"Freeze-out" poker

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Not really the "father of freeze-out poker," if OED has this from  1856.
Walter Clyde Pearson, 77, the Father of Freeze-Out Poker, Dies 
Published: April 18, 2006
By The Associated Press The poker legend Walter Clyde Pearson, the man  
credited with creating the style of play made famous by the World Series of  Poker, 
died at his home in Las Vegas on Wednesday. He was 77.

His death came after a long illness, family members said.  
Pearson was known as the father of no-limit freeze-out poker, the game Benny  
Binion turned into the World Series of Poker at his Horseshoe Club casino in  
downtown Las Vegas in 1970. 
In a freeze-out tournament, all the players start with the same amount of  
money and play until one player wins all the chips. 
1. In  full freeze-out poker. A variety of the game of poker in  which the 
players, as fast as they lose their staked capital, drop out, all the  money 
going to the player last remaining.  
1856  Butte Record  (Oroville, Calif.) 25 Oct. 1/6 He was..playing ‘freeze-out
’ for the whiskey. 1877  Harper's Monthly Oct. 799 (Bartlett), They doant do 
nuthin' but drink whiskey and play frease aout  poker. 1889  _FARMER_ 
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-f.html#farmer)  Americanisms s.v., In 
freeze-out poker..no  player, when his money is exhausted, can borrow, or continue in 
the game on  credit under any circumstances. 1907  B. TARKINGTON His own 
People iv. 61 I'll put  it up against that tin automobile of yours, divide chips 
even and play you freeze-out for it. 1945  _R. W. SERVICE_ 
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-s2.html#r-w-service)  Ploughman 214 I'll play you for  
one of them there geese. Stud poker or freeze out.
2. An  act of ‘freezing’ or forcing out.  
1883  [J. HAY]  Bread-winners (U.S.) 144 They  organized a freeze-out  
against him. 1904  _F.  LYNDE_ 
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-l2.html#f-lynde)  Grafters xiv. 190 By that time  enough of the stock will have changed 
hands..and the freeze-out will be a fact accomplished.
A table-stakes game that continues until a small number of players  (possibly 
only one) has all the money.  

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