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Poker Legend Walter "Puggy" Pearson Dies

Celebrities, 2006-04-14, by TwoGun

This week poker lost a pioneer and Hall of Fame member. One of the seven players invited by Jack Binion to participate in the inaugural World Series of Poker back in 1971, Walter "Puggy" Pearson died at the age of 77 on Wednesday. Pearson's greatest career accomplishment was winning the Main Event of the 1973 World Series of Poker.

He is also noted for inventing freezeout tournaments. Benny Binion implemented Pearson's "freezeout" structure for the 1972 WSOP. That same structure is used today. Pearson was born into a large Tennessee family in 1929. The legendary gambler was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 1987.

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