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List Of All Johnny Moss’ WSOP Bracelets Poker
Amarylisa Gonsalves
Posted on 06 Mar, 2022
By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 06 Mar, 2022
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By Amarylisa Gonsalves
On 06 Mar, 2022
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List Of All Johnny Moss’ WSOP Bracelets


Winning at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a big deal. But shipping WSOP events multiple times is truly a bigger deal. Nostalgia will immediately pour in when we speak of the first-ever WSOP. We are going to look into the man who played at the inaugural WSOP event and won the World Championship—The Grand Old Man of Poker, Johnny Moss!

A true legend, Moss impressively won nine WSOP titles and had 25 in the money (ITM) finishes. He held the record of being the oldest bracelet winner in the history of WSOP when he won the $1,500 Limit Ace-to-Five Draw event on 24th May 1988 at the age of 81. This record stands unbroken till date which makes Moss stand out even today. Among the other achievements of Moss, the most significant one is being the first-ever WSOP Main Event winner in 1970—the year WSOP was established. 

Johnny Moss (extreme left) with a group of players outside of Binion’s Horseshoe in 1974.

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Moss was born on 14th May 1907 in the town of Marshall in Texas. He spent his childhood days in Dallas, Texas, where this poker maestro picked up the game at a young age. While still a teenager, Moss was hired by a local saloon to keep an eye on the games played there and ensure that the games were fairly played. While Moss was doing his job, he observed and learned different poker strategies. 

In the 1950s, Moss shifted to Odessa in Texas to join the oil boom and gambling action. Moss participated in one of the biggest poker games in Texas for several years. It is believed that Moss played a five-month-long heads-up poker marathon against poker legend Nick Dandolos aka Nick the Greek. The marathon was reportedly organized by Benny Binion, the man behind the Binion Horseshoe casino. 

All the stats in this article are updated as of 6th March 2022!

The heads-up concluded with Dandolos saying the words “Mr. Moss, I have to let you go,” which has become a popular poker quote. It is also believed that this game was the inspiration behind the inception of the WSOP. The game was also the foundation of the book ‘The Biggest Game in Town’ by Al Alvarez, which still is one of the most popular stories in the poker universe. 

Though there is no solid evidence or reports of the game, author Steve Fischer claims that the details of the game came to be known only six year after Dandolos’ death. Even Binion refused to speak about the game due to his criminal convictions and difficulty in running the casino.

Moss won the WSOP Main Event for two consecutive years in 1970 and 1971. He was elected by his peers as the champion of the 1970 Main Event, for which he received a silver cup as the prize.

List of Johnny Moss’ WSOP Bracelets

  1. WSOP 1970 – World Series of Poker World Championship
  2. WSOP 1971 – Limit Ace to 5 Draw – $10,000
  3. WSOP 1971 – $5,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship – $30,000
  4. WSOP 1974 – $10,000 No Limit Hold’em World Championship – $160,000
  5. WSOP 1975 – $1,000 Seven Card Stud – $44,000
  6. WSOP 1976 – $500 Seven Card Stud – $13,000
  7. WSOP 1979 – $5,000 Seven Card Stud – $48,000
  8. WSOP 1981 – $1,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo – $33,500
  9. WSOP 1988 – $1,500 Ace to Five Draw – $116,400

Moss’ most preferred poker tournament strategy was survival in the early stages. As the tournament progressed and blinds increased, Moss would test opponents with aggression and bigger pots. Author Don Jenkins also wrote an authorized autobiography on Moss named ‘Champion of Champions.’ Moss breathed his last on 16th December 1995 at the age of 88 years and the world lost a poker legend.

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