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Poker Players With Seven or More WSOP Bracelets
The World Series of Poker has announced the dates for the 2020 edition of the WSOP. Dozens of WSOP bracelets are waiting to be won between May 26 and July 15. We don’t yet know how many WSOP bracelets are available, but it will be at least 60.
Every poker player worth their salt want to win a bracelet. WSOP bracelets are the most sought after pieces of poker jewelry and some lucky players have won gold multiple times. The following eight players have at least one bracelet for each day of the week!
Phil Hellmuth: 15 WSOP Bracelets
Phil Hellmuth has won the most WSOP bracelet of any player; he has 15 of them! Hellmuth’s first bracelet came in 1989 when he won the WSOP Main Event. He was aged 24-years and thus became the youngest-ever WSOP Main Event champion.
Hellmuth won his second bracelet in 1992 before winning another three WSOP bracelets in 1993. “The Poker Brat” won two bracelets in 2003 and 2012, the latter including the WSOP Europe Main Event title.
Thirteen of Hellmuth’s bracelets come from Hold’em tournaments. The two non-Hold’em bracelets came in Seven-Card Razz in 2012 and 2015.
Doyle Brunson: 10
Doyle “Texas Dolly” Brunson will never add to his 10 WSOP bracelets tally after retiring from the WSOP. The legend’s first six bracelets were won between 1976 and 1979, including back-to-back Main Events. Brunson won both the 1976 and 1977 Main Event while holding ten-deuce.
The Texan had to wait 12-years from 1979 to 1991 for his seventh bracelet. Now 86-years-old, Brunson prefers to focus his energy into high stakes cash games.
Johnny Chan: 10
Johnny Chan reached 10 WSOP bracelets in 2005, the same year Brunson hit this mark. Chan is known as the Orient Express and almost became the first player to win three consecutive WSOP Main Events. He triumphed in 1987 and 1988 before finishing second to Hellmuth in 1989. Chan’s last bracelet came in the $2,500 PLO event in 2005, a drought of 14-years.
A clip of Chan’s Main Event victory in 1988 was used in the poker-movie Rounders!
Phil Ivey: 10
Many consider Phil Ivey to be the best all-round poker player in the world. His 10 WSOP bracelets back up those claims. Amazingly, all 10 of Ivey’s bracelets have come from non-Hold’em events.
The poker hall of famer is unlikely to win more bracelets in Las Vegas because of legal issues. Ivey cashed in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship and had his winnings withheld. He currently owes the Borgata casino more than $20 million due to a baccarat scam.
Johnny Moss: 9
The late Johnny Moss managed to win nine WSOP bracelets during his career, including three Main Events. Moss won the inaugural WSOP Main Event, which was a cash game where the winner was determined by a ballot.
Moss was also involved in a legendary heads-up cash game against “Nick The Greek”. It lasted five months in 1949 and saw Moss win between $2 and $4 million, a huge sum then. He passed away on December 16, 1995 aged 88-years.
Erik Seidel: 8
Erik Seidel has eight WSOP bracelets to his name and is sure to add more before he retires. Seidel’s first bracelet came in 1992 with his eighth in 2007. It’s been a long time since he won a bracelet, but he is an incredible player.
Seidel has more than $37 million in live tournament winnings, helped by a WSOP Main Event runner-up finish and a fourth-place exit.
Billy Baxter: 7
Bill Baxter comes in on the list with seven WSOP bracelets on his wrist. Baxter, a Poker Hall of Fame member, won all seven bracelets in lowball tournaments. This is the second-most non-hold’em bracelets behind Ivey.
Baxter was a good friend of the late Stu Ungar and famously staked him in the 1997 WSOP Main Event that Ungar won. He doesn’t play as many tournaments as he once did, but always turns out for the WSOP.
Men Nguyen: 7
Men “The Master” Nguyen has seven WSOP bracelets to his name, six coming from mixed games. Nguyen escaped Vietnam in 1978 and was given political asylum in the United States. He won his first poker tournament in 1987 and now has almost 100 victories.
Some players accused Nguyen of cheating, although this has never been proven.