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1978 WSOP Main Event Winner Bobby Baldwin
Runner Up Crandall Addington
Winning Hand Q Q
Losing Hand 9 9
1st Place Prize $210,000
Number of Main Event Entrants 42

In 1978 Bobby Baldwin was a young man, but had already gained the attention of Doyle Brunson, as Baldwin had appeared at the final table of the WSOP Main Event in both of the two previous years. Brunson would ask Baldwin to write the limit holdem section of his famous book, Super/System.

Bobby Baldwin fared well at the final table, and when heads-up play commenced between him and Crandall Addington he held a commanding chip lead, 370,000 to 50,000. All of Addington’s chips went into the middle prior to the flop with pocket nines and Baldwin called with pocket queens. The flop landed K-Q-9, giving Addington a set of nines and Baldwin a set of queens. Addington did not get the one remaining nine to survive, and Bobby Baldwin won the 1978 World Series of Poker.