Hal Fowler was a
non-professional poker player
who had little money. He is
considered the first
non-professional player to
become poker's World
Champion.

Although a relatively unknown
poker player, Hal Fowler won
the 1979 World Series of
Poker main event.
Hal Fowler
Hal
Fowler
Hal Fowler was a non-professional poker player who had little money. He is
considered the first non-professional player to become poker's World
Champion.

Although a relatively unknown poker player, Hal Fowler won the 1979
World Series of Poker main event. At one time he was down to around
$2,000 in chips (out of over $500,000) at a final table that included Johnny
Moss, Bobby Baldwin, and other world class poker players. Additionally, it's
believed that Fowler couldn't cover the entrance fee and that Benny Binion
had to loan it to him so he could enter the poker tournament. Fowler's
1979 win is sometimes called the greatest upset in the history of the
WSOP.

Fowler would later fade away from the professional poker scene because
of complications from diabetes that damaged his eyesight and his legs.
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