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Be a World Series of Poker champion of trivia
The World Series of Poker is just 37 years old, but the legendary tournament has seen it all: larger-than-life legends, overnight sensations, tragic figures, bizarre happenings and innumerable cards turned.
Now more than ever, poker is in the public eye and everyone is a pundit. Maybe so, but how much do you really know about the history of the biggest game in town?
With the advent of the 2007 Main Event in sight, we've compiled 20 questions to test the savviest of World Series historians. Take the PokerListings.com quiz to find out if you are the PokerShare.com tried to enter in the 2006 Main Event?
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1. World Series of Poker Hall of Fame inductee T.J. Cloutier, who was runner up in 1985 and 2000.18. Kevin McBride was steamrolled by Nguyen's full house, later saying he called the champ's all-in thinking the board would produce a split pot.
Going into the hand, Nguyen held Jd-9c to McBride's Qh-10h. Nguyen slow played a flop showed 8c-9d-9h, check-calling McBride's $100,000 semi-bluff. He bet another $100,000 when the turn produced 8h to complete Nguyen's full house. Unfortunately for McBride, fifth street was the 8s, which gave them both a boat, but Nguyen the better one.
Nguyen bet $310,000 to put McBride all-in; as he mulled it over, the future champ spoke his oft-quoted phrase, "You call, gonna be all over, baby." Undeterred, McBride responded, "I call. I play the board."
19. Television crews have been a part of the World Series of Poker almost from the get-go, filming the first tournament in 1973. It was the year Puggy Pearson was made champion, also seeing him take down three of the series' five events.
20. The owners of Mikey the poker-playing chimpanzee hoped to enter the primate in the Main Event. But World Series organizers balked at the idea and denied Mikey entry into the championship because he couldn't provide the identification necessary to register for the $10,000 tournament.