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1991 WSOP Main Event Winner Brad Daugherty
Runner Up Don Holt
Winning Hand K J
Losing Hand 7 3
1st Place Prize $1,000,000
Number of Main Event Entrants 215

1991 was the first year in which the winner of the WSOP Main Event would walk away with a prize of $1,000,000. The winner of the event would be Brad Daugherty, who started seriously competing in poker tournaments after realizing how much money he could win.

Brad Daugherty had to make a gargantuan comeback to win the event, as his chip stack had dwindled to nearly nothing. Nevertheless, he would make a comeback and defeat Don Holt in heads-up play.

The tournament came to a close when Don Holt tried to steal a pot with a huge all-in bluff. Both players went to the flop, which fell J-10-8. Daugherty checked to Holt, who promptly pushed all of his chips into the middle. Daugherty turned up K-J for top pair while Holt only held 7-3. After the turn came down a 5 and another 8 fell on the river Daugherty was crowned as the 1991 World Series of Poker Champion.