As the World Series of Poker approaches its 40th anniversary in just a few short weeks, PokerListings will be looking back in a series of articles at how it has evolved. This second part looks at the 1970s.
Packing five different freeze-out tournaments into a ten-day period at Binion's Horseshoe, 1971 was the year the Bobby Baldwin took the $210,000 top prize.
The 1979 WSOP then saw two women win bracelets when Barbara Freer won the Ladies tournament and Starla Brodie won a "mixed doubles" event with Brunson.
CBS again broadcast a special on the Main Event, which by then had swollen to 54 entrants.
The prize pool pushed past the half million dollar mark for the first time and foreshadowing the boom to come, this last Main Event of the 1970's was the first time an amateur won.
Hal Fowler took the title when his 6-7 offsuit bested Bobby Hoff's pocket aces to end a five-hour heads-up battle.