Poker E book Retailer: Don Jenkins, Johnny Moss. Champion of Champions”. www.poker-soft.com.

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