Poker Stories is a long-form audio podcast series that features casual interviews with some of the game’s best players and personalities. Each episode highlights a well-known member of the poker world and dives deep into their favorite tales both on and off the felt.
Norman Chad has been a familiar sight on World Series of Poker broadcasts since 2003, half of the iconic commentary duo along with Lon McEachern that helped to spark the poker boom with ESPN’s main event coverage. “This is beyond fairy tale, it’s inconceivable,” Chad exclaimed as Chris Moneymaker secured the title.
In the years since, Chad has become a fan favorite, adding in catch phrases such as ‘whamboozled’ or ‘squadoosh’ while cracking jokes about his past failed marriages. His contributions to growing the game were recognized in 2020, when he and McEachern were jointly nominated for the Poker Hall of Fame.
Outside of poker, Chad has worked as a sportswriter for The Washington Post and Sports Illustrated, and appeared on Pardon The Interruption and as the host of Reel Classics. He also wrote the book Hold On, Honey, I’ll Take You To The Hospital At Halftime (Confessions Of A TV Sports Junkie), and was credited on episodes for the TV shows Arliss and Coach.
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Highlights from this interview include being more of a watcher, the university of poker, stand up comedy and a premeditated egg, winning awards with Ed Asner, why he quit betting sports in 1984, how poker paid for someone else’s law school, sleeping with angels, the secret Lon, a short-lived blackjack card counting team, stalking George McGovern, Sam Simon’s home game, getting angled by Norm Macdonald, Wallace Shawn and Paul Giamatti, the Hellmuth of bowling, and the final table setting of his third wedding.
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The 1981 World Series of Poker (WSOP) was a series of poker tournaments held at Binion's Horseshoe.
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|$1,000 Draw High||Ed Barmach||$18,000||Jackie Mills|
|$600 Mixed Doubles||Frank Cardone & Juanda Matthews||$7,800||Unknown|
|$1,500 No LimitHold'em||Fred David||$96,000||Doug Johnson|
|$1,000 Seven-card stud||Sid Gamerman||$52,000||Mark Speert|
|$400 Ladies' Seven-card stud||Ruth Godfrey||$17,600||Jackie Jean|
|$1,000 Razz||Bruce Hershenson||$34,500||Bob Ross|
|$1,000 Seven-card stud split||Johnny Moss||$33,500||Ralph Bidwell|
|$5,000 Seven-card stud||A. J. Myers||$67,500||Eric Drache|
|$2,500 Ace to Five Draw||Mickey Perry||$46,250||Jack Straus|
|$1,000 No Limit Hold'em||Dody Roach||$81,000||Unknown|
|$1,000 Ace to Five Draw||Glen Rodgers||$44,000||Rick Morella|
|$10,000 Deuce to Seven Draw||Stu Ungar||$95,000||Bobby Baldwin|
There were 75 entrants to the main event. Each paid $10,000 to enter the tournament. This main event was notable as the first one to have all final table players to receive a share of the prize pool. The final hand saw Green with 10 9 and Ungar with A Q, and the board was 7 8 4 4 Q. The 1981 Main Event was Stu Ungar's second consecutive World Championship.
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