Puggy Pearson

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Walter Clyde Pearson (January 29, 1929 – April 12, 2006) was an American professional poker player. He is best known as the 1973 World Series of Poker World Champion.

Early years

Pearson was born and raised in Tennessee in a family with nine siblings. He got his nickname "Puggy" from a childhood accident that left him with a disfigured nose at the age of twelve. He dropped out of school in the fifth grade, and at the age of 17 he joined the United States Navy, where he served three terms. He strengthened his skills at poker and gambling while in the service.

Professional poker

Prior to 1949, all poker games were cash games; a player could cash out his chips and leave at any time. Pearson originated the idea of a freezeout tournament and shared his idea with fellow gambler "Nick the Greek" Dandolos. Dandalos later brought the idea to legendary casino owner Benny Binion, who in turn founded the World Series of Poker in 1970.

Pearson won the 1973 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event when his A♠ 7♠ defeated Johnny Moss's J♠. He won four bracelets (two of which were in seven-card stud, which was considered his best game).

Pearson was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1987.

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