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1975 WSOP Main Event Winner Brian “Sailor” Roberts
Runner Up Bob Hooks
Winning Hand 9 9
Losing Hand A K
1st Place Prize $210,000
Number of Main Event Entrants 21

In 1975 it was Brian “Sailor” Roberts who would walk away as the champion of the WSOP Main Event. Sailor Roberts was a member of the “Texas Rounders” the famous poker playing group that included Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, and Dwayne Hamilton. Hamilton had left the group, but the other three were constant fixtures at the WSOP. Amarillo Slim had won the Main Event in 1972, and in 1975 it would be Sailor Roberts’s turn.

In 1975 there were only 21 players competing in the Main Event, but each one was a dangerous and respected poker player. After an intense battle, Sailor Roberts made it to heads-up play with Bob Hooks.

In the final hand, Hooks held A-K whilst Roberts held pocket nines.   All the money got pushed to the center of the table before the flop and the pocket nines held on to give Sailor Roberts the tournament victory.  No more information is known about this final hand, as the reporting wasn’t as in-depth as it is today.