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The Top Five Multiple WSOP Circuit Rings Winners
Almost every poker tournament player in the world dreams of winning a World Series of Poker bracelet. They flock to Las Vegas every summer in the hope of bagging some poker jewellery. It’s not only bracelets that the WSOP awards. WSOP Circuit rings are almost as prestigious and, incredibly, 491 players have won more than one.
Maurice Hawkins Has The Most WSOP Circuit Rings
Maurice Hawkins is the player with the most WSOP Circuit rings to his name with an incredible 14. Hawkins has enough rings to adorn every finger on both hands and some.
The Missouri-born grinder was tied with both Valentin Vornicu and Joshua Reichard for a while. A victory in the $400 NL Hold’em Monster Stack at WSOPC Tunica gave Hawkins 13 rings in total. He went on to win a $400 NL Hold’em event at WSOPC Choctaw and now has 14 WSOP Circuit rings.
Hawkins is found at almost every WSOPC stop and the WSOP festival in Las Vegas each summer. He’s won $2,615,973 at the WSOP thanks to an impressive 139 in-the-money finishes.
San Diego’s Valentin Vornicu is probably the best all-round poker player you’ve never heard of. Vornicu is equally adept at Seven-Card Stud as he is Hold’em or Omaha; he’s a true all-rounder.
Vornicu has managed to win 12 WSOP Circuit rings in his career so far and that number will surely rise. He won the first of his WSOP Circuit rings in October 2011, banking $50,943 for his victory in the $1,100 at WSOPC Hammond. Ring number 12 came seven years later at WSOPC New Orelans.
An impressive $1,1157,135 of Vornicu’s $1,338,770 winnings stem from his play in WSOP tournaments.
Joshua Reichard is one of the most consistent performers on the low-to-mid stakes live poker circuit. The Wisconsin resident has amassed $1,683,717 during his career despite the majority of his buy-ins being relatively small.
Reichard has 103 cashes in WSOP tournaments and 12 WSOP Circuit rings to his name. $895,277 of his lifetime earnings come from WSOP events.
He came close to winning his first WSOP bracelet in 2019 when he finished ninth in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker. Reichard banked $122,375 for that finish, the fourth six-figure prize of his career.
You’ll find Reichard playing in the Heartland Poker Tour when he’s not trying to win WSOP Circuit rings. Reichard is a stand-out performer on that tour with two big wins. He also competed on the Mid-States Poker Tour where he has several final table appearances.
Ari Engel Has Nine WSOPC Rings and a Bracelet
Canada’s Ari Engel left Toronto and set up shop in Las Vegas, Nevada so he could continue his live poker career. An accomplished online poker player, known as “BodogAri”, Engel is both feared and respected in equal measure.
Engel is the biggest winner from our list today courtesy of $6,928,209 in earnings, $1,488,984 coming from WSOP tournaments. “Ari” is the only player in the top five WSOP Circuit rings winners to have secured a WSOP bracelet. That long-awaited win came in 2019 in the $2,500 NL Hold’em event, which also bagged him $427,399.
He loves collecting poker rings and has three from the Aussie Millions in addition to his WSOP Circuit rings. Engel won the 2016 Aussie Millions Main Event for A$1.600,000 ($1,120,110) and then the 2019 Mix Max. Victory in a 2020 Aussie Millions A$2,500 NL Hold’em event secured his third ring in Oz.
Daniel Lowery, Robert Hankins, Alexandru Masek, and Martin Ryan
Fifth-place in our top five multiple WSOP Circuit rings victories are four superb grinders. Daniel Lowery (pictured above), Robert Hankins, Alexandru Masek, and Martin Ryan at that quartet. Lowery has the most winnings of the foursome with $1,218,311 from the WSOP. Hankins has $1,108,653, Masek $773,716, and Ryan $515,322.
Those players mention have nine rings apiece.
Other honorable mentions go to Kyle Cartwright (8), Sean Yu (7), Loni Harwood (5), and Roland Israelasvili (6). The latter holds the record for most WSOP cashes with 206. Amazingly, Israelashvili is still to yet win a WSOP bracelet.